Make Music Clatsop County is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, indoor venues, and parks across the county.
Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
Make Music Day Clatsop County is brought to you by the Arts Council of Clatsop County.
Want to play? There’s always room in the band.
We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, singalongs, open rehearsals, bucket drummers, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.
How to Make Music on June 21: Click the sign up button below and follow the registration prompts. Once you’re registered:
- If you’re a performer… you’ll see a tab at the top of your screen that says “Find Venues”. Click there to select from available venues and timeslots.
- If you’re a venue… you’ll see a tab at the top of your screen that says “Find Performers”. Click there to search for available performers looking for a venue.
- Lastly… once a match is made, Make Music Clatsop County will confirm the performance!
Then just show up at your confirmed venue for your performance timeslot and make music!
Who else is taking part?
Over 21 artists, including:
Astoria Ukulele Orchestra -- Barbara Anne and Niall Carroll -- Brownsmead Flats -- Dan Gerth -- Doc and Indy -- Fiskare String Quartet -- Hobe Kytr -- Jayson Sheaux -- Joe Lavelle -- Larkin Stentz -- Marian Beck -- Mark Erickson -- Michael & Greg -- Music and Crafts with a Maritime Flair -- Niall -- Not Your Usual Handbell Choir -- Simon Levene -- Steel Drum Fun -- Strong in Song -- The Kevin Costner Band -- We've Got the Beat! Bucket Parade
Over 11 venues, including:
Bowline Hotel -- Brut Wine Bar & Bottle Shop -- Columbia River Maritime Museum -- Gaetano's Market and Deli -- KALA Performance Space -- Legends Public House -- Lucy's Books -- The Ten Fifteen Theater -- Warrenton Community Library -- WineKraft -- the lot
2023 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st
It all started 40 years ago in France.
In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.
Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.
While this is the first year Clatsop County will be participating in Make Music Day, this event has been celebrated around the world since 1982. To learn more about what Make Music Day is all about, here is a sampling of articles about other celebrations across the United States:
“Arts council hosts inaugural Make Music Clatsop County event,” Coast Weekend, Jun 15, 2022
“SOU Celebrates Make Music Day,” by Savannah Blake, Ashland Tidings, June 21, 2021
“Call To Artists: Make Music Cincinnati,” by Courtney Phenicie, Cincy Music, June 10, 2021
“Free events mark Make Music Day in CT communities,” Bronx News 12, June 21, 2021
“E“Make Music Federal Way celebrates local musical talents,” by Olivia Sullivan, Federal Way Mirror, June 22, 2021
“Knoxville marks ‘International Make Music Day’ with city-wide sound celebration,” by Katie Inman, News 10 (NBC), June 21, 2021
“‘It’s a joyous thing’: Make Music Day celebrates the musician in everyone,” by Megan Carpenter, Spectrum News 1, June 22, 2021
“Make Music Day Salem Marks Return of Summer” by Virginia Barreda, Salem Statesman Journal, June 20, 2021
“Make Music Day Seattle – June 21,” Patch Seattle, June 14, 2021
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Make Music Day Clatsop County is sponsored in part by: