Roselle Park continues its journey to become internationally recognized by joining, for the first time, in the global music celebration known as “Make Music Day”.
The annual worldwide event started over three and a half decades ago in France as La Fête De La Musique. The idea was to have free live music be an all-encompassing living thing that could be performed by anyone from anywhere – street corners, parks, gardens, store fronts, and rooftops.
Since 1982, the event has spread and in 2006 it make its American debut in New York City as Make Music New York.
Make Music Day is held throughout the world on the summer solstice – the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere – which this year is June 21st.
Last year, over 800 cities in 120 countries had Make Music events in an international symphony celebrating the joys of live music.
This year, Roselle Park joins 70 American cities in 31 states which will host more than 4,500 free outdoor concerts, music lessons, jam sessions, and other music-making events as part of the world’s largest annual music event. Additionally, Roselle Park is just one of four (4) New Jersey communities participating this year.
All styles of music – from classical to folk to hip hop to opera to jazz to punk to blues – and all levels of experience are welcome.
Scheduled performances are still being coordinated but some highlights from the inaugural Make Music Roselle Park will include:
- An evening of performances at Michael J. Mauri Gazebo Park, capped off by various musicians performing a tribute to The Beatles
- A large harmonica lesson, in which up to 50 Hohner harmonicas will be provided free to anyone (ages 5 and up) who is interested in learning the basics of the harmonica
Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is more than welcome to take part.
Signing up is easy and can be done by visiting and registering up at the Make Music Roselle Park website (link).
Businesses, buildings, schools, churches and other institutions can also visit the website to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations. Host venues may schedule their own performers or use the website to connect with interested musicians.
A full schedule of events will be posted at MakeMusicRosellePark.com when finalized.
Make Music Roselle Park is coordinated by the Roselle Park Arts Committee.