Locals will have a chance to release their inner rock star when an international music festival stops in Reedsburg this summer.
The city will host Make Music Day, a live and free music celebration, June 21. A total of 800 cities and 120 countries around the world will participate in the event. Reedsburg is one of four cities in Wisconsin hosting the celebration along with Madison, Milwaukee and Platteville.
The festival began in 1982 in France and has expanded into an international event to celebrate music in all forms, from singing to playing any type of instrument.
Volunteer Donna Neuwirth, who is also the executive director of the Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, said the idea of Make Music Day is to get everyone in the community involved with making music whether they are professional or amateur musicians or never picked up an instrument.
“The people who always dreamed of being a star, they can be a star,” said Barb Steinhorst, another volunteer. “The stages can be anywhere.”
Neuwirth said the event will take place not only at a music venues, bars and restaurants, but bank lobbies, parks, front porches and street corners to provide a place for people to make a “joyful noise.” Anyone looking to participate as a musician, provide a venue or volunteer can register online at the Make Music Day Reedsburg website.
Neuwirth said the event will begin at around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and will end “when the last musician goes home.”
Other events planned include free harmonica lessons by Gary Fritch of Baraboo at a location to be determined. There will also be several street studios located throughout Reedsburg for musicians to create live recordings. Shawndell Marks, a professional musician who lives in Reedsburg, said one of the street studios will be in a cow pasture, which was recently mentioned in an article by Rolling Stone magazine.
Steinhorst, who plays the accordion, is planning to provide an opportunity for fellow accordion players to showcase their talent and will offer an opportunity to those who have never played.
Marks, who is also helping volunteer with the event, will be performing original songs as well as covers on her Blue Piano Trailer, a portable stage, at a place to be determined. Marks said she has also invited other local musicians to join her on stage and will have a section of time for other musicians to share their musical talent.
“I’m more excited about providing a place for other people to perform,” Marks said.
More information on Make Music Day in Reedsburg can be found at www.makemusicday.org/reedsburg/.