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Houston to celebrate Make Music Day with several citywide music events

Nalynn Dolan Caine |
It all started 40 years ago in France.

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In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true and the Fête de la Musique (Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day) has turned into a true national holiday. France shuts down on the summer solstice on June 21 and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

Ever since, the festival has become the biggest and loudest international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries, including India, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, the UK, and Japan.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone, anywhere who wants to take part. Free concerts are also organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.

Every kind of musician, young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion, pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

Houston will celebrate Make Music Day by hosting several citywide music events on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 11am to 11pm.

The following are featured events for this year's Make Music Day in Houston:

Make Music on the Lake: The Consulate General of France in Houston will host international performances at Memorial Park, Clay Family Eastern Glades & Hines Lake. Other local consulates will also host their own events.

Rothko Chapel: Kaminari Taiko, a Japanese drumming ensemble, marks the end of the longest day of the year with an evening performance on the Plaza of Rothko Chapel (1409 Sul Ross Street), one of Houston’s most revered space for personal contemplation, interfaith dialogue and action for human rights.

SITE Gallery: Nameless Sound Ensemble creates a one-night-only concert with an orchestra stationed throughout the Gallery. The concert features an original score for improvisation, specifically suited to the site located in former grain towers at The Silos at Sawyer Yards (2101 Winter Street). Attendees are invited to walk through the space to experience the acoustics (and the artists performing) from various perspectives.

Bagby Park in Midtown: The iconic Midtown sign located at Bagby Park (415 Gray Street) will be wrapped with a design by local artist Melissa Aytenfisu in honor of the national Juneteenth holiday. Musicians perform in front of the sign, a backdrop that serves as reminder of the pursuit of freedom.

Flowerpot Music: Houstonians are invited to perform using an unlikely but beautiful instrument: the flowerpot. Appropriate for musicians and non-musicians alike will gather to create soundscapes at Mandell Park (1501 Richmond Ave), 6:30pm.

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