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Cabildo takes advantage of ArtPrize entry to bring music to public areas

Cabildo kicks off their downtown tour at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts


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Cabildo rocks out at the GVSU bus stop downtown

Cabildo rocks out at the GVSU bus stop downtown /Denise Cheng

Passers-by boogie down at Lyon Square

Passers-by boogie down at Lyon Square /Denise Cheng

On Wednesday night, local band Cabildo had a solid caravan of 25 people - musicians and admirers - following them by bicycle and on foot to nine pianos sprinkled around downtown. The pianos were part of UK-based Luke Jerram's ArtPrize entry, "Play me, I'm yours," which placed 20 pianos in highly trafficked areas.

Julio Cano, one of Cabildo's guitarists and vocalists, was inspired by how the ArtPrize entry provided the tool to reclaim public spaces, stating that people think impromptu music performances are unusual in public yet was the norm in eras past. Cano rallied the 10 band members of vocalists, drummers, brass and string musicians and a pianist, and also invited anyone who pleased to join with their own instruments.

Billed as a bicycle ride, the performances began at 8:30 p.m. at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and ended at Founders Brewing Company.

Stops included:

  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Art on Sheldon Boulevard
  • Grand Rapids Police Department
  • 146 Monroe Center (in front of Biggby Coffee)
  • Lyon Square
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • GVSU Downtown bus stop
  • Van Andel Arena
  • Hop Cat
  • Founders Brewing Company

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Best acoustics: GRFord

Best dancing amongst spectators: Lyon Square

Biggest appreciative crowd: Founders

No outstanding warrants: GRPD

Excellent submission to the Rapidian. Thanks, Denise!

 no i am really sad that i missed that one!