An Underground Show to Celebrate Piano Day

The slogan “Keep Portland Weird” has become a little overused at this point, but every once in a while something perfectly absurd happens and you think: Only in Portland.

Last Wednesday, that was the first Piano Day celebration ever held in the U.S., in which a unique cast of performers played a world-class piano in the Washington Park MAX Station, 260 feet below ground.

TriMet employee Gaylord Warren kicked things off with his jazz trio β€” they sounded so good β€” followed by Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale with Hunter Noack, who played a piece for four hands (!) with gusto. And then Sgt. Jim Quackenbush of the Portland Police Bureau somehow managed to follow that up by playing Beethoven and the theme from Star Wars (in uniform, of course) with seriously impressive poise and style.

The event was a fundraiser for Portland Piano International, a non-profit dedicated to enriching the community through piano performance and education. Piano Day is celebrated internationally on the 88th day of the year (there are 88 keys on the piano), and Portland is the first U.S. city to take part.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

More Posts

March on Instagram: Springing back to life

At last, spring is here…kind of. It still rains all the time and we only see the sun about twice a week. But the blossoms are out and the days are noticeably longer β€” looks like we’ll make it out after all!

Meanwhile, we’re seeing brighter and bolder shots in the Instagram feed, not to mention all the cherry blossoms this week!

πŸ”΅πŸ”΄

A post shared by Gavin (@gavinrear) on

Follow @ridetrimet on Instagram Β»

cushy cotton cloud commute / Go By Bike! #Portland #pdx #pnw #pnwonderland #gobybike #bikepdx #bike #seenonmyride

A post shared by Love Jonson (@lovepjonson) on

Oh, and National Puppy Day was also in March:

I love that this sweet girl is so easy going. At only 6 1/2 months she takes all of our outings in stride and effortlessly transitions from one to another, whether it’s school, 3 hours of church, the gym, a nice dinner out, or a bus ride. β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Photo description: Pictured is 6.5 month old female yellow lab, Kona, wearing her green vest with the front sleeve that reads “Guide Dog Puppy” visible and black gentle leader. The gold hardware on her leather leash can be seen in the bottom left corner of the photo. She is sitting, looking slightly down to the left. Behind her is the gray metal of the back of a bus seat and in the bottom right corner in the blue two-toned fabric of the seat of a city bus seat. #sightmasters #guidedogsfortheblind #raiseapuppychangealife

A post shared by Avonlea Allred (@avonlea_allred) on

Here’s hoping April brings some serious sunlight. Be sure to tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

More Posts

A Rare Look Inside the Operations Command Center

Dispatcher Trisha Nako Harris says it best: The crew in the Operations Command Center takes multitasking to the 10th degree.

Drivers call dispatch whenever they need help. Dispatchers, in turn, use sophisticated tools (so many screens!) and excellent judgment to coordinate the support effort.

 

Impressive, right? Now imagine what the job is like during snow and ice! Suffice it to say we’re really grateful for our hardworking dispatchers.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

More Posts

How You Can Say Thanks on Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Around here, we say “thank you” to our bus driver. It’s a thing.

Yes, Portlanders are often mocked for being agonizingly polite, but in this case it makes sense β€” we say thanks to the people who make our coffee and serve our food, so why wouldn’t we say it to the people who drive us around? Wouldn’t it be weirder to not say thanks?

So in recognition of Transit Driver Appreciation Day (normally March 18, but we’re celebrating a day early because that’s a Saturday), we want to show our operators how small gestures can really add up.

Here’s how it works: You can leave a thank-you note for your driver(s) at trimet.org/tdad. Maybe you have a regular driver you’re especially thankful for, or perhaps you want to call them all out.

Your note will join hundreds of others, which will be broadcast on screens throughout the operator report rooms β€” putting your message right in front of the people it means the most to.

Leave a thank-you note for your driver

Bus and rail drivers make a tough job look easy, day-in and day-out. Let’s show them how much they mean to us.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

More Posts

VIDEO: How Light Rail Could Keep the Southwest Corridor Moving

The communities in the Southwest Corridor are no longer sleepy suburbs, with the traffic to prove it. As these cities continue to grow, light rail could play a huge part in keeping everyone moving.

Learn more at swcorridorplan.org.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

More Posts

February on Instagram: Lightening Up

The February Fakeout didn’t really show up this year, but there was plenty to distract us from the record rain β€” starting with the dazzling displays at the Portland Winter Light Festival. Elsewhere, neon signs, fiery sunsets and a living statue caught our eye.

Follow @ridetrimet on Instagram Β»

Finals has come to an end, this year is flying by! ✈️

A post shared by Joti Mangat (@jo.tii) on

Travel by tram

A post shared by Jacob Stollberg (@jacobstollberg) on

🍰

A post shared by Ryan Jennings (@rizzazle) on

Don’t Move…..

A post shared by Aus10 (@austinmarlia) on

What will we see in March? Be sure to tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

More Posts