Kent — The Summer Solstice begins on June 21st when the earth is at its northern most tilt toward the sun and the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. This is the day the daylight hours are the longest of the year. Since prehistoric times the Summer Solstice has been a time for festivals and celebration.

A number of years ago a small group of people started holding free music celebrations on the Summer Solstice and today there are over 1,000 cities in 120 countries holding Make Music Day festivals. As a participating venue in the Town of Kent, the Kent Art Association will be hosting two free concerts on Northwest Connecticut’s Make Music Day, Friday, June 21 to celebrate the beginning of summer and the art of music.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., it’s the Carol and Nick Duo: “The Small Band with the Big Sound.” Their swinging music employs a seven-string guitar, live looper, percussion and vocals and features Carol Leven on vocals and percussion backed up Nick Moran, a multi-instrumentalist, on the guitar, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle and Irish bouzouki. The Duo performs a wide range of styles, from the Great American Songbook to Burt Bacharach, from the Bossa Nova to Folk, Blues, and Irish music.

At 4 to 6 p.m. see the band Hummingbird and Friends with Hummingbird members, vocalist Bobbi Soares, guitarist Jim Stasiak, and bassist/harpist Stan Pannone joined by Friend, drummer Jeff Case. In addition there will be some surprise musical guests. The band plays an eclectic blend of blues, jazz, country, originals, native chants, healing sounds and experimental compositions.

Make Music Day is on Friday June 21, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the KAA Gallery at 21 So. Main Street in Kent. This event is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information visit www.kentart.org or call 860-927-3989. You can find us on Facebook at: Kent Art. And while you’re there take a few minutes to step inside the air conditioned gallery for a preview of the juried Presidents Show that opens on Saturday, June 22.

The bands will play on the front porch of the KAA Gallery with seating on the front lawn (some folding chairs are available but it is suggested you bring something to sit on). There is parking in the rear and south side of the building with some additional parking in the parking lot just north of the Gallery (concerts will be held inside in case of bad weather).

Connecticut Media Group