The Federal Building is not the first place that comes to mind when planning a concert, but this shows just how creative you can be when looking for venues. The unusual union of the FBI and Make Music LA is not that difficult to understand. It wasn’t an afternoon of men in dark glasses, suits and guns. It was a day of beautiful music.
Music is the universal language and it can soften even the hardest exterior. The FBI pressroom served as the perfect location to share music with people waiting in lines for assistance. The music presented was everything from the Voices of Destiny (gospel choir) the Verizon “How Sweet the Sound National Winners”, the Los Angeles Trombone Collective, and international vocalist Saya Novinger and jazz musicians Yasakov Levy and Ainjoy Nkiruka.
Make Music Los Angeles, an LA-based non-profit, produces an annual participatory musical celebration on June 21st, the Summer Solstice. Now in its third year, Make Music LA is a unique festival of hundreds of free concerts in public spaces throughout the city and county of Los Angeles. MMLA takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 700 cities around the world — a global celebration of making music.
From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions — from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock — perform on streets, sidewalks, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMLA is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.
As you plan your neighborhood concert, take into consideration out-of-the-box locations. Partner with area businesses, organizations such as the Lions Clubs, Elks, local churches, shops and other retail locations to find unused spaces that can serve as venues for musical performances. The arts are your connection to reach out and meet diverse stakeholders who just might like having music at their place of business.
For more information and to register as a performer or venue, please visit MakeMusicLA.org.