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Make Music New York sponsors free outdoor Brooklyn performances

June 11, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn’s Ukulele Mass Appeal event was popular at last year’s Make Music New York celebration. Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

Returning for its ninth year, Make Music New York (MMNY) will celebrate music on a grand scale with a mix of more than 1,000 free, outdoor concerts throughout all five boroughs on June 21, the first day of summer.

MMNY will coincide with Make Music Day, the world’s largest annual music event, which is celebrated in more than 20 cities around the U.S.  

The all-day musical celebration is open to musicians of all ages, genres and skill-levels. From classical to folk, hip-hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, music of all kinds will be performed on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks and gardens on the longest day of the year.

In celebration of MMNY taking place this year on Father’s Day, there will be various family-themed events throughout Brooklyn to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Make Music New York highlights in Brooklyn include: 

  • Mass Appeal: Bringing together massed groups of the same instrument for participatory, inclusive performances. Instruments will include cellos, guitars, harmonicas, synthesizers, ukuleles and even klezmer violin (Carroll Park, Independent Filmmaker Project, Con Ed Farragut Substation, Grand Army Plaza, Louis Valentino Jr. Park).

  • CAVE Art Space Block Party: Performances by Jeremy D. Slate, multidisciplinary electronic experimentation; Big Volcano, worldly indie rock; and M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, eight musicians, most of them from Colombia, making music with Afro-Colombian rhythms and punk-jazz elements. CAVE Art Space is located in Williamsburg.

  • Street Studios: Three of 12 small mobile recording studios on sidewalks throughout NYC, for a spontaneous, collaborative production of original music (Stratosphere Studios, Fowler Square and Cameo Gallery Block Party).

  • Coney Island: The Shade Pavilion and Karaoke House celebrate with upcoming artists, the “Rock Record of the Year,” and Brooklyn’s best indie bands.

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park: The Pangean Orchestra plays world-music inspired tunes at Pier 1.