Make Music


Get in touch with us at



Thank you for coming out for Durham’s first Make Music Day!

Please send ideas for Sunday June 21, 2020! What would you like to see included next year, and where?! 


Make Music Day Durham is a day-long, free, “do it yourself” celebration of participatory music making taking place in various locations in Durham on June 21st. This event already happens annually in over 120 countries worldwide as Fete de la Musique, and as Make Music Day in over 80 US cities.

We encourage participation from all ages and abilities, and all musical styles. It could be a solo guitar on a front porch, fiddlers in a brewery, or 100 singers in front of an office building. Play solo or with your group. Or would you like to help create something larger? Outdoor jams of guitars, ukes, drums, or harmonicas? Walk-up circles of a specific style – hip-hop, old time, bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock, etc.?

This website functions like a dating app, with places for both locations and musicians to sign up. Make Music Day Durham approves matches already agreed to by performer and host, being sure to meet the regulations of the town of Durham, and the mission of Make Music Day.

Our lofty goal is to inspire more locals to express themselves with music, and give them an annual holiday to celebrate just that!

Although this celebration happens in Durham, it is not limited to residents. We invite music enthusiasts from everywhere to participate by performing, attending or volunteering. Please join us on the summer solstice as part of an international event with its heart and soul in our local community!

Blaise Kielar is spearheading Make Music Day Durham 2019. He has served Triangle musicians since 1978, first with a violin shop in Chapel Hill, then as founder of Music Explorium, Electric Violin Shop and Bulltown Strutters. He and his wife Cathy are both certified Drum Circle Facilitators, and, since 2002, have hosted public musical events, many co-sponsored by local Parks & Rec Departments. He has always sought to empower music making in a wide group, even those who think they “can’t carry a tune in a bucket.”

Starting an annual Make Music Day Durham would allow our community to expand how it perceives music, and take one day a year to visibly encourage both professionals and ordinary folks to come out and play.

Anyone in Durham can offer to host an event in their outdoor or indoor space, private or commercial. Make Music Day Durham has rented Durham Central Park and CCB Plaza as focal points.

Friday June 21 – 10AM to Midnight. This coincides with Durham’s Third Friday Art Walk for June, and with 1000’s of musical gatherings around the world.  Check out the national website –

2019 Listings: Friday, June 21st



On the national level, Make Music Day receives support from –
American Composers Forum
Drum Corps International
Hohner harmonicas
Kala ukuleles
MakeMusic notation software
Martin Guitar
Music Performance Trust Fund
NAMM Foundation
Vic Firth drumsticks
Zildjian cymbals

In Durham, we rely on you! We are seeking local sponsors, media partners, cultural organizations, civic entities, neighborhood associations, and donors, as well as volunteers to help things run smoothly.

If you have PayPal, log into your account and send $ to us at    Your $ defrays the expense of creating this free festival, and we & your neighbors thank you!.


Kenray Digital Media

High Strung Violins & Guitars


To hop on board, please email us –


As a city-wide participatory event, Make Music Day Durham relies on YOU to make it happen! Our website functions like a dating app. 


If you are a vocalist, instrumentalist , play in a band, conduct a chorus, band or orchestra, or just have an idea for a cool musical gathering, you will register, then enter your details and availability at


If you run a café, restaurant or club; have a home with cool porch, driveway or yard; have stairs or a public area in front of your business; or can offer your school yard, etc., and are willing to offer a free, inclusive event, go to the same link to register, then enter your details to be a venue


Once registered, hosts & performers browse the possibilities, and request match-ups by logging in at the same link above. After approval by host, performer and the Make Music Day Admin, the event is scheduled and goes public.

This is a DIY, grassroots co-creation of everyone in Durham – all neighborhoods and musical styles are encouraged to sign up! It is completely FREE, and all-inclusive. If you offer an outdoor public space, will you have an indoor rain plan?



Make Music Day – How To

June 20, 2019

35 FREE performances at 16 venues all over downtown Durham Friday, June 21 Cell Phone Schedule & Map (no app required) Jam sessions are at Durham Central Park for instruments & voices, at CCB Plaza for drumming. Some chairs provided. Earliest band performance is 10AM at Ninth St. Bakery, the last ends around 11PMContinue Reading »

Schedule of Performances as of June 17

June 17, 2019

Schedule sorted by starting time of first performer per venue Ninth Street Bakery, 136 E Chapel Hill St Durham 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, XYLEM An electro-earthy fusion of wide melodic soundscapes, hypnotic rhythms and deep bass. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Brad King acoustic folk, Americana ballads 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Ladies ofContinue Reading »

Performances Confirmed as of 6 June

June 7, 2019

Confirmed as of 6 June for MAKE MUSIC DAY June 21, 2019 (there are a bunch more waiting for approval from Musicians and Venues) Brad King Playing Live At Ninth Street Bakery 11am – 12pm PERFORMANCE CONFIRMED Ladies of the Lake Playing Live At Ninth Street Bakery 12pm – 1:30pm PERFORMANCE CONFIRMED Country Spirit PlayingContinue Reading »

Older Entries »


As we appear in various media, we’ll post them here.