Make Music Day Salem is an event for people who love music and the joyous sense of community that music can foster. It will be held at numerous locations in Salem every June 21 (the summer solstice). The next Make Music Day Salem celebration is set for Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
Make Music Day Salem is a call to participation: Music by the People, For the People. It is an invitation to all musicians, amateur as well as professional, to sign up to play at one of the available venues and, after practicing up for the big event, to perform on June 21. And it is an invitation to music-lovers to show up at the venues and enjoy the musical offerings.
Make Music Day Salem is a celebration of music of all genres played by and enjoyed by people of all stripes. We plan to have music from Alternative to Bluegrass to Classical to Zydeco. And we hope to have a large turnout from the whole community, celebrating together our shared love of live music. We will be joining over 725 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day – so help us make this day unforgettable as we kick off summer with music for all to enjoy!
Make Music Day Salem is an outgrowth of the Fete de la Musique, which originated in France in 1982. The event began as a call to musicians in Paris to get out in the streets on June 21 and play their music. It has since spread and has a large footprint, particularly in Europe and parts of Africa, but also in a handful of cities getting started in the U.S. We think this is a great way to showcase our city and the many talented and amazing people that make Salem special.
Performers: create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.
Venues: create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!
May 14th to be included on the poster
June 7th last day for registration.
We will be adding more information and additional activities as we go. Guaranteed something for everyone!
I don’t know about you, but I’m more than excited about Make Music Day Salem coming around again. Last year’s event was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had in Salem. And I’ve lived here a long, long time. It was so good the City of Salem bestowed their “Distinguished Project Award” upon organizers Mark Green, Doug Hoffman, Carlee Wright and Brian Hart. (You may recognize Mark Green from RiverCity Rock Academy, Doug Hoffman from the wildly popular nightclub The Space Concert Club, and Brian Hart and Carlee Wright from bringing TedTalks to Salem, among many other things.) In fact, the head organizers for the North American organization said that Salem had the most successful first year. And yeah…it was amazing.
Ok, wait. Maybe you missed it last year, so let’s get you caught up. Make Music Day is an all-day music festival which started in France in 1982 and occurs on the Summer Solstice, June 21st, each year. France’s Fête De La Musique has since spread worldwide to 700 cities in 120 countries, even into the United States. New York was the first city to bring this holiday to life in the States about 10 years ago. Since then the festival has spread to over 30 cities in the US. Salem again joins the celebration on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. It is a one-day event where free, live musical performances in Salem are part of a global celebration of music.
Again, Salem’s event last year was off the chain. There ended up being over 70 performers participating in over 30 venues around town. There was literally music everywhere. My personal favorite were the performances that took place in the alleyways later on at night. The people of Salem didn’t want it to end. Citizens were involved with their city and I heard more than once, “Why doesn’t this happen more than once a year?” So far, it doesn’t. So mark Wednesday, June 21st on your calendar and don’t miss it.
This works best when everybody participates. The festival needs venues, performers and volunteers to make this another amazing event. It doesn’t matter what skill level—everyone is welcome: solo performers, bands, DJs, school choirs and bands, orchestras—EVERYBODY. Please join in the celebration and sign up early so you can be added to the posters and t-shirts. Please go to www.MakeMusicDay.org/Salem and click on the “Participate” link. The website is pretty slick and does much of the work for you. It matches up bands and venues depending on parameters that you set. It’s like a music matchmaker for Salem.
This year the festival will be even more focused on the downtown area. Pack a picnic lunch, load up your bike and don’t forget your umbrella for rain or shine. Salem will be out in the streets celebrating the solstice and our shared gift of music.
Join Salem’s Make Music Day celebration, be part of a global event
Carol McAlice Currie , Statesman JournalPublished 10:18 p.m. PT Feb. 28, 2017 | Updated 10:00 a.m. PT March 1, 2017
Last year, Salem’s participation in Make Music Day dwarfed Portland’s effort and its organizers hope to do the same this year.
The 2nd Annual Make Music Day celebration will be held this year on June 21, the longest day of the year, said organizers Brian Hart and Mark Green. The event started in the ’80s inspired by France’s Fete de la Musique, and is now held in more than 800 cities worldwide including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.
Salem rocked it last year with more than 70 performers, 150 performances, 30 host venues and an attendance of between 8,000 to 9,000 people.
“We hope to have more than that this year in every category,” Hart said.
