After a successful first year, local organizers have again announced national Make Music Day festivities, joining hundreds of other cities worldwide.
More than 50 local musicians will perform free concerts at 15 locations. Music begins at 9 a.m. and continues through midnight.
Venues include The Public Library, Coolidge Park, East Lake Park, The Feed Co. Table & Tavern, East Brainerd Goodwill, Hair of the Dog, JJ’s Bohemia, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Miller Plaza and more.
Local performers include Amanda Rose, Alex Volz, Buddy Shirk, C-Grimey, Torschlusspanik, The Scarlet Love Conspiracy, Jamal Traub, Heather Holt and others.
Registration has closed for the event, but organizers encourage all musicians to take part in a variety of music-related activities. Those late to the game can email [email protected]g with the appropriate subject heading pertaining to a below event.
Procrastinator’s Passageway is designed for those musicians who missed the registration deadline. At the Urban Chandelier Passageway at 709 Cherry St., performers can partake of an open mic from 3 to 6 p.m.
Musical opportunities also include Music on the Move, an interactive experience featuring multiple musicians moving to six stops.
Local saxophonists will perform “Careless Whisper” in honor of the late George Michael. These “surprise saxophone solos” will take place at various locations.
Similar to Parking Day-where public parking spaces are transformed into mini-parks-Make Music Chattanooga is designed to spread music and good vibes throughout the city.
Taryn Balwinski, organizer of Make Music Chattanooga and founder of ConcertHopper, first learned about Make Music Day through a similar event in Asheville, North Carolina. She brought it to Chattanooga for the first time last year.
Make Music Dayis every June 21. It was launched in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and is now held in 700 cities in 120 countries. The all-inclusive festival encourages everyone to join in and play music, host performances and enjoy live music-on every street, park, rooftop and alleyway.
This year, 36 U.S. cities, plus the entire state of Vermont, will celebrate Make Music Day.
More information on Make Music Day can be found here.