The city of Santa Monica will partner with Make Music Los Angeles to host musical performances throughout the day in Palisades Park from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21.
Based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982, the 11-hour countywide celebration will feature concerts in a variety of locations, including community gardens, plazas, schools, courtyards and parks. Amateurs, students, professionals and established artists are all invited to volunteer their time to perform in the free concert venues.
“Our hope is to inspire new creative works, develop new audiences and celebrate our cultural differences by crisscrossing the county and discovering the hidden musical gems L.A. has to offer,” says Make Music Los Angeles Founder/Executive Director Dorsay Dujon.
In addition to musicians being able to perform in parks, on sidewalks and at the beach, the city will host a stage in Palisades Park near Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue from 11:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. The day kicks off with “The 100 Hohner Harmonica Project,” where attendees can participate in a community lesson and performance led by Tom Nolan, musician and leader of the Tom Nolan Band who also serves as dean of students at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences.
“By participating in Make Music L.A., Santa Monica aims to provide a platform for local musicians and expose residents and tourists to some of our unique, homegrown talent,” says Allison Ostrovsky, city cultural affairs supervisor.
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