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Make Music Philly returns on June 21, Lee Fields, Ted Leo, scores of others playing for free

Free sounds all over town, on National Music Day.

Make Music Philly returns on June 21, Lee Fields, Ted Leo, scores of others playing for free

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Melaney McAteer, 4, of Philadelphia, dances to the music of the children´s musician Ticklebombs, also known as Shane Walsh, in front of the Kimmel Center, at last year´s Make Music Philly.  (APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer)
Melaney McAteer, 4, of Philadelphia, dances to the music of the children's musician Ticklebombs, also known as Shane Walsh, in front of the Kimmel Center, at last year's Make Music Philly. (APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer)

The second annual Make Music Philly is coming up on June 21. It's a bigger event this year, capped by a concert with pint-sized soul dynamo Lee Fields & the Expressions and veteran DIY rocker Ted Leo, plus a harmonica jam session with John Colgan-Davis at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

That show, along with all of the other music going on as part of Make Music Philly, is free. MMP includes over 50 events with more than 300 performers, with events ranging from the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Robin Hood Dell East to Ben Arnold, Cookie Rabinowitz, The Doublewides, Pete Donnelly and The Fractals at the Gorgas Park in Roxborough to Sara Abo-Harb playing at the Franklin Institute in the afternoon and the Hard Rock Cafe at night in Center City. 

Make Music Philly is part of National Music Day, a tradition that started in France in the 1980s and has been spreading across American cities over the past decade. Radio station WXPN is spearheading the event, which gets started with a play along percussion event with the Philly Drum Project in LOVE Park on the 21st - the longest day of the year. Here's the Inquirer's story about the city wide event last year:

More info can be had on the XPN site  nd on the National Music Day Facebook page, and there's a full schedule of all the events is on the Make Music Philly web site.

The single for Fields' new single "Magnolia" is below. 

Previously: Concert Preview: Soul Rebels Follow In the Mix on Twitter

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