What You Need to Know About the First-Ever Make Music L.A. Festival

By Sam Brodey

Got any plans for the summer solstice tomorrow? An organization called Make Music Los Angeles is trying to liven up the longest day of the year with an 11-hour countywide music and art festival. Based on France's Fete de la Musique — and the solstice celebrations it's spawned worldwide — MMLA aims to engage "all communities of Los Angeles in an annual cross-cultural celebration of the power of art and music."

The first-ever MMLA festival boasts musical and art events across the city, from morning until night. Neighborhoods from the Palisades to Pasadena are slated to host a variety of musical events, featuring students, amateurs and established artists, in keeping with the fest's "open to everyone" ethos. You can check out gospel at the Westwood Federal Building, take in folk-jazz at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena or enjoy classical guitar at the Central Library. Whatever you're into, you'll probably be able to enjoy it in a public space near you.

All events are free. Check out the MMLA events page to find out what's happening and where. Here's what we'll be excited to jam to:

Beyond the Bell Spotlight on Success: LAUSD Student Performers
11am-3pm, 333 South Miramar Street, Westlake

Dust Bowl Revival at Levitt Pavilion
6-9:30pm, 85 E. Holly Street, Pasadena

Voices of Destiny Unity Choir Ensemble
11am-1pm, 11000 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood

Elson Trinidad at the Chinatown Street Piano
7:30-8:30pm, 943 N. Broadway, Chinatown