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World Music Day to bring downtown road closures

Much of downtown Palo Alto will be closed to traffic on Sunday, June 16, to make room for World Music day, which runs from noon to 8 p.m.

Police said that University Avenue will be closed from High Street to Webster Street and Hamilton Avenue will be closed from Ramona Street to Bryant Street. The actual event begins at 3 and ends at 7:30 p.m.

The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation are partnering to host the event, in which 50 different bands will play music at various locations along University Avenue and at King Plaza in front of City Hall.

World Music Day began in 1982 in France, where it is known as FĂȘte de la Musique. Today, sidewalks, parks, community gardens, stores and other locations "become impromptu musical stages for both amateur and professional musicians to showcase their talents," the World Music Day website states. All performances are free and open to the public.

Dance bands, an Indian percussionist, a barbershop chorus, jazz musicians and dozens more will be playing in Palo Alto.

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More information about the event, including the schedule of performers, can be found at www.pamusicday.org.

See a video of last year's World Music Day.

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World Music Day to bring downtown road closures

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Much of downtown Palo Alto will be closed to traffic on Sunday, June 16, to make room for World Music day, which runs from noon to 8 p.m.

Police said that University Avenue will be closed from High Street to Webster Street and Hamilton Avenue will be closed from Ramona Street to Bryant Street. The actual event begins at 3 and ends at 7:30 p.m.

The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation are partnering to host the event, in which 50 different bands will play music at various locations along University Avenue and at King Plaza in front of City Hall.

World Music Day began in 1982 in France, where it is known as FĂȘte de la Musique. Today, sidewalks, parks, community gardens, stores and other locations "become impromptu musical stages for both amateur and professional musicians to showcase their talents," the World Music Day website states. All performances are free and open to the public.

Dance bands, an Indian percussionist, a barbershop chorus, jazz musicians and dozens more will be playing in Palo Alto.

More information about the event, including the schedule of performers, can be found at www.pamusicday.org.

See a video of last year's World Music Day.

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resident
Downtown North
on Jun 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm
resident, Downtown North
on Jun 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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We stopped by last year. For such a big road closure, this is a very low key event. No stages. No amps or speakers. The acts were small and hard to see or hear. With that much space, I think they could have vastly improved the event with some better production.


nohatersplease
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm
nohatersplease, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm
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Last year was a wonderful low-key event with eclectic music and enthusiastic artists enjoyed by thousands, and periodic road closures for events such as this are a blessing allowing pedestrians to take back our fair downtown for a few hours. Thanks to Claude's vision and the efforts of all!

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Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm
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Really - on the same day as Stanford grad AND Father's Day? How stupi, traffic-wise.


Um
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm
Um, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm
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Its traditionally on father's day


Crescent Park Dad
Crescent Park
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm
Crescent Park Dad, Crescent Park
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm
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As is Stanford's commencement. Stanford being around since 1891 trumps world music day. Why not just do the music on Saturday instead?


paly parent
Palo Alto High School
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm
paly parent, Palo Alto High School
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm
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World Music Day ( the original, not the Palo Alto version) is June 21st. Having it on Fathers Day makes it impossible for us to attend ( its not what my dad or my husband would choose to do on their day). Planning it on the same day as Stanford graduation is just plaim dumb. we would love to atttend if it was a week later ( which would put it closer to the historical date).


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Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm
Steal this post, Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm
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[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online] Maybe you should have spent your time on finding a date that didn't conflict with commencement and Father's Day [Portion removed].


nohatersplease
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 15, 2013 at 12:07 am
nohatersplease, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 15, 2013 at 12:07 am
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I believe no people or animals were harmed, snarled, or even materially delayed in last year's shutdown of one of three parallel arterial streets during the least traveled and most dispersed travel-time day of the week. Does anyone have any evidence, as opposed to theoretical whining, that inconvenience happened? Let's try baby step acceptance of a successful event that might not have fit into some individual's busy calendars.


Mike
University South
on Jun 15, 2013 at 7:41 am
Mike, University South
on Jun 15, 2013 at 7:41 am
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Everyone who lives close to University Avenue knows it closes from time to time for such events.

Personally, I enjoy University Avenue much more when it's closed to automobiles.


Um
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm
Um, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm
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Standford Graduation is over at 2:30. WMD starts at 3:00. The events dont conflict,


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm
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It's not that the events conflict, it's the insane traffic - which impacts well beyond Univ Ave & downtown. A lot of visitors to Stanford don't know other streets to drive on besides the major ones. I've heard many complaints about the traffic from these events + Father's Day events and it just makes sense to not just steer clear of that part of PA, but 101 & 280. I remember seeing incredible jams on Middlefield last year. This would be a perfect day to have better public transpo - it's a shame that we don't.


Um
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2013 at 9:13 am
Um, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2013 at 9:13 am
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Well then road closure impacts exists any day, so it might as well be today. Just ride your bike there and have fun listening to the music.


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2013 at 10:55 am
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2013 at 10:55 am
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Um, to whom are you directing your comments? I'm sure that PLENTY of its attendees will walk or cycle, while the rest of the folks going to other local events will be stuck in terrible traffic, given the lack of good public transpo options.


Tim
University South
on Jun 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Tim, University South
on Jun 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm
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I'd be all for closing University Ave to cars permanently.


No good deed
Green Acres
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm
No good deed, Green Acres
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm
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It is interesting to see the number of posters who have been able to conjure various critiques for an a very nice event that almost all attendees seem to really enjoy. Perhaps the comments are more of a reflection of the posters than the event. Maybe it would be simpler for them to just stay home and yell at kids to stay off of their lawns. That would reduce the traffic problems too.


Um
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm
Um, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm
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Entitled Local
Crescent Park
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Entitled Local, Crescent Park
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm
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Harumph! I'm inconvenienced! This is an outrage..I am personally inconvenienced! HARUMPH!


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm
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