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Pianos at airports

Piano at Heathrow Term 4

I spotted this piano – and this young boy – in Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport last week and got a kick out of the fact that his outfit matched the piano and that he wasn’t too shy to sit and play.

Pianos seem to be getting more popular at airports. Most seem to be attached to bars and few are as inviting as this one that says “Play Me.”

Spotted a piano in an airport? (Played it?) Let’s make a list….

More live music at Seattle Int’l Airport

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, already the site of an ambitious local music program, is getting even more tuneful.

Starting Thursday, March 27, the airport is doubling the number of live music performances in the terminal offered as part of the airport’s Experience the City of Music program.

Now there will be three performances daily – seven days a week – between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. at various post-security locations throughout the terminal.

The Port of Seattle and The Merchants at Sea-Tac will cover the costs of the program under a new three year contract.

“Anything that makes the airport experience more enjoyable for our guests is worth the investment,” said Stacy House, Senior Director of Operations for HMSHost, Sea-Tac Airport. “Not to mention, the music is fantastic and livens the atmosphere of our restaurants and shops. It’s an all-around win!”

We agree.

Sea-Tac’s music program goes far beyond the live music. The emphasis on Northwest artists includes overhead music, safety and public information announcements by artists, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors and a multi-channel web radio player available. There’s an exhibit about Jimi Hendrix on Concourse A and, in April, Sub Pop is scheduled to open a shop at Sea-Tac offering Northwest music as well.

Austin Bergstrom Int’l Airport celebrates SXSW

The annual music, film and interactive conference known as South by Southwest – SXSW – is underway in Austin and it’s so cool that the festivities begin the moment you get off the plane at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

During a ‘normal’ week, the airport offers 23 live music performances at six different venues in the airport. This week the shows include several special showcase events for SXSW.

On Tuesday, March 11, the Warren Hood Bad (Jazz/Blues/Newsgrass) will play from 1 to 3 pm

And the Lost & Nameless Orchestra, which plays “fiddle-driven folk rock, will entertain travelers from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

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Then on Monday, March 17, when many festival-goers are going home, the Jitterbug Vipers (“swingadelic) will perform from 1  to 3 pm -

and Mingo Fishtrap (soul and funk) will be on duty from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Want more music? Of course you do! Here’s a link to find out more about the live music schedule at AUS airport.

50 years ag today: The Beatles arrive at JFK Airport

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The Beatles’ first visit to the United States began 50 years ago today, on February 7, 1964, with their arrival at New York’s JFK International Airport on Pan Am Flight 101.

Two days later, the Fab Four performed on The Ed Sullivan Show to a TV audience of 70 million people – most of them screaming young girls and their alarmed parents.

There will be concerts, exhibits and other special events taking place around the country this weekend to mark the milestone of the first Beatles invasion in the U.S, but it kicks off at JFK Airport this morning when the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey unveils a historical marker at the landmark TWA Flight Center (in the airport’s Central Terminal Area) paying tribute to The Beatles’ arrival and first press conference in the United States.

Holiday anthem from Nick Lowe: Christmas At The Airport

There’s a lot of grumbling – but not a lot of singing – about being stuck at the airport during the holidays.

But lo and behold, here’s a tune by none other than Nick Lowe, titled Christmas At The Airport.

Enjoy!

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