Beautiful music here, there, and everywhere at Make Music Day

Rapper and singer KNoWTe performing at The Outlet of the Arts on Make Music Day, Monday, June 21.
Rapper and singer KNoWTe performing at The Outlet of the Arts on Make Music Day, Monday, June 21.

NORTHWEST CORNER — It was a good day for both music lovers and musicians as the annual Make Music Day was held on Monday, June 21.
The event featured live music performances in New Hartford, Kent, Goshen, and Torrington.
The Northwest Connecticut portion of the event was organized by the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the federal National Endowment for the Arts.
According to the event’s official national website at, the event was originally launched in 1982 in France. It is held worldwide on June 21 and coincides with the beginning of summer.
It was a very diverse lineup once again for the event’s fourth year with jazz, rap, rock, and unplugged performances all over the area.
“This is one of my favorite events that we organize every year,” Steph Burr, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council said. “Music makes people happy. It’s part of our culture, it’s part of who we are. It brings all of these towns to life. There is such a great variety of musicians in this area that are very high quality. To me, this event is a party.”
“Music shifts people’s emotions and connects all of us,” event performer and Northwest Arts Council community impact coordinator Ysanne Marshall said.”It connects us in a different way than other things can. It involves sharing space and sharing stories. This event gives musicians a wonderful opportunity to perform our music and gives us all an opportunity to put positive energy into the world.”

Ysanne Marshall performing at The Outlet for the Arts.
State Rock Music Combo: Andrew Denicola, Madison Spaulding, Brian Hamme, and Bentley Lewis performing in front of Rock Yer Block on Main Street in Torrington.
Folk duo Say Love: Brad Steward and Em Betts.
Alex Datzuk and his daughter Adelaide Punkin performing in Franklin Square.

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