DOWNEY - This June 8 Downey will be joining scores of cities around the world and hosting a free, public, one-day celebration of the unique human gift for making music.The main stage of this family-friendly public festival, entitled Make Music Downey, will be on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Downey Avenue and 7th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival organizers, Bea Romano and Carol Kearns of the Downey Arts Coalition, are inviting musicians, bands and singers from all genres to sign up and participate. There is no limit to the type of musical acts that are invited to perform: garage bands, mariachi bands, barbershop quartets, opera singers, etc. Romano and Kearns stressed that performers do not have to be professionals , only people who want to share their love of making music. Interested musicians can sign up at MakeMusicDowney.org or call (562) 861-7049 by May 10. All performers must be live music. The artist line-up will be posted the last week of May. Romano has performed twice with her group Willow Band at Make Music Pasadena, and she urged all who love music to join the Downey festival, even as a volunteer or donor. This tradition of a one-day summer festival began in Paris in 1982 with Fete de la Musique, and has now spread to other cities and places like New York, Chicago, Vancouver and Harvard Square.
********** Published: April 25, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 02