Make Music Day is back in Kansas City and around the world today, June 21, 2023. Make Music is a free celebration of music launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique. It is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
In Northeast Kansas City, Harmony Project KC, Knuckleheads and PH Coffee are hosting musicians today.
Harmony Project KC, a nonprofit music education program for youth, will have students performing classical music from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, 544 Wabash Ave.
At PH Coffee, 2200 Lexington Ave., Singer/Songwriter Tica Felise will share blues and pop tunes from 1 to 2 p.m. Hip-Hop, R&B and Soul artist Jass will perform from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Rounding out the series, Singer/Songwriter Frank Rardon will perform folk and pop from 4 to 5 p.m.
At the East Bottom’s favorite venue, Knuckleheads Saloon at 2715 Rochester Ave., Bands Undercover will play from 4 to 7 p.m. In this special show, several musicians from the area cover each other’s material and demonstrate the diverse talent of the Kansas City tradition. Sharing the stage for this year’s Bands Undercover, Levee Town at 4 p.m., Patrick Recob with Russ Schenke at 5 p.m., and Stranded in the City at 6 p.m.
Find more info and locations across the city at www.makemusicday.org/kcmo/.