On Saturday, June 21, Santa Monica will feature a variety of performances in parks across the city. This will be the third year Santa Monica celebrates Make Music Los Angeles/MMLA, a countywide celebration of music. The event is based on France’s F√™te de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982.
In Tongva Park, residents and visitors are invited to make their own music between 12-4 p.m. The event kicks off with the 100 Hohner Harmonica Project with Tom Nolan. One hundred harmonicas, courtesy of Hohner, a 156-year-old musical instrument company, will be distributed to participants who can join a lesson and play along with a live music performance. The Freedom Drum Circle will have a hundred drums of all sizes so that people of all ages can jump into a communal drum playing experience led by Chris Ramirez. Jazzy Ash will perform early New Orleans jazz, zydeco, be-bop, and swing and kids and families will be invited to play along on percussive instruments and join in Mardi Gras activities. Beads included. This event is presented and produced by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division.
Santa Monica Recreation & Parks Commission Chair, Phil Brock and Santa Monica’s Neighborhood Associations have organized music performances throughout Santa Monica parks. Friends of Sunset Park will host music in Clover Park’s picnic area between 4 – 7:30 p.m. featuring Moo Moo Musica, Jennifer Lockhart and Masters of Now. The Ozone Cats will be performing in Ozone Park between 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Mid-City Neighbors feature music from 12-9 p.m. at Colorado Center Park including Paul Chesne, Rising Phoenix Morris Dance Group, Vida Simon, Root Chakar and others, and the North of Montana Association presents Under The Sky, Joshua Bernardo and Jaq McKenzie at the Rose Garden in Palisades Park from 3-5 p.m. Douglas Park hosts music from 4-7:30 p.m. with Amy Clarke, CUICANI, Joshua Bernardo and TEE-M and Hotchiss Park will have music from 4-7:30 p.m. with TEE-M, Under the Sky and CUICANI.
Make Music Los Angeles performances will take place in a variety of locations throughout Los Angeles, including community gardens, plazas, schools, courtyards and parks. MMLA has become an international phenomenon celebrated on the same day, the summer solstice, in more than 460 cities in 110 countries. Admission to all events is free.
For updated information on the line up at each park, times and locations, visit makemusicla.org, and click on Performances.