Make Music Port Townsend is a live, free, all ages musical celebration on June 21, the first day of summer! We make it ourselves with concerts, jams and music meet-ups community-wide. Join us!
Make Music Day-Port Townsend is a City-Wide-and-Beyond celebration on the first day of summer.
All kinds of people – from seasoned professionals to those who have never played or sung before – participate in this day full of performing, teaching, learning, jamming and enjoying music in diverse musical genres!
Events take place all over town and surrounds.
It’s a community tradition for all ages — and the only Make Music Day on the Olympic Peninsula – among 800 cities hosting celebrations in 120 countries 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.
Everyone can 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!! Celebrate the first day of summer with music and community!!! Bring a friend!
Click here to sign up to host, play, perform, or teach.
If you’d like to volunteer behind the scenes before, during, or in the week after, contact us at: songwritingworks at gmail dot com or call: 360.385.1160
The schedule (below) will be updated regularly up til the day of event.
NOTE: All events are open to the public and free of charge (donations welcome), all ages, and wheelchair/ADA accessible (except as noted).
Please check www.tinyurl.com/makemusicpt2018 to reach our event facebook page.
Click “listings” to read more about the festivities and artists.
MAKE MUSIC DAY SCHEDULED EVENTS BEGIN at 8AM and go til 10PM!
Pop-ups may happen at any time anywhere.
Questions? Contact us! or stop by the Cotton Building – MMD HQ for a printed schedule and a view of the big picture on the day of event. See you there, community!
MAKE MUSIC DAY–PORT TOWNSEND IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM:
THE PORT TOWNSEND ARTS COMMISSION, JUBILATION FOUNDATION (a project of the TIDES FOUNDATION), WASHINGTON STATE ARTS COMMISSION (in support of student songwriting during the school year), PARTNER ORGS, AND THE GENEROSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY! We welcome your support!!! Contact us to volunteer or donate here. Thank you!!
3 Ways to Participate:
1. HOST an event or provide a VENUE.
2. PERFORM or TEACH.
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!
• OFFER A SPACE FOR MUSIC INDOORS OR OUT
• 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 Thursday 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.
Play! Sing! Collaborate! • SIGN UP TO PERFORM OR TEACH • JOIN A HOSTED EVENT OR CREATE YOUR OWN
• 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/East Jefferson area on Thurs 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)
• ALL AGES & STYLES!
• FREE INSTRUMENT AND SONGBOOK GIVEAWAYS!
Volunteer, Sponsors and Supporters are also needed (see Support!)
Questions?? Contact us!
2018 Listings: Thursday, June 21st
MAKE MUSIC DAY in and around Port Townsend! Please note:
SCHEDULED EVENTS BEGIN at 10AM and go til 10PM (and beyond)!
The following schedule is current as of 6.20.18 at 9pm, all events subject to change. Some Venue #s have changed. Printed schedules, current as of 9pm on 6.20.18 will be available at all participating venues by noon.
More venues or meet ups may pop-up or be added. If a venue lists “artist TBA,” contact the venue for info.
THE COTTON BLDG, 607 Water Street is FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS. Doors open at 11am.
Stop in for a schedule here (beginning 11am) or at a participating venue (after noon)
Get the free apps for your favorite devices at your fave store. Note not all updates will show on the app.
THIS SCHEDULE Will Likely Be More Up to Date than the one on the Apps.
There were changes made late last night that may not be reflected.
Spread the word: this scrolling schedule is the best place to look for an online updated schedule.
And the Cotton Building is the best place to go on Make Music Day June 21st 11am-9:30pm to get all the updates we know of. This is a wide-ranging community event. Roll with beauty and we hope you enjoy this incredible day of music!!!! Sing, play, learn, listen, take pix, jot down fave moments, share your stories with us > #makemusicolypen. And most of all– HAVE FUN!! — Judith-Kate Friedman, producer
VENUE 1 – THE COTTON BUILDING – MMD HEADQUARTERS – pick up a printed schedule inside!
607 Water Street, Downtown Port Townsend
11 am – Doors open – say hello! Drummers gather!
