Keys to the city: Public pianos offer downtown Little Rock a midday musical interlude

Posted: October 2, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Emberly Hutto, 6, plays a pop-up piano at Sixth and Main streets in Little Rock. Her mother, Cristy Hutto, thinks she inherited musical ability from her father.

Everything about these pianos whispers of whimsy -- the colorful patterns painted on their wood, the mystery of when they will be available and the people who stop, taking an interlude in their days to play them.

Lionel Alford plays a Billy Joel tune on a pop-up piano in the Little Rock River Market.

Steven Speirs brings some gospel music to the intersection of Sixth and Main streets in downtown Little Rock.

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