The first annual Make Music Beverly Hills, which includes two free outdoor musical events and a livestreamed concert, will debut on Monday, June 21.
Make Music Beverly Hills is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. The city of Beverly Hills joins more than 1,000 cities around the world celebrating Make Music Day in 2021.
The celebration started in France in 1982 and has spread to more than 120 countries. Make Music Day is for anyone who wants to participate, and can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to attend in person or view a concert online.
Beverly Hills will host activities on June 21 including a drum circle at Roxbury Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join Alan Bruni, of Rumbling Rhythms, for a community drum circle in which people can perform together on percussion instruments. Participants do not need to be musicians or have a drum or percussion instrument. Show up and share your rhythmical spirit with traditional or makeshift instruments such as pots, pans, soda cans filled with pebbles and even two sticks banged together. Roxbury Park is located at 471 S. Roxbury Drive.
From 3 to 6 p.m., join a piano sing-along and play-along at Beverly Gardens Park’s Lily Pond, located along Santa Monica Boulevard between Canon and Beverly drives. A pianist from the city’s music program, Music Mends Minds, will play music. People are encouraged to bring an instrument or sing along with the music.
The city of Beverly Hills will also livestream a concert with singer and songwriter Bill Rotella from 6 to 7 p.m. as part of the Make Music Day celebration. Rotella is a Los Angeles-based musician who has performed his original music throughout Southern California. A link will be available on June 21 by visiting beverlyhills.org/makemusicday.
A limited number of free drumsticks and harmonicas are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the in-person events. Register to use the instruments, while supplies last, by visiting beverlyhills.org/makemusicday.