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Portland to celebrate National Music Day [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

May 9, 2013


City's inaugural festival, organized by Make Music Portland, will be on the summer solstice

PORTLAND -- For the first time ever, the city will join the ranks of Paris, Berlin, London, New York and Chicago, by taking part in National Music Day on June 21.

National Music Day, an outgrowth of Paris-based Fete de la Musique, encourages performers and musicians to take to the streets, filling public spaces with the sound of music. On June 21, Make Music Portland will be organizing musical performances in various public and private venues.

Make Music Portland is actively seeking performers and musicians, as well as those with access to venues at which performances may be held. Make Music Portland is free to attend and participate in and is open to all ages, genres, styles, and abilities. Performances will take place at select venues around the city, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"On the summer solstice each year, major cities around the globe explode with sound and talent to ring in the new season. We're thrilled to be bringing this celebration to our streets," said Catherine Tanous, co-founder of Make Music Portland.

"Portland is a melting pot of incredible musical and artistic talent. It makes sense for us to become part of the Make Music family," said Robin Lee, the group's other founder.

"We're encouraging everyone who lives in the area, as well as visitors, to spend the day checking out these free performances around town," said Lee. "And we hope artists and performers, as well as venue hosts, will help us make this a community success."

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