June 2016

Photography by Getty Images for NAMM

Once again the Make Music Nashville Festival resonates through the city. Taking place on the Summer Solstice, this festival is celebrated around the world in 700 cities, including New York, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong, to name a few. This is Nashville’s third year participating, and the events are not to be missed.

The free event encourages performance and participation regardless of age, genre, or stage of ability. The festival’s primary goal is to provide an equal platform for musicians of all skill levels, interests, and walks of life and to inspire the next generation of musicians through innovative outreach programming.


Photograph by Getty Images for NAMM

This year’s events include a children’s harmonica jam and lessons at the Nashville Zoo, a Drum Circle in Sevier Park, a Cymbal Jungle at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a Ukulele Jam at Two Old Hippies in the Gulch, and free group guitar lessons at the Country Music Hall of Fame (guitars will be provided). The festival will also host the World Premiere of Brian Chase’s (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) Shimmer. And don’t miss your opportunity to Jam with Ranger Doug (Riders In The Sky, The Time Jumpers) and Andy Reiss (The Time Jumpers) as they lead a Western Swing Jam at Gruhn Guitars on 8th Avenue South.

If you have a teenager interested in the songwriting industry, go to the Notes for Notes® Production Lessons at Preston Taylor Bays & Birls Club Center on 38th Avenue North. The program will focus on the process of creating music, from songwriting to production to post-production.

The Third Annual Make Music Nashville Festival will take place on June 21 starting at noon. For the most current schedule of events and to volunteer, please visit www.makemusicday.org/nashville.

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