City of Santa Monica will partner with Make Music Los Angeles this Friday to join a
countywide celebration by hosting musical performances throughout the day in
The event is based on France’s
Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982.
Music Los Angeles/MMLA is
an 11-hour celebration of music taking place on the summer solstice,
Friday, June 21, from 11 am to 10 pm.
Music performances will pop up
organically with concerts taking place in a variety of locations, including
community gardens, plazas, schools, courtyards and parks.
The festival has
become an international phenomenon celebrated on the same day in more than 460
cities in 110 countries.
Amateurs, students, professionals and established
artists are all invited to perform. Musicians and other participants volunteer
their time and talents and admission to all events is free.
hope is to inspire new creative works, develop new audiences and celebrate our
cultural differences by crisscrossing the county and discovering the hidden
musical gems L.A. has to offer,” said MMLA Founder/Executive Director, Dorsay
In addition to musicians being able
to perform in Santa Monica parks, on sidewalks and at the beach, the City will
host a stage in Palisades Park at Santa Monica Blvd. from 11:45 am to 6:45 pm.
day kicks off with “The 100 Hohner Harmonica Project”, where attendees can
participate in a community lesson and performance led by Tom Nolan, musician, leader of the Tom Nolan Band and Dean of
Students at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences.
The project encourages
people to have fun while learning to play. Hohner harmonicas will be generously
donated to the public by Hohner, a 156 year old musical instrument company, and
Alfred Music, the world’s largest educational music publisher, will be donating
Other featured musicians include
the band Under the Sky, playing
acoustic folk-grass, west coast roots rock, Chicago blues/jazz and more; Tee-m, a pop balladeer, who has been
selected as a Music Connection Magazine’s 10 Hottest Unsigned Artists five
years in a row; renowned cellist Jen Kuhn;
Desi Ramone who plays exclusively
Johnny Cash, Johnny Ramone and Johnnie B Goode; Bernadette Bentley, an English
songwriter whose lyrics are inspired by life in the margins of East London; Dave
Ellis, a teacher at Santa Monica’s McCabe’s Guitar Shop who plays Spanish, flamenco
and classical guitar; Jaq Mackenzie, a John Adams Middle School student and
singer/songwriter; Rhythm Child, performing soulful percussion music for
children, and national recording artist Katrina Carlson, performing songs from
her new CD “Sunshine State of Mind” that blend catchy hooks, feel-good lyrics
and upbeat grooves.
participating in Make Music LA, Santa Monica aims to provide a platform for local
musicians and expose residents and tourists to some of our unique, homegrown
talent,” says City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Supervisor, Allison
For more information about Make Music LA, contact Dorsay Dujon, 323.377.7444;
or go to www.MakeMusicLA.org.
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