The biggest live music event in New York City is on the longest day of the year.
On Tuesday, June 21, musicians of all ages and walks of life will perform in more than 400 public spaces — such as cemeteries, gardens, plazas, sidewalks, stoops, streets, etc. — throughout the five boroughs as part of Make Music New York’s 10th annual Summer Solstice extravaganza. It will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and all shows are free. Attendees can expect everything from classical to folk, hip-hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock.
Queens highlights include jazz musicians jamming at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and a massive collaboration of bagpipes and woodwinds in Court Square. For the early risers, Dave Kadden will improvise a dialogue between his oboe and chirping birds at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 5 a.m.
There’s no reason to leave Queens, but here are some of the other scheduled gigs:
- Jazz at Lincoln Center will present a New Orleans-style Second Line Parade led by trumpeter/composer Jason Olaine. Starting at 4 p.m., it will wind from Columbus Circle to Lincoln Center Plaza.
- Sousapalooza in Bryant Park will bring together more than 150 wind musicians to play the music of John Philip Sousa at 5:30 p.m.
- Bluegrass and Old-Thyme aficionados can take part in a Porch Stomp at Governors Island.
Make Music New York coincides with Make Music Day, the world’s largest annual music event. In total, it takes place in 700 cities across 120 countries, including about 40 cities around the United States.