Festivities will kick off in Middletown at 5:45 p.m. with a proclamation by a City of Middletown official. Participants will gather on the sidewalk in front of Lester’s Rock N Roll Shop. Following the proclamation, the event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“They are going to officially make June 21 Make Music Day in Middletown,” Baumgarten said.
Other highlights will include a group harmonica lesson immediately following the proclamation in the same location; a group guitar lesson at 6:30 p.m.; a group ukulele lesson at 7 p.m. and a drum circle at 8:15 p.m.
Free harmonicas will be handed out for those that want to learn to play the harmonica. Those who wish to participate in the group guitar lesson should bring their own guitars. Free guitar/music books will be given out. For the drum circle, attendees can bring buckets, pots and pans, a snare drum or a bongo drum.
The sidewalks on either side of Central Avenue, between Main and Verity, will be filled with musicians playing unplugged as well as at the corner of Broad Street (in front of Canal Pub). The event will conclude with a night cap @the Square (1045 Central Ave.) for an open acoustic jam. (Must be 21 for the night cap.)
Make Music Day is observed by hundreds of millions of people in 800 cities in 120 countries. The event brings together musicians of all ages, backgrounds and genres, amateur and professional alike, to make and enjoy music – from bucket drummers and opera singers to hip-hop artists and marching bands.
“We would like anybody and everybody to come out. This is an all-age event, incorporating all skill levels,” said Baumgarten.