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All Day, All Over, All Free!

On Saturday, June 21, Philadelphia will join more than 500 other cities worldwide that celebrate music on the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. Make Music Philly is Philly's, only free, "do it yourself" festival, featuring organized concerts and informal performances by professionals and amateurs of all genres and ages.

Click here for more details on all Make Music Philly events

Play Along Percussion Party with Philly Drum Project

10am at
Love Park

Join XPN and Philly Drum Project as we officially declare June 21 Make Music Philly Day!

Enjoy an improvisational performance by a drum ensemble curated by the Philly Drum Project that includes noted Philly players CHUCK TREECE (G. Love, King Britt, McRad), SPANKY MCCURDY (Lady Gaga, Jill Scott), JOSH AARON (The Lawsuits), RICARDO LAGOMASINO (Deleted Scenes, Buried Beds, Many Arms), and KEATON THANDI (Ali Wadsworth, Satellite Hearts)and a community performance arranged on the spot.

Bring a percussion instrument of your choice and join in on the performance. Suggested instruments include (but are not limited to): snare drum, tom tom, cymbal, djembe, cowbell, bongos or vibraslap. Makeshift instruments welcome such as 5-gallon bucket, trash can lids, saucepans… be creative!

A limited number of drumsticks will be provided, compliments of Zildjan.

Thanks to Tama for their support of Make Music Philly.

XPN Presents:

Lee Fields & The Expressions
Play Along Harmonica Event

6:30pm at the
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Anyone of any age and ability can bring their harmonica or use one supplied by Hohner to join in a huge harmonica jam session led by John Colgan-Davis of the Dukes of Destiny. The Make Music Philly closing concert follows with with an opening set by Ted Leo followed by internationally-known talent Lee Fields & The Expressions performing a set of their unique, crowd-pleasing style of soul

Presented through a partnership between WXPN and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

New This Year!

The plan is to double the events in our second year with at least 300 performance. Also, this year, Make Music Philly will culminate in a free concert to take place at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River waterfront to close the event (artists to be announced).

Here’s how you can be involved!

Register to perform or host a performance at the Make Music Philly website! Check out and the Match-Up Software system. features special software to match artists who wish to perform with available performance spaces. Venues, promoters, community and arts organizations, businesses and anyone who loves music and wants to see and hear it flourish in Philadelphia are encouraged to register at the site, and help create Make Music Philly events. The website is also your resource for all information about Make Music Philly and the free music events taking place on June 21!


To make this event successful, we are relying heavily on awesome volunteers - like you!
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, check out the Make Music Philly website.

Support the Make Music Philly Kickstarter Campaign!

Make a donation and spread the word – Make Music Philly is raising funds needed to expand the size and scope of this year’s event.

Click HERE to find out about the Kickstarter campaign. Thanks, Philly – let’s get busy and make music together!


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