Make Music


   Friday, June 21, 2019

Make Music Platteville is an annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. This year marks Platteville’s fourth year in the international summer solstice music celebration, we join over 800 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Platteville turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

2019 provides us with our first weekend event, opening new possibilities for venues and musicians. Parks, coffee shops, restaurants and businesses all over Platteville will be looking for musicians to fill their locations with song.  Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by local musicians. And after 5, the city will explode with music.

Events will happen, rain or shine.  City Park events will move to City Auditorium if needed.

What is Make Music Platteville?                                            

  • Make Music Platteville is: Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone
  • A way for all of Platteville to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • Make Music Platteville is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When will Make Music Platteville take place?

Make Music Platteville will take place on the summer solstice, Friday, June 21, 2019

Badger Brothers Coffee!

.Photos courtesy of John Urness



Join the music making merriment:  Deadline for registering your venue or performance, June 1!

Our process is simple and allows you to add details about your venue, or about your performance.

Performers: create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

Venues: create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Check out musician profiles, then request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!

Questions? Contact us.

Harmonica’s Galore-led by Adam and Kevin at the Rollo Jamison and Mining Museum.

Go here to participate as a venue or performer!

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Check back for further events!

Recital Hour-Perform on your instrument in the beautiful United Methodist Church Sanctuary.  Bring your instrument, music and create an impromptu recital with other musicians.  12:00-1:00 pm.  Participants may register ahead of time here

 Register here for the Recital Hour

RhythM-athon-Join us at the “M” for junkyard percussion, bucket drumming and drum circles at  5:00 pm.  If you wish, bring your own bucket/sticks, hand drum, percussive sound.

Sign up here for the RhythM-athon

Hymn Sing    United Methodist Church.  Open to all who love to sing.  You choose the hymn, we will lead.  11:00-12:00 pm

Learn to Play Handbells   United Methodist Church.  Open to all ages and abilities. 1:00-2:30.  Handbells provided or bring your own.

Flute Choir:  Bring your flute, we have music.  Open to advanced middle school age up through adults.  4:45-First English Lutheran Church

(French) Horn Choir:  Bring your horn, any duet, trio, quartet music  you have, a chair  and a music stand.  Open to any and all horn players.  3:00-Rountree Stone Cottage








Our sponsors benefit from co-marketing with an event that will be a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through print and radio advertising, prominent placement on a highly trafficked website and mobile app, and on posters and banners at the venues. When the Solstice rolls around, we are everywhere.


Make Music Platteville 2019 sponsors include:                                                            Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 2.52.25 PMpcf-logo


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Make Music Platteville is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community.

What does it cost and where does the money go?  The cost of bringing the  concerts to our venues across Platteville in one day is roughly $1,200.

The work of a small army of volunteers is needed to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: publicity and advertising that are critical to the success of the event, software development for the matchmaking system,  and many volunteers to handle the administrative aspects of the nonprofit organization.

Help cover these costs, and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!

Checks can be sent to:
Make Music Platteville
20 South 4th Street
Platteville, WI 53818

Make Music Platteville is affiliated with the Platteville Main Street Program, a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by law.


Make Music Platteville Receives grant from the Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund, a part of the Platteville Community Fund.  

Nancy Fairchild, MMP-president; Nathan Curry, PCF Board Chair; Dan Fairchild, MMP-Vice-President




(Photo courtesy of Barb Daus 11/18)



Check out our press coverage.

Make Music Day 2018

Rolling Stones Article

Second Annual Festival -June 2017

Music Festivals in Platteville

Summer Music in Platteville




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Make Music Platteville-Schedule.  


10:00 am 

10:30 am Pleva Piano Studio at the Platteville Senior Center  

11:00 am Hymn Sing at United Methodist Church-all are welcome 

11:00 am 

11:00 am 

12:00 pm Recital Hour at the United Methodist Church

Impromptu-bring your instrument, music and perform for others

An accompanist is available for you

12:00 pm

12:00 pm 

12:45 pm 

1:00 pm Learn to play hand bells. No experience necessary.

United Methodist Church

1:00 pm Guitar Mass Appeal at Rountree Stone Cottage

1:30 pm 

2:00 pm 

2:30 pm Hymn Sing at the United Methodist Church

3:00 pm Mass Appeal Horn Choir at Rountree Stone Cottage

3:30 pm 

3:30  pm Class Brass at Driftless Market

4:00 pm

4:00 pm 

4:00 pm 

4:00 pm 

4:00 pm 

4:30 pm 

4:45 pm

5:00 pm RhythM-athon-Open to everyone! Bucket drumming,

Hand drumming, junkyard percussion. Bring your own. Or use one of ours. Fill the steps while playing ‘telephone’ with percussion. Weather permitting.

5:00 pm 

5:00 pm 

6:00 pm 

6:00 pm Plucky Strummers at Driftless Market