Tasty lo­cal mu­sic (and beer) on tap

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - THE GO GUIDE - Ben Cran­dell

Fort Laud­erdale will join 700 cities around the world in a lo­cal ver­sion of Fête de la Musique, a French idea, cel­e­brat­ing song out­doors on the sum­mer sol­stice, June 21, ev­ery­where from parks and gar­dens to street cor­ners and store­fronts.

This in­au­gu­ral event, called Make Mu­sic Fort Laud­erdale, will re­quire some mu­si­cians, and or­ga­niz­ers are still look­ing for lo­cal mu­sic mak­ers of any age and skill level to take part, from rock bands to church choirs, jazz com­bos, glee clubs, march­ing bands and mari­achis. Sign up con­tin­ues through end of the day Fri­day at MatchFTL.MakeMu­sicDay.org, where per­form­ers are matched to venues that have ex­pressed an interest in their style of mu­sic.

Make Mu­sic Fort Laud­erdale is be­ing or­ga­nized by Burny Pels­maj- Get daily up­dates on South Florida en­ter­tain­ment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twit­ter at @Ben Cran­dell er, gen­eral man­ager of School of Rock of West Broward in Coral Springs, and Cristina Hud­son, event man­ager at River­walk Fort Laud­erdale. Pels­ma­jer says the goal of the event is two-sided.

“One, is that there’s mu­sic out­doors, and not al­ways nec­es­sar­ily in places people ex­pect to see mu­sic,” he says. “The other thing is hav­ing people par­tic­i­pate in mu­sic that may not have ac­cess to par­tic­i­pate in mu­sic all the time. So there will be th­ese pop-ups in Huizenga Park where a bunch of gui­tarists can get to­gether and play gui­tar.”

So far, Pels­ma­jer says he’s got about 20 acts in­volved, rang­ing from week­end-warrior rock bands to acous­tic duos, with venues in­clud­ing Huizenga Park, Es­planade Park, Him­marshee District, Las Olas Boule­vard, Fort Laud­erdale beach and City Hall.

“We’re still fi­nal­iz­ing the de­tails but one of the people we’re talk­ing to is a march­ing band, hav­ing them march over from the Down­towner to Huizenga and hav­ing them per­form there for about 20 min­utes,” Pels­ma­jer says.

If ev­ery­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plan, the event will take on a life of its own next year, al­low­ing busi­nesses and venues and artists to sched­ule them­selves via a bul­letin board on the Make Mu­sic Day home page.

Spread­ing the gospel of lo­cal mu­sic makes sense for some­one in­volved with School of Rock, where the next gen­er­a­tion of in­die-rock­ers is learn­ing the ropes. But, Pels­ma­jer is also a lo­cal, who is fa­mil­iar


Sosos will go per­fectly with what­ever they are pour­ing Fri­day night at Laud­erale.

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