Make Music Philly: All free and all day on June 21st

Photo by Rich McKie
Photo by Rich McKie

The 2nd annual Make Music Philly is happening on Saturday, June 21st. It’s a day of free music all over Philly, performed by anyone who wants to be a part of it. Our “matchmaker” software is now up and running and you can submit your band or venue to play.

This year, MMP wants to double the events: the goal is at least 300 performances. Also this year, Make Music Philly will culminate in a free concert to take place at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River waterfront to close the event (artists to be announced).

Make Music Philly has also launched a Kickstarter campaign. With a goal of $20,000, MMP will use the funds to support the web site that serves as a way to connect artists and venues. The web site also contains a complete, searchable listing of all events. The money will also fund print materials for getting the word out about the event, advertising, and T-shirts for attendees and folks who pledge.

Below, check out the video highlights of Make Music Philly 2013. We hope to see you this year either as a performer or as part of the city-wide audience.


Make Music Philly Spotlight: The Electric Menace

the electric menace

Local hard rock outfit The Electric Menace will be playing two shows during Make Music Philly: one from 3-4 p.m. at the Aporchalypse in Fishtown and another from 5:30-6:15 at Lickety Split on South Street. The trio’s music definitely draws from misfits-type punk influences with a bit of AC/DC and even some blues mixed in as well. The members go by Howlin’ Germantown Brown Ginsburg, Butch Dykeman, and Professor Deacon. Below, listen to and download some of their tunes. Especially be sure to check out “The Money will Roll Right in” – it sounds like Danzig hanging out at a 50′s malt shop.


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Big Footprints Project, Make Music Philly, Light Heat)


Photo by Nina Sabatino
Photo by Nina Sabatino

The Dead Milkmen continue their sudden streak of new recordings with Welcome to Undertown [link]

Light Heat recorded a psych-rock Key Studio Session with some help from members of The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes [link]

Local musicians give back to the community with Modern Baseball-frontman Brendan Lukens’ new label Big Footprints Project [link]

Balto and Holly Williams turn in a pair of great live sessions for Folkadelphia [link and link]

Get to know Sylvia Platypus, Vikesh Kapoor and more in our Make Music Philly Spotlight [link]

Stream Rosu Lup‘s new Currents EP ahead of their record release show at The Fire on July 13th [link]

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit announced a fall show at the Electric Factory on October 27th [link]

The Key highlights the Firefly Festival undercard with The Key’s week-long Firefly Under the Radar feature [link]

Third Thursdays Live and Local kicks off tomorrow night at Race Street Pier with Dice Raw, Lushlife and more [link]

Stephen Marley remixes his father’s “Three Little Birds” for a new collaborative release in the latest installment of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Check out recaps and reviews of this week’s live concerts, including The Postal Service and Junip [link]

Catnaps say goodbye with a new EP called Forget About It [link]


Make Music Philly Spotlight: DEF-Bananas


DEF-Bananas is a Jersey-based hip-hop trio that fashions creative, witty, sometimes playful rhymes over catchy beats in a true collaborative manner.The trio, consisting of Lugo, Kam Dela Coopsta VII, and GQ, produce their own music; they all contribute to the vocals, although Lugo and GQ are the primary rhymers. Kam Dela Coopsta VII is mainly in charge of beat-making, sometimes using a  funky old-school style and at other times a more modern electronic-based background. They dub themselves the “three headed monster.” DEF-Bananas will be performing at the Piazza at Schmidt’s this Friday from 3:30 – 4 p.m, as part of the all-day Make Music Philly Festival. Be sure to catch this talented crew, and in the meantime check out their awesome track “99 Bananas.”


Make Music Philly Spotlight: Sylvia Platypus

SylviaIf the name alone wasn’t enough to pique your curiosity, then the bagpipes will. Philly’s own six-piece “psycho-celtic glam-blues band” Sylvia Platypus will be performing this Friday, June 21st, for a free, Make Music Philly show at the Historic Headhouse Square Shambles, and they certainly have a lot to offer – for starters, they are the only artist (to the best of my knowledge) categorized as a “psycho-celtic glam-blues band.” When they’re not covering classic Stones tunes like “Paint In Black”, or riffing on old, traditional folk songs like “Raggle Taggle Gypsy”, they’re busy spinning their own web of unique, bagpipe-infused rock. Lead singer Janet Bressler,graces the stage with a mysterious, yet commanding presence. Fit to sing at a funeral, she’s often decked out in a black lace veil, and black everything else (the above photo captures her on a rare dressed-in-white day). Her voice, believed by most to be inspired from singers like Edith Piaf all the way to John Lee Hooker, has a unique style and tone – a certain soulfulness, equally matched by soulful guitar playing of Bill Barone. Check them out for yourself by watching them rehearse their track “Dead City” at Junction Music, below, and once again, catch them this Friday at the Historic Headhouse Square Shambles at noon, for their Make Music Philly Performance.


Make Music Philly Spotlight: Kyo Daiko

Kyo DaikoTo anyone unfamiliar with the Settlement Music School, essentially their mission is make music instruction available to everybody – young and old, from all walks of life. Based in Germantown but located all throughout Philadelphia and growing into Camden, NJ, the Settlement Music School is a constantly expanding, always welcoming, incredibly diverse collection of both teachers and students, all with a love and passion for music. Among the surplus of great (all free!) events hosted by Make Music Philly this Friday, June 21st, a can’t-miss is certainly the Settlement Music School’s presentation of a Taiko drum performance, done by the school’s adult ensemble, Kyo Daiko. Taiko, for the uninformed (myself being one of them until right now), is quite simply Japanese for “drum.” Nowadays, the word often refers to an ensemble performance of drums, usually lasting anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes, following a structure in which the tempo rapidly increases as the “grand finale” approaches. Kyo Daiko’s display will take place at The Porch at 30th Street Station, this Friday, June 21st. While the performance is certainly an early one, kicking off at 8:15am, it promises to be a wonderful way to get your busy day of free music started.  Watch their TED performance below.


Make Music Philly Spotlight: Vikesh Kapoor

vikesh kappor

Accompanied by just his guitar and harmonica, folk singer Vikesh Kapoor is a storyteller with a captivatingly gentle and unassuming stage presence.  His poignant tales of ordinary men and lost love are told through a voice that seems borrowed from another era, falling in line with Johnny Flynn in its ability to be at once soothing and striking.  The Philadelphia native worked the Boston music circuit before moving to Portland, Oregon where he recorded his full-length debut with Adam Selzer (M. Ward), Nate Query (The Decemberists) and Jeff Ratner (Laghorne Slim); The Ballad of Willy Robbins is set for release later this year.  Vikesh Kapoor will perform at Nakey in Passyunk Square on Friday for Make Music Philly.  Learn more about the day-long, multi-venue festival here.  Below, watch Kapoor perform “Careless Love” and “Willy Robbins.”

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