ARTS Pick: Wilford “88 Keys” Wilson

Local treasure Wilford “88 Keys” Wilson lights up the ivories between champagne toasts at Fellini’s. Image: Martin Phillips Local treasure Wilford “88 Keys” Wilson lights up the ivories between champagne toasts at Fellini’s. Image: Martin Phillips

Living history

Long before noise ordinances and patio regulations, Charlottesville had the Monticello Hotel (famous for the spoonbread) and its rooftop parties where staff member Wilford “88 Keys” Wilson would carry up a small piano and delight partiers late into the night. At 86 years old, “88” still tears up the keys every Monday at Fellini’s. On New Year’s Eve, the celebration will be accompanied by champagne toasts every hour until midnight.

Monday 12/31. No cover, 5:30pm, Fellini’s #9, 200 W. Market St. 979-4279.

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