Make Music Day - Houston
June 21, 2023
About the Event:
Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on Wednesday, June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. More than 3.8K music-making events took place nationwide in 2022.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit group Make Music Alliance. Its goals are to promote Make Music participation nationwide, provide tools to help manage events in each community, and foster collaboration, mentorship, and mutual support among its members.
The following are featured events for this year's Make Music Day in Houston:
Make Music on the Lake: The Consulate General of France in Houston will host international performances at Memorial Park, Clay Family Eastern Glades & Hines Lake. Other local consulates will also host their own events.
Rothko Chapel: Kaminari Taiko, a Japanese drumming ensemble, marks the end of the longest day of the year with an evening performance on the Plaza of Rothko Chapel (1409 Sul Ross Street), one of Houston’s most revered space for personal contemplation, interfaith dialogue and action for human rights.
SITE Gallery: Nameless Sound Ensemble creates a one-night-only concert with an orchestra stationed throughout the Gallery. The concert features an original score for improvisation, specifically suited to the site located in former grain towers at The Silos at Sawyer Yards (2101 Winter Street). Attendees are invited to walk through the space to experience the acoustics (and the artists performing) from various perspectives.
Bagby Park in Midtown: The iconic Midtown sign located at Bagby Park (415 Gray Street) will be wrapped with a design by local artist Melissa Aytenfisu in honor of the national Juneteenth holiday. Musicians perform in front of the sign, a backdrop that serves as reminder of the pursuit of freedom as we conclude a celebration of deep cultural heritage in Texas.
Flowerpot Music: Houstonians are invited to perform using an unlikely but beautiful instrument: the flowerpot. Appropriate for musicians and non-musicians alike will gather to create soundscapes at Mandell Park (1501 Richmond Ave), 6:30pm.Back to the event calendar