TEMECULA – Make Music Temecula, organized by singer-songwriter Joanna Pearl in conjunction with Songwriter’s Workshops, celebrated its first year Sunday, June 21, with live music and virtual music lessons and discussions.
International Make Music Day provides opportunities to participate in and observe free live music performances at all-ages at public venues across the city on the longest day of the year, June 21. Make Music Day originally launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique and is now held in 120 countries and over 1,000 cities every Summer Solstice. The event encourages free public music events for all ages.
Make Music Temecula was formed June 15, but within one week, four local events were organized with various musicians from across the Temecula Valley.
The virtual opening ceremonies were held with Make Music Temecula organizers – music producer Gary Johnson and singer-songwriter Joanna Pearl, that included a discussion on the day’s line-up for the day and a performance by Pearl singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and her rendition of Jessie J’s “Who You Are.”
Next up was a live virtual harmonica lesson hosted by Don Grisham. Many Temecula residents joined in, having received one of hundreds of harmonicas given out for free and provided by Hohner.
Later in the afternoon, Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery hosted a three-hour live music event, featuring local artists such as Robert Rankin Walker, Owl The Wise, Johnny Lane, Caden Levi and the band Mëttle, who closed out the event. Another 100 harmonicas were given away to children and adults at the winery.
Later in the evening, Nonie Hildgesen, vocal coach of the stars, hosted a free “Simple Creative Songwriting” class. She was accompanied by some of her students who also performed songs to tracks.
“I am so impressed by our community coming together so quickly for this day. When I first heard of this worldwide event, I absolutely knew it belonged in Temecula. And now, more than ever we need music. Music is essential to life. I am so excited to build a team for next year so save the date for June 21, 2021, because Make Music Temecula is going to be bigger and better,” founder Joanna Pearl said during the Longshadow live concert.
The festivities rounded out that evening with a live set by DJ C-Zer, who took requests and mixed family friendly 80s music with today’s hits.
Make Music Temecula also featured nationally held virtual live events throughout the day such as piano lessons, Bash the Trash, Jean-Michel Jarre’s “Alone Together” virtual reality concert, children’s guitar and ukulele lessons.
Valley residents were encouraged to use the hashtag #MMDTemecula when posting photos and videos throughout the day, and many were featured showing off their musicality.
All Make Music Temecula events, such as the opening ceremonies, free harmonica lesson, live three-hour Longshadow Ranch performances, Noni Hildgesen’s “Simple Creative Songwriting” class and the closing ceremonies, were broadcast live on the Make Music Temecula Facebook page via Zoom. Complete video clips can be found on http://www.facebook.com/ makemusictemecula.
Make Music Temecula partnered with Songwriters Workshops, Don Grisham, BMW Murrieta, Hohner, Make Music Alliance, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery, HeyDay Productions, Robert Rankin Walker, Owl The Wise, Johnny Lane, Caden Levi, Mëttle, Nonie Hildgesen, DJ C-Zer, Radio 94.5-FM, 101.3-FM The Mix and the Valley News.
Submitted by Joanna Pearl.