Rami Jaffee, Jonny Kaplan and More Wrap Pop-Up Piano Miami Concert Series
Pop-Up Piano Miami (PUPM) and The Related Group's 3-day concert series wrapped Saturday evening, as a trendy crowd rocked out to performances by Rami Jaffee (of the Foo Fighters), Jessy Greene (who has performed with Pink and the Foo Fighters), Dave Krusen (former drummer for Pearl Jam), Jason Abraham Roberts (guitarist for Norah Jones), Jonny Kaplan (singer of Jonny Kaplan and The Lazy Stars), and Jokin Salaverria (bassist of Jonny Kaplan and The Lazy Stars). Setting the energetic tone for the night was Miami-based singer-songwriter Cris Cab, who opened up the Celebrity Jam Session.
The pianos on display this year were particularly special, as one was donated by the grandson of holocaust survivors, who had the piano in his family for decades. After his father passed away, he donated the beloved instrument to Pop-Up Piano Miami.
The free concert series was held at The Related Group's SLS Brickell, Hyde Midtown and Paraiso Bay sites, all designed by Arquitectonica. The collaboration with PUPM is part of Related's longstanding commitment to the arts.
Paraiso Bay, their luxury waterfront condo which just launched this summer, will include a public sculpture park on the five-acre site, in line with Related's mission to incorporate art throughout their projects.
Sales for Paraiso Bay have been strong, where a unit was even sold at Thursday night's concert, and reportedly musician Cris Cab's mother was looking into purchasing one as well.
About the PUPM Executive Committee: The Black Key Group (Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker) created a special executive committee of young, savvy professionals throughout South Florida to assist in creating, executing, and facilitating Pop-Up Piano Miami. From curating artists to securing locations for the pianos, the following list of people sit on the committee: Patricia Baro (Mixed Media Collective); Santiago Cantillo (Mixed Media Collective); Meris Thomas (Freelancer - Event Production); Jessica Wade Pfeffer (Jessica Wade Inc.); and Kristin Perera (Social Media Marketing Director).
About Uniting Local Artists, Inc. (ULA): Uniting Local Artists, Inc. (ULA) was formed in 2011 as an instrument to help young professionals in Miami who have started a project to help local musicians, artists, and music programs in schools that need musical instruments. ULA mobilizes professional artists - from musicians to artists to performers - in volunteer service programs that benefit youth in the local communities in the field of music and art. The primary mission of ULA is to be the managing organization that pulls together local professionals for volunteering and identifies companies to sponsor these events that will showcase local talent, while donating valuable musical instruments to local schools, charities, and hospitals.