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Make Music Day coming to a park near you

Last year's Make Music Day in Hastings kicked off with Pat Schmid's Riverboat Joy Maker jazz group at 7 a.m. for the rush hour traffic. Photo by Paige Marschall Bigler

Make Music Day is returning for a second venture.

Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, will be celebrated in Hastings June 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event is family friendly, free and open to the public.

Make Music Day, organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, will be held in various parks throughout the city including Public Square at City Hall, Levee Park, Lions Park, Roadside Park, and Oliver’s Grove Park.

Last year the event drew in more than 650 people. This year, there will be 10 local or metro area bands to entice people to sit and listen.

Paige Marschall Bigler, recreation programming specialist at the Parks Department, said the events will be a great way to experience some of the city’s 30 parks.

“We encourage to bring blankets, picnics, bring chairs for hopping around to different parks,” she said.

A wide range of music will be performed with everything from the bluegrass, country, rock, jazz and more. There are 10 bands or soloists performing throughout the day.

“We just to encourage people to get outdoors, create those community connections and enjoy music for Make Music Day,” Marschall Bigler said.

Make Music was originally launched in 1982 in France. Today, it is held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. The event is open to anyone who wants to take part. Everything is free and open to the public.

Make Music Day will be held rain or shine. The rain location is the Hastings Art Center, 216 Fourth St. E.

For more information about Make Music Day visit www.hastingsmn.gov/programsandevents.

The lineup

The schedule for Make Music Day is as follows:

Dixieland Pickup Band

American Dixieland jazz

7-8 a.m.

Fourth and Vermillion streets

Spavin Family Band

Variety

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Levee Park, 20 Ramsey St.

Tom and Dave

Jazz duo

10-11 a.m.

Levee Park, 20 Ramsey St.

The Rose Creek Boys

Folk and bluegrass

11:30-12:30 p.m.

Roadside Park,  510 11th St. W.

The Bored

Rock

1-2 p.m.

Lions Park, 1043 Fifth St W.

Creative Crones, Cronies and Hastings Vets

Hand drumming

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Lions Park, 1043 Fifth St. W.

Pete Likes

Showtunes, country and rock

4-5 p.m.

Oliver’s Grove Park, 220 Second St. E.

The Montes

Indie rock

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Oliver’s Grove Park, 220 Second St. E.

Nick Fox and the Metrognomes

Rock

7-8 p.m.

Levee Park, 20 Ramsey St.

Cosmic Fuse

Rock fusion

8:30-9:30 p.m.

Levee Park, 20 Ramsey St.