Returning for its 11th year, Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Sunday, June 16, 3-7:30 p.m. at outdoor locations along University Avenue, which will be closed to traffic. Fifty Bay Area musicians and dancers will perform free concerts in a variety of genres and from many cultural traditions.
World Music Day (Fête de la Musique) was started in France in 1982 and is now celebrated around the time of the summer solstice in more than 100 countries worldwide and many cities across the United States. Palo Alto’s event was founded by resident Claude Ezran and is organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation.
Highlights this year include the Mexican folk music and dance of Los Panaderos, the vintage jazz of Rhythm St. Applejacks, the women’s barbershop and a cappella singing of Mission Valley Chorus, the international vocal ensemble World Harmony Chorus, Folikadi’s traditional African drumming and much more. A complete schedule and map is available at Palo Alto World Music Day.
The annual event will block University Avenue from High to Webster streets from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Palo Alto police.