The streets will be alive with the sounds of music on Wednesday, June 21, during Montclair Make Music Day. The event, which starts at 8 a.m. the Upper Montclair train station and ends around 10 p.m., will have more than 50 performers in over 25 venues.
Organizer Greg Pason said in an email, “There are many things happening in the US and world today that are tearing communities apart, but music bring people together. For the fourth year Montclair will host Make Music Day events, and the volunteers who are organizing this day of music event have committed ourselves to make this an inclusive event that serves as a way to bring the community together.”
For the fourth year in a row, the Township Council proclaimed June 21 “Montclair Make Music Day.” Montclair joins hundreds of cities across the U.S. in celebrating the day as party of the Make Music Alliance.
Venues include East Side Side Mags, 73 See Gallery, both Java Love locations, Heratij, Just Kidding Around, Watchung Booksellers, Local Coffee, Nouvelle, St. Luke’s Church, Smith Boring & Parts Co., Women Healing Zone, Bluff City, Montclair Bread Company, Outpost in the Burbs at First Congregational Church, The Creativity Caravan and others.
Pason, who has organized the last three Montclair Make Music Day events, is supported by a team of community activists, including Montclair High School students from Terry’s Serendipity Café.
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Montclair BID has also helped promote the event, as has NJ Transit’s Music in Motion program.
There will be some pre-Make Music Day events, including Serendipity Café’s annual Festival Underground held at Edgemont Park, on Saturday, June 17, from noon to 5 p.m.
The schedule will be posted on June 15 at MontclairMakesMusic.org and via the Make Music Day phone app, downloadable from the website.
— Gwen Orel