Make Music



Make Music Day PDX is an event for people who love music and the joyous sense of community it fosters.  Make Music Day PDX grew out of the Fête de la Musique, which originated in France in 1982 as a call to musicians in Paris to get out in the streets on June 21st and play music.  The festival has since spread throughout Europe and Africa and is gaining traction in a number of American cities.  

A celebration of all music played by and enjoyed by people of all stripes, Make Music Day PDX is a call to participation: Music for the People, By the People.  It is an invitation to all musicians, amateur as well as professional, to share music on June 21st every year.  We invite everyone to show up and enjoy the music.

The next Make Music Day PDX will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at locations all around Portland.  It is free and open to the public.  In 2015 and 2016, we presented a total of 133 performers at 31 venues.  

This year, performances will be held at a number of outdoor parks and local indoor venues.  Performances will range between the hours of noon and 8 pm, with notable events including an open invitation to local ukelele players to gather in Portland’s own living room at Pioneer Square, outdoor performances at Director Park, and more intimate gatherings in cafés such as St. Honoré on Division. We encourage you to grab your friends, pick up your instrument, and come celebrate!



It’s easy to get involved! We invite you to:

Register to perform on June 21, 2017 by taking the following steps:

  1. Musicians: Click on the box below that says “Click Here to Sign Up” and follow the instructions provided to get yourself a gig.
  2. Donors: Click on the heart to the left to get to the Support page, then click on “Donate Now via PayPal” to make a tax deductible contribution.
  3. Volunteers: To help out for awhile at one of the Venues — two hours is common — just email us at
  4. Audience: Scroll down to “Hear the Music” and see each of the Venues, listed in alphabetical order, with the name of each group of musicians who will perform and when they will play.

For a general overview of Make Music Day PDX and answers to frequently asked questions about the event and matchmaking, please see our FAQ section.


Make Music Day PDX has a variety of expenses, including hiring sound technicians, renting sound systems, obtaining insurance, and providing our volunteers with t-shirts with the Make Music Day PDX logo on it.  The musical performances we present are free and open to the public and we count on your contributions to make this happen.

Donate Now via PayPal

Make Music Day PDX is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible if you are eligible to take deductions. All donations will be acknowledged with a notice for your tax records.

Make Music Day PDX would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors, whose generous support we greatly value:



Make Music Day PDX 2016!


Make Music Day PDX 2015!

Hear the Music

Below is a working schedule of the bands and venues that are currently signed up for Make Music Day 2017 along with each bands self-described genre(s). Take a look and see who you’re going to come out and see!


Director Park

12:00-1:00 3 Hand Stephen                            Indie-Folk, Folk, Experimental

1:30-3:00 Vancouver Pops Orchestra           Standards, Musical Theater, Pop

4:30-6:00  Stump City Soul                            Soul

6:00-7:30 Mike Curtis Jazz Project              Jazz

7:30-9:00 The Millennium Dance Band


Holladay Park

2:30-4:00 Ainsworth Street Band                Blues, Folk, Singer/Songwriter

4:00-5:30 Claire Nelson                                 Indie-Rock, Experimental, Punk

5:30-7:00 Coda in Blue                                   Electronic, Experimental, Jazz

7:30-9:00 Supercoil                                         Rock, Blues, Funk



North Mississippi Avenue


12:00-12:45: Tracy Rose Brown                     Classical, Celtic

5:30-7:00 Classical Revolution PDX Chamber Ensemble

7:00-8:00 Matt Zekala and Larry Reichman Duo           Jazz, Rock, Singer/songwriter


4:15-5:00 3 Hand Stephen                              Indie-Folk, Folk, Experimental

5:00-6:00 Suburban Legend                         Rock, Folk, Blues

6:00-6:45 Cathy & Friends                            A Capella/Barbershop, Folk, Pop

6:45-7:45 La Musica Players                         Standards, Jazz, Classical

Oregon Park

1:30-3:00 Blue and Purple

5:00-6:00 Don and Mark Play Jazz            Standards, Jazz

6:00-7:00 Music Tuesday                             Rock, Folk

7:30-8:30 Coda in Blue                                 Electronic, Experimental, Jazz

PCC Cascade

12:00-2:00 Chris Baron Music                    Pop, Indie-Folk, Americana/Bluegrass

4:30-6:00 River Street

6:00-7:00 ZZRose                                          Jazz, Reggae, Standards



Pioneer Courthouse Square

Ukulele Mass Appeal Event (Group play-along)         Traditional tunes)

Sellwood River Front Park


1:30-3:00 RiverStreet                                    Rock, Standards, Blues

4:30-6:00 Ainsworth Street Band               Blues, Folk, Singer/Songwriter

6:30-7:30 Farrago                                          R&B, Rock, Americana/Bluegrass

7:30-9:00 PDX Icons                                    Rock

St. Andrews Presbyterian


12:00-1:00 The Millennium Winds           Classical, Standards

1:00-2:00 The Millennium Brass               Jazz, Classical, Blues

2:00-3:00 The Millennium Clarinets        Jazz, Classical, Blues

3:00-4:00 Jazz of the Month Club             Blues, Jazz

6:00-7:00 Trillium Piano Quartet             Classical

7:30-8:15 Bridge Town Sound                    A Capella/Barbershop

St. Honore on SE Division

5:450-6:30 Joseph Ammons                      Indie-Folk, Folk

6:30-7:00 Heloen Chaya (Helen Friedman)     Singer/Songwriter, Folk

St. Honore on SW Broadway

5:00-6:00 Ken West                                     Country, Jazz, Blues

6:00-6:45 Tracey Rose Brown                   Classical, Celtic