There are performances on street corners, in parks, in houses of worship and in other locations in all five NYC boroughs, and many invite onlookers to participate by dancing, drumming, etc.
With more than 1,200 events scheduled for the Ninth Annual Make Music New York events, there’s no way NYCOTC can list them all. But some examples include these:
Clavinova Piano Bar: In celebration of the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra, a roving Sinatra karaoke piano bar will make designated stops at city landmarks and locations highlighting his illustrious career as an entertainer.
Exquisite Corpses: A new series that will bring life to New York’s burial grounds (Grant’s Tomb, NYC Marble Cemetery, St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery, Trinity Church Cemetery, and Madison Square Park) with chains of improvised musical conversations.
Pop Up Musicals: A roving musical theater group performs excerpts from NYC-based musicals.
Sousapalooza: 200 wind band musicians and members of the West Point Band will perform classic marches in Bryant Park.
Concerto for Buildings: Eight buildings in SoHo that have hollow, cast-iron facades that resonate when struck, will be shut down as noted composers write short pieces for buildings that will be performed by Mantra Youth Percussion and Face The Music.
Porch Stomp: Celebration of bluegrass, old-time, traditional folk and roots music, on the historic porches of Governors Island.
Punk Island: Returning with more than over 90 punk bands from as far away as the Philippines to as near as the East Village, on a Staten Island pier.
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 violins.
There are also take the mic at a Billy Joel sing-along, dance to simultaneous DJs under the Brooklyn Bridge, celebrate the World Cup with an international indie lineup, and parties hosted by Astoria Music and Arts, Gemini & Scorpio and People’s Breukelen Jamwich.
A full schedule of events, starting times, and locations will be posted on www.makemusicny.org.
Lucky for us that the Make Music website lets you search for events by type of music, location, even time, so you can find all the Hip Hop or Classical music you want, or for performances on the Upper West Side or Astoria.
Make Music New York free street performances are 10am to 9pm, rain or shine in all five boroughs, so let’s hope for shine.
MMNY takes place simultaneously with Make Music Day across the Unites States and Fete de la Musique around the world, making it a global celebration. Performing on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens – MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. There is something for everyone ranging from classical to folk, hip-hop to opera, and Latin jazz to punk rock.