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Suwanee Summer Porch Jam Returns on June 21

Free Outdoor Music making Events to be Held in Historic Old Town as Part of Annual Global Celebration

Post Date:06/17/2019 9:43 AM

The Suwanee Summer Porch Jam is part of Make Music Day – an international celebration of music! Launched in 1982 in France, it is held on the summer solstice (June 21 every year in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. The first Make Music Day event in Georgia, Summer Porch Jam evokes the feeling of an old-fashioned summer block party, complete with food trucks and beverages!

Held in the historic Main Street district, Suwanee Summer Porch Jam features multiple artists playing (sometimes unusual) outdoor venues. Classic rock and blues band Riff Blender will serve as the event headliner, playing at the Burnette Rogers Pavilion on Main Street. Located in the historic 1880 Rhodes Hotel, Huthmaker Violins will host a bluegrass band on one of the many wrap-around porches, and feature an instrument petting zoo for those interested in learning to play the strings.

Suwanee Academy of the Arts will host a children’s karaoke stage, complete with all of your favorite Disney showstoppers. Children can also make their own shakers and join in a drum circle/jam session at the Caboose in the heart of Main Street. And Everett’s Music Barn brings top bluegrass talent to our community every Saturday night, and – for this very special occasion – the Friday evening of the summer solstice! Other venues will feature local talent and a student showcase from Town Center Music.

“My personal favorite venue from last year’s Summer Porch Jam was Mayor Burnette’s front porch. There’s something unique and special about hanging out with the mayor in his front yard, listening to music,” said City of Suwanee Public Information Officer Abby Wilkerson. “I love this event – it’s just so laid back and cool.”

Suwanee’s Summer Porch Jam takes place on June 21 from 6-10 pm in Old Town Suwanee. Parking is available at Town Center; from there, it is a short 15-minute walk to Old Town. Complimentary shuttles will also be available. A full list of venues and schedule is available at Suwanee.com. For more information, please contact City of Suwanee Events & Outreach Manager Amy Doherty at adoherty@suwanee.com.

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About Make Music Day

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in over 1,000 cities in over 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.

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