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Positively Philadelphia: Make Music Philly, June 21st

(Philadelphia is a city of music.  In this file photo, "The Kooks" play on the Penn campus.)

(Philadelphia is a city of music. In this file photo, “The Kooks” play on the Penn campus.)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A big event that started in France and has since spread around the world is happening in Philadelphia for the first time.

“Make Music Philly is something that we’re really excited about,” says Gary Steuer, chief cultural officer for the City of Philadelphia.  “It’s actually an international phenomenon that is just coming to Philadelphia now.  The idea is really on one day a year, and this year it’s June 21st, the summer solstice day, to promote free public music throughout the city.”

(Gary Steuer.  Photo provided)

(Gary Steuer. Photo provided)

Steuer (right) says it’s an idea whose time has come.

“When I learned about it, I was sort of shocked that we weren’t already doing it, and said this is something that Philadelphia must do, of course because we have such an extraordinary music community here and a whole city filled with people who love music.”

And there will be something for everyone.

“Professional musicians, student musicians, and amateur musicians,” Steuer tells Positively Philadelphia.  “And it’s every kind of genre of music.”

You can check in at MakeMusicPhilly.org to find out more, and get “matched up.”

“There’s also a matchmaking function on the web site,” Steuer explains, “so that artists who want to participate can go on the web site and list themselves as being available.  And venues that want to participate can also list themselves, and then the web site can actually facilitate the artists finding the venues.”

Hear the entire interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 5:41)…


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A day of music to enjoy on the first day of summer in Philadelphia!

And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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