The first annual Make Music Hartford, a wild and wonderful mix of free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21. Make Music Hartford is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. This year, more than 750 cities worldwide will host thousands of Make Music performances as part of the world’s largest annual music event.
Join us as the Funky Dawgz Brass Band delivers a delightful free afternoon performance, then explore downtown as the city comes alive with music!
Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has spread across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.
“Make Music Hartford is an incredible example of the vibrancy of our community,” says Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council. “The Greater Hartford region is overflowing with artistic talent. With performances from individual amateurs to world-class ensembles, Make Music Hartford will give people a chance to experience our community’s diverse musical riches in their own backyards – or explore the sights and sounds of other neighborhoods.”
About the Greater Hartford Arts Council
The Greater Hartford Arts Council helps to improve lives and transform communities through the arts. We inspire all people to participate and invest in the arts in their region, so that together, we can create a thriving, vibrant community that is united by art. To learn more about Arts Council programs and services, as well as our United Arts Campaign, visit LetsGoArts.org or follow us @letsgoarts_org on Twitter.
About Make Music Day
Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 750 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, 70 U.S. cities and the entire states of Vermont and Connecticut are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.
For a full list of Hartford events, visit MakeMusicDay.org/Hartford.