Make Music Phoenix

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Make Music Phoenix

Free Family-Friendly Music Festival

Get ready for an unforgettable day of music, fun, and community at Make Music Phoenix on Friday, June 21! This free all-day celebration features performances and activities for all ages across some of Downtown Phoenix’s most popular cultural attractions. Whether you’re a family with kids, a music lover, a foodie, or just looking for something exciting to do, Make Music Phoenix has something for everyone. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect on this magical day.


All-Age DJ Dance Party at the Phoenix Art Museum

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Kick off your day with an energetic DJ Dance Party at the Phoenix Art Museum! Groove to the beats spun by Gabe Mestas in an exciting and lively atmosphere. Perfect for families and individuals alike, this event promises a morning of music, dance, and community spirit. No tickets are required to enjoy the music outside the museum.

Discover more about admission and other events at the Phoenix Art Museum, and take advantage of free tickets available through the Act One Culture Pass program.

Gabe Metas Bio
Gabe Mestas is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work blends the boundaries between traditional art and science/engineering. His sound projects focus on electronic music production and curatorial sound selection for when performing live. While most of his work is based on the visual arts, electronic music piqued his interest in recent years and has become a cornerstone of his projects, including using analog signal analyzers to visualize music in novel ways, and writing software to automate the creation of audio-reactive music videos.

Music Explorations at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Perfect for young families, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers Early Childhood Music Explorations. Kids aged 0-8 can sing, play, and dance while learning music basics in a fun and engaging environment. From interactive classes to hands-on instrument sessions, this event is sure to delight your little ones.

10 –11:00 AM Higher Octave Healing starts the day with their The Start with Music program, geared toward ages 0-5. These classes are provided at no cost to the participants, and each child in attendance will receive instruments and props to use during class. 

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Rosie’s House staff gets kids moving and learning with interactive music activities, open to all families! Kids can play introductory instruments like tambourines, mini guiros, rhythm sticks, and more. Come make music and memories with us!

Don’t forget to check out the awesome offers available through the Act One Culture Pass

Tickets are not required to celebrate the music played outside the museum entrance. Admission to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is not included, click here for ticket information to take advantage of additional family-friendly activities throughout the day. 

Live Performances at the Heard Museum

11:00 AM – 2 PM
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Celebrate the rich musical heritage of Canyon Records artists at the Heard Museum. Snacks and drinks are available from the Cantina, making this a perfect mid-day musical break.

11 AM – NOON Enjoy live performances by Grammy®-nominee Aaron White (Northern Ute/Diné) in the indoor Foyer of Steele Auditorium.

NOON – 2 PM Experience live performance by the inspiring Jonah Littlesunday (Diné), in the indoor Foyer of Steele Auditorium. You might even receive a visit from the comedic musical talents of Bob the Eagle.

Tickets are not required to enjoy the music. Regular Heard Museum admission rates apply to see current exhibitions—including Maria & Modernism. Take advantage of the free tickets available through the Act One Culture Pass program. 

Aaron White Bio
Aaron White (Northern Ute/Diné) is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer/songwriter, Native American flutist, flute maker, and lecturer. He formed the groundbreaking group Burning Sky in 1991, earning a 2003 Grammy nomination and a 2004 Native American Music Award. His solo flute album, “Moon Light Love Songs,” won Best Flute Recording in 2022. For over 28 years, Aaron has been a prominent Indigenous musician in Arizona, performing widely at concerts, venues, museums, and major events.

Aaron has played with notable artists like John Densmore, Jackson Browne, and Taj Mahal, and his music features in award-winning films including “Lakota Nation vs United States” and “The Doe Boy.” His flutes are part of the Musical Instrument Museum collection in Phoenix, AZ. Aaron has been an artist in residence at several prestigious museums, creating flutes and sharing his music. He believes music can heal and inspire, stating, “All of us carry the gift of music in our heart and soul. May we always share these gifts with gratitude and warming hearts.”

Jonah Littlesunday Bio

Jonah Littlesunday is a Diné Native American Flutist that captivates the soul with soothing, resonant Native American Flute music that reflects journeys of love and healing.

