Make Music Madison at 100 locations today, rain or shine

For working stiffs, event goes into the evening
Make Music Madison at 100 locations today, rain or shine
Photo by Devilers Photography/Flickr
Local band Trap Saturn played in Central Park during a previous Make Music Madison.

Thankfully today — Thursday, June 21 — is the summer solstice and thus the longest day of the year. If it weren’t, there wouldn’t be enough time for any one of us to take in all 300 free music performances at 100 outdoor locations throughout Madison today.

OK, that would be impossible regardless. But Make Music Madison, the annual citywide day of music “Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone,” will be hard to avoid as music breaks out on the doorsteps of coffee shops, restaurants, businesses and on front porches everywhere.

“Mass appeal events” include free harmonicas, a lesson and a group performance for the first 100 people to show up at the Madison Children’s Museum before noon; there will be open mics for kids at Nakoma Park and a front yard on Yahara Place; a piano for anyone to play in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Alumni Park; and sing-alongs in the UW Arboretum and at Wingra Boats.

If you’re not able to take in any of the Make Music Madison performances until after work, there will still be much to hear as the event continues well into the evening.

For example, it’s a night of “Brass and Brats” at Breese Stevens Field. From 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. you can catch Black Star Drum Line, Brass Knuckles, MadBrass Sound Sport, Madison Brass Band and none other than the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Here are a few more evening performances to check out: Armchair Boogie (Americana bluegrass, funk, folk) at Nakoma Park, 7-8:45 p.m.; Brad Graham (Americana, blues, folk rock), Meadowood Park, 6-7 p.m.; Chaos in the Kitchen (jazz standards), Madison Public Library, 7-8 p.m.; and Chromatix A Capella (pop, a capella, barbershop), Brocach Irish Pub, 8-9 p.m.

The Make Music Madison website lists alternate locations in the event of rain, as most of the events were set to take place outdoors. You can search the website for time, place and artist.