Make Music

Make Music Columbia – Free, Outdoor Concerts All Day on June 21st

Make Music Day Columbia is a city-wide celebration of the creation of music, no matter how it’s done. Part of the Make Music Day Alliance, Columbia is proud to be a participating city in a worldwide celebration of making music on June 21st.It doesn’t matter your level of experience in making music, you can participate and enjoy other events throughout Columbia. There will be a few featured events, as well as many impromptu concerts played all over. All events are free and open to the public. More information about the day itself can be found on this site, including how to register as an artist or a venue.

Make Music Columbia and is proudly hosted by Rice Music House, One Columbia for Arts and History and WXRY FM.

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But Make Music Day Columbia couldn’t happen at all with these partner organizations.


All Instruments • All Genres • All Levels • All Ages • All FREE

Make Music Columbia is a celebration of music and everyone’s innate ability to make it, from amateurs to professionals.

On June 21st, we’re planning to fill Columbia with as much free and fun music as possible. From parks and parking lots to sidewalks, store-fronts, and stoops, anywhere in the city can be a backdrop for music on Make Music Day.

We’re looking for Artists to perform and Venues to host.

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(And if you just want to watch, we’ll see you on June 21st!)

Mass Appeals

Mass appeals bring us all together to make some noise. This year we will be learning how to play the harmonica (and passing out 50 free Hohner harmonics), we’ll be jamming on some ukuleles and feeling the rhythm while bucket drumming.

Meet us in the pocket park at the corner of Main Street and Lady Street and help us make music!

6:00pm – We’ll have free harmonicas from Hohner and the legendary Jim “Wallstreet” Coulliard will teach us about the harmonica and will teach us the basics!

6:30pm – Ukulele jam! Paisley Marie Suttlemyre and Jessica Skinner will be leading a uke-along. We’ll have some extra ukes on hand but feel free to bring your own and play along with us. We’ll keep it simple for the newcomers 

7:00pm – Bucket Drumming 101! We have 25 sets of sticks from Vic Frith and buckets to play. Learn a little percussion and we can create beautiful music with the uke players!

*Mass Appeal, part of Make Music Day, brings together thousands of musicians – of all levels and ages – to make music in large, single-instrument groups. All are welcome to join these free events on June 21st.


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In the News


The Free Times – Make Music Day Brings Culture of Participation to Columbia

GoColumbia (The State) – Get out and jam (or just listen) on Make Music Columbia day – June recognized as Columbia Music Month with events across the city

The Columbia Star – Make Music Columbia returns June 21


The Post and Courier – Columbia among 20 cities to host Make Music Day festival this summer

Midlands Biz – Mayor Benjamin to Declare “Make Music Day” in Columbia

ABC Columbia – Mayor Benjamin Declares June 21 “Make Music Day”

WACH Fox – Make Music Day Columbia

The Free Times – A Day for Music

GoColumbia (The State) – Meet some of Columbia’s Music Makers

The Herald Journal – Columbia joins Make Music Day


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