Make Music
Black Hills


Last year, over 700 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21st.

It all started 34 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 53% of the country (35 million people) comes out each year to listen.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 different countries.


Want to play? There’s always room in the band.

We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.

Register here:

More Artists and Venues will be added as we get closer to June 21st!





Our Make Music Black Hills Schedule continues to grow!
You can still register at:

Rapid City Public Library
10:00-11:00 Black Hills Bluegrass Band
11:00-12:00 Mike Lemay & Enya Wallace
12:00-1:00 Cullen Knowles -bagpipe, Sophia Beatty
1:00-2:00 Mini Madness Clarinet Quartet
2:00-3:00 Go for Baroque
3:00-4:00 Wendel Reed Hiland
4:00-5:00 Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra will host our Ukulele Mass Appeal. Join Us and Learn to Play the Uke and receive a free Uke book!

Main Street Square
11:00-12:00 Kyle Lambert
12:00-1:00 Cantio Flutes
1:00-2:00 Wendel Reed Hiland
1:00 – 2:00 Dakota Artists Guild Sand Art for children
2:00-3:00 Derek DeYong hosts the Harmonica Mass Appeal, 100 Harmonicas will be give to children!
3:00-4:00 Academy of Dance Arts
4:00-5:00 Rapid City Ranger Band
5:00-5:30 Batchelder’s Plummer Piano and Organ, Co Teen Show Choir
5:30-5:45 Mayor Steve Allender‘s Make Music Day Proclamation
5:45-6:30 Ariana Abourezk
6:30-7:15 West Dakota Improv – Rapid City SD
7:15-8:15 The Randoms
8:15-9:15 LIGHTNING CREEK Bruce Neubert and Jeff Shannon

Minneluzahan Senior Center
10:45-11:30 Rapid City Children’s Chorus, Inc.
11:30-12:00 Clyde Gullickson

Racing Magpie
11:00-12:00 Higgs & The Lady
12:00-1:00 Jesse Murphy
1:00-2:00 JD & Guests
2:00-3:00 Wendel Reed Hiland
3:00-4:00 Sophia Beatty
4:00-5:00 Ariana Abourezk

Flat Iron Recording Studio and Scott Miller – Learn all about recording and guitar lessons at this demonstration.

VFW Post 1273
12:15-1:15 Clyde Gullickson

Rapid City Arts Council at The Dahl
5:00-6:00 Wendel Reed Hiland Lobby
5:00-6:00 Academy of Dance Arts is performing with music from Symbiot (Tom Whillock, Sarah Hansel, Ingrid Lane and Luke Utzman)
6:00-7:00 Black Hills Drum Project

The Journey Museum & Learning Center
11:30 -1:00 Full Circle Martial Arts Academy under the direction of Master Naomi Even-Aberle will be presenting a live Korean martial arts demonstration. This demonstration will consist of a traditional presentation of a Korean Dong-Bong (short stick) composition. Following the demonstration Master Naomi Even-Aberle will be leading a family friendly traditional Korean Sogo drum craft. All supplies provided for this fun performance and craft.
1:00 – 2:00 Linda Boyle
2:00 – 3:00 Mini Madness Clarinet Quartet
3:00 – 4:00 Black Hills Pow Wow Princess Santana Young Man Afraid of His Horses
4:00 – 5:00 Black Hills Pow Wow Drum Demonstration

Memorial Park Bandshell
6:30 – 7:10 PM Black Hills Showcase Chorus, SAI
7:30-9:30 PM Rapid City Municipal Band

West Hills Village
3:00-4:00 Clyde Gullickson

Suzie Cappa
10:30-11:30 Wendel Reed Hiland
11:30-12:30 Linda Boyle
12:30-1:30 John Sowden
1:45-3:00 Higgs & The Lady
3:30-5:00 Ariana Abourezk

Mothership Coffee & Commons, Hay Camp Brewing Company
2:30 – 3:30 Linda Boyle
4:00 – 5:00 Sophia Beatty
5:00 – 6:00 Kyle Lambert
6:15 – 7:30 Wendel Hiland
7:30 – 8:30 Josh Simpson

Haggerty’s Music
5:30 PM Ukulele Workshop ~ Kids will receive a free Uke book!

Performing Arts Center of Rapid City Studio Theatre will be open! 10 – Noon @BHCT Summer Theatre Camp
Fractured Fairy Tales

President’s Statues Downtown Rapid City
Cullen Knowles – bagpipes

Batchelder’s Plummer Piano and Organ, Co
11 – Noon John Sowden

The Historic Homestake Opera House Taking Requests for their Historic Stage!


Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Hello world!

February 20, 2016

Welcome to Make Music Alliance.




2017 Rolling Stone

2017 AP—tuesday-june-21-300250924.html

A free annual festival celebrating music and music-making,” Associated Press, April 23, 2015

On June 21, Celebrate Make Music Day,” Wall Street Journal Live, June 19, 2015

Make Music Day Plots 2,250 Free Concerts Nationwide,” by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, June 18. 2015

Chad Smith on Make Music Day,” Late Night with Seth Meyers, June 15, 2015

Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington’s Resting Place,” by Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Music: Jazz Night in America, July 2, 2015

Your Creative Calendar: 91 Things to Do, See, and Hear This June,” by Joe Berkowitz, Fast Company, June 5, 2015

Sweetwater Takes Make Music Day to the Community,” Making Music Magazine, June 11, 2015


Allied Arts Fund
GiGi Lage, Executive Director
(605) 394-4106