Port Townsend to celebrate international Make Music Day

PORT TOWNSEND — On the longest day of the year, Port Townsend will meet in downtown buildings, outdoor locales and other public spaces for one simple purpose: making music.

For international Make Music Day on Wednesday, Port Townsend will join 750 cities across 120 countries in performing, teaching, learning and enjoying music.

It’s the only Make Music Day on the North Olympic Peninsula to date — and it marks a new tradition for the community, said Chicago Bob Longmire of the Midnight Train Blues Band, which will lead a jam at Crossroads Music at 1 p.m., in an email.

“Music really does make the world a better place,” Longmire said. “Every lifted spirit, every smile adds to happiness for the whole community.”

Musicians of all calibers — even those who might hesitate to assume the title — are welcome to join in the free celebration.

The Cotton Building will serve as the official Make Music Port Townsend headquarters, and events will kick off at 11:30 a.m.

Performances, lessons and jam sessions are scheduled at seven locations: the Cotton Building at 609 Washington St., Crossroads Music at the intersection of Lawrence and Kearney streets, the Port Townsend Visitors Information Center at 2409 E. Jefferson St., the Boiler Room at 711 Water St., the Key City Playhouse at 419 Washington St., Bear Root Apothecary and Wellness Center at Lawrence and Taylor streets, and the Northwind Arts Center at 701 Water St.

A detailed schedule of events will be updated on makemusicday.org/port townsend.

Songwriting Works is producing this year’s event in collaboration with project partners Crossroads Music, Port Townsend Visitors Center at the Chamber of Commerce, Centrum, Key City Public Theatre, the Boiler Room, the Andy Mackie Music Foundation and musicians, local business hosts and volunteers.

The day borrows inspiration from France, where “Fête de la Musique” became a tradition. Make Music Day is presented by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance.

To perform, teach or host a music meetup, visit matchpt.makemusicday.org, log in and follow links to register as a performer or venue.

For more information, contact the Make Music Day PT organizers, Judith-Kate Friedman and Micaela Kingslight, at songwriting [email protected] or 360-385-1160.

More in Entertainment

Tess Gallagher is among the poets to appear at Sunday's reading in Railroad Bridge Park. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Free poetry reading in Railroad Bridge Park on Sunday

“A Droplet of Wild Hope from the Epicenter.” “Writing from… Continue reading

House mother and teacher Mama Ruth tries out the new slide at the Star of Hope Centre in Kenya. photo courtesy of Star of Hope Centre
‘Dancing for the Stars’ crosses the globe Saturday

Fundraiser helps rural Kenya school

Concerts in the Barn offers performances this weekend

The Concerts in the Barn summer series continues with two… Continue reading

Erik Evans, the “Parking Lot Piper,” entertains people in downtown Sequim. (Emily Matthiessen/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Parking lot piper plays for people outdoors

Erik Evans’ bagpipe music began as a pandemic activity

Tom Skerritt, star of “East of the Mountains,” will be honored during the Port Townsend Film Festival this September. A screening of the new movie is among the festival’s planned in-person events in downtown Port Townsend. (Photo courtesy of Jane Charles, “East of the Mountains”)
September festivals coming back with ‘joyful caution’

Wooden Boat, Film events to return to in-person functions

Singer Jean Lenke will appear alongside vocalist Sarah Shea in Thursday night's Candlelight Concert, presented online. A portion of proceeds will benefit Olympic Angels. (photo courtesy Jean Lenke)
Candlelight Concert to raise funds for Olympic Angels

“Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love),” “Lullaby of… Continue reading

Music on the Strait cofounders James Garlick, left, and Richard O’Neill, right, perform with New York City-based pianist Jeremy Denk and Southern California cellist Ani Aznavoorian, center, in the inaugural festival three years ago at Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall. The performers will reunite this August for the 2021 Music on the Strait. (Photo courtesy of Music on the Strait)
Music on the Strait concerts lined up

Less than a month from now, James Garlick and… Continue reading

Port Townsend author Dana Sullivan, who will give a free, all-ages workshop Tuesday, draws inspiration from family members including Bennie the dog. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Graphic novelist to release fourth in ‘Max’ series

Keep writing your stories, says artist, comic book author

Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to host tie dye party

The Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host its fourth… Continue reading

Most Read