Make Music Winter New York: December 21

In 2011, Make Music New York launched a winter solstice festival called Make Music Winter,
with 12 participatory musical parades.
This winter’s Make Music Winter will take place on Friday December 21st in locations around the city.
The winter parades will include…..
 Newspeak, MMNY 2008 (Photo: Rick Levy)

Make Music New York
is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place
each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of
public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for
over 1,000 free concerts.

Christian McBride, Miller Theatre, October 6

Known for his high energy and staggering versatility, Grammy winner Christian McBride is one of the most recorded musicians of his generation. He has performed and recorded with jazz giants including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Diana Krall, and with well-known popular artists including Sting, The Roots, Carly Simon, and James Brown. Comprised of some of jazz’s most outstanding musicians, his quintet Inside Straight brings what NPR calls “straight-ahead, hard-swinging jazz.”

Saturday, October 6, 8:00pm, Miller Theater, Columbia University. UWS

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

Experience live music weekly at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues)
every Sunday, June 17 – September 2, 2012, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (weather permitting.)

The events are free and no advance registration is required! All ages are welcome.

For day-of weather-related changes or cancellations and accessibility information, call 212-860-1370.

MMNYs 5th Annual Punk Island

Make Music New York culminates in today’s fifth annual Punk Island, a FREE punk-rock paradise on Governors Island!

From 11:00am – 5:30pm, you’ll hear over 50 bands from every corner of the punk scene on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio’s punk/hardcore collective and sponsored by Guitar Center.

All are welcome, from punk aficionados to the punk-curious. For the full schedule and info on the free ferries, visit

West 68th Street Surprise

Walking along 68th Street, just east of Columbus, the gang and I walked past an open window out of which came the beautiful sounds of someone playing a violin. 
It stopped us in our tracks, and we paused to listen to a talented young lady practice in a lovely little below-ground studio (David Segal Violins) lined with even more lovely string instruments. 
I love finding these nuggets in New York.