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Cortez to participate in Play Music on the Porch Day

Residents are encouraged to enjoy live music on Main Street.

Cortez Retail Enhancement Association partnered with ZU Gallery to bring Play Music on the Porch Day to Cortez.

People take part around the globe. A sign-up form on the event’s website allows cities to declare their participation and earn a place on the event’s map.

“Putting Cortez on the international map in even a little way helps brand our city,” Jody Jahrling of ZU gallery — and the person responsible for signing Cortez up — said in a statement to The Journal. “We have so many amazing musicians in our area, we should take every opportunity to highlight them.”

Several artists will churn out rhythmic tunes for the public to enjoy on Main Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The lineup is:

  • 10 a.m. - Richard Meredith
  • 11 a.m. - Hagen McDonnell at ZU Gallery
  • 12 p.m. - Alexander Westphal
  • 1 p.m. - Mark Allen

According to its website, Play Music on the Porch Day was set in motion in 2013, when Los Angeles-based artist Brian Mallman had the desire to bring people together through a shared human experience: music.

The event’s tagline is “"What if for one day everything stopped … and we all just listened to the music?"

In an interview with Tone Mob, Mallman said, “The experience of playing music supersedes the human differences. It’s not a passive experience. It’s about being a part of the music. It doesn’t matter how good you are. It doesn’t matter if you are with a group or just by yourself. It’s about experiencing music in a more intimate way.”

In 2020, more than 1,600 cities and musicians from 76 countries participated in the event, according to the Play Music on the Porch website.

The event has continued to garner participation from many corners of the world.

Participants are encouraged to post on social media with #playmusicontheporchday.

“We want to participate in Music on the Porch Day every year and grow it,” Jahrling said.