Make Music
Port Townsend


Make Music Day-Port Townsend is a City-Wide celebration on the first day of summer.  All kinds of people – from seasoned professionals to those who have never played or sung before – will participate for a day full of performing, teaching, learning, jamming and enjoying music in diverse venues and musical genres! It’s a new community tradition for all ages — and the only Make Music Day on the Olympic Peninsula – among 750 cities hosting celebrations world-wide. The scope of this event grows as more people join in. Anyone can host, perform, teach, lead or come to learn, play or listen.  While sign ups closed on 6/20, you can still jump into the fun making spontaneous music, calling together friends, jamming on street corners….which is how all this began back in France in 1982!!  There are house concerts and jam spaces welcoming drop ins — see below and contact the hosts directly.  NOTE:  All events are open to the public and free of  charge (donations welcome), all ages and w/chair accessible (except as noted).   

Here’s the schedule –  This page will update once before day of event.  Please check to reach our event facebook page. Click “listings” to read more about the festivities and artists.  As of 6.20.17: 

MAKE MUSIC DAY SCHEDULED EVENTS BEGIN at 8AM and go til 9PM!  Pop-ups may happen at any time anywhere! 

VENUE 1 – THE COTTON BUILDING – MMD HEADQUARTERS – 609 Washington Street, Downtown PT:
12 Noon – HQ Doors open – pick up a printed schedule inside, say hello!
12:30 – OPENING CEREMONIAL SONG and SONGWRITER’s MEET-UP and song swap circle – outdoors. Drummers gather! 
1pm – DRUM CIRCLE – outdoors – bring your instruments or come listen – or dance!  – w/Terry Teaters, Michael Thomas and more
1:30 – RECORDING DEMO – using iPhone and iPad – with Pete Lack (30 min session inside, q&a to follow outside)
2pm – STUDENT RECITALS!  Liv Crecca kicks off this POPUP celebration of YOUNGER MUSICIANS – EMERGING artists!  Be there! 
– community composed songs w/Judith-Kate Friedman & Keeth Monta Apgar 
3:15pm  – The NORNS – Scandinavian/Viking Music 3:15pm  – The NORNS – Scandinavian Music 
3:45pm – MARINA GITTINS performs on violin plus WORDS of TRIBUTE to ANDY MACKIE
4pm -1st annual ANDY MACKIE MEMORIAL HARMONICA BLOW-OUT! PT Harmonica Union kicks it off (outdoors!)
Free Hohner Harmonicas to first 80 participants! Let’s set a record for most harmonicas to jam in Downtown!
4:30pm – estimated time BLUES & BEYOND Songwriters Circle with Micaela Kingslight 
5:15pm – SONGWRITING WORKSHOP with Keeth Monta Apgar
6pm – VOCAL WARM-UP and BRIEF LESSON with Micaela, Keeth and Judith-Kate Friedman (outdoors)
6:15pm – The WINTER WRENS – Gretchen Sleicher’s new quartet!
6:30pm – WILD ROSE CHORALE – performance – a cappella!
7pm – CIRCLE SING – with Judith-Kate Friedman –  vocal improv choir conducted in the style of Bobby McFerrin & Rhiannon
7:30pm – PT SONGLINES – multi-part harmonies – participatory singing – a cappella! 
8pm – JUDITH-KATE FRIEDMAN and Friends 
8:30pm – Grand FINALE with performers from throughout the day and special guests! 
9pm – Farewell til next year!   Make sure to sign the MakeMusicDay-PT guest list to get early notice of 2018 sign-ups.

Events at the Cotton Building hosted by:

Venue 2: CROSSROADS MUSIC – 2100 Lawrence St. at Kearney –
Your Space for FREE LESSONS and “MASS APPEAL” jam sessions! 

12:30-1pm – BEGINNING HARMONICA group lesson w/George  Yount – FREE Hohner Harmonicas to first 20 students!  
1pm-1:30pm – BANJO LESSON with Jeannie Murphy (inside)
1pm-2pm – ACOUSTIC COMMUNITY JAM with Midnight Blues Band (outdoors) – FREE Alfred Music Songbooks!! 
2pm-2:30pm – UKELELE LESSON with George Yount (inside)
2:30pm-3pm – GUITAR LESSON with Chuck Easton (inside)
2:30pm – UKELELE FLASH MOB with UKELELES UNITE! on the knoll (outdoors) – FREE Alfred Music Songbooks!! 

Venue 3: PORT TOWNSEND VISITORS INFO CENTER, 2409 E.Jefferson St as you head into town off Sims, (360) 385-2722
 in conjunction with the Orca Festival!  – Come listen – and Share your “Whale-Inspired”  vocal or instrumental music in response!
5pm-6pm  ACOUSTIC IMPROVISATION and TRADITIONAL WORLD MUSIC JAM on the mural patio behind the VIC! 

