Piano bar will play music nonstop for toy drive

Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.

Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar will play 24 hours of nonstop music in exchange for toys on Tuesday.

“We’re going to have piano players from all over Florida and the country to perform and be a part of it,” said Brad Heron, 31, owner of Rockeys, and a piano player himself. “Just bring an unwrapped toy. Anyone is welcome to come and be as generous as they want to be.”

This is the second annual toy drive for the bar at 112 S. Main St., and it starts at 5 p.m. and will go a full 24 hours. Heron said Gainesville firefighters will pick up the donated toys and take them to sick children at Shands at the University of Florida.

At least seven piano players will share the duty of playing for the duration, including Tim Buie, a two-time Guinness world record recipient for marathon piano playing.

“We’re trying to get some toys for some sick kids,” Buie said.

Last year, Buie said, the drive collected 300 toys, and he’d like to smash that number this year. The bar will operate as normal, but will stop serving alcohol between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., per law.

Heron said the piano players will switch off, but the music will go on nonstop.

“As dueling piano players, we each know thousands of songs,” he said.

Besides Buie and Heron, Papi Sorellis, a piano player from Colorado, and several others from around Florida will help with the music.

“It’ll be a good time for a good cause.” Heron said.

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