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Play Me a Song: Traverse City’s Street Pianos

Traverse City's two new street pianos were recently unveiled at an awesome community event featuring talented local musicians. Now that the unveiling is over, the pianos have been turned over to the community to play and enjoy. Check them out when you can, one is located on the east side of the Chase Bank building at 250 Front Street (corner of Front and Park Streets). The second is located in the warehouse market by Kayak, Bike and Brew at 229 Garland Street. The pianos are available every day and evening as long as the weather permits. Anyone can play – just jump in and show off your skills!

The Sponsors


We are extremely grateful to the incredible individuals, businesses and organizations who are helping Life and Whim make this year’s event extra special. Special thanks to: Traverse City Tourism, this region’s ultimate ambassador, for financial and other support; Interlochen Center for the Arts, for lending its amazing artistic and musical talents; Norte! for being awesome as always; TentCraft for donating a cool tent to protect the piano in the warehouse district; and Miller Snowden Development Group and Kayak, Bike and Brew for graciously allowing the pianos to be hosted on their respective properties.

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We were in Denver in spring 2016 and, while strolling the downtown streets, came upon a number of colorfully painted pianos in different parts of the city. These were more than pieces of street art, they were functioning musical instruments played spontaneously by passersby. We looked at each other with the same thought – something like this would be perfect in Traverse City.

So we got working on it. Being such a collaborative, community-oriented place, it wasn’t very hard to get the wheels in motion in Traverse City. Within a month, with the help of Jerry Snowden and the Miller Snowden Development Group, we had a piano in place and the Traverse City Street Piano initiative was born. In 2017 the level of enthusiasm for and participation in the event is off the charts!

That is one of the biggest reasons that Traverse City is such a great place to live and do business. It has a rich ecosystem of community-minded and collaborative business, civic and government leaders who have vision and the ability to execute.

The street pianos are there to be played by all. We hope that there will be some planned performances, but mostly we envision the street pianos to be a fun resource to be used by all – the talented and novice, alike!

“Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart.”


Share your photos and videos of the street pianos on social media using #tcstreetpiano. Check out our Facebook page to see more street piano media.