Registration is open! Using our matchmaking software venues and musicians can register, create profiles and find a match for their Make Music Hartford performance.
- DEADLINE to register has been EXTENDED to June 5, 2018
- City permits are no longer available for city property. Going forward only events on private property can be booked.
- All matches made through the matchmaking software will appear on the Make Music Hartford map
Interested in performing during Make Music Hartford? Musicians of all abilities and genres are invited to showcase their talent and share their love of music! The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music. Register to be a performer by creating a profile, browse available venues, and make an offer to perform in a Hartford location. The venue will confirm your request. Venues may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile. There is no fee to participate.
Make Music Hartford wouldn’t be possible without venues to host musicians. Venues can be in front of stores and restaurants, front porches, parks, schools, and more. Venues must be located outside and accessible to the general public without an entry fee. Register to be a venue, browse musician profiles and request a performer you’d like at your location. Musicians may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile.
Make Music Hartford Kickoff Concert
- 8:00am – 10:00am Three performances in the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden. Start your morning off right with a multi-genre concert downtown!
Free Lessons & Workshops
- 10:00am – 10:30am: Bucket Drumming at the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden. Drummer Kirk Woodard will give free bucket drumming lessons and lead the group in bucket drumming grooves. All are welcome! Presented with Vic Firth.
- 11:00am – 11:45am: Brazilian Drumming Workshop at Trinity College with Eric Galm. Open to all ages and abilities. Enjoy and participate in Brazilian Samba music.
- 11:00am – 2:00pm: Harmonica Lessons at the Billings Forge Farmers’ Market with Tim Quinn. The first 100 people to attend the lessons get a free Hohner harmonica to take home!
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Hip Hop Lyric Writing Workshop and Cypher at Park Street library. Poet and actor LAUGH will guide you through lyric writing and a hip hop circle cypher.
- 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Dance Workshop and Drumming at Ropkins library. Learn to move to the beats of Hartford’s Proud Drill, Drum & Dance. Catch a performance by the whole group!
- 4:00pm – 4:45pm: Bucket Drumming at Barbour Street library. Drummer Kirk Woodard will give free bucket drumming lessons and lead the group in bucket drumming grooves. All are welcome! Presented with Vic Firth.
- 4:00pm – 4:45pm: Free Beginner Guitar Workshop at TheaterWorks. Bring your guitar down to the theater for a free beginner lesson from guitarist Jeremy Galloway.
- 5:30pm – 8:00pm: Yoga Class and Kirtan Concert in Elizabeth Park. Vasu Studio and Hearts Wide Open Kirtan will host a free all levels yoga class followed by a Kirtan concert.
Play Along Events
- 11:30am – 1:30pm: Community Jam Session in State House Square. Bring your instrument downtown and jam with the Art on the Streets House Band led by Mike Carabello.
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Sing-Along in Bushnell Park. Sing, dance, clap and play along to familiar Latin songs including Guantanamera, Oye Como Va, La Bamba, and more.
- 12:00pm – 2:00pm: Dueling Drums on Bartholomew Ave. Parkville Sounds will host Dueling Drums outside their studio. Drummers, bring your sticks. Full back line available!
- 1:00pm – 1:30pm: Kazoo Mass Appeal on Pratt Street. Join Chion Wolf in a gathering of kazoo players. Free kazoos for the first 100 people to participate! No musical experience required!
- 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Sousapalooza at Connecticut’s Old State House. Bring your brass and woodwind instruments and be a part of the group performing the songs of John Philip Sousa!
- 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Improvised Musical Comedy at the Camp Field library. The comedians of Hartford’s Sea Tea Improv will produce an on-the-spot, family friendly musical. Add your suggestion to the show.
- 2:15pm – 3:15pm: Singing of the Hallelujah Chorus at St.Patrick – St. Anthony. Calling all vocalists. Join the Hartford Chorale in a workshop and group singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
- 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Guitar Jam Session at TheaterWorks. Guitar players of all skill levels are invited to join a guitar jam session hosted by Jeremy Galloway outside the theater.
Not a musician, but interested in getting involved? We’re looking for volunteers to help us document the day and showcase our community’s vibrancy.
Volunteer photographers, videographers, event helpers, bloggers and social media enthusiasts are needed to attend concerts throughout the community and help capture all of the amazing energy Make Music Day will bring. Could be done on lunch breaks or after work! Contact Joe Cole at the Arts Council for details.