Going New Orleans: Milford welcomes street musicians June 21

City officials are looking to turn Milford into New Orleans’ French Quarter one day in June, inviting people to grab an instrument and perform in the streets.

Milford will take part in Make Music Day, with a goal of filling the streets with music.

“We encourage residents to sign up and find a corner to strum, drum or sing on Thursday, June 21,” states a press release from the city’s economic development office.

A piano will be placed on the steps of City Hall and people are welcome to stop by and play, bring a bag lunch and enjoy the music in the parkette in front of City Hall.

More locations will be announced, and residents can follow the city on Facebook @MilfordCityHall for updates.

Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year.

Musical festivities in Milford are part of a global celebration of music making in over 750 cities inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique.

Milford invites everyone, from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument, to join in the global music celebration by signing up at http://www.makemusicday.org/milford/ and choosing a location.

“To fill our streets with music on the summer solstice will give an opportunity for friends, neighbors and others to come out and enjoy our community,” said Mayor Ben Blake. “Milford is filled with phenomenal talent and I look forward to hearing and seeing it all.”

Music has been shown to strengthen social connectivity, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stimulate memory, and is integral to a well-rounded, enjoyable life, city officials said.

Economic Development Director Julie Nash said she hopes residents will get into the spirit and line the streets with music. She says it’s a perfect way to start the summer.