For the second year, in a row, Philadelphia will celebrate music with a free, city-wide festival on Saturday, June 21st, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.
MAKE MUSIC PHILLY is part of National Music Day, a tradition that started in France in the 1980s and has spread across American cities over the past decade. Philadelphia’s only free, "do it yourself" festival, the event features organized concerts and informal performances by professional and amateur musicians of all genres and ages throughout the city.
The festival kicks off in LOVE Park with a play-along percussion event with the Philly Drum Project and continues at 50 events throughout the day and into the evening at multiple venues around the city. More than 300 performers are expected, including the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Robin Hood Dell East (Dell Music Center), Ben Arnold, Cookie Rabinowitz, The Doublewides, Pete Donnelly and The Fractals at the Gorgas Park in Roxborough and Sara Abo-Harb playing at the Franklin Institute in the afternoon and again in the evening at the Hard Rock Cafe.
The festival crescendo will take place at Penn’s Landing’s Great Plaza with performances by soul dynamo Lee Fields & the Expressions, veteran DIY rocker Ted Leo and a harmonica jam with John Colgan-Davis. For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit MAKE MUSIC PHILLY.