Music is back and more accessible than ever for the summer solstice. Make Music Day is a free live music event and will have musicians all over the globe celebrating the magic of music-making as part of the Fête de la Musique. Today, June 21, the Downtown Issaquah Association (DIA) joins over 1,000 cities in inviting professional musicians, music-lovers, and novices alike.
“It is a pleasure to showcase the extraordinary talent of two of our music schools and community groups,” Christina Bruning, president of DIA, said in a press release.
Whether marching to the beat of your own drum or listening to others play, DIA’s four stages will allow for a varied musical experience.
Front Street / Sunset Way – Library Stage
Kaleidoscope School of Music: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Summer school is in session! For those wanting to pick up a new hobby, Kaleidoscope School of Music will provide lessons covering more than 20 instruments.
Hailstone Feed Store/Historic SHELL – 232 Front Street N.
Stephen B and His Ukulele: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Chill out on island time with ukulele historian Stephen B. Join Stephen and Jennifer as they travel back in time via classic rock and roll, the tunes of old standards, and Hawaiian melodies. The vintage uke collector has been hooked on the instrument since childhood and curated the 2007 “Evolution of the Ukulele: The Story of Hawaii’s Jumping Flea” exhibit featured in the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Stay tuned for the opening of the Issaquah Uke Club.
Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Reflect on the pandemic with help from the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). The IPO string ensemble will perform musical arrangements recognizing the global loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These pieces will include “Martin” by Issaquah Hall of Fame member and IPO cellist Frances Walton. Other pieces will echo the joyous return of live music with Mozart and the TikTok hit, “The Wellerman.”
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dance to the Tiger Mountain Drummer’s AfroCuban beat or join in on the music-making fun by picking up drumsticks and jamming along.