My family was fortunate enough to have spent a few summers traveling in rural France several years ago, and we ended up at several Fêtes de la Musique, which typically took place around the summer solstice in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Musicians from all over the region performed, as did local kids and anyone who had music to share, and villagers cooked up mountains of food. It was fantastic.
Now Pasadena has its own Fête de la Musique: Make Music Pasadena, which is happening on the summer solstice, Sunday, June 21. From 11 a.m. into the night, musicians will take over Old Pasadena. Such professional artists as Quetzal, Argentinean multi-instrumentalist Juana Molin, the Whispertown 2000 and Portland singer-songwriter Mirah will perform on stages at One Colorado, the Levitt Pavilion, the Central Library, the Armory and Alliance Française; amateur musicians will be found on street corners, alleyways and coffeehouses. All performances are free, and they’ll be happening the same day as 300 other Fêtes de la Musique in 100 countries.
If you play an instrument and would like to perform, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (They’ll want to check out your MySpace page.) If you’d like to host a free performance at your business or in your neighborhood, click here.
Make Music Pasadena
Sunday, June 21
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.