International “Music Day” celebrations throughout Vermont

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The “International Music Day” is celebrated every year during the summer solstice to bring people together on the first day of the season. The tradition started more than 40 years ago in France. Local nonprofit Big Heavy World hosted the global celebration in Vermont seven years ago. They held dozens of events across the state on Tuesday, including a few performances atop Church Street in Burlington. The FOG, a Richmond band that performs in nearby Burlington, said they asked to play their folk and rock-inspired set at Marketplace. “If it’s happening anywhere, might as well do it here,” vocalist and guitarist Gary Beckwith said. “I hope it crosses over to me and reaches other people and makes them feel good.” Burlington visitors and community members enjoyed the music as they passed, stopped to listen, and danced. Resident Tina Comstock was unfamiliar with “Make Music Day”, but she said stumbling upon The FOG and the music of Church Street was exactly what she needed to hear. “I was just walking down the road and heard the music and wanted to enjoy it,” Comstock said. “I’ve been having a hard time in my life lately, so I figured this upbeat music would make me feel better if I danced.” Sambatucada, a percussion group from Burlington, took the stage after The FOG to end the day. The band was formed in 1995. The ensemble aims to resemble the bands that play on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They hope the people of Burlington get a taste of Brazilian culture by listening to their performance. “We love making music and releasing it,” said Sambatucada member David Punia. “You can’t not move to the beat of the music. Rhythm is such a fundamental part of us. From breathing, to our heart rate to our pulse.”

The “International Music Day” is celebrated every year during the summer solstice to bring people together on the first day of the season. The tradition started more than 40 years ago in France.

Big Heavy World, a local nonprofit organization, hosted the global celebration in Vermont seven years ago. They held dozens of events across the state on Tuesday, including a few performances atop Church Street in Burlington.

The FOG, a bandaged from Richmond, which performs in the Burlington area, said they asked to play their folk and rock-inspired set at Marketplace.

“If it’s happening everywhere, might as well do it here,” said vocalist and guitarist Gary Beckwith. “I hope that [the music] flows through me and reaches others and makes them feel good.”

Burlington visitors and community members enjoyed the music as they passed, stopped to listen, and danced.

Resident Tina Comstock was unfamiliar with “Make Music Day”, but she said coming across The FOG and the music on Church Street was exactly what she needed to hear.

“I was just walking down the road and heard the music and wanted to enjoy it,” Comstock said. “I’ve been having a hard time in my life lately, so I figured this upbeat music would make me feel better if I danced.”

Sambatucada, a percussion band from Burlington, took the stage after The FOG to end the day.

The band was formed in 1995. The ensemble aims to resemble the bands that play on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They hope Burlington residents got a taste of Brazilian culture by listening to their performance.

“We love making music and streaming music,” said Sambatucada member David Punia. “You can’t not move to the beat of the music. Rhythm is such a fundamental part of us. From breathing, to our heart rate to our pulse.”

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