Got harmonica? Festival brings 150 free concerts to LA area and you can join in
A growing music festival in Los Angeles will get even bigger this year.
"Music can transcend generations and boundaries that nothing else can," said Laura Wynne, co-owner of Burbank Music Academy who is helping organize some of the events. "I hope that this makes the community realize how important music venues are and sharing music with other people."
Wynne said she hopes the festival will help revive the local live music scene. She said she's been in the L.A. area for more than 20 years and has watched many music venues close, including Cafe Cordiale on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks last month.
The Los Angeles festival launched back in 2012. The idea comes from Fête de la Musique, a national holiday in France that started back in 1982 and has spread around the globe.
Anyone can join in the performances. Highlights this year include a mass harmonica concert in Santa Monica and a come-one, come-all event for saxophone players in Beverly Hills.
Burbank is one of the latest cities to participate in the event. Glassell Park and Beverly Hills are also participating for the first time.