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State St. Pianos Appear for the Public to Play Freestyle Shows

By John Palminteri, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:47:36 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 10 2013 08:50:22 PM CDT

Decoraded and restored pianos have popped up in downtown Santa Barbara, and people have enjoyed themselves playing live music.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Beautiful music,  from artistically painted pianos, can now be heard on State St. in Santa Barbara.

It's part of the "Pianos on State "  project.  They will be out on several blocks downtown through October 21 in coordination with the New Noise festival.

One of the first persons to sit down and play was Santa Barbara City College student Matt Smith.  As a child in New York, he took two years of lessons.   Then he taught himself songs he enjoyed.

"It's awesome to come out and play for people," said Smith.   And he plans to play every public piano he can find.   "They're all different.  All these pianos have been donated  so they had to have repairs.  Some keys might have been missing.  So I am going to go around and find different ones  you will see me there."

Last year the young and old could be found on the keyboards.

Some professionals also gave impromptu concerts.

For more information on the piano locations you can go to :  pianosonstate.com

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