More Than 70 Free Concerts Take Over Cincinnati for Make Music Day on June 21

Make Music Cincinnati will turn "the city into a stage" with tons of free, live music all day across more than 40 venues.

Jun 21, 2021 at 11:55 am
click to enlarge More Than 70 Free Concerts Take Over Cincinnati for Make Music Day on June 21
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Not only is June 21 the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, but it's also Make Music Day, a global celebration that launched in France as Fête De La Musique in the 1982.

Locally, musicians Hayley and Brandon Voorhees oversee Make Music Cincinnati, which they launched in 2017. This series of free, outdoor live music "turns the city into a stage, welcoming a full spectrum of performers," says a release.

On June 21, Cincinnati venues will join the world in celebrating music. Local public venues including Ault Park, Eden Park, Washington Park and Fountain Square are hosting more than 70 musical performances. Local bands and organizations including Cincinnati Music Accelerator, Cincinnati Boychoir, School of Rock Cincinnati, Young Professionals Choral Collective and more will provide tunes and interactive opportunities. 

There will be children's programming at Washington Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., harmonica lessons at Fountain Square at noon, bands playing at Seasongood Pavilion from 5:30-8:30 p.m., all-day tunes at Sawyer Point and School of Rock will be playing at the Schott Pavilion at Sawyer Point at 4 p.m., all on June 21.

“What better day to go out to the streets and make some music,” says Hayley Vorhees in a press release. “The mission of Make Music Cincinnati is to support music education and musical activities by making music accessible to all people.”

The event is open to all skill levels, ages and genres. 

Make Music Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave, the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the NAMM Foundation and Buddy Roger’s Music — where the Voorhees met while working as employees.

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