From the quiet hills and plateaus of his Navajo people, Jonah Littlesunday has emerged as one of the most distinctive performers of the Native American flute. Inspired by themes that all human beings cherish – love, peace and unity, Jonah draws upon the solitude of his ancestral lands to create a meditative soundscape that heals the soul.

Life’s journey is like a leaf in the air. There are times you can’t control your fate. You just have to have faith and float with it. Through it all, I have had the honor of entertaining elders, audiences across North America, injured animals and wonderful kids. Ahe’hee (Navajo for “thank you.”). – Jonah Littlesunday

Classical Music at AZ Opera Black Box

Noon – 1:00 PM
1636 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Immerse yourself in a day of captivating classical music at the AZ Opera Black Box. Highlights include a performance by Arko2, a violin and viola duo featuring Ramon “Chino” Soberano and Rosie’s House faculty member Michael DiBarry, from Noon to 1:00 PM. Let the enchanting melodies transport you to a world of musical brilliance.

Arko2: Chino Soberano & Michael DiBarry, violin & viola Bio
Arko2 was born when two newly-married musicians decided they could make their performances mobile and innovative by expanding the repertoire for violin and viola duos through new commissions and arrangements. Both playing violin and viola, Ramon “Chino” Soberano and Michael DiBarry are looking for new ways to connect with audiences through the limitations of just two bowed instruments at a time. 

“Arko” is the Tagalog word for bow, and it pays tribute to Chino’s roots as a Filipino artist. Chino is a new member of Arizona Opera Orchestra and teaches at both South Mountain Community College and Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Michael teaches at both Glendale Community College and Rosie’s House and performs with the Arizona Philharmonic in Prescott as acting associate concertmaster. Both Chino and Michael received their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Arizona State University.

To contact Michael or Chino, email us at phoenix@makemusicday.org.

Family-Friendly Music at Burton Barr Central Library

2:00 – 3:00 PM
1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Step into a world of enchanting classical music at Burton Barr Central Library’s Pulliam Auditorium. Enjoy performances by Arko2 and take advantage of the library’s Summer Reading Program, which includes free activities, gallery admission, and meals for youth under 18 at the Kids Café.

Don’t forget to check out the awesome offerings available through the Act One Culture Pass. This will take place during the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Families are encouraged to engage in the free activities provided by Burton Barr Central Library including free admission to the Central Gallery and free meals for youth under 18 at the Kids Café. Discover more events here

Arko2: Chino Soberano & Michael DiBarry, violin & viola Bio
Arko2 was born when two newly-married musicians decided they could make their performances mobile and innovative by expanding the repertoire for violin and viola duos through new commissions and arrangements. Both playing violin and viola, Ramon “Chino” Soberano and Michael DiBarry are looking for new ways to connect with audiences through the limitations of just two bowed instruments at a time. 

“Arko” is the Tagalog word for bow, and it pays tribute to Chino’s roots as a Filipino artist. Chino is a new member of Arizona Opera Orchestra and teaches at both South Mountain Community College and Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Michael teaches at both Glendale Community College and Rosie’s House and performs with the Arizona Philharmonic in Prescott as acting associate concertmaster. Both Chino and Michael received their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Arizona State University.

To contact Michael or Chino, email us at phoenix@makemusicday.org.

Musical Extravaganza at Rosie’s House

4:00 – 8:00 PM
919 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85034

Join the Musical Extravaganza at Rosie’s House for a diverse lineup of jazz, mariachi, raffles, and more. Enjoy performances, participate in a body percussion dance party, and indulge in delicious treats from the MiAmore Wood Fired Pizza and Snowy Churro food trucks.

  • 4 – 5 PM: 🎺 Unforgettable performance from Rosie’s House faculty member Michael Flores and his Mariachi Trio
  • 5 – 5:30 PM: 💃 Get moving with our Body Percussion Dance Party that is perfect for all ages
  • 5:30 – 6 PM: 🎻 Experience the vibrant energy of The Medina Sisters mariachi band, composed of Rosie’s House students
  • 6 – 6:30 PM: 🍕 Food trucks arrive! Indulge in delicious treats from MiAmore Wood Fired Pizza and Snowy Churro.
  • 6:30 – 7 PM: 🌟 Discover the talent of our community at the Student & Faculty Showcase, where students and faculty present diverse performances
  • 7 – 8 PM: 🥁 Feel the vibrant Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms of Josiel Perez Ft. Victor’s Caldee Cuban’s Connections, featuring Rosie’s House faculty Kristal Ramsey

But that’s not all – participate in our raffle to win cool prizes, explore our interactive instrument petting zoo, and join in community jam sessions that celebrate the joy of making music together. 

