Make Music Los Angeles – Santa Monica This Friday, June 21 At Palisades Park

Sunday, 16 Jun 2013, 9:21:00 AM

Mirror Staff

The

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

Palisades Park.

The event is based on France’s

Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982.

Make

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.

“Our

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

Dujon.

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.

The

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

sheet music.

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.

“By

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

Ostrovsky.

 

For more information about Make Music LA, contact Dorsay Dujon, 323.377.7444;

Email: D.Dujon@MakeMusicLA.org,

or go to www.MakeMusicLA.org.

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