Are you ready to make music, San Diego?
When Make Music Day hits over 700 cities across the globe on June 21, America’s Finest City will be joining in on the action for the first time. Make Music is a one-day annual celebration of everything musical, where musicians young and old share stages, porches, sidewalks, patios, lawns and parks with each other worldwide. Experts, professionals, beginners, amateurs -- pretty much anyone -- who wants to share their music with others can get involved.
In 2015, the Greater San Diego Region will join in on the yearly event, which was originally launched in France as Fete de la Musique (which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”), in 1982. This year, San Diego will join more than 20 participating major U.S. cities, including Seattle, Pittsburgh, Portland, New York, LA, Chicago, Boston and Nashville. The inaugural Make Music San Diego event on June 21 will also officially be part of the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration, which marks the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
Perhaps the coolest thing about the international celebration is that absolutely anyone can get involved in the all-day event by either performing, hosting events, volunteering, donating or attending shows. Any genre of music is welcome -- punk, folk, bluegrass, jazz, classical, indie rock, pop, and hip-hop (among many others) -- and any type of musician (and skill level) is invited to get involved. Singers, bands, choirs, MCs, glee clubs, marching bands, mariachis, DJs -- the more the merrier. Just get out there and make some music!
For more information about how to get involved and sign up, please visit makemusicday.org and makemusicsd.org.
Dustin Lothspeich plays in Old Tiger, Diamond Lakes and Boy King. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.