Reedsburg will join the world when it hosts Make Music Day for the second time June 21.
More than 1,000 cities and 120 countries around the world will participate in the live, free day celebrating music on the first day of summer. Reedsburg joins five other Wisconsin locations hosting the event, including Appleton, Lake O’ Lakes, Madison, Milwaukee and Platteville, according to the Make Music Day website.
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 said hosting Make Music Day last year was an “experiment.” Even though rain changed plans for some of the outdoor performances she said some “wonderful things” happened last year, including Honor Harmonicas sponsoring the event with 50 free harmonicas if a volunteer taught free classes. The event took place in City Park with Baraboo resident Gary Frisch providing lessons.
One of the planned activities for this years Make Music Day is artist Tory Tepp conducting an orchestra made from shovels, pitchforks and rakes—called Earth Tones. Neuwirth said Tepp is looking for volunteers for the orchestra and a location is to be determined. Other planned events listed on the website include Folk musician Bree Morgan preforming from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Vault and American/Bluegrass artist Bonnie Schuler from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Viking Village Foods. A list of performances are on the Make Music Day Reedsburg website.
She said June 10 events other musical performances and events throughout Reedsburg are still being finalized.
Artists looking to showcase their talent and venues who want to host performances can sign up on the Make Music Day Reedsburg website. Neuwirth said the deadline for venues and artists to sign up is June 20. Venues can list its preferred genre to pair with an artist looking for a venue, a process Neuwirth compared to matchmaking.
Neuwith encourages anyone to attend the performances and participate. One doesn’t have to register on the website to participate but can celebrate in other ways, like singing on a street corner, she said.
“We’re looking for not necessarily professionals but the people who want to make a joyful noise in whatever ways,” she said. “There’s plenty of things that may happen that may not be on the website. It’s all kinds of music, all ages, all level of expertise.”
More information on Make Music Day can be found at www.makemusicday.org/.