Make Music Day is a worldwide celebration of music, where musicians – of all levels at any age – will fill the city’s streets, parks, rooftops, etc., playing live music on June 21st (the Summer Solstice). This event was started in France in 1982 and has grown to include over 700 cities in 120 different countries. All cities are given the freedom to celebrate Make Music Day in whatever way best represents their city’s talent, people, and musical culture, so here is what Chattanooga has in store for this special day!
The music can be heard this year at the following locations: The Chattanooga Public Library, Coolidge Park, East Lake Park, Feed Company Table & Tavern, Goodwill (East Brainerd Rd.), Hair of the Dog Pub, JJ's Bohemia, Choo Choo Gardens, Miller Plaza, Passageways (Garden Grass Inversions), Piano Park, and Passageways (Neural Alley). For a full list of artists and times, click here
Below is a list of special events at Make Music Chattanooga 2017:
Music on the Move - Music on the Move will bring the music to the people! It is an opportunity for musicians to perform at multiple locations in about two hours. This will be great for creating a festive atmosphere with fun interactions between the public and performers. The designated route has approximately 6 stops with a short walk between each. Some stops are inside businesses and some are outside where there is plenty foot and street traffic to supply high visibility.
Procrastinator's Passageway - Musicians who missed our May 21 deadline to schedule an official performance can take the stage at our open mic known as the Procrastinator's Passageway. This little stage will be located in the Urban Chandelier Passageway at 709 Cherry Street in downtown Chattanooga.
Surprise Saxophone Solos - Saxophonists will be popping into non-musical locations throughout the city to play "Careless Whisper" in memory of George Michael.
Street Studios - Hosted by Undaground – All performers are invited to walk up and sing and/or play an instrument at Undaground's Street Studios to be included in an original song created from the various samples recorded that day. The Street Studio will be located at the Garden Grass Inversion Passageway at 730 Cherry Street from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
Instrument Petting Zoo - The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and Chattanooga Girls Rock are partnering up again for one of last year’s most popular activities. The Instrument Petting Zoo gives music lovers of all ages the opportunity to play a wide variety of instruments they might not normally have access to. You can find it in the Neural Alley Passageway at 721 Broad Street from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Pub Quiz - In Honor of Make Music Chattanooga, Hair of the Dog's usual Wednesday night pub quiz hosted by Eddie Bridges will have a Chattanooga Music Scene theme with questions about Chattanooga's music past and present and fun prizes. This is a 21 and up event at Hair of the Dog Pub from 9:00pm - 11:00pm.
Make Music School - All instrument classes are free and open to the public at the Choo Choo Gardens. No need to register.
- Guitar class will be taught by Dr. Michael McCallie, Director of GuitarChattanooga. Alfred Music will be providing free songbooks with 6 to 8 songs with chord changes. Each student will get a free songbook to keep. Bring your guitar. A few guitars will be available for use during the class. Class starts at 9:00am.
- Ukulele class will be taught by Chattanoogan multi-instrumentist, Amanda Rose. Alfred Music will also be providing free ukulele songbooks. Bring your own ukulele. A few ukuleles will be available for use during the class. Class starts at 11:00am.
- Drum Duets/Drumming lessons will be hosted by Barret Griffy, owner of Insane Rhythm Music Lessons. Barret will be setting up two drum sets side by side. He will be at one and the other will be available for whoever wants to duet with him or receive an on the spot lesson. Lessons start at 1:00pm.
- Harmonica class taught by Tyler Martelli of Mountain Cove Bluegrass (2nd Place Winners in this year’s Road to Nightfall). Hohner is donating 50 harmonicas in the key of c for the students to keep after the class. Class starts 4:00pm.
Anyone interested in volunteering during Make Music Chattanooga on Wednesday, June 21st can attend Volunteer Orientation on Sunday, June 11, 4pm at The Well (1800 Rossville Ave, Chattanooga) or email chattanooga@MakeMusicDay.org with the subject: Volunteering
Volunteer positions include:
Stage Managers - will supervise the stage and be available to answer performers’ questions. No experience required. Training and information will be provided ahead of time.
Stagehands - will assist performers in setting up their gear and possibly running a PA, when needed. Previous experience required.
Base Campers - will be stationed at the MMC base camp to check performers in and give them their t-shirts and gift bags. Base campers will assist with performer questions and handing out schedules to the public.
Trailblazers - will point everyone in the direction of the music by marking trails with sidewalk chalk and balloons. Maps and materials will be provided ahead of time.