11:30 – OPENING CEREMONIAL SONG and DRUM CIRCLE with elder Bill Cote, Judith-Kate Friedman, Drummers from The Space and more. Everyone welcome! Drum, dance, sing, and listen – outdoors (weather permitting)
12:30pm – SONGWRITER’s MEET-UP and song swap circle indoors. Judith-Kate Friedman hosts.
1:45 – SIGN UPS open for Young and Emerging Artists open mic.
2pm-3:30pm – Student & Emerging Artists Open Mic. EMERGING ARTISTS – YOUNGER and OLDER! Come share! listen!
3:30pm-3:45pm – A musical adventure for all ages includes songs composed at Grant St. School w/Judith-Kate (Come sing!)
3:45 pm til 4:15pm – Wild Rose Chorale
4:15pm WORDS of TRIBUTE to ANDY MACKIE + music
4:30pm – 2nd annual ANDY MACKIE MEMORIAL HARMONICA BLOW-OUT!
Arrive at 4:30 for Free Hohner Harmonicas to first 100 participants and beginners’ lesson w/ George Yount!
Let’s set a new record for most harmonicas to jam Downtown! (outdoors!)
5:30pm (Approximate start time….following harmonicas) – UNEXPECTED BRASS BAND
6:15pm-7:30pm Vocal Focus: THE A CAPPELLA ZONE!
6:15pm VOCAL WARM-UPS and BRIEF LESSON with Micaela Kingslight+Judith-Kate Friedman
6:30-7pm SHANTY SING with Gilbert & McHagar – All voices on deck!
7pm-7:30 CIRCLE SING – Vocal improv choir with Judith-Kate Friedman in the tradition of Bobby McFerrin & Rhiannon
7:30-8pm MICAELA KINGSLIGHT – blues originals
8pm-8:30pm DANIEL DEARDORFF and JUDITH-KATE FRIEDMAN with Micaela Kingslight
8:30-9:30pm Grand FINALE — All Festival Artists
> Reading of the City of Port Townsend Proclamation
>Words of Tribute for the life of MARCIA PERLSTEIN to whom the finale is dedicated
> Performers from throughout the day join with everyone.
> Free Songbooks and Surprises!
9:30pm – Farewell til next year!
Make sure to sign the MakeMusicDay guest list to get early notice of 2019 sign-ups and after-the-event door prizes!
Events at the Cotton Building hosted by:
SONGWRITING WORKS and KPTZ-FM 91.9 streaming at kptz.org
With support from the PORT TOWNSEND ARTS COMMISSION, ARTS WA (Washington State Arts Commission), The Jubilation Foundation (a project of the Tides Foundation), and the City of Port Townsend
VENUE 2 – CROSSROADS MUSIC – Tent on the Knoll – 2100 Lawrence St. at Kearney, Port Townsend
Your Space for FREE LESSONS and “MASS APPEAL” jam sessions!
11am-11:30 – BEGINNING HARMONICA group lesson w/George Yount
FREE Hohner Harmonicas to first 20 students!
11:30-12:30 BEGINNING UKELELE lesson w/ George Yount
FREE Alfred Music Uke Songbooks to first 20 students!!
12:30-1:30pm – ACOUSTIC COMMUNITY BLUES JAM with Midnight Train Blues Band
FREE Vic Firth Drumsticks to first 20 jammers!!
1:30pm-2pm – SOUND DRUMMING with Adrienne — Learn African rhythms on ashiko hand drums.
VENUE 3 – PORT TOWNSEND VISITORS INFO CENTER, 2409 E. Jefferson St, off Sims, Port Townsend
1:30-2:30pm WORLD MUSIC JAM on the back patio w/ Judith-Kate Friedman –
Bring your voices and instruments. Hand percussion provided.
VENUE 4 – THE BOILER ROOM* invites you to Make ELECTRONIC Music Day! 711 Water St., PT
12pm-7pm “ELECTRONIC, EXPERIMENTAL AND BASS MUSIC IS DIY FOLK MUSIC.”
Schedule subject to change and very loose:
12:00-ish: Begin casual demos and sound checks/tests.
1-3 PM-ish: Jon Isenhower Demo. Maybe produce/record a basic track.
3 PM onward – negotiate demos based on audience participation and attendance.
7-10ish, close or shut down, depending on audience and energy and who is left standing.
Did you know that electronic music predates jazz, the telephone, rock and roll, blues and more?
