Play On, Dallas! is a cultural expression project involving the decoration and installation of used pianos in popular community spaces within Dallas. Our goal is to provide art and an otherwise expensive, difficult-to-access musical instrument to the public so that all have the opportunity to perform, to learn, and to teach on pianos. To achieve the unity of a diverse community and to positively impact Dallas, the pianos will be placed in easily accessible public spaces: Dallas Farmers Market, Pegasus Plaza and Love Field Airport.
Play On, Dallas! allows infinite opportunities for interactions, conversations, collaborations and friendships to form over the celebration of music. By making beautifully decorated pianos available to the community in public spaces, everyone has the chance to play a piano—regardless of socioeconomic background, culture, race, education, age or experience. We envision these pianos as vehicles for cultural exchange and free, public education in the community—bridging the gap between those who do and do not have access to this musical instrument. The pianos will be decorated to reflect Dallas culture, music and art.
"All Eyes On You" piano is based on the fixating set worn by Amelia Meath of the electronic duo, Sylvan Esso, from Durham, NC when recording a Live Session before their sold-out show at the Granada Theater.
Location: Dallas Farmer's Market
"The Get Down" piano is based on the saucy threads worn by Anderson.Paak, an American Rapper of soul, jazz, hip hop, and R&B from California, while performing at the Grammy Pro live recording.
Location: Pegasus Plaza
“Bananas on the Roof” piano is based on the 90s ensembles worn by Tarriona “Tank” Ball and Kayla Buggage of Tank and the Bangas, a Nola funk band whose 2017 performance, won them the Tiny Desk Contest.
Location: Dallas Love Field Airport
This Saturday kicks off the Play On, Dallas! launch of all three pianos, decorated for Dallas communities, over the celebration of artistic expression. We encourage everyone to enjoy playing the pianos, taking photos together, and of course collaborating with any additional instruments people wish to bring. At the event you will hear unforgettable performances from three talent-soaked musicians: Daniel Porter, Poppy Xander, and Parker Geiger. Join us at Main St. Garden Park from 12-2PM and Play On, Dallas!
Play On, Musicians
Coming to Dallas by way of Sioux City, Iowa, Daniel Porter is a full-time keyboardist in the metroplex area. A 2014 jazz- studies graduate of the University of North Texas, Porter has gradually inched his way into the talent-soaked scene, working with dozens of DFW's finest performers, including Mark Lettieri, Shaun Martin, Tatiana Mayfield, Kirk Thurmond, Vandell Andrew, among many others. He leads an original trio project called "Q&A" that performs regularly in the area, and can be heard the first Tuesday of the month at Independent Bar and Kitchen. The group features entirely original instrumental compositions that balance jazz influences with his affinity for rock, prog, and soul music.
Poppy Xander is a free lance musician currently playing in seven projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Mostly known for her work as a keyboardist and vocalist, Xander also composes, works in costume design, and teaches private voice and piano. In 2017, Xander was nominated by theDallas Observer as Best Keyboardist. Her Avant Garde Pop band Starfruit and her Folk band Levi Cobb and The Big Smoke were nominated as well.
Parker Geiger is an Atlanta based musician with crazy singing ability, mad piano skills, incredible guitar talent and a huge heart for all things Dallas! He lived in Uptown Dallas while completing an internship after graduating Auburn University and wished to return one day to plant some roots. We are grateful to have him join us at the Play On, Dallas! So be sure to join us for our special guest performance!