What is Make Music Day? It all started 36 years ago in France. The Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts. And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music”.)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: Paris shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 800 cities, towns and villages in 120 different countries. In 2015, Mike Risko Music registered Ossining/Briarcliff to be part of the international celebration. Ossining/Briarcliff is the first community in Westchester to celebrate this growing event. The event in our community has grown to not only include a celebration on the summer solstice, but also the winter solstice. Says Mike Risko, "We were excited at the idea of musicians taking over and we also want to give back to the community that supports us in all our musical endeavors. What better way to give back than to organize a tremendous music festival like Make Music Day."
This year on June 21 ,2018, about 25 local musicians will perform in pop-up scheduled concerts that will take place in restaurants, a hair salon, a music store, clothing stores and even the front lawn of the Ossining Village Hall. In addition to live music, Mike Risko Music will sponsor a morning jam kick off from 10am-11am and we will also host a Drum Circle and Bucket Jam from 4-5pm and give out free sets of drum sticks to the first 25 people to rsvp.
The Make Music Ossining Briarcliff Committee not only encourages people to get out and enjoy some of the live music that is scheduled on the longest day of the year, but to also make some music of their own. Whether you sing a song, jam with a friend on guitar or listen to someone else make music, you will be participating in this special international celebration of music. Read on see who will be playing at this year's Make Music Day. You can also visit Make Music Ossining Briarcliff on Facebook and download the Make Music Day free app from the app store.
Welcome to Make Music Day 2018! Check out the schedule of Music below. For a map of all the music on Make Music Day Ossining Briarcliff, download the free Make Music App from the App Store. Click here to download it.
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Mike Risko Music 10-11am
144 Croton Avenue Ossining NY 10562 Join us for the Kick Off of Make Music Day 2018 for a morning jam. There will be free bagels and jam-of course. Bring your instrument and jam with us or just have some coffee and listen to the music
The Boathouse 46 Westerly Road Ossining NY 10562 7-8pm Christina Picciano 8:30pm- Mike Risko Band and friends Join the Mike Risko Band for some live music to wrap up the day. The participants of Make Music Day will be invited to join them for a jam and to hang out. It is sure to be an evening full of live, local music which will be lots of fun to join in on or to listen to at a great local place!
Mike Risko Music is always looking for musicians and venues to be a part of these celebrations. We work with local businesses and community hot spots to host the musicians. Each business or location can also provide us with fun activities to go with the musical acts. Once all the venues and musicians are secured for each event, you can pick up a map and a schedule of the musical events that will take place in Ossining and Briarcliff and/or you can visit this page or our Facebook page. If you are a venue or a musician looking for more information on this event, please contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-762-8757. Please check back to this page frequently for updates.
Steve Goodstein, chiropractor and musician, performed by the Gyro Uno Food Truck in Briarcliff for Make Music Day Summer 2016
Jules and Jake performed in front of Village Hall on Make Music Day 2016.
Adam Love performed at Mike Risko Music on Make Music Day 2016
Marcus Roman performed at Wobble Cafe on Make Music Day 2016.
Mike and Miriam Risko performed live music for a Spin Class at Club Fit Briarcliff on Make Music Day 2016
Robert Stava performed at Six Degrees of Separation Brewery on Make Music Day. Phil Dollard, another Make Music Day musician, came by to hear him play.
Christina Picciano of All My Friends, performed for Make Music Day Summer and Winter 2016. Both times she played at the Boathouse Restaurant in Ossining.
Joe Adami also performed for both Summer and Winter. Here he is at Basta in Ossining.
Phil Dollard performed at the Ossining Public Library on Make Music Day.