The day-into-nightlong event is for all ages, and it’s free to perform and free to attend though organizers know it’s not free to stage. Any and all donations are appreciated.
“This year, we’d really like to get school choirs, bands and orchestras to participate even though we know school is out by then,” Green said. “We want them to be recognized for their efforts.”
They’d also like to expand the types of musicians and performers, Hart said. “We’d love to get drum circles going, Mariachi bands playing and other forms of musicians joining in.”
Last year, some of the performance venues included downtown merchants and the Capitol steps.
Both Green and Hart said they’re promoting the event early to help performers get the most bang for their non buck (remember, there is no charge to perform or attend).
“There is no charge, but you do need to register if you want to perform,” Hart said.
“The earlier you register, the more publicity you’ll get,” Green added.
Global phenomenon Make Music Day comes to Salem June 21
Salem will join a worldwide phenomenon on the summer solstice. The city’s streets, alleys, sidewalks, parking lots and public spaces will resound with the joyful noise of Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21.
From Peace Plaza at Salem Public Library to Salem Cinema and from the Oregon State Capitol to the Boys & Girls Club of West Salem, roughly 30 venues will host music events. Performances begin around 10:30 a.m. Over the lunch hour and into the night, more musicians will join the fun.
More than 100 bands and singers of all ages and abilities will perform big band, folk, hard rock, soul, hip-hop, country and music of all styles. Mark Green, co-organizer of Salem’s event, said, “There will be something for everyone.”
The best thing: It’s all free.
“Three principals of Make Music Day: It needs to be free; nobody can be charged. Nobody can get paid. Music must be outside, unless it rains,” Green said. “That’s what’s beautiful about it.
“Make Music Day started in France in 1982. The idea was musicians should get outside and play music on the first day of summer, the solstice. It’s all over Europe. In France, it’s an official kind of holiday or celebration.”
This year, more than 725 cities in more than 120 countries will participate.
“This makes a lot of sense for our town with the incredible talent we have. It’s a great way to kick the summer off,” Green said.
There will be interactive and family-friendly activates for all ages. At 5 p.m. on the Capitol steps, volunteers will pass out 100 free harmonicas, teach the basics and lead a jam session. At 6 p.m. at ABC Music, Ukuleles Fans of Oregon will offer an interactive demonstration.
At 7 p.m. on the Capitol steps, ’60s garage rock band The Kingsmen will perform. The band invites audience members to bring instruments and join in performing “Louie Louie.”
For information and a full schedule, go to makemusicday.org/salem or download the Make Music Day app. To contact the coordinators, email email@example.com.
Join Tom and Carlee for a musical stroll
You’re invited to join Tom and Carlee’s CAFE — Community Arts for Everyone — for the action. Statesman Journal reporters Tom Mayhall Rastrelli and Carlee Wright will lead a walk to hear five styles of music in just over an hour.
Meet us at the Statesman Journal building at the corner of Court and Church streets shortly before 6 p.m. by the DJ playing music. We’ll be wearing pink.
At 6 p.m., we’ll walk to Ranch Records to hear the bluegrass and indie-folk songs of Whiskey Priest. From there we’ll head to 1859 Cider Co. to hear the pop tunes of Pending Black, followed by Two Man Bob (folk) at Reed Opera House Alley and Human Ottoman at the 400 block of State Street. We’ll close the evening by walking to the Capitol to hear Kingsmen (rock) at 7 p.m.
We hope to see you there.
TRastrelli@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-983-6030, facebook.com/RastrelliSJ and on Twitter @RastrelliSJ
If you go
What: Make Music Day
Where: Venues throughout downtown Salem and West Salem
Philip Glass, members of the Kingsmen and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase will partake in three of the thousands of events planned for the annual, global Make Music Day on June 21st.
Over 35 cities in the United States, plus the entire state of Vermont, will host Make Music events, which are free and open to the public. Founded in 1982 in France, Make Music encourages people everywhere to pick up instruments through an eclectic mix of pre-planned and spontaneous, all-inclusive performances. Make Music will also host hundreds of Mass Appeals, where musicians are invited to gather and perform in large, single-instrument groups.
