Mayor's Office Press Release
Mayor Sylvester Turner and French Consul General Alexis Andres Will Kick-Off the First Make Music Day Houston
June 18, 2021 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner and French Consul General Alexis Andres will virtually kick off Make Music Day Houston via livestream on Monday, June 21. The Mayor and the French Consul General will be joined virtually by Houston icon Bun B and French rapper James the Prophet.
Following their introduction, Houston Television (HTV) will livestream a conversation moderated by Joey Guerra, music critic for the Houston Chronicle, between Bun B and James the Prophet. The program will end with a performance by James the Prophet, Walkman the Soul, and Pab the Kid.
The Houston Municipal Channel (HTV) will broadcast this event on Monday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. The event will also be available on the City of Houston’s social media platforms.
HTV is available on the following cable systems in the Houston area:
- Comcast (Ch. 16)
- Phonoscope (Ch. 73 & 99)
- Suddenlink (Ch. 14)
- AT&T U-verse (Ch. 99)
You can also watch the event on HTV's website at houstontx.gov/htv.
This event is presented by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), the Consulate General of France in Houston, and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston, in partnership with the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts.
Make Music Day Houston will launch on Monday, June 21, as part of Make Music Day (MMD) coordinated by MOCA. MMD, or la Fête de la Musique, started in France in 1982 and encourages all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music.
A full list of performances (both in-person and virtual) can be viewed at www.makemusicday.org/houston/. A list of artists performing on June 21 can be viewed below and on www.makemusicday.org/houston/. Performers and venues can still sign up!
There are also plenty of national projects online for Houstonians to participate in, including:
- Global Livestream – The Make Music Alliance will stream MMD events from around the world all day long at www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/live-streaming/.
- Music Lesson Marathon — National brands and partners will be curating day-long marathons of live, free, online group lessons taught by dozens of master musicians on a wide array of instruments. Jump around to sample different instruments, or binge on your favorite! There are offerings for all ages, and all skill levels – from beginning to advanced.
- Mass Appeal — People of all ages and skill levels will join together both online and in physically distanced, in-person settings to make music in large, single-instrument groups.
- And many more!
MOCA invites Houstonians to attend the June 21st performances and post pictures of their events using the hashtag #MakeMusicDay and tagging @HoustonMOCA. For more information, visit: www.makemusicday.org/houston/.
About Make Music Day
Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.
About Bun B
Bernard Freeman, known as Bun B, formed the rap duo Underground Kingz in the early ‘90s with Pimp C which released chart-topping albums. Bun B went on to pursue a solo career and has made his mark on Houston in different spaces.
About James the Prophet
James the Prophet, a Paris-based French, English and American rapper, began his career in 2015 on Soundcloud. Rapping in English, his work brought him to be signed by Sony-distributed label Rupture in 2018.