Old Town Suwanee will be jamming Thursday evening for Georgia’s first-ever Make Music Day event.
Suwanee’s Summer Porch Jam will have the feel of an old-fashioned block party with musicians playing outdoors at multiple venues — including Mayor Jimmy Burnette’s front porch. The event starts at 6 p.m. Thursday in the historic Main Street district.
Make Music Day, an international celebration of music, was launched in 1982 in France. It is held on the summer solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.
Southern soul band ThunderGypsy will serve as the event headliner, opening and closing the inaugural party at Burnette Rogers Pavilion, located at 687 Main St.
Everett’s Music Barn, located at 4055 Stonecypher Road, will host national bluegrass touring acts Taylor Sosebee, Appalachian Travelers and Bluegrass Alliance.
Huthmaker Violins, located at 3949 Russell St., will host bluegrass band Uncle Johnny’s Pickers. The shop will also feature a violin petting zoo for those who are interested in learning to play the strings.
In its debut to the music scene, Mayor Burnette’s front porch, located at 571 Main St., will host several local acts, including Suwanee Youth Leaders Taylor Wilmont and Ishani Joshi, Common Ground, Caitlin Santos, and Andy and Amanda. Just down the road, the Thigpen front porch will feature a student showcase from Town Center Music.
At the Main Street Caboose, children can make their own shakers with the Suwanee Academy of the Arts, then join Up/Down percussion in a drum circle/jam session at 8 p.m. in the heart of Main Street.
For those looking for a more traditional vibe, Suwanee First United Methodist Church, located at 603 Scales Road N.W., will have classical piano music.
Parking for the event will be available at Suwanee Town Center, located at the corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway. From there, it’s a 10-minute walk to the shuttle shop at the Suwanee library or a 15-minute walk to Old Town.
A full schedule of venues and musicians is available online at suwanee.com.