Bethlehem becomes part of a national effort to bring free music to all

The second annual Make Music Day Bethlehem event, scheduled for Friday, June 21, brings a day full of free music to the White Mountains. Multiple musicians are scheduled to perform throughout the town, and hands-on musical activities happen at 1 pm and 5 pm. More information can be found at www.makemusicday.org/bethlehem (Courtesy Photo by Heather Martin)

Bethlehem is now part of the national lineup for Make Music Day (MMD) - an international phenomenon that started in Paris in 1982 and now takes place in thousands of locations around the globe.

Bethlehem is currently the only participating New Hampshire location, as it takes a seat next to such giants as New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

“Music is a great unifier, and we can’t think of a better way to bring our community together than with a day full of free musical performances,” said Bethlehem Events board member, Casey Bonilla - the group behind the MMD effort.

According to Bonilla, organizers from Bethlehem Events did a test run of the music festival last summer before becoming part of the national organization. “It was important for us to ease into this, and we are now prepared for a significantly larger event in 2020,” she said. “We anticipate accelerated growth with some unexpected venues coming on board down the road.”

At the 2018 MMD festival, Bethlehem Events welcomed the Jason Spooner Band to town and successfully solicited several hundred dollars worth of food and cash for the local food pantries. “It’s important that we give back to the community in any way we can,” said Bonilla.

The 2019 event, scheduled for Friday, June 21, welcomes nationally-touring duo, Megan Jean and the KFB, as well as local favorites, The Crunchy Western Boys, and several other talented performers.

Megan Jean’s hurricane of a voice, which glides from baritone to mezzo-soprano without breaking a sweat, will be taking the stage at WREN Park on Main Street at 5:15 pm. Local Bluegrass legends, The Crunchy Western Boys follow at 6:45.

For the young and the young-at-heart, hands-on bucket drumming and piano sessions are available next to the town pool from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to take a dip in the pool between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Unique to the Bethlehem Make Music Day lineup, a thirty-minute “Pound Class” session will return again for the second year. Hosted by Reklis Brewery co-owner, Marlina Renton, Pound Class is designed to get your heart rate up as you dance with drumsticks and, in essence, become a living musical instrument. Pound class will be held at 5 p.m. at the Bethlehem basketball courts on the corner of Main Street and Agassiz Street.

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