SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Santa Monica will celebrate the summer solstice and music-making on Wednesday, June 21 with a variety of free performances citywide. This is the sixth year the city has participated in Make Music Los Angeles (MMLA), a countywide celebration of music. The event is based on France's Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982 and celebrated on the same day in more than 800 cities in 110 countries.
To encourage and support local performances, the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division offered grants to the City’s Neighborhood Associations. Five are partnering with MMLA Board Member and Santa Monica Arts Commissioner Phil Brock to put together a musical smorgasbord in city parks and a host of other venues. Here's the lineup:
The Pico Neighborhood Association presents BLACK WAAT3R, Smolsky and Suns of Ra at Virginia Avenue Park from 5-8 p.m.
The Wilshire Montana Neighborhood Coalition will host music in Reed Park between 5-8 p.m. featuring Per Se, Michelle Vreeland and Daniel Jimenez Afanador and Friends.
Ocean Park Association presents four bands of varying genres in Hotchkiss Park between 4-8 p.m. Groups include Kristen Center, Dogtown Originals, Bodybite and The Cheeseburgens.
Santa Monica Mid-City Neighbors will have bands from 4-8 p.m. at Colorado Center Park, including The Cheesebergens, TEE-M, Shiny Jackets and Wartime Recitals.
The North Of Montana Association presents musical acts, Tops Tots, Stephen Longfellow Fiske, Rattlesnake Bluegrass and Wilde Hartmans in Palisades Park from 5:30-8 p.m.
Other musical events are also being offered in Santa Monica as part of MMLA. The Santa Monica Conservancy will feature music at the Shotgun House from 5-7 p.m., including performances by Cameron Clarke, Jerry Rosenbloom and Diane Michelle.
The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica will have music in Douglas Park from 5-8 p.m. including performances by Diane Michelle, Suns of Cali and others.
The Novel Café presents bands from 6-8:30 p.m. and includes the Half Measure Blues Band, TEE-M and Shiny Jackets.
In addition to organized events, MMLA welcomes pop-up music performances. The City of Santa Monica encourages this type of participation and asks that musicians review the City’s Street Performance Ordinance identifying what is and isn’t allowed in parks, on sidewalks and at the beach. The ordinance, as well as a condensed version of the guidelines, are posted on the MMLA website. Interested artists can sign up on the MMLA website. For questions, email email@example.com or CommissionerBrock@gmail.com
The goal of the day is for everyone to experience free live music or to make some of their own during Santa Monica’s celebration of MMLA. Admission to all MMLA events is free. Visit the Make Music Los Angeles website at makemusicla.org and search for Santa Monica to see a complete listing of local events and details.