The annual international Fête de la Musique coinciding with the summer solstice, encourages people to experience the pleasure of music-making
Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 3,000 free, outdoor musical events in the United States, returns this year on Tuesday 21 June. Coinciding with the summer solstice, the day-long event will see the participation of over 35 US cities hosting major events, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Portland, Madison, Philadelphia, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Washington DC, St. Louis, Chattanooga, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the entire state of Vermont, while smaller festivities are popping up around the country.
Make Music Day seeks to encourage all people, young and old, amateur or professional, to experience the pleasure of making music. Musicians of all persuasions pour onto streets, parks, plazas, porches and other public spaces, to share their music with friends, neighbours, and strangers.
Highlights of Make Music Day in the US will include Sousapaloozas in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York, bringing together hundreds of brass and wind musicians to play the music of John Philip Sousa; Street Studios in Chattanooga, Los Angeles, and New York with producers bringing gear and engaging passersby in the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music on the street; and over 100 Mass Appeals around the country where musicians – of all levels and ages – can gather with other players to make music in large, single-instrument groups.
Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 700 cities across 120 countries. All events are free and open to the public and participants who wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at: makemusicday.org