Welcome the bona fide start of summer — the summer solstice, June 21 — with a day of beautiful music as Philadelphia joins in World Music Day with a free daylong, “do it yourself” festival, Make Music Philly.
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21, Make Music Philly puts amateur and professional musicians in the spotlight for both organized and informal performances across the city.
World Music Day, which began in 1982 with Fête de la Musique in France, came to the United States in 2006 as National Music Day, and now more than 500 cities in 110 countries around the world participate in this global celebration of the cultural impact of music.
In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN radio station has stepped up as the lead organizer, but anyone can — and should! — join in the festival.
Artists and/or venues can register their own events or use Make Music Philly’s matchmaking software, which allows artists and venues to find each other to create events.
Once events are approved by the festival organizers, they will be displayed on an online map and schedule.
So far, concerts and events are scheduled at such top-notch venues as World Cafe Live, the Kimmel Center, Penn Museum, National Constitution Center, Fleisher Art Memorial, Settlement Music School and City Hall Courtyard.
Want to participate? Just register as an artist or venue with Make Music Philly (see the registration guides here) before June 12.
Check back for more as this harmonious day draws near.
Make Music Philly
When: Friday, June 21, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Locations throughout the city
More info: www.makemusicphilly.org