Schedule released for Make Music Day

Published 1:27 pm Monday, June 17, 2024

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The performance and free workshop schedule for the international music celebration Make Music Day Stanly County on Friday has been announced.
Performances and workshops will take place throughout Stanly County from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“We have a full day of activities, filled with music learning workshops and performances that include a full range of genres of music. There are still venues with open time slots for performers, so we are keeping the registration for performers open until Thursday. Be sure to check the website for all updates and any changes to the schedule,” said Renee VanHorn, executive director of the Stanly County Arts Council, coordinating organization of the Make Music Day Stanly County. “We are excited to open the day with Mayor Michael and Miss Stanly County Brooke Tomberlin at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Square Park. We will also have an information table at Courthouse Square Park to answer any questions.”
Free workshops in downtown Albemarle include:
• 10-11 a.m. – Kazoos – Make your own and learn a song with the Stanly County Chorale at Stanly County History Center.
• 11 a.m. to noon – Bucket drumming with Music on Main instructor Kurt Varney at Courthouse Square Park. There is a limit of 15 students (age 7 and up). Bucket drums and sticks are provided.
• noon to 1 p.m. – Kazoos – make your own and learn a song with the Stanly County Chorale at Stanly County History Center.
• 1-2 p.m. – Ukulele with Music on Main instructor Heather Almond at Music On Main. Limit 15 students (ages 8+). Ukuleles provided or bring your own.
• 2-2:30 p.m. – Voice with Music on Main instructor Angela Moore at Albemarle Neighborhood Theatre. Limit: 15 students (age 7+).
• 2:30-3 p.m. – Mini Rock Band Intro with Music on Main instructor Tim Harris at Albemarle Neighborhood Theatre. Age 12+.
• 3-4 p.m. – Ukulele with Music on Main instructor Heather Almond at Music On Main. Limit 15 students (ages 8+). Ukuleles provided or bring your own.
• 5-6 p.m. – Intro to Rock Bands with Music on Main instructor Tim Harris at Albemarle Neighborhood Theatre. Age 12+.
Other musical opportunities in Albemarle:
• Instrument Petting Zoo at Albemarle Music Store. Stanly County Concert Band volunteers demonstrate instruments from 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m.
• ReString your Guitar Workshops – register online. Opportunity at Albemarle Music Store and rBc Music Store, Locust.
• Stanly County History Center – Learn about the countries that participate in Make Music Day and the instruments they play, plus activities from the NC Music Hall of Fame.
• Stanly County Library (Albemarle, Locust, Norwood, Oakboro) – Rhythm Instrument Make and Take station (shakers).
Performances in Albemarle:
• Albemarle Neighborhood Theatre, 219 E. North St., 7-8 p.m. Bunch of Misfits (rock)
• Albemarle Sweet Shop – Check website.
• Atrium Health Stanly – Magnolia Room – noon to 2 p.m. – Atrium employees share their musical talents.
• Christine’s Wood Fire (197 N. 2nd St.) 7-8 p.m. AJ Bennett (bluegrass, country)
• Courthouse Plaza (Alleyway from West Main to King Street, near old Davis Drug Store) 1 p.m.: Zay Silas (Hip Hop)
• Courthouse Square Park (Corner of 2nd and Main St.)
9 a.m.: Welcome by Mayor Michael; 9:15 a.m.: Opening performance by Miss Stanly County Brooke Tomberlin; 6-6:45 p.m.: Monday’s Children (classic rock); 6:45-7:15 p.m.: Laynie Friend; 7:15-8 p.m.: Edenfield Family (Chelsea Clare) – (Gospel, Bluegrass); 8:15-9 p.m.: The JustHis League (Hip-hop/Gospel)
• Don Montgomery Park – Wampus Cats Baseball Game -Game starts at 7 p.m. During the 7th inning stretch, Amanda Rowland will lead the stands in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (ticket required).
• Five Points Public House – 6-7 p.m. Brayden Howell (Country)
• Historic 1852 Isaiah Snuggs House, 112 N. 3rd St. – 11-11:45 a.m.: Thomas Lipe (Classical, Jazz, Early Music) 12:15-1:30 p.m.: Cole Young (Blues, Country, Rock); 2-3 p.m.: Brayden Howell (Country); 3-4:30 p.m.: Rob Rawls (Bluegrass, Folk, Pop); 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Joy Gfeller and Lane’s Creek Ramblers (Folk); 5:30-6:30 p.m.: AJ Bennett (Bluegrass, Country); 7:30-9 p.m.: Dive Bar Divas (Pop, country).
• Second Street Sundries – Check website.
• Stanly County History Center, 157 N. 2nd St.: 10-10:45 a.m. – Thomas Lipe (Classical & Jazz Guitar); 3:30-4:30 p.m.: AJ Bennett (Bluegrass, Country).
• The Tomahawk Throwing Range – Check website.
Free workshosp in Locust Town Center:
• 10-11 a.m. – Beginner Guitar with instructor Steve Jones at Town Center Park (beside Isla Cancun). Rain Location: The Commons Gathering Room. Bring your own guitar and amp. Limit: 15 students (age 7+).
• 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m. – Bucket Drums with instructor Tommy Shue at Town Center Back Lawn Stage. Limit: 15 students (Age 7+). Bucket drums and sticks provided.
• 2-3 p.m. – harmonica with instructor Steve Jones at The Commons Gathering Room. Limit 15 students. Free Hohner harmonica while supplies last. Age 7+
• 5-6 p.m. – How to Build a Band with instructors Steve Jones, Ronnie Black and band at rBc Music Store Courtyard. Bring a lawn chair.
Other musical opportunities:
• Instrument Petting Zoo: rBc Music Store, Locust – WSHS Band Director Ariel Jones and students demonstrate instruments from 1-3 p.m.
• ReString your Guitar Workshops – register online, while supplies last. rBc Music Store, Locust.
• Rhythm Instrument Make and Take station (shakers) – Stanly County Library (Albemarle 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Locust 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Norwood 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oakboro 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Performances in Locust include:
• Locust Town Center – City Hall Back Yard Stage 5:45-7 p.m.: Third Take (Blues, Country, Rock).
• Locust Town Center – Courtyard by Isla Cancun See website.
• rBc Music Store Courtyard 1-1:15 p.m.: Serenity Hartsell.
Other performances in Stanly County:
• Oakboro District Park Amphitheatre 12-2 p.m.: Graham Tucker
• Log Barn Park (Stanfield) Check website.
Check for the most up-to-date list of performances. Go to List and Search Venues.
Make Music Day is a global music celebration on the summer solstice each year that brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music.
This year, Stanly County will join 154 U.S. cities hosting thousands of Make Music Day performances nationwide, as part of the world’s largest annual music event. More than 5,000 musical events will occur globally on June 21.
Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and today it is celebrated in more than 2,000 cities across 120 countries. Distinct from a traditional music festival, Make Music Day celebrates and encourages the natural music maker in all, regardless of age, ethnicity, background or skill level.

For more info visit or contact Renee VanHorn, Stanly County Arts Council at