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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 –


On the national level, Make Music Day is sponsored by
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 are now seeking local sponsors, media partners, cultural organizations, civic entities, and donors, as well as volunteers to help things run smoothly.


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?



Call to Action!

May 23, 2019

Our first print ad – on the Back Page of Indy Week! Calling all performers & hosts to sign up, then select your matches.

More Venues!

May 21, 2019

Shout out to new venues who have signed up – Fullsteam Brewery, Ponysaurus Brewing, Pleiades Arts, Inc, Durham Co-op Market (outdoor “Mulchitorium”), Sew Crafty (greenspace at 104 W. Parrish), Living Arts Collective, Karport Karaoke. Any musician or band who registers can now request a time slot. We have lunch time slots as well!

“I’m in!”

May 8, 2019

So you love the idea of hosting music at your home or business, or in a public space in your neighborhood? Here’s a link to tips for making the most of your venue. VENUE TIPS Then register at

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