Arts Commission readies for fourth Make Music Day

LIBERTY — Liberty's Make Music Day 2017 is about two months away, and Liberty Arts Commission Chairman Bill Stilfield has started rounding up help to create an even stronger event for this second year.

The organizing committee met April 12 and has garnered help from Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce President Gayle Potter and Historic Downtown Liberty Inc. Promotions Chairman Patrick McDowell. Several of the artists who helped last year have returned, including Shawn Garland. Commissioner Shane Immelt has again taken on maintaining the social media and other tasks.

“Gayle will be able to help spread the word through venues, performers and audiences,” Stilfield said. “We are going to have extra support with HDLI and the chamber.”

Last year, June 21, was a bit hot, but the inaugural Make Music Day Liberty brought out 15 registered venues around town and 26 performers, including soloists and groups that started performing in the late morning and didn't stop until later in the evening.

This year, the summer solstice is on a Wednesday, and the second Make Music Day Liberty will take place around town again June 21.

According to the international group, Make Music Day started in 1982 in France. Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day on which free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops. The decision was to perform on the day with the longest amount of sunlight.

Stilfield wants to see more participation from musicians, venues and businesses.

“I believe we can gain more performers, too,” he said. “While I want to keep the venues in Liberty, performers can come from all over.”

Immelt has divided Liberty into five districts and seeks volunteers to help organize the area.

Stilfield said they are also going to try some mass-appeal events. Serenity on the Square is going to offer up a drum circle. They are hoping to also get some radio time with KKFI and KCUR.

Musicians can register at makemusicliberty.org.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630. 

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