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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MAKE MUSIC LOS ANGELES (aka "MMLA") is a massive FREE event on June 21st, 2017

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This one, covering "MMLA," is one in a continuing series of special editions. Each in the series profiles ONE music festival all by itself.
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Here's the story from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica." And this is one of the few features in that giant catalogue (maybe even the only one) that still requires you to do more to get a total grasp on something after you read it here. That's because this thing happens in soooo many places around town — real venues and otherwise — and more musicians and events are still being added all the time, right up to the last minute.

Word to th' wise: So you'll need to decide how it works best for you with printing-out the schedule from the event website, or even when to download it. Wait 'til late on the 20th and it'll be hopelessly unavailable because everyone else will be doing it. But grab it too early an' you won't have it all.

DO, for sure, take a copy of the schedules/venues/addresses/artists/times with you in your device, because demands on the MMLA site may well crash it on the "day of" and leave you flatfooted.
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Here's the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" article on MMLA.

Wed, Jun 21, 2017:
6th annual "MAKE MUSIC LOS ANGELES" (MMLA), "eleven hours of musical creativity," is FREE and the enormous local expression of "MAKE MUSIC DAY," a citywide festival; but it's much bigger than L.A. — It's grown to global proportions in a very short time from its start in one country in Europe. Now, it happens every June 21st (regardless of the day of the week) in MORE THAN 800 CITIES in 130 COUNTRIES around the world. Local info, http://makemusicla.org
✔ TIX: It's free, and the history of it pretty much mandates that it stays that way.
✔ CAMPING: Not specifically, and not allowed at the L.A. or Pasadena expressions of the day.
✔ THE SCENE: It all began in France, where busking can get you arrested. Seems that when France elected a musician — Fran├žois Mitterrand — as their president, musicians assumed he would change that law. Well, he couldn't, but he compromised with his legislature, and they let him designate one day a year when making music outdoors, everywhere, would be legal. So ol' Fran├žois chose the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, as that one day. Obviously, no other country wanted to be left out of something that brings a spontaneous celebration of all-things tuneful, so the French "Fete de la Musique" became the world's "Make Music Day." Pasadena, California, was one of the first places in North America to adopt it; within a couple of years, L.A., not wanting to play second-fiddle to Pasadena, as it already must to the Rose Parade and Doo Dah Parade, adopted it, too. Once all the Chamber of Commerce types realized it draws a crowd? Uh-huh. Now you can find lots of organized, pre-approved "Make Music" events on indoor and outdoor stages and street corners and parks that blossom into performance spaces. When it takes to the streets, it's especially true to its origins in France. And yes, the Guide has been on top of this, as a backer, proponent, and participant, since the first one in Pasadena.
✔ NOTE 1: In Los Angeles (as in many "Make Music" cities and towns) applications are taken to play at recognized performance spaces and those include some prestigious venues! All the info to perform June 21st at any of many officially recognized places in L.A. is at: http://makemusicla.org
✔ NOTE 2: It's great to get registered so your friends can find you and come out and support you, and so you can brag (with verification) about having played the world's largest day of music-making. But it's part of the "Fete de la Musique" roots to just play, somewhere — "officially" or not.
✔ NOTE 3: It's a great excuse to pre-print some maps and hop on your bike, or if you're carrying an instrument, to roam the light rail lines that are not-quite-a-system, but will get you to many places where music is being made on the one special day. As for geographically compact expressions? It's not hard to plan a walking or bike route that'll let you take-in a dozen or more "venues." There's one of those compact beehives of "Make Music" downtown, and another one that's separately organized in Downey.
✔ NOTE 4: There are so many L.A. venues that we'll augment this as the date approaches.We'll start with what's happening at one of the first venues to publish its schedule AND to issue a participatory invitation to musicians — the Skirball Cultural Center & Museum, atop Sepulveda Pass.
✔ NOTE 5: At the Skirball, just off the 405 Freeway, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90049; 310-440-4500, "Make Music" runs Noon–5 pm, and admission for the day is FREE. That includes free admission to the Museum galleries, including their popular "Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™" (though you'll need to reserve your free tix in advance for that one, because of capacity. No reservations needed on the free day, June 21st, for anything else there.) Children must be accompanied by an adult. Now, the good stuff: they tell us, "Dance, sing, make art, and jam along at the Skirball’s celebration of 'Make Music Day,' a FREE festival of music... All ages and levels of musical experience welcome!"
✔ 2017 LINEUP:
• It's not yet announced, because artists and venues can still apply to participate. (See Note 1.)
• Any venue can announce its lineup at any time.
• Here's the announced participation by one of many venues,
The Skirball:
♪ Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward, ukulele virtuosos, at Noon
♪ Rhythm Child, 1 pm
♪ Mia Doi Todd, 2 pm; "Enjoy the entrancing sounds of one of Los Angeles’s most treasured singer-songwriters"
♪ Masanga Marimba, 3 pm
♪ The World Wind Ensemble, 4 pm
(You can also enjoy Skirball's current exhibition, running Apr 27-Sep 3, "Paul Simon: Words and Music.")
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• OTHER VENUES...
♪ There will be literally THOUSANDS of musicians ranging from iconic pros to occasional amateurs taking part.
♪ You'll find performances in dozens and dozens of venues, from the permanent to the impromptu.
♪ The full "official" online program, listing not-quite all the musicians, bands, and venues, will evolve as the date approaches; it never manages to include everyone and everything. But it's where you should start formulating your game plan. It's at:
http://makemusicla.org/


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