Reedsburg will have the chance to join the world in celebrating music on the longest day of the year June 21.
It is the first time Make Music Day, an international day to celebrate music, will take place in Reedsburg. The city will be one of four Wisconsin cities to host the event along with Madison, Milwaukee and Platteville. A total of 800 cities and 120 countries around the world will participate in the event.
Volunteer Barb Steinhorst said anyone can start making music from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Steinhorst said any form of music counts from banging on pots and pans to singing out loud are welcome. The event also presents an opportunity for all types of musicians, from dreamers to professionals, too show off and explore their musical talent.
“It is not at one set place it is everywhere in town where people want to make music of any kind,” Steinhorst said.
While there isn’t one spot designated for Make Music Day, there are some activities lined up for local musicians and groups to showcase their talent and to learn components of music. Gary Fritsch, a local musician from Baraboo, will teach free harmonica lessons and will be giving out free Hohner harmonicas to the first 50 people in attendance to the lesson at City Park.
Steinhorst will be teaching how to play the accordion. She started playing the instrument at age six and plays by ear rather than reading music and will be teaching the same concept from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cornerstone lobby, in the same building as Antiques on Main.
“I’m not a professional. I don’t call myself a musician,” she said. “I just love to play the accordion.”
A Blue Piano Trailer Stage will have a remote recording studio for anyone looking to record an original song. The studio will be available from 10 a.m. to noon at the Reedsburg Public Library parking lot. The Boys and Girls Club will host a music instrument making activity from 11 a.m. to noon and a short parade and performance will be given at the Blue Piano Stage at around 12:30 p.m. Local performers will take the stage from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Steinhorst said Shawndell Marks, another volunteer and local musician, will be bringing recorded “pasture noises” from nearby farms to showcase in the city to mix in with music. Steinhorst said the idea is something “unique” for Reedsburg. It was even briefly mentioned in an April 3 article about Make Music Day events in Rolling Stone magazine.
“Once it went in Rolling Stone magazine that made it necessary to follow through,” Steinhorst said. “Since we can’t bring cows to town (Marks) is going out and doing a recording.”
Touchdown Tavern and will host jazz group McCarter Davis Group from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will hold a Bangers and Mash dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Reedsburg Chamber Office, St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Wormfarm Gallery. Steinhorst said she expects others to join in to make music throughout the day. More information can be found on the Reedsburg Make Music Day facebook page.
“Anyone who has the urge to make music please do,” she said. “You don’t have to register. Just do it… if you want to beat on pots and pans on your front porch and draw an audience and have your own crowd go for it.”