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Make Music Detroit – June 21st, 2016 marked the inaugural Make Music Detroit celebration. Detroit joined cities around the world to celebrate music in its many forms. Inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique (a national music party day inaugurated in 1982), Make Music Day or World Music Day takes place on the same day in more than 700 cities in over 100 different countries throughout the globe, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, Nepal, Kenya, and Japan. For more information, please visit Make Music Day or Fête de la Musique‘s websites.

All Make Music Detroit events are:

  • Free (no tickets, musicians and audience members are not charged)
  • Participatory (open to any musician at any level who wish to participate)
  • All ages with genre restrictions
  • At multiple locations
  • On June 21st (the longest day of the year)

Mission – Make Music Detroit is more than a music event. Our purpose is to bring attention the importance of early music exposure for kids and the benefits of music in people’s daily lives. Detroit became a fountain of reverence in culture and humanities, in part, because of how the availability of music and arts education enriched its citizens. Every Detroit child deserves quality music education, and Make Music Detroit is dedicated to supporting this goal.

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2018 Events

Featured Event for Make Music Detroit 2018: Street Studios
HARMAN Street Studio – Beacon Park (11:00am – 2:00pm)
1901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit MI 48226

This event, organized with Found Sound Nation and HARMAN, brings world-class DJs and producers onto the streets for Make Music Day, setting up their mobile recording studios in front of art galleries, on downtown plazas, and in parks. In one afternoon, producers invite passersby from the community to join in a completely improvised music creation session. At the end of the day, each producer mixes down one track, using only the material recorded on-site, to share the sounds of their city with the world. Stop by and add your music to the celebration!
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Producers: Christopher Marianetti and Sacramento Knoxx
Christopher Marianetti is a composer and educator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chris co-founded and co-runs Found Sound Nation, a collective of artists who who use music to inspire and build community. He is a co-director of OneBeat, a music diplomacy initiative, now in its sixth year in partnership with the US State Department’s ECA, bringing together musicians, social entrepreneurs, and artistic innovators from around the world. His work has been presented at the MATA Festival, Lucerne Festival, Gaudeamus, International Symposium on Electronic Art, and MASS MoCA, among others. With Found Sound Nation, Chris has led music labs in South Africa, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Italy, and Switzerland, and served as a teaching artist with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Chris is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a PopTech Social Innovation Fellows.

Sacramento Knoxx, a hardworking interdisciplinary artist with strong Detroit roots, has built community concerts and workshops that engaged many audiences in public spaces all around the city. Currently he travels nationally and internationally sharing interactive music performances, blending captured moments in life & creative imagery through large projection motion graphics. Building from raw experience and grit, his works send vibrations to help assemble the worlds we want to live in. In addition to creating these dynamic storytelling installations, he creates documentary film and music video encapsulating the experience of struggle and celebration of diverse layers of communities.

