The concept for Make Music Day — a day to celebrate music of all types and encourage people to join in — started France in 1982. Since then it’s spread to encompass more than 800 cities in 110 countries — and now, for the first time, Cleveland.
All day, at venues all over town, not all of them traditional music spots, there will be hundreds of free events, from concerts by trained classical artists, including Cleveland Orchestra members, to ordinary people making music with kazoos. They range from Classical Revolution Cleveland at the Happy Dog to a “Sousa Palooza” at Lakewood Baptist Church. There’ll even be a sunset sing-along at Edgewater Park
“At the heart of Make Music Cleveland is the desire to create safe spaces for anyone to share in the fun than can be had when people make music together,” say the organizers. “Artists of all ages, abilities and genres are encouraged to participate. Whether it’s your cousin who plays the tuba, your neighbor’s garage band, your school’s drum line, your church choir or your favorite DJ, anyone and everyone can join the music-making that is taking place around the world on June 21st.”
The venues are spread over Cuyahoga and Lorain counties so there’s bound to be one up the street from you. There’s a full schedule here. They’re signing up musicians and venues until the day of the event so keep checking back.