Tune your favorite instrument and warm up your vocal cords, because the international Make Music Day is coming to Kankakee County on June 21.
Known originally as “Fête de la Musique,” the annual celebration first took place in Paris in 1981. The day is now recognized in 120 countries and 1,000 cities, and the county’s first local celebration will be held at King Music in Bradley.
The day acts as a celebration of music in all its forms, styles and genres. The day was devised by French politician Jack Lang and composer Maurice Fleuret. The idea is man made, but it is the antithesis of a “Hallmark holiday,” which profits on consumerism and purchasing goods.
“Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part,” said the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Make Music Alliance on their website, makemusicday.org. “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.”
Make Music Day is completely free for anyone to attend, though King Music does ask prospective participates to sign up to guarantee a spot to perform.
King Music’s celebration will begin at noon with an open mic session until 4 p.m. Musicians are encouraged to bring along any instrument to perform any style of music.
From 4 to 5 p.m., King Music will offer an acoustic guitar jam.
At 5 p.m., Ryan Leggott, bass player of the local band The Strips, will lead a ukulele jam for an hour.
Finally, the day will end with an hour-long drum circle with Jovani Robinson from 6 to 7 p.m.
For those wanting to join the jam, King Music will provide all microphones, amplifiers and other secondary equipment but will not provide guitars, ukuleles, drums or any other instrument.
Signing up is not required to attend or participate, but musicians will perform on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning with those who registered. Sign up by calling King Music at 815-935-1115 or emailing email@example.com.
In the United States, Make Music Day is sponsored by the NAMM Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting music education for all ages.
Finally, don’t forget to join the virtual jam by using the hashtag #MakeMusicDayK3 on social media.