Past Programs


#ENT Works, 24/7 West, 9T3, Ableton Workshop by DJ Heru (Spin Inc.), Adventures with Vultures, Aether Bleu, Akbar Walks, Al Luv, Alex Roch, Alexander Schwank, Ali McManus, Allye Gaietto, Anthony Retka, Asklepius, ATMIG, Audfeed, Audra Kubat, Axis Music Academy Performances & Workshop, Battersby Takes Bronze, Billy Davis Band w/ Harmonica Shah & Mighty Michael
Blackmail, Body Mechanic, Botanical Fortress, brave as a bear, Brotha Mike, Cayenne & Ginger, Chosen By Fate, Chrissii Key, City Lights!, Composetheway, Cosmic Music Collective, Crockett King, Daryl Beebe, Day 1$, DeadRomeo, Detroit School of the Arts – Achievers Ladies Female Vocal Ensemble, Detroit Youth Volume with Leslie DeShazor & Scott Murphy, DIME Student Performance, DJ Bigum Detroit, DJ Judy Adams, DJ Mel Wonder, Donovan Montgomery, Dr Mindbender, Drew Schultz & The Broken Habits featuring Melvin Davis, Electric Blanket, Elena Hirsch, Emma Guzman, FINALE, Frescobaldi, Greater Alexander, Grumpy Gus, Gyfted Band, Ian Fink / Alex White & Friends, In Transit Detroit featuring Sean Blackman and Liz Larin, Innerspirit Project, Inohs Sivad Evolution, IOTA, Jack Oats, JC & Royal Keys, Jemille Ali, Joei Redd, JordanL, JrocBLue, Julius De’Von, Kanem X, Keith Smith, Kira Blue, Konrad Lee, Large Extra Large ( LXL ), Lia K Catallo, Lindsey Jordyn, Lisa, Mary, Mahogany Jones, Maria Montoya, Mark Frechette & ANMLTALK (aka The Diers), Mary McGuire, Melvin Davis, Menace, Michael Elliott, Michigan Basement, Michigan Left, Mike Jellick Trio, Min. David A Whitfield II & Whitfield Productions, Min. SKS, Modern Vagrant, Mruzek, Mycah Ellis, Nadrel Brown, NuPraizz, Open Mic Night at Park Bar, Party Days, Pastor Waverly B. Bumbrey Sr & Refuge Temple Cathedral Voices, Phase, Phenom Band!, Phil Hale Quartet featuring Thornetta Davis, Piffle, Planet Funk on 313.FM, Pogo Rey, Poor Player, Psychotic Reaction, Qween Louie, Rebecca Goldberg, Greg Aubry & Nardo, Redd Edwards, Roschelle Laughhunn, RJ Spangler Quartet featuring, Larry Smith w / Youth Jam Session, Sam the Saxman, Sami Mei, Sashat, Sheila Slaughter, Shiver, SighWrens, Smiley & Friends, Sounds of Imani, Sousapalooza, Speak Easy, Spin Inc. DJ & Production Workshop w/ DJ Jungle, Stereo Boyz, Ted Nagy, Tez Honcho, The Arrangement, The Core, The Dermatones, The Masters of Harmony, The Matthews Brothers, The Mighty Ded Woods, The Mighty Funhouse, The Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid – Matthew Ball, The Old Adage, The Original Vandellas, The Plastic Bears, The Reissues, The Sane Abandoned, The War Balloons, Tim Ellerbe, Tino G and The Dumpster Machine featuring Charles “Buddy” Smith, Tonia, Tottionna, Vincie D & The Sensations, Wiggle, Wild Mountain Roses, Wingz Of Terror, Xi, XiNNiW
Detroit Institute of Arts, Northern Lights Lounge, Cass Cafe, Bert’s (Eastern Market), Garden Bowl at The Majestic, Alley Deck at Magic Stick, TheStudio Fitness Dance Culture, MotorCity Wine, Red Door, Great Hall of the People, Delores Bennett Park, The Baltimore Gallery, Fox Creek Feedom Freedom, Detroit Artists’ Test Lab, The Bottom Line Coffee House, ASHE Supply Co., DIME, Urban Bean Co., Hip n Zen in the Northend, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, The Old Miami, Red Corridor Bar, PJ’s Lager House, Milliken State Park Lighthouse, Third Wave Music, Dequindre Cut


