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Make Music Detroit offers a tuneful way to spend the solstice

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With just a few months to put together the Detroit outpost of the global Make Music Day, Larry King tempered his expectations.

"We were trying to launch this year as a pilot to sort of get it going, because we had such a short timelinest

," says King, the executive producer of Make Music Detroit, which takes place from noon to midnight on Tuesday, June 21. "But we've been overwhelmed by the response. "It's two or three times the size we thought it would be -- not because of anything special we did, just a reflection that we were right.

"Detroit is a perfect place for this."

Make Music Detroit will host more than 150 free performances and workshops by over 100 acts in 20-plus venues around the city`s downtown and Cultural Center area, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Carr Center at Harmonie Park, Cass Cafe, Third Man Records, the Jazz Cafe in the Music Hall Center and more.

Artists performing include Thornetta Davis, Liz Larin, Amp Fiddler, the RJ Spangler Quintet, 11-year-old singer-songwriter Sophia Avocado and many others.

"The idea is a music celebration, so we try to encompass all genres of music and all levels of expertise," explains Smith, a Louisiana native who came to Detroit from Minnesota after his partner got a job with Shinola. "We have musicians from masters to neophytes. Some have been playing all their lives, some want to pursue music as a career, others just want to have a chance ot play music as part of a celebration.

"(Detroit) is such a great city for music, and I think (Make Music Detroit) will show that.

Make Music Day was launched during 1982 as Fete De La Musique in France, where it`s considered a national holiday. It's been held on the Summer Solstice ever since. this year more than 700 cities -- including 37 in the U.S. -- and over 120 countries will be taking part in the event.

The Make Music Detroit schedule and other information can be found at makemusicdetroit.org.

Web Site: www.makemusicdetroit.org

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