Submitted by ub on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:05

Make Music New York is a NYC-based nonprofit that organizes two annual, participatory musical celebrations: Make Music New York on the summer solstice, and Make Music Winter on December 21st, the winter solstice.

Now in its eighth year, Make Music New York is the largest music event ever to grace Gotham as a unique festival of over 1,000 free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 726 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making.

Completely different from a typical music festival, this one is open to anyone to everyone. The daylong event takes place from 10 in the morning to 10 at night as musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions play all types of genres from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock. It is performed on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, this free event is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.

Over 1,000 concerts have taken place in each of the last four years. Today's Make Music New York was no exception as a free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,300 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs.

Thousands of musicians performed in front of live audiences and City Island was no exception this afternoon. The "traveling Jewburys" treated City Islanders to live country and blues. Several local community activists the likes of Toby Z. Liederman, an activist, advocate, women's rights, human rights, civil rights and peace coordinator were spotted enjoying the music, while moving and grooving to the sounds of the live concert.