It’s official. Buffalo is now taking a bigger role in the international event known as Make Music Day. Last year I wrote about the need for Buffalo to get involved with the day that is dedicated to the making of music (in any form). Shortly after, I received word from Arts Services Initiative (ASI) Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk who let it be known that ASI was also interested in coordinating a city-wide annual event. Since that time, a plan has been solidified, which includes Niagara Falls in a regional one-day event that will celebrate all forms of live music.
“ASI believes that the arts are for everyone, so Make Music Day is a perfect addition to our programming and to the Western New York community,” Arts Services Initiative Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk explained. “With the participation of our local musicians and venues, it can also be a true community-wide event; folks in every part of the city can be part of the same celebration instead of it happening just in one or two neighborhoods.”
Make Music Day was conceived in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique. Buffalo and Niagara Falls will now join 700 cities from 120 countries in this year’s event.
Highlights of Make Music Day WNY (on June 21,2016) include:
- Harmonica Lesson “Mass Appeals”, including a free harmonica for the first 50 in attendance per site, occurring at Lafayette Square in Buffalo and Green Island in Niagara Falls State Park
- Guitar Play-Along “Mass Appeals”, including free songbooks, occurring at Wilkeson Pointe at the Outer Harbor in Buffalo and Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls
- “Come Play in Marine A”, a chance for any person or band to sign up for a half hour session in the Marine A grain elevator at Silo City in Buffalo
- A local “Fête de la Musique” with the Alliance Française de Buffalo at the Colored Musicians Club in Buffalo
“Make Music Day Buffalo gives us a unique occasion to celebrate, inspire, and applaud the diverse talents and musical creativity of residents throughout our city and region,” said City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. “I thank Arts Service Initiative of Western New York for its role in making this all day celebration a reality as we continue to foster and promote Buffalo’s strong arts and cultural communities.”
The point of Make Music Day (Fête de la Musique), is to level the playing field for everyone, from the musically illiterate to the pros in the industry.
A website has been set up for performers to sign up if they want to play, and for venues to sign up if they want to host a performance. Performers of all skill levels and in all genres of music are encouraged, as are venues of all types from businesses to public buildings – especially outdoors. Registration is open until June 15. The website also lists times, details, and registration for the Mass Appeals and Come Play in Marine A.