Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase and band members perform at the Don Felix Cafe Friday evening, March 26, 2021 on the first day of the Experience Mesilla Spring Music Fest 2021. (Photo: Leah Romero/Sun-News)
LAS CRUCES – In celebration of International Make Music Day, which takes place June 21 every year, a variety of local organizations are set to host free live concerts throughout the city that will feature local musicians, music demonstrations and music-themed giveaways.
The celebration will incorporate live demonstrations and performances as well as an online component, according to a press release.
Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, more than 100 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide.
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“Music has a special way of lifting spirits, bringing people together, and making things better,” said Assistant City Manager Ikani Taumoepeau. “Las Cruces welcomes all musicians to dust off your instruments and play loud and proud wherever you are June 21st. Our city is proud to be on the Make Music Day 2021 international roster, allowing us to showcase our talented individuals and diverse venues.”
The free live performances will kick off at Klein Park, 155 Mesquite St., with a variety of regional performers playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As part of the performances, there will also be mariachi music and educational demonstrations. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, water and lawn chairs or a blanket.
Later in the day, the Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St., will host a showcase of local bands of varying genres which will perform on the main stage from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring water, lawn chairs and umbrellas for shade.
“We are excited to once again partner with community organizations to showcase the music and culture of Las Cruces,” said Greg Smith, executive director of the Doña Ana Arts Council. “Make Music Day offers a chance for residents and visitors to enjoy a day centered around making music and discovering how the culture and history of Las Cruces continues to influence the artform.”
In addition to the two performances downtown, there will also be live performances at Hubbard’s Music-N-More, 108 Wyatt Dr., which will host bands on its stage throughout the day and the Las Cruces Ukes, a local ukulele club, which will host music lessons and sing-alongs at Good Samaritan Society, 3025 Terrace Dr., from 6-7:30 p.m.
Last year, local organizations — including the City of Las Cruces and the Doña Ana Arts Council — partnered with musicians and venue operators to host the city’s first Make Music Day as a virtual event with live performances streaming on various social media channels and recorded performances at The Range, 3217 El Camino Real Rd., that were featured in the Make Music Day Global Livestream.
For the most up-to-date schedule or to get involved in the events, visit makemusicday.org/lascruces or follow the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/makemusiclascruces.
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In honor of Make Music Day, City Hall and the Visit Las Cruces building will both feature orange exterior lighting on June 21.
All live events will follow the most current COVID-safe practices and state and local restrictions, including mask-wearing for those who are not fully-vaccinated.
Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. More info can be found online at makemusicday.org.
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