Make Music Day was founded in 1982 by Jack Lang and the staff at the Ministry of Culture.

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The task at hand was getting the world to make beautiful sounds all at once. How could Planet Earth celebrate music in a way that is fully inclusive? The answer was simple, invite everyone to play music wherever they are and Make Music Day was born.

Education appears to be the event's biggest obstacle, especially here in the states. Most people probably don't know this event exists.This is not an issue in France, according to Make Music:

"The even takes place on the summer solstice, June 21, and is called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music”.)

The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: the country shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 11% of French people (7 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 64% of the country (43 million people) comes out each year to listen." 

Make Music Day returns to Danbury today and organizers are encouraging you to grab a tambourine, a mic or a guitar and hit the streets, the front porch or your deck and perform. Aside from the personal pop-up performances Danbury has many acts scheduled to play today including:

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Mothership Bakery & Café
331 Main St

  • 11am-11:45am Purvis (Rock, Blues, Country)
  • 12pm-12:45pm Kiara Kalts (Singer/Songwriter, Indie-Folk)
  • 1pm-1:45pm    Nancy Wildman (Folk, Country, Religious)
  • 2pm-2:45pm    Teddy Goldstein (Blues)

DaSilva Building/Urban Sculpture Park
280 Main St

  • 1pm-1:45pm Bourbon & Britches (Rock, Singer/Songwriter)
  • 2pm-2:45pm Ken and The Plastics (Pop, Electronic, Cabaret)
  • 4pm-4:45pm Dj Revuleo (Dj Mixing All Genres)
  • 5pm-5:45pm Liz Azud (Blues)

Empire of the Incas
324 Main St

The Danbury Music Centre/Bardo Walkway
256 Main St

  • 2pm-2:45pm Mad Hatters Chorus (Acappella/Barbershop, Musical Theater, Standards)
  • 3pm-3:45pm Sam Furniss (Jazz, Blues)
  • 4pm-4:45pm Anthony Rende (Jazz, Blues)
  • 5pm-5:45pm The Forest Room (Electronic, Indie Rock, Experimental)

Savings Bank of Danbury
220 Main St

  • 12pm-12:45pm Clean Peace (Folk)
  • 1pm-1:45pm    Gabbie Gannon (Pop, Punk)
  • 3pm-3:45pm    Jessi Rose (Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Rock)
  • 4pm-4:45pm    Tuned in (Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Rock)
  • 5pm- 5:45pm   Ziggy and Friends (Country, Folk, Americana/Bluegrass)

Danbury Library
170 Main St

  • 12pm-12:45pm  Hello Wolf (Indie-Rock)
  • 1pm-1:45pm      George Mallas (Pop, Singer/Songwriter)
  • 2pm-2:45pm      Purvis (Rock, Blues, Country)
  • 3pm-3:45pm      Jennifer Cintron (Singer/Songwriter, Rock)
  • 4pm-4:45pm      Bob Stanhope (Singer/Songwriter, Blues)
  • 5pm-5:45pm      Good Medicine RX (Pop, Rock, Folk)

Under the Palace Theatre Marque
165 Main St

  • 1pm-1:45pm Tuned in (Folk, Singer/Singwriter, Rock)
  • 2pm-2:45pm True Religion (Blues)
  • 3pm-3:45pm Rich O’Hanley (Country, Singer/Songwriter, Americana/Bluegrass)
  • 4pm-4:45pm J. Caruso (Singer/Songwriter)
  • 5pm-545pm Daniel Madeson (Pop, Country, Singer/Songwriter)

Los Rivera Café
1 Ives St  

  • 6pm-9pm All Ages Open Mic

Additional Events 

Guitar Center Danbury
15 Backus Ave

  • 7pm-8:30pm Free Group Guitar Lesson RSVP www.guitarcenter.com/Lessons-Open-House.gc

St. James Episcopal Church
25 West Street

  • 1pm-1:45pm Carillon Music

Make Music Day Danbury is brought to you by the Danbury Music Centre as part of our mission to sponsor musical organizations in Greater Danbury. Encouraging both instrumental and vocal, in which persons of a wide variety of musical backgrounds can study and perform classical and modern compositions to improve their musical ability and to share the joy of music with the people of the greater Danbury area.

Make Music Day is also brought to you by the Danbury Chamber of Commerce and CityCenter Danbury and Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.

Celebrate the connection to your human through the language of music. 

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