On the first day of Summer - June 21st - Songwriting Works presents an exciting free to the public, all ages event in partnership with Centrum, the Andy Mackie Music Foundation, Crossroads Music, Port Townsend Visitor Information Center, The Boiler Room, Key City Public Theatre, Bear Root Apothecary and Wellness Center and more.
Events, which will take place city-wide from noon til 9pm, include:
Everyone is welcome! To sign up to perform, teach or host an indoor or outdoor music meet-up go to https://matchpt.makemusicday.org and follow links to performer or host (or both).
Or contact Make Music Day PT organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-385-1160 The Cotton Building at 609 Water Street in Downtown Port Townsend will serve as event HQ from 1-9pm.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MAKE MUSIC DAY and FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
Make Music Day - Port Townsend is a Free Festival for Everyone - A New Community Tradition and it's here! All ages, All genres, All Free! ADA or Outdoor accessible nearly all sites (see schedule for details).
The response of our community to this event has been astounding.
Today music - free concerts, jams, flash mobs, lessons, instrument giveaways, circle singing...taking place city-wide 8am til 9pm. There are 50 distinct events at 15+ locations with 35+ individual musicians and ensembles/bands ranging in age from 12 to 70+.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME.
Musical styles include: Brazilian Choro, Latin and Jazz, Blues, Country, Sacred Song, African Kora, Drumming, A Capella Pop, Folk and Improv, Electric & Acoustic Rock, Whale Songs, Irish, Jewish, Experimental, Sound Yoga, Classical Piano, Harp....
Speaking of harps Giveaways!!
100 Hohner Blues Harmonicas at Crossroads lesson 12:30pm, Cotton Bldg Jam 4pm
50 Guitar "Mass Appeal" at Crossroads Community Jam with Midnight Train at 1pm
25 Ukelele songbooks at Crossroads' Ukelele Flash Mob at 2:30pm
5 kinds of free music lessons at Crossroads 12:30/Beginning Harmonica, 1pm/Banjo, 2pm/Ukelele, 2:30pm/Guitar and at Cotton Building 6pm/Vocal WarmUp Techniques with Micaela Kingslight, Keeth Monta Apgar and Juditih-Kate Friemdan - followed by 2 hours of vocal music to listen, sing and improv with - in the A CAPPELLA ZONE. All 'round a whole lotta learning, love and joy!
THANK YOU for joining in and creating a new community tradition with us!
HERE's how to ACCESS THE SCHEDULE:
Schedules are on line at event website: http://www.makemusicday.org/porttownsend
A long form list of the day's events: http://www.makemusicday.org/porttownsend/listings/
For a map of all locations and searchable listing go to event website and click the center button that says: 2017 Listings.
Printed schedules will be available at all venues. THE COTTON BUILDING (12noon-9pm) aka MMD HQ will have extra schedules as will CROSSROADS MUSIC (12:30-3pm), the learning hub for lessons & guitar and uke jams. The LEADER is printing a schedule with highlights in this morning's paper.
KPTZ's Larry Stein will give an overview of the day's events on his radio show between 10:30-noon at kptz.org. Sing It Sister's Ellen Bonjorno will emcee at the Cotton towards evening.
APPS! access the day on your phone with Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android -
iOS (Apple) version:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/make-music-day/id996753064?mt=8
Android version in the Google Play store.
FACEBOOK: The schedule is also on the MMD-PT fb event page along with info about performers, teachers and venues: www.tinyurl.com/makemusicpt
A few HIGHLIGHTS and a CALL FOR Music and Hands-On VOLUNTEERS:
Volunteers are appreciated at the Cotton Building (10:30am-10pm) - stop by or text 360.643.1961 - Orientation at 11am, Videographers needed for evening & finale. We have a webcam - and if we have help to run it we can stream evening events live! Volunteer any time through the day. Help distribute schedules downtown & uptown and on the web. Or bring your musical gifts forward with others, including a Food Bank Serenade 11-2pm outside!
Jams are at the heart of this festival of participation. All ages & skill levels. All the teachers are great - and there'll be lots of encouragement at the facilitated jams and the open jam spaces jump in and sample: guitar - uke - drum - voice - banjo - even broadway karaoke (and live around the piano too)...NO prior music experience is needed. So jump on it! Risk happiness through music! It's empowering ;)
At the heart of the day we'll honor one of music's - and our county's greatest champions - Andy Mackie with the 1st annual ANDY MACKIE MEMORIAL HARMONICA BLOW-OUT (4pm, Cotton Building). Marina Gittins, who grew up making music with Andy and now works with his Foundation, will perform & give words of tribute at 3:45pm.
For those who prefer to listen: There are more than a dozen formal & less formal concerts, more intimate song circles and informal jams to enjoy (play or listen). One highlight:
At 2pm at the Cotton, Songwriter Liv Crecca, a student at PTHigh, will kick off a POP-UP STUDENT RECITAL.
At 2:45pm at KCPT, Jasper Hitchman age will play (superb) classical piano, followed by Lisa Lanza.
NOTE: There's still room for YOUNG MUSICIANS at the POP-UP recital and other locations including open stages and 2 especially youth friendly jam spaces at the Boiler Room and The Space, a collective out on E.Park by Goodwill. Come share your sounds! Bring the kids!
OUR GRANDE FINALE celebrates our City-wide Make Music Day at 8:30pm
ALL PERFORMERS ARE INVITED. Please join us as we close the day together at the Cotton.
As you go through the day - jot down your "AHA! moments" Take a moment to document this historic day and capture the story of what's happening where you are. We have a video editor who'll work with us to create a digital story and a webpage gallery after the event. When it's all over - share your moments with us at songwritingworks at gmail dot com.
We'll distribute to all the musicians and partners. (Before taking pix of non-listed performers or people, please ask first.)
Our generous project partners and all the musicians, volunteers and contributers make it happen. Special thanks to the Port Townsend Arts Commission and founding partners: Songwriting Works, Crossroads Music, PT Visitors Information Center, Centrum, the Boiler Room, Key City Public Theatre, and the Andy Mackie Music Foundation. Thank you to two anonymous donors who gave pivotal support in this first year - and to the Make Music Alliance creating Make Music Days nationwide presented by the NAMM Foundation with giveaways courtesy of Hohner Company, CF Martin guitars and Alfred Music.
For info on MAKE MUSIC DAYS in 750 cities worldwide! visit www.makemusicday.org
For more information about today's local festival or to make a contribution to this - or next - year's Make Music Day - Port Townsend, contact the lead organization, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation at www.songwritingworks.org, 360.385.1160, 2023 E. Sims Way, PT, WA 98368
ENJOY THE DAY!