Make Music




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Make Music Madison is a citywide, street level music making celebration. There is a role for everyone and every organization in this DIY celebration – musicians, social media makers, businesses, restaurants, bars, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits. If you have an idea about how to add to the Make Music Madison merriment, and you have the time and skills to make your vision happen, we want to hear from you. Email us and we’ll hook you into the planning team.


Mass Appeal Events for 2018!

When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it. And for 2018 we’ve put together a number of special events to draw even greater numbers of musicians and appreciators into the fun. You’ll be able to join in on mass appeal shows designed to bring together dozens — no, hundreds — of artists to perform pre-selected pieces together.

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100 Harmonicas

Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Mr. Harmonica Man, DeWayne Keyes, returns to lead a lesson and a group performance. Free harmonicas for the first 100 participants!

Bluegrass Jam Session with Barefoot Hollow

Northeast corner of Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Calling all bluegrass musicians! Bring your stringed instruments and join the jam lead by banjo player Steven Sams and Barefoot Hollow.

Walk over to the park shelter at 7:00 to enjoy the Capitol City Band concert as they celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Breakdance with Jarius King!

Alumni Park, between Memorial Union and Red Gym, 734 Langdon St., 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Enjoy a hip-hop performance and a free interactive workshop on the basics of Breaking (“breakdancing”) with award-winning artist Jarius King ’09. Stick around to hear music by greenTONE a cappella at 3 PM.

Community Open Jam Session with Orchard Ridge Teachers and Parents

Orchard Ridge Elementary Outdoor Mosaic Stage, 5602 Russett Rd., 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bring your instruments and join in the community jam session lead by art teacher Joshua Ludke on guitar.

Drumming Jam Session with Eric de Los Santos

The Percussion Zone at James Madison Park, 614 East Gorham St., 4:00 PM -5:00 PM

Bring along your percussion instruments and join in the rhythmic jam session from 4:00-5:00 hosted by Eric De Los Santos on marimba.

Arrive early or stay late to enjoy a full afternoon and evening of performances along the waters of Lake Mendota. We will kick off with jazz-punk band Meat Jelly at 2:30, Anaguma Aisa: UW Taiko Drumming Club at 3:15, the Madison Japanese Taiko Drummers at 5:00 and Wongai Africa Community Drummers and Dancers at 6:00. Our site host, Eric De Los Santos, finishes the day’s line up at 7:30 on marimba.

Kids Make Music Open Mic

Nakoma Park, 3801 Cherokee Dr., 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Sign up starts at 12:45. For youth 18 and under. Bring your instruments, sing a song, go freestyle, play a piano piece, etc. 1-2 songs per performer, more if time permits.

Several mics and a keyboard available. Adult musical accompaniment welcome. If the schedule fills up, stick around to listen.

Kids’ Open Mic

Chris’ Front Yard on Yahara Place, 1824 Yahara Pl., 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Kids open stage with keyboard. Open to anyone under 18. Bring your songs or other instruments. First come, first serve. Sign up just before.

Public Piano

Alumni Park, between the Red Gym and Memorial Union, 724 Langdon St., 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Drop by to make your own music at a public piano in the Alumni Park Welcome Plaza! Maybe even start a sing-along! Also, enjoy a performance by Black Star Drum Line at noon on the Memorial Union Terrace.

Swinging Sing Along

Arboretum Cohousing, 1137 Erin St., 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Love to sing? Pack up grandma, teens and toddlers to join five, fun-loving country gals who know their harmonies better than they know their husbands. Familiar songs plus some new cool ones. Beautiful space and summer patio at Arboretum Cohousing.

Wingra Boats Sing Along

Wingra Boats, 824 Knickerbocker St., 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

It’s flat out fun to belt out a song! Join Mad Music Singout friends Rex Loker, Tim Sharpe, and Steve Sanborne in a community singalong by the beautiful shores of Lake Wingra. Access lyrics online at