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Make Music City of the Week: Hartford

Make Music Day resounds across the Constitution State on June 21! Ten regional chapters, coordinated by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, are organizing Make Music Connecticut events in cities large and small.

In the state capital, planning for Make Music Hartford is well underway, with music for every taste: Kirtan concerts to kazoos, Brazilian drumming to electronica.

Check out their website for more details, and to sign up yourself! (The registration deadline is May 21.)

Make Music Artist of the Week: Lucius Talley

Nashville native Lucius Talley is behind one of this year’s most unexpected Make Music Day events.

At the Nashville International Airport on June 21, Mr. Talley will invite travelers to participate in a mass spoon play-along event, in partnership with Arts at the Airport and the National Museum of African American Music, where Mr. Talley has been a teaching artist since 2014.

Mr. Talley’s spoon-playing career began in collaboration with the late Bobby Hebb (famous for his 1966 hit “Sunny”). He has performed the spoons on America’s Got TalentNashville, and a variety of commercials. In addition to his talent with the spoons, Mr. Talley is also a percussionist and woodwind artist. Watch him in action!

Hohner Harmonica Hangs

For the sixth straight year, Hohner joins Make Music Day with an epic, nationwide harmonica blow out.

On June 21, some 4,000 first-time players will learn the basics of the instrument in massive, outdoor lessons and jam sessions held in over 40 cities across North America. After the free lessons – many led by Hohner artists – each player will get to keep their own high-quality Hohner Blues Band harmonica, to continue playing and learning at home.

All event details will be posted on our Mass Appeal page as they are confirmed.

Make Music Now in 75+ U.S. Cities

From marching bands to Tuvan throat singers, musicians across the country will join forces on Thursday June 21 for Make Music Day, the world’s largest annual music event.

In 2018, over 75 U.S. cities – 50% more than last year! – are celebrating Make Music Day on a grand scale. New chapters in Connecticut, Austin TX, Cincinnati OHLong Beach CA, and dozens of others are bringing the holiday to their city for the first time.

Check out the previews from Rolling Stone and Billboard, and then find a celebration near you!