This is Why There Were 12 Pianos on Market Street

May 23 at 10am

Last Thursday night, May 15,  Market Street was a site for celebration of music, dance, and performance. The Bold Italic partnered with Central Market NOW to produce an amazing evening of unexpected fun along two blocks in the heart of the city. 

The Sunset Piano Project wheeled out all 12 of their mobile pianos, setting them up along Market Street with a whole cluster in the middle of UN Plaza! We also spied people who brought their own instruments to create an ensemble around the pianos. It was great to see the spontaneous jam sessions come together between strangers.  

Everywhere you looked, there was music. A band playing outside World of Stereo, a cellist in the window of Hospitality House, and roving musicians doing their thing outside Show Dogs and A.C.T. Costume Shop. And did we mention there were fire jugglers, clowns, and hula hoopers? 

Dance students from Alonzo King LINES improvised on the corner of 7th and Market and they were joined by courageous passersby.

Meanwhile, [freespace] served as a dynamic host with loads going on. The folks at Social Print Studio were on site printing Instagram photos "#microhood" and handing them out for free to elated iPhone photographers. 

Uncle Jesse, our human-powered treat machine was taken over by our friends at Fotobit, who offered all attendees free samples of their awesome modular frames.

There was also a build-your-own Sim City installation, free lemonade courtesy of Hubert's, and a host of interactive art projects. The Bold Italic invited guests to put stickers on a huge map to show where they had their first kiss in SF and where they've fallen off their bikes. And we were also onsite asking you to "talk to us with your faces" and tell us how you feel about this one-of-a-kind neighborhood. 

Storefront worked with jam maker Jake to showcase his range of homemade jellies. Further down the street, 3 Potato 4 were plying hungry Microhooders with delicious baked fries and free sauce. 

Huckleberry Bicycles threw open its doors and offered discounts, music, and free pours of beer from Calicraft

The afterparty at Monarch was sponsored by Zoosk and guests were given special calling cards to reach out to any cuties they wanted to connect with! We like to think of ourselves as occasional matchmakers so we loved seeing the exchange of phone numbers!

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Thursday night: we can't wait to see you at our next Microhood! Here are a few more favorite moments from the event!

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