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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!)

2017 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st


Mass Appeals

There are three mass appeals* to be a part of for this year’s Columbia Make Music Day! Join us at the north steps of the Statehouse facing Main Street starting around 6:15pm to participate.

First up – Join the Sound Circle! 
Led by Girls Rock Columbia, make music using your voice – strange noises, bleeps, boops, even screams come together to create a unique chorus! Starts around 6pm.

Then – Learn the Harmonica!
Thanks to Hohner, we’ll be handing out 100 free harmonicas! Walk right up and learn how to play – then we’ll try our new skills as a group. Starts around 6:30pm.

And, then – Uke it Up!
The Cola Ukulele Band will perform their sweet tunes for you, but not before teaching you a few things they’ve learned! Be sure to bring your ukulele. There will be some books on hand with sheet music. Starts around 7:15pm.



*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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If you are interested in writing about Make Music Columbia, please contact us at – and thank you!


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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