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Stay tuned for Mass Appeal events for 2018!

When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it. And for 2018 we’re putting 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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Shown below are last year’s Mass Appeal listings. 
Listings for 2018 will be posted here soon.  Please check back.

100 Harmonicas

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

Mr. Harmonica Man, DeWayne Keyes, returns to lead a lesson and a group performance. Free harmonicas for the first 100 participants! Stay on to catch Black Star Drum Line at 1 PM.

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

Mad Music Singout at the Market

Come join the fun!  Belt out favorite choruses and add sweet harmony with musical friends alongside the Wednesday Farmers Market downtown!  We’ll provide lyrics & lead the singing–you bring your friends & enthusiasm to celebrate the day together in song!

When:   11:30 am – 12:30 pm, June 21st, 2017
Where:  Monona Terrace entry plaza
             MLK Blvd at Wilson St, see map ( )
Who:     You + your friends, with song leaders Mac Robertson,
              Marli Johnson & Rex Loker
How:     1)  Like & share this event from our Facebook page:
             2)  Add your suggestions to the song list* at Mad Music Singout Lyrics:
                  *songs from the Beach Boys & Beatles to Gershwin &
                        Rogers & Hammerstein
             3)  Singout at the Market—bring your smartphone or tablet and click here to access the lyrics to the Mad Music Singout songs.
                  (we’ll have a few copies, just in case…)  
Discover the joy of sharing the music—together we will amaze and electrify market goers, lunch-breakers and each other with our joy-filled singing!

Olbrich Park Percussion Zone

Percussion Jam

Olbrich Park Percussion Zone, 3527 Atwood Ave., 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Bring your percussion instruments and join marimba maven Eric De Los Santos in a jam.

Boomwhacker Jamboree at Olbrich Park

Olbrich Park Percussion Zone, 3527 Atwood Ave., 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Percussion Zone at Olbrich Park will be hosting a live arrangement of both classical and popular songs on tuned plastic tubes called Boomwhackers. After an initial performance by Eric De Los Santos and his percussion studio, audience members will be asked to participate in a Mass Appeal event with arrangements for all levels of musicians.

No Mic Open Mic

Sugar Shack Records, 2301 Atwood Ave., Noon-7 PM

Didn’t sign up to perform at Make Music Madison?  It’s not too late. Mostly acoustic — bring your instrument, set up and play.

Central Park Events

Lunch Break Jam Sandwich

Central Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St., 12 PM

We have a stage, you have instruments — let’s play!

Madison Area Ukulele Initiative (MAUI)

Central Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St., 4 PM

Bring your ukulele on stage and join MAUI for an exciting performance, or simply hang out in the audience and join in the interactive crowd experience. The Madison Area Ukulele Initiative is contagiously happy with fun for all ages.

Otis Tribute

Central Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St., 5:45 PM

Join Devil’s Fen & The Kelsey Miles Band to pay tribute to the late great Otis Redding on the 50th anniversary of his infamous Madison plane crash. Be ready to sing along to all of your favorites, including Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.

Interested in organizing your own mass appeal performance for Make Music Madison? Contact us at with your idea, and we’ll help you find a location and get set up.