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Get out and jam (or just listen) on Make Music Columbia day

Danielle Howle will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Fountain at Five Points.
Danielle Howle will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Fountain at Five Points. online@thestate.com

Get ready for a free day of music making when local musicians take up their instruments during Make Music Columbia on Tuesday, June 21.

Performances will be popping up all over town, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to get in on the action and play, too.

Make Music Columbia returns for the second year and is part of a global celebration called Make Music Day. The celebration was launched in 1982 in France and is now held on the same day in more than 700 cities and 120 countries.

Any musician – amateur or professional, young or old – can participate by signing up to play at makemusiccolumbia.org. Businesses and venues also can sign up their spaces and be matched with a musician. Registration closes on Sunday, June 19.

So far, locations include Tapp’s Arts Center, Drip on Main, the Five Points fountain, Village at Sandhill, the State House and M Vista. Music offerings range from folk-rock singer Danielle Howle to punk rock band Ghetto Blaster to experimental jazz from Michael Crawford.

The Concert Truck, a mobile classical concert experience (piano included), also will drive around to various locations throughout the day.

Although registration is still open, there are already double the number of venues and performers this year, according to Ashleigh Lancaster with One Columbia for Arts and History.

Make Music Columbia is organized by One Columbia, Rice Music House and WXRY FM.

In addition to checking out the performances around town, you can participate in one of the “mass appeals” in the evening at the State House.

There will be 100 harmonicas up for grabs, along with a harmonica instruction, so anyone can walk up, get a harmonica and learn to play.

Additionally, volunteers from Girls Rock Columbia will be helping lead a “sound circle,” in which someone starts with a beat or sound that everyone builds on. The Cola Ukulele Band will play, and there will be an opportunity to play and learn a few ukulele tricks.

All events are free and open to the public.

Make Music Columbia is one of several music events happening in Columbia in June. There are so many that Mayor Steve Benjamin declared June to be Music Month in the city.

Since it’s official and all, get out there and make some music.

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Want to know more?

For artist listings and a schedule of performances, visit makemusiccolumbia.org/listings/2016/artists.

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