Venue 4: THE BOILER ROOM, 711 Water Street, downtown 
8am-6pm  Jam Space open for jams, song-sharing and technique-trading throughout the day with extra instruments!  Enjoy the Café and explore your musical creativity! 
6pm Sign up for open mic — Music and Spoken Word — all are welcome. 
7pm-9pm OPEN MIC  — hosted by Anami. 

Venue 5: KEY CITY PUBLIC THEATRE @ the PLAYHOUSE, 419 Washington St off Monroe, downtown:
1pm Musical Theatre Sing-a-long & Workshop w/ Lisa Wentworth (including tap-dance moments for the movement inclined!)
2pm Micaela Kingslight – Music from the Rock Opera MURDER BALLAD and originals
2:45pm  Jasper Hitchman – Classical piano with 
3pm Lisa Lanza – Classical piano
3:45pm Michael Townsend – Rare folk/acoustic gems
4:30pm Loel Hendrickson – Original and Class Blues
5pm Ladies Chamber Orchestra and Benevolent Society – performance!

Venue 6: BEAR ROOT APOTHECARY & WELLNESS Center, 1002 Lawrence @ Tyler St., uptown!
11am Simon de Voil – singer/songwriter
11:45-12:45  Alexa Sunshine Rose – original sacred song
12:45-1pm Pilar Grau – Latin music
1-1:30pm Camelia Jade of Strong Sun Moon – acoustic world fusion
2-2:45pm  Lorna Joy Shashina – harp music
3-4pm Leslie & Tom – blues & folk duo
4-5pm Swami John Pickle – kora music

Venue 7: NORTHWIND ARTS Center, Music in the Gallery  – 701 Water Street, downtown
1:15-2:15 Alexa Sunsine Rose – original sacred song
2:15-3:15 Daniel Denman – acoustic guitar 

Venue 8: PORT TOWNSEND COMMUNITY & REC CENTER, 620 Tyler Street, uptown
2pm-3pm Broadway Musicals –  Sing-along with Nan Toby Tyrell at the piano 

Venue 9: PORT TOWNSEND FARMERS MARKET, Polk Street off Lawrence, uptown
2pm-6pm The Market is Open w/Acoustic Stage area available for spontaneous music (on a first come, first served basis).  At 2pm Homemade Music aka Kristin & Otto Smith open the Market with a set of solstice songs and sweet sounds of concertina and fiddle.

Venue 10: MADRONA MINDBODY INSTITUTE, 310 Battery Way at Fort Worden State Park  (upstairs)
8:15am-9:15am Sound Restorative Yoga with Shayann Hoffer  –  Increase your positive frequency!  No experience necessary. Experience vibrational sound w/gentle movements and restorative postures. Shruti box, crystal bowls, your voice & more! 
Venue 11: The TIN BRICK, 232 Taylor St, between Washington and Water Streets, Downtown (down flight of stairs)
6pm-8pm Happenstance –
 spirited folk songs from Ireland; some happy, some sad, some tragic, some comic. Come along and dance, clap, and sing along to choruses. “We are not happy unless the audience is involved and smiling from ear-to-ear.”

Venue 12: J Street House, 824 J street, Above F st (up flight of stairs)
4pm-5pm Combo Choro – Brazilian Music – Al Bergstein + Dick Lynn
5pm-7pm Front porch house concert space continues  – performers tba
7pm-8pm Loel Hendrickson – classic and original blues

Venue 13: Huber’s Inn, 1421 Landes street, facing Kai Tai LagoonVenue 
10am-10:45am Song Circle under the Grape Arbor w/ Laura Martin
1pm-2:30pm Front porch house concert and poetry and music jam space
2:30-3:45 “Song circle of joy & community building” w/ Perry Spring
5pm  Front porch concert and poetry contintues – under the arbor (ground level) and porch is up flight of stairs – musicians tba

SEGWAY IDEA: Anyone up for a Pop-up procession from Crossroads through the Lagoon to Huber’s?  After the Uke Flash Mob @ Crossroads at 3pm or 3:15pm?! 

Venue 14: Serenade outside the Food Bank! 1925 Blaine Street (location of the old Mountain View school)
12-1pm  Latin Music and spontaneity w/ Pilar Grau

Venue 15: The Space, 851 A East Park Ave (near Goodwill) is a community run nonexclusive all inclusive fun loving artist collective – come jam, hang, play
– acoustic and electric – amp etc in house. 360.316.1748
••••4pm-4:45pm Intro to the SPACE and Sound healing meditation experience
•••• 5pm to 7:30 is a free jam/open mic sign up!
•••• 7:45 – Bedtime featuring the fun time groove down of the Merry Makers

Celebrate the first day of summer with music and community!!! Bring a friend  
Questions?  Contact us!  or stop by the Cotton Building – MMD HQ for a printed schedule and a view of the big picture.   See you there, PT! 


All events are free, open to the public, all ages, and ADA accessible (unless otherwise noted).  We welcome your support!!!  Thank you!!


3 Ways to Participate: 
1. HOST an event or provide a VENUE.  
3. PARTICIPATE by bringing your voice, instrument or ears to an event! 

