If there’s one sure way to bring a group of people together, it’s with music, and the Town of Normal plans to showcase how music is an everyday part of life.

The Make Music Normal festival is a two-day event taking place in Uptown Normal on Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from noon-10 p.m.

Over 70 musicians and performers from a variety of genres will be participating, emphasizing the diversity in music and a chance for everyone to hear something they like.

The festival offers experiences for participants of any age and skill level to make music as well as watching the lineup of music acts throughout the day.

“The goal remains the same: bringing in a broad variety of local and non-local musicians to entertain, while also leaving plenty of spaces for attendees to play themselves,” The Pantagraph reports.

Chicago Dance Crash is a fusion company of hip-hop and contemporary dance who will be bringing two acts to the festival, “History of Hip-Hop,” and an “All Styles Battle.”

“I like the idea that you can find something different around every corner at the festival,” Chicago Dance Crash artistic director Jessica Deahr said.

Music festivals are typically an adult experience but Beth Whisman, the town’s cultural arts manager says Make Music Normal continues to be family friendly.

In addition to music, the free festival will feature vendors from nearby restaurants and several food trucks.

This is Make Music Normal’s sixth annual event and the first to run over two days.

KOURTNEY CUNNINGHAM is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at klcunn1@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @kourtcunningham.

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