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Join WXPN and the organizers of MAKE MUSIC PHILLY for a celebratory kick off of the festival that begins at 8am. (Here are just a few, selected events, that WXPN is hosting on June 21.)

Make Music Philly Kick Off
The Porch @30th Street Station

Philly Sings Silly Loves Songs with Scot Sax
8am (meeting time 7:30am)

The public is invited to join GRAMMY-award winning singer songwriter Scot Sax in the singing of “Silly Love Songs” to kick off Make Music Philly day. Anyone and everyone with a willingness to have a little fun is invited to join. Participants will sing and/or play the cowbell. Rehearsal begins at 7:30 with performance at 8am.

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Settlement Music School Presents Kyo Daiko

Enjoy a performance of the Taiko drums by Settlement Music School’s adult ensemble and preview the workshop that will be open to the public later that day at the school. Watch Kyo Daiko’s 2011 TEDx performance here.

XPN Free At Noon
Featuring Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools Live Concert & Broadcast
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street

Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools embark on a stripped down journey through Johnny Lyon's eclectic version of the Great American Songbook. Playing a wide range of music from Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones and more, The Poor Fools will also dive into some of the legendary Asbury Jukes material--revisiting the classics as well as the underperformed deep track. Admission free.
RSVP required here.

WXPN Welcomes a Special Presentation of the City Hall Presents Series
Featuring Norwegian Arms & Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
City Hall Courtyard

Some find it difficult to classify Norwegian Arms, having said everything from 'freak folk' to 'mando punk'. But this isn't an attempt to make the music more digestible, for the group's songs are instantly memorable, well crafted, and melodically rich. These songs are deeply personal, and it shows. It's not hard to identify with the messages in their songs: a quest for self identity, adapting to new environments, questioning one's knowledge, and never being satisfied with what you know. It's Wanderlust and curiosity, distilled and neatly packaged into sonic bursts of intense energy. It's safe to say that Norwegian Arms suffers from a chronic case of the human condition.

Terell Stafford, world renowned trumpet player and Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University, has organized an orchestra of 17 stellar, homegrown musical artists in founding the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. JOP is dedicated to presenting the highest quality jazz to the greatest number of people designed to preserve, represent and continue Philadelphia’s unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. In addition to embodying Philadelphia’s vital jazz legacy with energetic jazz performances, both locally and outside of their home city, JOP provides an essential educational component as part of its mission.
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Complete List of City-Wide Events @

Check out the complete list of events at All day, all over, all free!!

Browse the Photo Gallery from the Inaugural Make Music Philly Day