The ‘Blue’ Piano Man

Photo Courtesy George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

What do you get when you combine a 100-year-old Steinway piano and a master painter? Artist George Rodrigue, famous for his series of “blue dog” paintings, partnered with the Hall Piano Company of New Orleans to create The Rodrigue Steinway “Blue Dog Piano.”

On Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will present an unusual evening of art and music with “A Tribute to George Rodrigue” in the Emerald Ballroom at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The evening will include a gourmet wine dinner prepared by Chef John Carey, a live auction, wine pull and a live concert featuring the talents of five pianists: Sean Dietrich, John Ripley, David Seering, Donnie Sundal and Bobby Van Duesen performing everything from Broadway, jazz and pop/funk to ragtime and rock ‘n’ roll on the refurbished 1913 Steinway.  

Tickets to this exclusive event are $135 for MKAF members and $150 for non-members. Proceeds will jointly benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts. For more details on this event, call (850) 650-2226 or visit

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