Tasty local music (and beer) on tap
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
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