Long Beach to celebrate Make Music Day with dozens of live performances citywide

There will be dozens of chances to catch a live performance in Long Beach Thursday when it joins with 750 other cities in 120 countries to celebrate Make Music Day.

Citywide, more than 50 locations will host performances by local musicians and groups from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Make Music Long Beach.

The downtown area has the largest cluster of businesses hosting live performances, including MADE by Millworks from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Public Beer Wine Shop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., not to mention Live After 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then head over to the East Village Arts Park from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a jam session and jazz performances; look out for additional events throughout the arts district. In Cambodia Town, check out the Box of Boom, a robotic drum machine, set to perform at the Vault Warehouse 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Across town at Delightful Crepes Cafe, listen to a blues, country and folk group 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., while a ways north in Bixby Knolls you can find an indie-folk artist at The Pan 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., bluegrass at the Concert in the Park(ing) Lot 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and more. And during Belmont Shore’s summer Stroll & Savor event from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., expect live bands to be playing up and down Second Street.

Make Music Day first launched in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique on the Summer Solstice. To learn more about it visit the Make Music Day website here. For a map of participating artists and locations, visit the Make Music Long Beach website here. You can also use the Make Music Day app, found here to find a specific performance.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.