Lineup Announced for Make Music Cleveland, an All-Day Celebration of Music


1 comment
It’s nearly impossible to go a day without listening to music. Music is everywhere. It’s played in restaurants and stores. Music has the power to promote change; it has the power to express how people feel without them ever having to say anything at all. So what better way to show our thanks for all of the musicians who make music possible than by having a day dedicated to music?

On June 21, Cleveland will join over 700 cities around the world in celebrating International Make Music Day. Pioneered in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day has spread to over 120 countries and continues to grow each year.

Completely different from the typical music festival, the free event gives every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional — the opportunity to take to the streets, parks, malls and porches to share his or her music and a love of music with friends, family and strangers.

In Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties, over 40 amateur and professional musicians will join musicians around the world in performing at a number of venues during the day and throughout the night.

From Progressive Field to Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern and everywhere in between, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of live performances in a celebration of music. If you’re a harmonica person, then you won’t want to miss the sunset sing-a-long and harmonica giveaway at Edgewater Park, but if trombones tickle your fancy then make your way to Lakewood Baptist Church for a trombone demonstration and a performance by Sousa Polooza.

Jazz enthusiasts won’t want to miss Kamal Abdul-Alim at the Euclid Tavern. A jazz trumpeter from Cleveland, Abdul-Alim studied composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After his time at Berklee, Abdul-Alim continued to grow as a musician and composer by traveling and studying all over the world, spreading his love for African and jazz music wherever he went.

“Cleveland is a destination of musical excellence, and we’re excited to see how Make Music Day can bring different individuals and communities together,” says Hannah Santisi, program director for Make Music Cleveland, in a press release. “Most of our professional and educational music groups are already connected with their communities in one way or another. Why not combine each of those networks into one grand day of music making? Anyone can perform, anyone can listen — it’s going to be an amazing day.”

If you’re a musician who’s interested in participating, interested in volunteering or interested in participating as a venue, the organizers at Credo Music invite you to learn more about the event at

Current venues and performers include:

First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Strongsville
6:15-7 p.m.: First Church Musicians

Happy Dog Euclid Tavern
7 p.m.: Kamal Abdul-Alim

Progressive Field 
6 p.m.: Oberlin Percussion Group, Poor Ornery Sinners and Worldstock Entertainment

5th Street Arcades 
Noon-1:30 p.m.: John Wallace, guitar and David Ellis, viola da gamba

Edgewater Park 
10 a.m.: Stone Water Time Breath
6-9 p.m.: Performance of Terry Riley’s “In C”, Harmonica Giveaway and Sunset Sing- Along lead Lily Roberts and Harmonious (a capella group)

Bop Stop 
9 p.m.: Jam Session

Cleveland Cello Quartet (Time TBA)

Stone Mad Pub
5-9 p.m.: Chris Allen and the Guilty Hearts

Phoenix Coffee Ohio City
10:30 a.m.: Poor Ornery Sinners
5-6 p.m.: Julia Wallace

Happy Dog 
7 p.m.: Classical Revolution

Skyline Music Westlake
1 p.m.: Piano Jazz
2 p.m.: Pete Meeboer, singer/ songwriter
3 p.m.: Kathie Stewart
4 p.m.: Canterbury String Quartet
4:30 p.m.: Deb and Joan
5 p.m.: THRE3
6 p.m.: Instrument Petting Zoo
7 p.m.: Glenn Holmes Quartet on the Front Porch

Lakewood Baptist Church
6–9 p.m.: Sousa Palooza (brass and wind instrumentalists of all ages read Sousa marches), Lakewood Choir of Churches, Victor Samalot and Tower City Chorus

Root Cafe 
7-8:15pm: TriHearn

Tappan Square 
4:15-5pm: Alex Izekawa

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.