The city of Santa Monica and Make Music Los Angeles will partner to offer a celebration of music on Friday, June 21 from 11a.m. — 10 p.m.
Performers will play at various Santa Monica parks, sidewalks and the beach in addition to a stage set up in Palisades Park from 11:45 a.m. — 6:45 p.m. The day will kick off with The 100 Hohner Harmonica Project, a musical performance with audience participation led by Tom Nolan, leader of the Tom Nolan Band and dean of students at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences. The Hohner musical instrument company and Alfred Music will provide free harmonicas and sheet music respectively for those who wish to join in and play.
Amateurs, students, professionals and established artists will be performing for free all day. Local artists include Dave Ellis, a teacher at McCabe’s Guitar Shop who plays Spanish, flamenco and classical guitar and Jaq Mackenzie, a John Adams Middle School student and singer/songwriter.
The festival is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday and is celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries. Venues will be available across Los Angeles County in an effort to connect communities.
“Our hope is to inspire new creative works, develop new audiences and celebrate our cultural differences by crisscrossing the county and discovering the hidden musical gems L.A. has to offer,” said Dorsay Dujon, founder and executive director of Make Music Los Angeles, in a press release.