Aaron Michael Butler, Alexander Schwank, Ali McManus, Amp Fiddler, Amp Fiddler’s Youth Music Workshop, Andrea Daniel, Andrew Iannaccone, Anthony Retka Music & Emily Rose, Art Rautenberg Music, Aster, Atmig, Bobby McManus, Brother Angel Drum Devils Youth Rhythm Workshop, Bunny hop, Cayenne & Ginger, Chrissii Key, Chrissy Morgan & Susie Woodman, Church Girlz, City Lights!, Clem Fortuna, Crockett King, Dante Evol, Dave Parks Five, Day, DrinkersClub SmokerzGang, Dear Annaa, Dennis Coffey at Northern Lights Lounge every Tuesday, Detroit Mixo, Detroit Party Marching Band, Detroit Steam Pistol, DJ Thornstryker, Doogatron, Dream Element, Elle Mar, Emma Guzman, Erica Mourad, ERNO, Evan Miller/Andrew Seivert, Fast Freddy Anderson, Fortuna / Knaggs, Great, Lakes Society of Soul, Greater Alexander, Greg Turner, Innerspirit Project, Isaac Prieto, James Mcglinnen, Jason Hogans (:brownstudy, Medium Parnell, Moot Zoo), Jeffrey Felch, Jennie Knaggs, Joe Smith, Jonathon Kiner, Judy Adams, Keith Smith, Kevin Reynolds, Krystal Styles, Knee Play, Lakes the Great, Larry Fratangelo, Lazy Lane, LeLe XO, Lia K Catallo, Lisa Mary, Liz Larin, Luke Jensen, Malena Quartet, Malik Alston, Maria Montoya, Marissa Guzman, Mark Frechette & ANMLTALK, Mark Stone Group, Michael Elliott-Carson, Mike Agent X Clark, milieu, Modern Vagrant, Motor City Music Cartel Featuring Scotty William, N4structure Band, NICK SPEED, Olivia Millerschin, Pablo R. Ruiz, Panda House, PhilHarmonic Sextet featuring Thornetta Davis, Piffle, Raz, Rebecca Goldberg & Nardo Navdo (Le Ren), RJ Spängler Quintet featuring Nikki Pearse and Larry Smith, Rustbelt Angels, Sam the Saxman w/ Luis Hirschlieb, Sami Mei Music, Sanubian Slay X O Kame Awoken, SECRETS, Sean Blackman, Sheila Slaughter, SighWrens, Sophia Avocado Music, Soul Pepper, Sounds of Imani Music Ministry, Stereo Boyz, Ted Nagy Trio, Ted Strunck, The Bed Band, The Blessing: World Music Youth Workshop, The Euphorics, The Illuminate Crew, The Mighty Funhouse, The Sun Drummers, Tosha Owens, Trop Fusion & Will Villain, Ulysses Newkirk, Val Mancini Music, WindStar Soul, Woodrow The-Entertainerer, Young Punk, Xi, Zac Brunell 


Assemble Sound, Carr Center at Harmonie Park, Cass Cafe, Delores Bennett Park, Detroit Bureau of Sound at Spread Art, Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education), DIME Acoustic Space, Evola Music Center – Bloomfield Hills, Evola Music Center – Canton, Evola, Music Center – Shelby Township, Fox Creek Feed’em Freedom, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, Jerry’s Garden, Lincoln Street Art Park, MIX Bricktown, Moore Community Council Park, Northern Lights Lounge, Old Miami, Red Door Great Hall of the People, TheStudio Dance Fitness Culture, The Under ground at DIME, Third Man Records, Thomas Magee’s, Urban Bean Co., WAYN Radio at Wayne State University


MMD2017 Sign Up Instructions For Artists

May 3, 2017

  MMD2017 ARTIST REGISTRATION DIRECTIONS (PDF Manual with Screen Shots Below or Click Here)   Visit and click “Sign up as a Performer Now” link in the “Participate” section Click “Register” when the webpage loads on the separate tab Register with a current email and contact information.  If you are a kid, please haveContinue Reading »

Harvest Moon Dance

September 10, 2016

  here is our programming for the 16th. performances by  Dear Anna, Sophia Avocado, Soul Pepper, and DJ Heru-Ur & Auset. Sign up for the Drum Devils Rhythm Workshop at 8pm at space is limited, ages 8+ event includes participation from Avalon International Breads, Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Traditional South Serbian cookbook/Starinski kuvar juzneContinue Reading »

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