On Friday, June 21, during the Summer Solstice, Day of Music Fullerton will host its free annual event in alliance with the annual Fête de la Musique and Make Music festivals around the world. From 12-10 pm, various concerts will take place in courtyards, restaurants, bars, retail stores, places of worship, parks, parking lots and streets throughout Fullerton, California.
Large-scale events are planned throughout the city: including the Downtown Plaza, Hillcrest Park, Villa del Sol, and the SoCo District. Admission to each concert will be free and open to the public.
The day will celebrate music of all genres and styles, performed by anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. Performers will range from amateurs and professionals, unknowns and rising stars. Musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions — from hip hop to orchestral, bluegrass to punk rock, reggae to indie rock — are all encouraged to participate.
Musicians seeking a place to play; venues in search of musicians; and volunteers eager to lend a hand have until May 15, 2019, to sign up with the Day of Music Fullerton organizers at www.thedayofmusic.com to become part of the festival.
Fullerton’s Musical History
Fullerton has always been home to a vibrant music scene with the Day of Music Fullerton festival long overdue. The town was a hotbed for the Orange County hardcore punk music scene, producing acts such as The Adolescents, Agent Orange, Social Distortion, D.I., and the “fathers of hardcore punk” The Middle Class. Gwen Stefani, the lead vocalist of the alternative rock group No Doubt, was a student at CSUF and the group performed there regularly. Other popular acts that emerged from the area include The Offspring, Jackson Browne, Cold War Kids.
Being the birthplace of the illustrious Fender guitar, Fullerton has a great musical heritage. Adding to that, it is also the U.S. headquarters for the German-based Duesenberg company (widely known for their classic and Art Deco guitars and high-end music equipment) and Burger Records (a meteoric, independent record store and record label with over 350 musical acts released on their roster.)
About Fête de la Musique
Globally, June 21st has become a day of exuberant, participatory music-making. The first “Fête de la Musique” was held in France in 1982, and ever since, it has been celebrated annually on streets and sidewalks across the country. By the year 2000, it had become a vital part of the nation’s cultural life: 97% of the French population was aware of the event, 800,000 performed in it themselves, and 12 million poured into the streets to enjoy the music. Former French Cultural Minister Jack Lang described the festival as “a realization of another type of society—more friendly, more peaceful and more inventive.”
Today, more than 1,000 cities around the world simultaneously celebrate similar “Make Music” festivals on June 21st, including Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Tokyo, and Sydney.