Time to Make Music Detroit, World is Listening

mmd-logo-web On June 21st, 2016, Detroit will, for the first time, join cities in 120 countries for Make Music Day, the “world’s largest global music event.”  Scheduled on the longest day of the year, the inaugural Make Music Detroit will take place at multiple venues and will feature over 70 musical performances.  All participating venues will be free of admission and open to all ages.  Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Detroit is open to anyone who wants to perform, learn, or teach music.

Make Music Detroit have coordinated more than a dozen sites around the city to serve as venues for the performers.  Most sites are dispersed within a two to five mile radius from each other, which includes three walkable clusters situated within the Cultural Center, Downtown and North End neighborhood.  Attendees are going to be able to visit Detroit Institute of Arts, Assemble Sound, The Carr Center at Harmonie Park, Urban Bean Co., Northern Lights Lounge, Cass Cafe, Third Man Records, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall and sites along the Oakland Avenue Artist Corridor to enjoy and experience every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion (from jazz to folk to experimental to soul to electronic).  Performances start at Noon and end at Midnight.  For complete schedule and venue detail, please visit the official website at www.makemusicdetroit.org.

Make Music Detroit will showcase the eclectic and vibrant styles of the city through performances by some of its venerable music icons and rising artists.  These performances include: Liz Larin, winner of more than 20 Detroit Music Awards; renowned youth and student choral ensemble The Mosaic Singers; Jazz Foundation of America’s RJ Spangler Quintet featuring sax legend Larry Smith & vocalist Nikki Pearse; PhilHarmonic Sextet featuring Detroit’s Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis; current CJAM & former WDET radio host/DJ Judy Adams; Metro Times 2016 Reader’s Choice Best Electronic Artist recipient Kevin Reynolds; platinum credited hip hop artist/producer Nick Speed; multi-instrumentalist & folk sensation Jennie Knaggs of Lac La Belle; Skeeto Valdez, Paul Randolph & John Douglas’ The Mighty Funhouse; soul/funk legend Amp Fiddler; and 11 year-old singer-songwriter Sophia Avocado.

Make Music Detroit advocates the access to music education and performance space to citizens of all ages and skill levels.  More than a festival, Make Music Detroit is an ongoing “movement” to highlight the vital role music and music education plays in promoting better social, academic and spiritual engagement.  Furthermore, Make Music Detroit strives to recognize the indispensable work of local music institutions in youth  development.  Parents are encouraged to register their aspiring music lover and music maker for the event on the website.  Parents can also take their children to any of the free music workshops available throughout the music making celebration.

Originated from France in 1982 as Fête De La Musique in which the Ministry of Culture “imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere,” Make Music Day is now celebrated annually on the summer solstice in over 700 cities worldwide, including 37 cities across the U.S.  Let’s make Detroit’s first year an ode to joy!