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Make Music Day at Sawyer Yards

An Immersive Music/Dance/Art Experience in Arts District Houston

In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs & Arts District Houston we are excited to participate in Make Music Day Houston on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

Make Music Day is a celebration of music and community taking place on the longest day of the year, with free concerts on porches, patios, and in neighborhoods across the city.

This year's diverse lineup of musicians and performers will showcase a spectacular selection of genres and styles. See our full programming schedule below -


2-3 PM: Ziying Zhao (Gugin, World Music)
4-5 PM: Elisabeth Ellison (Bassist, Chamber Music) []


4-7 PM: Taylor Marberry [@taylormarberrymusic]


5-6 PM: MECA Sunburst Summer Arts Program (Dancing & Live Music) [@meca_houston
6-7 PM: DJ Stramango and the Dancers of SMCDT kick off the event with a performance followed by a dance party.
7-8 PM: Guided by Social Movement Contemporary Dance Theater walk through individual silos taking in a variety of music genres including Country, Tejano, Zydeco, R&B, Hip Hop, House/dance, Christian, Rock & Roll, Blues, and Jazz while taking in dance performances and visual arts by local Houston artists.

Social Movement Contemporary Dance Theatre [@smcdt_]

WITH: Watertight Cocktails [@watertightcocktails], Topo Chico [@topochicousa], Good Eatz Restaurant [@goodeatz713], Jeba's Lemonade [@snowiejeba], DJ Stramango [@stramango], Multiple Visual Artist


Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on Wednesday, June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. More than 3.8K music-making events took place nationwide in 2022.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

It all started over 40 years ago in France.

In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

Four decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.