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Tony Smith’s Gracehoper Since 1972, Smith’s Gracehoper, a sculpture on the north lawn of the DIA.

Crain’s Business Detroit Covers Make Music Detroit

June 4, 2016

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160603/NEWS/160609809/detroit-joins-more-than-700-cities-to-celebrate-make-music-day

The guys were on the “Veranda” Larry King’s term of endearment for the parking lot outside of Red Door’s Great Hall of the People when we soke with Blake Froling over the phone when I walked in.

Detroit will be the home of a citywide music event on June 21 called Make Music Detroit.

The event celebrates Make Music Day, which started in France in 1982 and is now a national holiday there. Similar events will take place on the same day in more than 700 cities worldwide, including 37 in the U.S. Performances will be held at venues across Detroit from noon to midnight, free of charge and open to all ages.

“I think Detroit is a great music city and it celebrates public and free events in a great way,” said Larry King, founder and executive producer of Make Music Detroit. “As a rebuilding music city, it seemed like a great gift to have a music event like this.”

There is no fee for artists to enter and all venues are donating their spaces free of charge. So far, 11 sites have agreed to host performances.