February 20, 2016
Welcome to Make Music Alliance.
Make Music Black Hills is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city.
Last year, over 800 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: http://matchbh.makemusicday.org/
More Artists and Venues will be added as we get closer to June 21st!
Main Street Square
2:00 – 3:00 pm RC Ranger Band Drum Line and RC Rush Mascot Nugget will host our Drum Mass Appeal! Free Drumsticks will be given to participating children.
3:00 – 4:00 pm James Van Nuys & Bob Fahey – Harmonica Mass Appeal. 100 harmonicas will be given to children and a free lesson!
4:00 – 5:00 pm Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra will host our Ukulele Mass Appeal. Join in on this free demonstration and receive a free songbook!
Batchelder’s Plummer Piano and Organ
Music, Food Truck and more! Free Guitar books for the kids!
Haggerty’s Music Works
5:00 – 7:00 pm Join in on another Ukulele Mass Appeal and a drum and guitar demonstration. Children will receive a free songbook or a set of drumsticks!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!
“South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Donations can be made through our Fiscal Sponsor’s website:
Welcome to Make Music Alliance.
Mark your calendars for next year’s Make Music Day on Friday, June 21, 2019!
“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