LA GRANGE – Visitors to downtown La Grange may be entertained by impromptu concerts this month, as a piano is installed for the second year outside La Grange Village Hall from Aug. 1 through 31.
The colorful upright piano will be placed near the outdoor fountain by Village Hall for performances by area musicians and music lovers. It is available for all ages, abilities and types of music, according to a news release from the La Grange Business Association. Visiting is free, and everyone is encouraged to play.
In September, the piano will be moved outside the Stone Avenue Metra station, where it will stay through the West End Arts Festival, which will be Sept. 8 and 9.
Scheduled piano performances will be at 7 p.m. on the following dates:
• Aug. 2: Brian Blankenship of Tank and the Beez
• Aug. 9: Students from the American Music Institute
• Aug. 16: Students from Sato Music Studios
• Aug. 23: Students from the American Music Institute.
The piano calls attention to the vibrant arts scene in La Grange and complements the annual summer art exhibit organized by the La Grange Business Association, this year called "Live Love La Grange," the release stated. The exhibit features 30 whimsically designed love seats displayed in front of local businesses. The art project is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the village of La Grange.
The piano was designed and painted by local artist Larry Law. Called "Jazz in the Sunset," it's reminiscent of a group of jazz musicians playing around Jackson Square in New Orleans while appreciating a beautiful sunset, according to the release. A tarp will cover the piano during inclement weather and allow it to remain outdoors.
Photos and videos can be shared on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag "#lagrangearts."