Michael Flores Bio
Michael graduated from Pueblo Magnet High School, where he joined a youth mariachi group and advanced his musical career by performing in semi-professional groups, competing internationally, and performing at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

As musical director of Mariachi Corazon Del Valle, he led the group to several achievements, including recognition from Mayor Kate Gallego. With Arizona Music Fest, he developed a multicultural music ensemble and taught mariachi history. Currently, Michael is the Mariachi faculty teacher at Rosie’s House, where he passionately works to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of mariachi’s cultural significance.

Josiel Perez Bio
Born on October 9, 1986, in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, Josiel comes from a musical family, including his uncle, Andres Perez. He began his musical education at 9, studying trumpet, piano, and composition at ENA and ISA in Havana. Josiel has performed internationally, including a 2007 Master Class in Barbados, touring with Orchestra Klimax, and playing first trumpet with Orlando “Maraca” Valle in Europe.

In 2011, he toured the U.S. with MARACA’s Latin Jazz and Salsa group. After moving to Albuquerque, he studied with Bobby Shew, performed with various groups, led the JP Project, and collaborated with notable musicians in the band ENJOY. His group for this event, Cuban Connections, features Kristal Ramsey, his long-time friend and Rosie’s House piano faculty member.

Live Music by LuMar at Xico

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
829 N 1st Ave Ste 101, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Celebrate Latino and Indigenous culture at Xico with live music by the acoustic duo LuMar. Featuring guitarist Luis Martinez and singer Marah Armenta, this event promises an evening of soulful melodies and vibrant community spirit.

Third Fridays in Phoenix are the perfect opportunity to explore and support local art and community initiatives. By joining us at Xico on Third Fridays, you contribute to the thriving cultural scene of Downtown Phoenix and celebrate the power of music to unite and inspire. Click here to view the Third Friday Map.

LuMar bio
LuMar is a versatile acoustic duo based in Phoenix, AZ, consisting of guitarist Luis Martinez and singer Marah Armenta. While presenting a unique soulful approach, LuMar provides live entertainment for any occasion, such as weddings, corporate events, restaurants, etc. LuMar also offers a full-band and performs valleywide with the Hip-Hop group, The Stakes.

Luis Martinez, a dedicated faculty member at Rosie’s House, brings his passion for music education and performance to every strum of his guitar. His commitment to nurturing musical skills and fostering a love for music among students exemplifies his dedication to both the arts and community enrichment.

Saboten Taiko Open Rehearsal at Fushicho Daiko Dojo

5:30 – 8:00 PM
925 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Experience the power and rhythm of Japanese Taiko drumming at Fushicho Daiko Dojo. Watch the Saboten Taiko class rehearse their dynamic repertoire and immerse yourself in a cultural and musical journey like no other.

Fushicho Daiko Dojo: Arizona’s premier Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble
Founded in 1992, we are proud to be Arizona’s longest running public Taiko dojo. With over 80 students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, we are also one of the largest dojos in North America. As a woman-led dojo we pride ourselves on inclusion and diversity; our mission is to share the passionate energy and unique harmony of Taiko drumming to all who wish to be inspired by this dynamic and powerful art form.


Make Music Phoenix is a free event that promises a day filled with diverse musical experiences for all ages. From DJ dance parties and classical concerts to interactive children’s activities and live performances, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Mark your calendars for Friday, June 21, and join us in celebrating the joy of music and community in Downtown Phoenix!

You can also participate at home with our 8 DIY Instruments and the Virtual Discovery Tour provided my the Musical Instrument Museum.


Make Music Phoenix Sponsored by

Rosie’s House’s mission is to eliminate barriers to high-quality music education. Through music, we support youth as they develop their full creative and personal potential. We envision a community where all youth have access to music education and opportunities for lifetime achievement.