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01/24/2014

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PLAY ME A TUNE A group of pianists 'jams' in Five Points Park to mark the opening evening of Street Keys. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA KEYS DRAWS A CROWD WITH ITS LAUNCH DOWNTOWN, AND INTEREST CONTINUES TO BUILD By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The temperature may have been brisk, but Jim Shirley, executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, was delighted with the crowd that gathered for the kickoff of the Alliance's Sarasota Keys program, held in downtown Sarasota on the evening of Friday, Jan. 17. "We did have a great turnout," Shirley told The Sarasota News Leader on Jan. 22. "If the music is hot enough, you don't worry about the weather." wanting to find out what was happening. That was exactly what he was hoping for, he added. Among the musicians participating in that concert were Rich Ridenour, Lee Dougherty Ross and Jesse Martins, according to the Sarasota Keys Facebook page. With the approval of the City Commission, the Alliance has placed six spinet pianos along the sidewalks of Main Street, Pineapple Avenue and Palm Avenue for daytime use. The piaAs a jam session began in Five Points Park, nos "are open for the public to play, explore, Shirley said, he watched more and more learn, practice and most importantly, enjoy," people walk up, intrigued by the music and an Alliance news release says.

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