World Music Day to Fill Palo Alto with the Sound of Music
World Music Day returns to Palo Alto for a ninth year, turning University Avenue into a music festival on Father's Day, Sunday June 18 from 3-7:30 p.m. At least 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, folkloric dance and more for the community.
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 has really taken off here in Palo Alto, becoming a great community building event. Last year it brought 20,000 people together downtown to listen, dance and enjoy live music," said Mayor Greg Scharff. “It’s a fun way to enjoy Father’s Day with the whole family."
Among the performers are Peninsula Harmony Chorus, World Harmony Chorus, Da! Mozhem, Wind in the Strings, Los Panaderos, Singing Wood Marimba, Blues Kazoo, Dirty Cello, M'EarthTones, and Doc Roc and the Disorderlies.
The free event is organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Stanford Federal Credit Union, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, LiveSV, and News for Chinese.
Street closures will be in effect from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on University Avenue between Webster Street and High Street.