Musicians take to the streets for World Music Day

Free event returns June 23
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal features editor
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Ten bands and solo performers will perform for free Saturday night, as World Music Day is presented along with Auburn Family Night Out. The event that started as Fête de la Musique in Paris in 1982 has is now a worldwide concert celebrating the idea of free music for the masses.

“Somebody got the idea that people have all these instruments put away in their closets and they should bring them out to play,” said organizer April Maynard.

There’s no charge to listen, and the musicians are not paid, although tips are appreciated. This year’s lineup includes ukulele tunes by Cliff Johnson, Gaelic music at Pioneer United Methodist Chuch by Elizabeth Townsend, swing with the Tepid Club of Cool and the pounding rhythms of the Placer Ume Taiko drummers at the Clock Tower.

The PlacerArts event is put together by Maynard and Ryan Goodpastor, who will play drums with Tepid Club of Cool during World Music Day.

“I think getting music out on the streets is a great thing to do,” Goodpastor said.

“It’s an amazing feat of love for music and community,” added Angela Tahti, executive director of PlacerArts.

Other performers include Beth Gillogly, who will play ukulele and lead a children’s music circle. The Sarpika belly dancers will dance throughout the evening, and Gary Bowman and Joseph Neumeyer will present a drum-and-conga duet at the State Theater.

“I’m really excited,” said Sheryl Petersen, recreation services manager for the Auburn Recreation District. “I think it’s a wonderful match – it gives families, kids especially, an opportunity to see different cultures portrayed through the arts.”

Linda Robinson, founder of Auburn Family Night Out, said World Music Day was welcomed as part of the event three years ago, as it’s in keeping with the evening’s concept of keeping people moving as they experience all the venues and performers.

“It has worked out beautifully,” she said. “It’s a perfect marriage and we’re very happy with the whole concept.”

Maynard said she’s pleasantly surprised each year to find so many musicians willing to play for free for World Music Day. She said it’s a win-win for the community and the musicians, several of whom have gotten bookings from people who heard them play. And as the event continues to grow, she said, she’s excited to see more and more people come out to listen to the variety of music.

“It’s my dream to make Auburn a destination on the longest Saturday of the year,” Maynard said.

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World Music Day

When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 23

Where: Placer County Courthouse to Roper’s Jewelers

Cost: Free






Beth Gillogly: Musical activities with children, Chalk-a-Lot!, 5 p.m.

Cliff Johnson: Ukulele serenades and free lessons, Chapel of the Hills

Elizabeth Townsend: Gaelic music, Pioneer Methodist Church, 5-7 p.m.

Gary Bowman and Joseph Neumeyer: Guitar and conga, State Theater

Little Crows Drum & Dance Group

Placer Ume Taiko Drummers: Clock Tower, 7-7:30 p.m.

Purdon’s Crossing: Bluegrass, folk, swing, City Hall

Sarpika: Folk, tribal dance and music

Tepid Club of Cool: Mellow swing with a twist, High Street at East Placer Street

Wild Duck: Jazz and more with a world beat, Clock Tower