Photographs of 2nd Annual Pop-Up Piano Miami Preview Mixer at Miami Iron Side on 11/25/13

2nd Annual Pop-Up Piano Miami Preview Mixer at Miami Iron Side on Monday, November 25, 2013.

Pop-Up Piano Mission:  “Injecting infectious sounds into South Florida’s live music scene.”

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Pop-Up Piano Miami hosted its second annual Piano Preview Mixer on Monday, November 25 at Miami Iron Side in anticipation for its main events presented by The Related Group during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach. Anyone in Miami looking for the perfect nexus of art and music needed not look further than last night’s Pop-Up Piano Miami Preview Mixer.

The chic venue at Miami Iron Side was adorned with the nearly completed, painted pianos from this year’s participating PUPM artists. Artists Chor Boogie, Evoca 1, Nate Dee, Tomas Loewy, and Rone mingled with guests as they showcased their creations. KIND Healthy Snacks, Onli Beverages, Popsicleta, and Burgers & Beer joint food truck provided tasty treats, while Bombay Sapphire Martini hosted an interactive create-your-own cocktail experience. Danceable beats filled the room by DJ Thizz and DJ Knockers, building the anticipation for performances by Suenalo and students of PUPM beneficiary Guitars Over Guns.

In addition to music and art, jewelry designer Tiffany Ortiz from TAudrey showcased her original PUPM necklace, which was created to help raise awareness about the project. As the night progressed, more and more guests were decked out in their new TAudrey accessory.

The crowd came to a silence as the students of Guitars Over Guns took the stage. Santamaria Arocho played an acoustic cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, Biana Manzanares recreated “When I’m Gone” by Anna Kendrick as seen in the movie Pitch Perfect, and Rody Lafrance performed his own solo arrangement of Beatles songs.

Following the students, Raquel Sofia continued to drive the musical momentum with her energetic performance. Finally, Suenalo took the stage. The band ignited the room into a dancing frenzy, as sharp Latin horn stabs punctuated the cool air flowing through the Little River warehouse venue. The evening was a true celebration of art, charity, and music, especially since Suenalo members are also mentors for the Guitars Over Guns students.

The Piano Preview Mixer has set the tone for the upcoming PUPM’s Hyde & Seek Pop-Up Concert Series presented by The Related Group. Stay tuned for announcements regarding concert performers and dates. To learn more about PUPM, please visit www.popuppianomia.com. To learn more about Guitars Over Guns, please visit www.guitarsoverguns.org.

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