Make sure your ears are tuned to the many restaurants, parks and even front porches playing music on Thursday! The 6th Annual Make Music Madison includes more than 300 live music events across the city. What better way to enjoy the longest day of the year?
The event is part of the larger International Summer Solstice Music Celebration, which began in France in 1982, and now stretches to more than 800 cities and 120 countries around the world. The goal of this celebration is to expose as many people as possible to live performances, encourage enjoyment of the day and to do it at no charge. Anyone who wants to play music is invited to perform. In Madison, this means there will be music in front yards, in area parks, and in the many restaurants that often feature live music.
The map of events includes several open mic opportunities for children, break-dancing performances at Alumni Park, free harmonicas for the first 100 children at the Madison Children's Museum's Noon performance, bluegrass jam sessions, singalongs at many locations, and much, much more! More than 100 venues have reported plans to host a live music event. Even so, event planners are encouraging anyone who wants to perform to join in the fun.
Have a strong musical preference? You can search by genre, artist, venue or time of day. There's also an option to search for events with rain accommodations. Don't let the weather keep you away. There's plenty of music to enjoy at this year's Make Music Madison!