A variety of musical genres will fill University Avenue and King Plaza for the eighth annual Palo Alto World Music Day on Sunday, June 19. The annual musical festival takes place from 3-7:30 p.m. and coincides with Father's Day.
World Music Day takes place in cities around the world every year close to the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. First brought to Palo Alto in 2009 due to an initiative from former Human Relations Commissioner, Claude Ezran, it is an opportunity to celebrate the musical arts in all their forms in connection with the rest of the world. The first World Music Day began in France in 1982 and has since grown to include more than 700 cities in 120 countries.
"World Music Day is now a great annual tradition in Palo Alto. It is a wonderful community building event and celebration of music," said Mayor Pat Burt. “What better way to spend Father's Day than bringing the whole family downtown to listen to live music, eat good food, enjoy downtown Palo Alto, and maybe even dance? We hope to see everyone there!"
40 professional and amateur musical groups will perform jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, dance and more on sidewalks and street corners along University Avenue and in King Plaza.
The free event is sponsored by the Stanford Federal Credit Union this year with noteworthy appearances from Da! Mozhem Balkan music, Farima Dance (Persian), James Henry’s Hands On Fire band, Los Panaderos Mexican folk music, The Plaka Band (Greek music), Zimbabwe music from Singing Wood Marimba and Sadza Marimba, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Kris Yenney.
Street closures will be in effect from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on University Avenue between Webster Street and High Street.
For more information, visit: www.pamusicday.org