In a world where conflicting views seem more prevalent than ever, music has come to play an even more vital role.

It has long been a unifying force, and on Friday, it offers a chance to bring people from all walks of life together as international Make Music Day will be celebrated for the first time locally.

From noon until 7 p.m., anyone and everyone is invited to attend a make music event at King Music, 670 W. Broadway St., Bradley. Bring your instrument along, or if you fancy yourself a crooner, loosen up those vocal cords so you can sing a song.

The open mic session runs from noon until 4.

All King Music suggests is that you reserve a spot to perform by calling 815-935-1115 or emailing

From 4 to 5 p.m., an all-acoustic guitar jam will be held. Ryan Leggott will perform for an hour on the ukulele beginning at 5 p.m., and the day will end with an hourlong drum circle featuring Jovani Robinson from 6 to 7 p.m.

What a day lies in store. Who knows, an appearance there might pay off in the future. Did you know famous musicians such as B.B. King, Rod Stewart, Tracy Chapman and Jewel are among those who were first discovered by performing in the streets?

Broadway Street in Bradley will never be confused with Broadway in New York, but it’s as good a place as any to be discovered like the aforementioned quartet. Even if you’re not, a good time awaits. Don’t miss out.

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