Don’t let the singular “day” in the name fool you — Montclair’s Make Music Day hit the township Saturday (see lots of photos below), but there’s still plenty of music ahead.
In Montclair, Make Music Day is a three-day affair this year, with performances continuing throughout town Sunday, June 20, and Monday, June 21 — celebrated as the International Day of Music.
Live, in-person, township-wide music returned this weekend after a mostly virtual event in 2020. New Jersey no longer restricts the size of indoor or outdoor gatherings, but organizers say they’re still encouraging best practices to make musicians and patrons feel (and be) safe.
On Sunday, at Watchung Plaza, Rostafa will play at noon, followed by Jeff Hays and the Whole Shebang from 2 to 3 p.m., then poetry, spoken word and storytelling from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Also on Sunday, at the Rand Park tennis courts on North Fullerton Avenue, there will be “Get Rad With Dad.” From 9 a.m. to noon there will be free skate lessons as well as contests for skaters and their parents, contests for the best dad jokes and relay races. Live music will begin at 11 a.m. with DJ sets and performers including The You and Eyes, and Your Mystery Guest.
Live performances will happen all over town, including the Montclair Pop Up Band at Edgemont Park.
On Sunday, there will be a window serenade for residents at South End Gardens, 340 Orange Road, by father and son duo Josh and Houston Herman at 2:30 p.m. And there will be the “CoMMMunity” (the three Ms stand for Make Music Montclair) sing-along at Watchung Plaza from 5 to 6 p.m. The Bloomingfields and the TNT Rambles will be performing.
On Monday starting at 11 a.m. at Crane Park, there will be a performance of “Flowerpot Music,” written by composer Elliot Cole and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry using flower pots as instruments.
And, celebrating the official Make Music Day, there will be live performances at Lackawanna Plaza from 2 to 7 p.m. by Bern and the Brights, Eddie Nicholas and Your Mystery Guest. There will also be special events on that day.
— Includes previous reporting by Diego Jesus Bartesaghi Mena
Andrew Nieport performs at Paper Plane Coffee Co. at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 as part of Montclair Make Music Day. In Montclair’s case, the performances go on for three days, culminating on June 21 with the International Day of Music. (LAUREN PEACOCK / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)