Organizers share that this year, in their the second year of participation, El Paso International Music Foundation is again inviting the community to Make Music El Paso Day.
“Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on 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,” organizers explain. “All of it is free and open to the public.”
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day 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.
Locally, the celebration will include “Rockin’ Tykes,” a toddler music immersion program targeting developmental milestones; “On a Hike Note,” a hike through our amazing mountainside with live keyboardists Carla Riojas and Hazel Ruby as the soundtrack; Window Serenades, performed by Youth Opera of El Paso students at several Senior Living Centers; and our first in-person multi-disciplinary musical presentation at Keystone Heritage Park / El Paso Botanical Gardens, with diverse performances ranging from music made using flower pots or other everyday items through a performance by the El Paso Opera.
Keystone Heritage Park / El Paso Botanical Gardens Schedule
10:30am Rockin’ Tykes (a toddler music immersion program)
11:15 am Twisted Hams (quirky irreverent rock)
12:15 pm Junk-O-Phonics (making music out of everyday items)
1:15 pm Drum Circle
2:00pm Flower Pots (making music using flower pots)
3:00pm Ray Arreola (rock alternative)
4:00pm Ukulele Class
5:00 pm El Paso Opera
5:30 pm Feline Fox (blues/indie)
6:30 pm Dusty Low (alternative country/folk/Americana)
7:30 pm Coco Butter (Psychedelic Disco)
In addition to the live presentations, the El Paso International Music Foundation also will host local artist live feeds on the Make Music Day El Paso Facebook page, on June 21st.
Performers include Elia Esparza, Dulce Mal, Emily Davis, and others; a harmonica class from instructor Jason McInnis; and some of our community’s musical talents that have been shared with the hashtag #makemusicelpaso.
“We strongly encourage everyone to take this day – the longest day of the year – to make music in your homes, out in your neighborhoods, or wherever the music takes you,” officials added.
“And if you’d like to share, tag your musical experiences with #makemusicelpaso, and selected entries will be shared on the Make Music El Paso Facebook page, as well as on other local music pages. Join us online to experience some of the best music in El Paso,”
Additional information can be found at the Make Music Day El Paso Facebook page