Glass, the esteemed composer, is set to take the stage at Riverside Park where he and 19 students from New York City’s public schools will perform pieces from hisEtudes for piano. Meanwhile at New York’s Madison Square Park, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Chase will lead a performance of his new piece, “Shimmer,” which was scored for 16 or more Zildjian cymbals; troupes in Boston, Chicago and Nashville will also perform the piece. And on the West Coast, members of rock & roll pioneers the Kingsmen will perform their 1963 classic “Louie Louie” on the steps of the Oregon capitol building in Salem.
Among the other Make Music events is a country-wide competition for woodwind, brass and string players to play the fastest, most accurate version of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” (participants can enter through a special free version of SmartMusic). In Chicago, Cleveland and New York, brass and wind musicians will gather for another Sousapalooza, playing the tunes of marching band maestro John Philip Sousa. And in Auburn, Alabama, high school marching bands, drum lines, community choirs and others will gather for a rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”
In Bangalore, Budapest, Munich, Tel Aviv, New York and Los Angeles, Found Sound Nation and the audio products company Harman will set up “Street Studios” in public spaces and invite passersby to participate in improvised sessions. And baseball fans attending the Staten Island Yankees’ minor league game and the collegiate Madison Mallards’ game in Madison, Wisconsin will partake in mass performances of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” using boomwhackers, which are pitched hollow pipes made of plastic.
A complete list of participating cities as well as a rundown of Make Music events across the world is available to peruse on the event’s website.
I am ever amazed and inspired by the many people in Salem who are diligently working to build our community. Two such folks are Mark Green and Carlee Wright. The directors of RiverCity Rock Star Academy and The Moxie Initiative, respectively, they are bringing an ambitious project to Salem called “Make Music Day.” This is an all day music festival which started in France in 1982 that occurs on the Summer Solstice, June 21st, each year. France’s Fête De La Musique has since spread worldwide to 700 cities in 120 countries, even into the United States. New York was the first city to bring this holiday to life in the States about 10 years ago. Since then the festival has spread to over 30 cities in the US. Actually, Salem will be the 30th city – only a year behind Portland, organizer Carlee Wright noted.
Make Music Salem will happen on Tuesday, June 21st and will be a free, all day, citywide event for venues and musicians of every stripe. Organizer Mark Green also envisions school orchestras, bands and choirs getting involved. There is no requirement to participate except the love of music and community. The Summer Solstice has always been significant to humans throughout history. If the Druids could build Stonehenge, Salem can get out and celebrate music together, don’t you think? Yes.
“Make Music North America” is sponsored by The NAMM Foundation which “celebrates and promotes the intrinsic value of music education.” You see, this won’t only be a festival of musicians playing at various venues around town, there will also be drop in style music lessons at designated locations as well. For example, ABC Music will have scheduled ukulele lessons, and will provide the instruments for all interested. Several venues have already pledged to take part including The Historic Grand Theatre, The Space, Magoo’s Sports Bar and The Capitol building steps, to name a few. This is a few months away, so there is plenty of time to sign up – whether you are a venue, a house party or a performer. And they’ve made it incredibly easy to get involved.
Go to makemusicday.org/salem, click the ‘participate’ tab and register. Performers can create a profile by submitting a photo, description of their act, and any relevant website/social media links. Then check out the available venues and bid on one that fits your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go. Venues also create a profile by submitting their location information and a description of their space. They can peruse the musician profiles to request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. It’s a pretty slick concept, and it works.
Please note that everybody is encouraged to participate. Solo acts, school groups, DJs, full on bands and groups of every genre – everyone is welcome. I want to see Salem get behind Make Music Salem for its inaugural event. There are many forces at work in this world to divide us, let’s show the world that Salem will come together as a community for an annual festival celebrating music and our commitment to each other. Cheers!
That’s the day organizers behind Make Music Day hope Salem will be among the most tuneful cities in North America. The idea is a simple one: To celebrate the summer solstice, musicians of all kinds will be invited to perform free at various locations in town. Both amateur and professional music makers from our area will be joining like-minded (and like-talented) musicians playing in more than 750 cities worldwide, a global celebration of live music.
All musical styles are welcome, from alternative rock to zydeco, said Mark Green, co-founder of the River City Rock Star Academy. “We want every genre you can think of.” All ages are welcome, as well. “We want to reach out to school choirs and bands now,” Mark said. Performance spaces will range from the steps of the Capitol to Grand Theater to anywhere imaginable. Think a musical smorgasbord. What’s needed at this point are potential outdoor venues to host performers and volunteers to perform. To express interest in hosting or performing , visit makemusicsalem.org.
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