Make Music
Salem

About

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), with the first event taking place on June 21, 2016.

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.

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Participate

It’s easy to get involved!

Click here to access the “match-making” service and follow these instructions:

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!

We will be adding more information and additional activities as we go. Guaranteed something for everyone!

2016 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st

  

Support

Make Music Salem is free and open to the public and your contributions make it possible!
For sponsorship inquiries, please contact us at salem@makemusicday.org.
Or you can donate directly to The Salem Foundation in C/O Make Music Day Salem SalemFoundation@PioneerTrustBank.com

We are proud to be a part of the Make Music Alliance! Check out the Make Music Day website for more information.

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Global phenomenon Make Music Day comes to Salem June 21

Statesman Journal – June 15, 2016

Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/life/2016/06/15/global-phenomenon-make-music-day-comes-salem-oregon/85506084/

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.

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A child plays harmonica on Make Music Day 2015 in San Diego, California. Salem joins the worldwide Make Music Day with musical performances throughout downtown on June 21 including a harmonica event. (Photo: Jerod Harris / Getty Images)

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 salem@makemusicday.org.

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

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Rue Brown performs in Brooklyn, New York, on Make Music Day 2015. Salem will join the worldwide Make Music Day with musical performances throughout downtown on June 21. (Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images)

If you go

What: Make Music Day

Where: Venues throughout downtown Salem and West Salem

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 21

Admission: Free

Information and performance schedule: makemusicday.org/salem, salem@makemusicday.org. 

 

 

 

Philip Glass, Kingsmen to Participate in Global Make Music Day

 Rolling Stone – April 14, 2016

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/philip-glass-kingsmen-to-participate-in-global-make-music-festival-20160414#ixzz46zWBi23M

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.

Salem Weekly/Willamettelive.com – March 17, 2016

Hey Salem – Make Music!

Hey Salem – Make Music!

Hey Salem – Make Music!

Hey Salem – Make Music by Julie Eaton

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!

Statesman Journal – February 24, 2016

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2016/02/24/gerry-frank-holds-court-holding-court/80818414/

Make Salem Sing – Circle June 21 on the calendar

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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Make Salem Sing from The Statesman Journal

February 24, 2016

Make Salem Sing Circle June 21 on the calendar. 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. Continue Reading »

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Contact Make Music Salem at salem@makemusicday.org

Project organizers: Carlee Wright, Mikalah Barem, Danielle Green, Mark Green, Brian Hart, & Doug Hoffman

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