Make Music

2019 Listings: Friday, June 21st



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 fifth 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.

2020 provides us with our first Sunday event, opening new possibilities for venues and musicians. Parks, churches, 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, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

8:00 am-9:00pm

Badger Brothers Coffee!

.Photos courtesy of John Urness


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Join the music making merriment:  Deadline for registering your venue or performance will open later in the spring of 2020

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.


Deadline to register a venue or performer is now closed. 





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.  

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.

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.

Mass Appeal Flute Choir:  is for advanced middle school flutists and beyond!  Performers should bring a flute and music stand.  Please arrive at First English Lutheran by 5:00 to select a folder and put music in order.  An alto and bass flute will be available.  We will begin sight-reading flute choir music at 5:30.  Email Terri Ellis at if you are planning to join the fun!  ‘Invite friends and family to come and listen to the Mass Appeal Flute Choir!  

(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

Guitar Mass Appeal:  Bring a chair, music stand and your guitar.  There will be a few guitars available for people to borrow.  Come learn to play.   Rountree Stone Cottage 1:00

Mass Appeal

Local churches are encouraged to attend the Feb. 18 meeting at 6pm

to obtain the Celebrate Music Song written specifically for Make Music Platteville 2020.

Check back for further events!










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.

Platteville Journal June 2019

4th Annual Make Music Day

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 2019!

Friday, June 21, 2019 

9:30 am  Bread of Life Church-Lutheran Street

10:00 am Chris Ross at Badger Brothers

10:30 am Abby Webb, flute at Platteville Senior Center

10:45 am Pleva Piano Studio at the Platteville Senior Center  

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

11:00 am Plucky Strummers at the Public Library Community Room

12:00 pm Recital Hour at the United Methodist Church

12:00 pm Guitar Mass Appeal at Rountree Stone Cottage (rains-Holiday Inn)

12:30 pm Skye at City Park Gazebo

12:30 pm Driftless Standard Time at Driftless Market

1:00 pm Learn to play hand bells. United Methodist Church

1:00 pm Keith Lienert at First English Lutheran Church

1:00 pm Lloyd Brothers at Badger Brothers

1:30 pm  Chris Ross at Driftless Market

2:00 pm Roy Schroedl at 2nd and Main

2:30 pm Tracey Lee at Driftless Market

2:30 pm Jason Lee at Badger Brothers

3:00 pm Mass Appeal Horn Choir at Holiday Inn and Express (rain site)

3:00 pm Platteville Middle School Singers at First English Lutheran Church

3:30  pm Class Brass at Driftless Market

4:00 pm Chris Ross at City Park Gazebo

4:00 pm Tracey Lee at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

4:00 pm Adam Bartels at 2nd and Main

5:00 pm Driftless String Band Down in the Mine at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

5:00 pm RhythM-athon–  At the “M”(Rains @ United Methodist Church)

5:00 pm Ukulele Mass Appeal-Open to all  Bring your instrument.  At Driftless Market

5:00 pm Skye at City Park Gazebo

5:00 pm Lloyd Brothers at 2nd and Main

5:00 pm Skye at City Park Gazebo

5:00 pm Jason Lee at First English Lutheran Church

5:30 pm Mass Appeal Flute Choir at First English Lutheran Church

6:00 pm Americana Band at City Park Gazebo

6:00 pm Plucky Strummers at Driftless Market

6:30 pm Jason Lee at 2nd and Main

7:00 pm Mineral Point City Band at City Park in Platteville (Rain location-City Hall Auditorium)

9:00 pm Roy Schroedl at Gina’s

**Performances subject to change.  Please check back here for vastest updates


Note-In case of bad weather:

City Park Gazebo events will be moved to City Auditorium across the street 

Stone Cottage events moved to Holiday Inn and Express Suites

“M” RhythM-athon moved to the United Methodist Church