Make Music


Make Music Detroit – June 21st, 2016 marked the inaugural Make Music Detroit celebration. Detroit joined cities around the world to celebrate music in its many forms. Inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique (a national music party day inaugurated in 1982), Make Music Day or World Music Day takes place on the same day in more than 700 cities in over 100 different countries throughout the globe, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, Nepal, Kenya, and Japan. For more information, please visit Make Music Day or Fête de la Musique‘s websites.

All Make Music Detroit events are:

  • Free (no tickets, musicians and audience members are not charged)
  • Participatory (open to any musician at any level who wish to participate)
  • All ages with genre restrictions
  • At multiple locations
  • On June 21st (the longest day of the year)

Mission – Make Music Detroit is more than a music event. Our purpose is to bring attention the importance of early music exposure for kids and the benefits of music in people’s daily lives. Detroit became a fountain of reverence in culture and humanities, in part, because of how the availability of music and arts education enriched its citizens. Every Detroit child deserves quality music education, and Make Music Detroit is dedicated to supporting this goal.

Last Year’s Recap – For the inaugural MMD2016, we coordinated more than a dozen sites around the city to serve as venues for over 100 free performances.  Most sites were dispersed within three walking clusters situated within the Cultural Center, Downtown and North End neighborhood.  Attendees were able to visit Detroit Institute of Arts, Assemble Sound, The Carr Center at Harmonie Park, Urban Bean Co., Northern Lights Lounge, Cass Cafe, Third Man Records, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall and other sites along the Oakland Avenue Artist Corridor to enjoy and experience every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of various musical persuasions (from jazz to folk to experimental to soul to electronic).


This year for MMD2017, performances will start Wednesday, June 21st at Noon and end at Midnight. Mark your calendars and let’s Make Music Detroit!


2017 Artist List:

#ENT Works
24/7 West
Ableton Workshop by DJ Heru (Spin Inc.)
Adventures with Vultures
Aether Bleu
Akbar Walks
Al Luv
Alex Roch
Alexander Schwank
Ali McManus
Allye Gaietto
Anthony Retka
Audra Kubat
Axis Music Academy Performances & Workshop
Battersby Takes Bronze
Billy Davis Band w/ Harmonica Shah & Mighty Michael
Body Mechanic
Botanical Fortress
brave as a bear
Brotha Mike
Cayenne & Ginger
Chosen By Fate
Chrissii Key
City Lights!
Cosmic Music Collective
Crockett King
Daryl Beebe
Day 1$
Detroit School of the Arts – Achievers Ladies Female Vocal Ensemble
Detroit Youth Volume with Leslie DeShazor & Scott Murphy
DIME Student Performance
DJ Bigum Detroit
DJ Judy Adams
DJ Mel Wonder
Donovan Montgomery
Dr Mindbender
Drew Schultz & The Broken Habits featuring Melvin Davis
Electric Blanket
Elena Hirsch
Emma Guzman
Greater Alexander
Grumpy Gus
Gyfted Band
Ian Fink / Alex White & Friends
In Transit Detroit featuring Sean Blackman and Liz Larin
Innerspirit Project
Inohs Sivad Evolution
Jack Oats
JC & Royal Keys
Jemille Ali
Joei Redd
Julius De’Von
Kanem X
Keith Smith
Kira Blue
Konrad Lee
Large Extra Large ( LXL )
Lia K Catallo
Lindsey Jordyn
Lisa Mary
Mahogany Jones
Maria Montoya
Mark Frechette & ANMLTALK (aka The Diers)
Mary McGuire
Melvin Davis
Michael Elliott
Michigan Basement
Michigan Left
Mike Jellick Trio
Min. David A Whitfield II & Whitfield Productions
Min. SKS
Modern Vagrant
Mycah Ellis
Nadrel Brown
Open Mic Night at Park Bar
Party Days
Pastor Waverly B. Bumbrey Sr & Refuge Temple Cathedral Voices
Phenom Band!
Phil Hale Quartet featuring Thornetta Davis
Planet Funk on 313.FM
Pogo Rey
Poor Player
Psychotic Reaction
Qween Louie
Rebecca Goldberg, Greg Aubry & Nardo
Redd Edwards
Roschelle Laughhunn
RJ Spangler Quartet featuring Larry Smith w / Youth Jam Session
Sam the Saxman
Sami Mei
Sheila Slaughter
Smiley & Friends
Sounds of Imani
Speak Easy
Spin Inc. DJ & Production Workshop w/ DJ Jungle
Stereo Boyz
Ted Nagy
Tez Honcho
The Arrangement
The Core
The Dermatones
The Masters of Harmony
The Matthews Brothers
The Mighty Ded Woods
The Mighty Funhouse
The Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid – Matthew Ball
The Old Adage
The Original Vandellas
The Plastic Bears
The Reissues
The Sane Abandoned
The War Balloons
Tim Ellerbe
Tino G and The Dumpster Machine featuring Charles “Buddy” Smith
Vincie D & The Sensations
Wild Mountain Roses
Wingz Of Terror
Detroit Institute of Arts
Northern Lights Lounge
Cass Cafe
Bert’s (Eastern Market)
Garden Bowl at The Majestic
Alley Deck at Magic Stick
TheStudio Fitness Dance Culture
MotorCity Wine
Red Door Great Hall of the People
Delores Bennett Park
The Baltimore Gallery
Fox Creek Feedom Freedom
Detroit Artists’ Test Lab
The Bottom Line Coffee House
ASHE Supply Co.
Urban Bean Co.
Hip n Zen in the Northend
Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
The Old Miami
Red Corridor Bar
PJ’s Lager House
Milliken State Park Lighthouse
Third Wave Music
Dequindre Cut


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