Sign up today by clicking this link. You’ll be prompted to register on the ‘match pt’ website and create your password and profile. Venues seeking hosts and/or performers, and performers and participants seeking venues and events find each other here.  For a video tutorial of how registration works, click here.

Host an Event, Convene a Jam or Teach a Lesson!
• Once you’re on the registration site and have logged in, click Participate – “Venue”  
• Create and describe a music-making time and place for people to play that you’ll offer for 30 mins or longer any time on Wednesday 6/21.  Host it at a patio, backyard, favorite street corner, or community hang-out – or connect with a traditional or non-traditional venue, outdoors or in.
• Workshops and lessons (any instrument), can be offered in this same way, by clicking Participate – “Venue.”
• Any number of “gigs” & “meet-ups” can happen. The site administrator checks to ensure that no double bookings occur. 

• Once you’re on the registration site and have logged in, click Participate – “Play.”  You’ll find host venues listed and available time slots.  Send an inquiry through the site to offer to share your music – perform, jam, collaborate.
• As more people hear about Make Music Day, more opportunities will be offered.
• Check back to see what’s developing or take the lead and create a gig!

• If you’re an artist or venue with an already booked event in the Port Townsend area on Weds June 21 you can list it as part of Make Music Day  – follow the same link and click Participate – venue.
• If you’d like to both perform and host click “both” – and you’ll have two places to enter your profile and begin connecting.

Participate!!  Come learn, listen and leap into music! (in most cases no sign up is required, check the listing) 

Volunteer, Sponsors and Supporters are also needed (see Support!

Questions??  Contact us! 



This event grows strong with your support!
All donations will go toward covering this year’s costs; extra funds, if any, will be carried toward keeping the tradition going at next year’s event!

Make Music Day-Port Townsend is a grand collaboration. It brings music-lovers and music-makers of all kinds – professionals and learners, alike — together with arts organizations, established venues, businesses and non-traditional performances spaces for a great day of celebration.

While all performances, jam sessions, music lessons and giveaways are free of charge, we do have expenses.
Your support ensures our success in this first city-wide year and allows us to:
• Maximize the number and diversity of people across generations, neighborhoods, and cultural/musical styles
• Ensure accessibility, hospitality and a good vibe by having spaces staffed and volunteers engaged!
• Connect dozens of music learners and players with teachers and song/jam leaders for free instruction
• Bring live music to those who are isolated or don’t have easy access
• Broadcast some sets via the internet to further expand access
• Make this first official Make Music Day a success and a new local tradition!

This year Make Music Day Port Townsend is happening on a larger scale in conjunction with the national Make Music Alliance.  
As the only MMD city on the Olympic Peninsula, we join with 750 cities worldwide who are participating in this celebration!

Contributions are welcome and greatly appreciated as they support this year’s event and our ability to make all aspects free-to-the public.  
Port Townsend Arts Commission has granted seed funding and made the Cotton Building our Make Music PT HQ for the day.  
Business sponsors, supporters, and volunteers help make it happen city-wide!  Click here to contribute. 

Your contribution will go to the producer of 2017 Make Music Day-PT: Songwriting Works Educational Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization based in Port Townsend.  Make sure to mark “Make Music Day!” on your contribution.   THANK YOU! 

Help this event grow!!

Last year – Inspired by Make Music Day’s origins in France, and stories from New York and elsewhere, Songwriting Works hosted a 1/2 day of Make Music events in Port Townsend on June 21, 2016 in conjunction with the Visitor Infomation Center, Crossroads Music and KPTZ radio. Even though we learned of the international events just three days before, our local experiment brought out a dozen people to 3 locations to jam, sing, beatbox, offer lessons, connect, laugh and share original, traditional and improvised songs – from poignant and joyful.

This year – More than 20 performers, teachers and groups are signed up to share their musical gifts and knowledge at 9 venues throughout Port Townsend from just before noon til 9pm and beyond.  100 harmonicas, 50 guitar books, 25 ukelele books and 7+ hours of free music instruction and jam sessions will be given away and the number of people and level of creativity in our community around this event is growing daily.  Thank you to all who are participating.

Next year – With enthusiasm continuing to build in our town by the day (“This event is Perfect for Port Townsend!” etc!) — we’re dedicated to bringing it back next year and making it a true community tradition.   Businessness and Benefactors are invited to talk with us now about 2018 Sponsorships (and it’s still possible to sponsor in 2017 — and put your stamp on our final flyers, our website and social media — flyers are yet to go to press!) 

To learn more – call and speak with us directly!   Contact us here!


Have a question, comment, press inquiry or desire to donate or volunteer? Need more info?

Call or email us.  Or message us on our event page on facebook.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Judith-Kate Friedman, Producer, Make Music Day,
Founder&Director, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation (SW)
Micaela Kingslight, Event Coordinator
Keeth Monta Apgar, SW SongTeam Facilitator and Sound Support