Make Music


Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. This year in 2021 the format has changed to a “virtual celebration” with online streaming, but the SPIRIT of community participation for all remains the same. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music 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 is now celebrated on June 21 in over 1000 cities in 120 countries around the world!

It all started 35 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the 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. 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.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries and over 1000 cities.

Make Music Davis – On June 21st, 2017, Davis, CA joined the global celebration of music for the first time and will continue for its fourth year in 2020. We thank the good folks at The Davis Dirt for their stellar organization skills 2017 – 2019. Now in 2021 we at Davis Media Access and KDRT 95.7 FM community radio will take it on using social distancing and a virtual celebration in keeping with the current COVID-19 guidelines. All are welcome and encouraged to help fill the air with music!





Make Music Davis 2021 will be celebrated this year by using audio and video streaming following our current local COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

On June 21,  join the worldwide celebration of music via Make Music Day, and our local festivities at Make Music Davis.

Tune in/stream our special broadcast of the Make Music Davis – DIMI Showcase on grassroots community radio KDRT 95.7FM at 10 -11 AM and 6 – 7 PM, or you can connect via the Davis Media Access YouTube link that goes live at midnight on June 21st.

The Make Music Davis – DIMI Showcase 2021 highlights five emerging local young musicians/bands from the Davis Independent Music Initiative (DIMI) project recorded by Davis Media Access at the City of Davis Veterans Memorial Theatre.

These original works/performances vary from improvisation jazz guitar, to spoken word narrative, to vintage psychedelic guitar compositions, to pop and alternative rock/punk.

The June 21st KDRT 95.7 FM special broadcast continues from 11 AM – 1 PM airing special extended live recordings of performances from Davis Independent Music Initiative (DIMI) 2021 Award winner Boca do Rio, and from multi-SAMMIE Award winners The Nickel Slots. We will also be featuring some highlight performances from the well-loved Thursday Live! community concert series recorded live from Davis Odd Fellows Hall.

We are grateful to the City of Davis Arts and Cultural Affairs Program for providing partial support to Davis Media Access to host and organize the event.

Schedule for Listening/Streaming Sunday June 21 on KDRT 95.7 FM

  • 10 – 11 a.m.  Make Music Davis – DIMI Showcase 2021- Live recording from Davis’  Veterans Memorial Theatre.
  • 11 – 1 p.m.   Live Recorded Concerts from Davis Odd Fellows Hall – Boca do Rio, The Nickel Slots, Achilles Wheel Trio, Rita Hosking Trio, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan, Me and Him, Davis Odd Stars, Webster-Walton-Edwards, Painted Mandolin, Evan Daly Blues Band, Ray “Catfish” Copeland, Achilles Wheel (full band jam).
  • 6 – 7 p.m.   Make Music Davis- DIMI Showcase 2021- Live recording from Davis’ Veterans Memorial Theatre.

 For a wide variety of live streaming activities and free lessons also visit the international Make Music Day website. 

To view some locally-produced lessons in honor of Make Music Day 2020 link here – local lessons.

Singers, members of church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome to create simple videos using their phone cameras, post them to social media using the hashtags  #MakeMusicDayDavis2021.

Questions: email us at

To enjoy many local Davis musicians who participated in our Make Music Davis LIVE  Showcase 2020, link below and enjoy!






to all that joined the world in song on

June 21!

2017 – 2019 


The event is free and open to the public, and your contributions make it possible!

For questions or sponsorship inquiries, please message us via our Make Music Davis Facebook page , or email Diane at

Make Music Davis is made possible by a City of Davis Community Arts Grant and music lovers at Davis Media Access and KDRT 95.7 FM


And additional support in 2019 from:




Have questions or ideas? Get in touch with us via our Make Music Davis Facebook page or email Diane at