by Malana Battle
“All day, all over, all free!” That’s right, Philly is joining National Music Day kicking off summer with the inaugural Make Music Philly day. Friday on June 21st, enjoy talented musicians from around the city at different venues all over the city! Shows and informal performances are going to be held from 8AM-8PM. You heard right, 12 full hours of music… free music!
Make Music Philly is joining over 500 cities around the world to showcase all genres of music on National Music Day. National Music Day was launched in France in 1982, as a way to engage the community to listen and dance to live free musical performances on the longest day of the year.
Make Music Philly day has over 100 scheduled events. Get your day started at 8AM with singer -songwriter Scot Sax singing Silly Love Songs at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Taking the stage immediately after Scot Sax is Settlement Music School presenting Kyo Daiko. Other performances in the morning include Sheena Grier, Ticklebombs, Laurin Talese, David Falcone, Steve Rice, Charlie Sweeney, Murmuration, and more. Then, just a few blocks away, WXPN hosts the Free at Noon concert with Southside Johnny and the Poor Fools at the World Café Live.
A special line up of Indie-Folk, Indie-Rock and Pop musicians will be at MilkBoy in the afternoon. Matt Gauss Band, Nalani and Sarina, The Phoenix Veil, John Francis, A Victim of Good Times, Jason Ager Band, August Lutz II (of Levee Drivers), Ron Gallo (of Toy Soldiers) and Holy Ghost Tent Revival will all play on the stage as their contribution to Make Music Philly Day.
Starting at 5PM, City Hall presents Terell Stafford (Artistic Director) and Deena Adler (Founding Director) of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. Then, Indie-Folk group Norwegian Arms will perform all on the City Hall Courtyard.
Xfinity Live hosts the Make Music Philly after party concert with performances by Just Press Play, DJ Jay Roy, DJ Spencer Graves, DJ Robi1, DJ Cody Knerr, Shorty Long and The Jersey Horns.
Make Music Philly is presented by WXPN 88.5, the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s office, and Metro Philly. For more information about Make Music Philly day and the full list of events visit their website at www.makemusicphilly.org. There’s an app to download, too, so you can stay up to date all day!