Did you know that Hip Hop is over 40 years old?
DJ and turntable demos, synthesizer demos, Digital Audio Workstations, more!
Random discussions, chaos, fun, loud weird noises. Ask questions about electronic music production, culture and history. Any/all are welcome to bring: Drum machines, synths, noisy toys, pedals, experiments, pedals.
(Personal submixers and cables recommended!)
Acoustic but processed, experimental or modern rhythm/dance/loop/pattern based music also welcome.
VENUE 5 – KEY CITY PUBLIC THEATRE PLAYHOUSE*, 419 Washington off Monroe, downtown PT
1pm Jason Victor Serinus – classical – ‘the voice of Woodstock’ – internationally renowned whistler
1:30pm Lisa Lanza – classical – four-hand piano music with pianist Carol Rich and chamber music with violist Gwen Franz and cellist Maryann Tapiro
2:15pm Jet Sparks – singer/songwriter
2:45pm Mike James – folk music and more
3:30pm Loel Hendrickson – blues guitar
4:15pm Jack Reid and Joe Breskin aka Jack and Joe – country/western
VENUE 6 – BEAR ROOT APOTHECARY & WELLNESS Center, 1002 Lawrence @ Tyler St., uptown! PT
Curated by Camelia Jade of Strong Sun Moon.
11am Simon DeVoil – Singer/Songwriter
noon Aimee Kelly – Vocalist
1pm Jet Sparks – Singer/Songwriter
3pm Cody “Valentine” Fielder – Ragtime and Blues Improvisations
VENUE 7 – GATEHOUSE STUDIOS* – 1417 Washington Street, Uptown* PT
2pm-4pm “Monk & Beyond” featuring Bob Francis (piano), Michael Townsend (strings), Bertram Levy (bandoneon)
VENUE 8 – SONGBATH EXPERIENCES with PT THRESHOLD CHOIR at the STUDIO of KATHY FRANCIS
1417 Washington Street, Uptown PT
11am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Stop in for 10 minutes during these hours and treat yourself to a Song Bath!
The Threshold Choir singers will bathe you in gentle song while you recline on a comfortable chaise lounge.
Immerse yourself in this beautiful contemplative tradition to ease body and soul. Come one, come all.
VENUE 9 – HUBER’S INN, 1421 Landes street, facing Kai Tai LagoonVenue (Arbor is accessible, porch has stairs.)
12:30-1:30 Joe Breskin – nylon string guitar on the porch – improv wizardry – anything goes
1:30-2:30pm Gary Eduardo Perless – original guitar and vocals
2:30-3:30pm Song Circle under the Grape Arbor – Laura Martin will facilitate so that everyone takes turns around the circle.
Each person can request, lead a song, or pass. Songs with choruses are encouraged so that all can join in.
All styles welcome – Balkan, World, Celtic, Originals, Bway musicals, Rounds, Gilbert & Sullivan – Anything!
VENUE 10 – RAINSHADOW RECORDING*, Fort Worden at end of Battery Way. 10-7pm Parking at studio.
Directions – come in main entrance of Fort Worden State Park up Battery Way past Chapel, Madrona Mindbody, and Copper Canyon. Studio is in historic stone building next to Woodworking School.
What’s happening — Everett Moran and Sonny Flores host a day of recording demonstrations, live demo recording, and performances in this fine listening room at Fort Worden State Park.
10am-Noon Studio Open House — Get a tour, talk with Everett and Sonny about recording tips, gear, etc. Open to all.
Noon-2pm — A Make Music Day song – demo – in the works… Impromptu singers who harmonize – there’s a part for you if you’d like to join in on Garnett Brooks’ brand new song – and see it in finished form by finale time tonight 🙂 !
Performances – recorded live in the listening room:
2:30pm-3:15pm Kalan Wolfe – original, soulful music – vocals+guitar – plus music for kids!
3:30pm-4:15pm Simon de Voil – singer/songwriter
4:30pm-5:15pm Cody “Valentine” Fielder – ragtime and improvisations
6:45pm-7:15pm Gary Eduardo Perless with Stanny – original songs, guitar and percussion
VENUE 11 – PORT TOWNSEND VINEYARDS WINERY
12pm-2 Kalan Wolfe – original, soulful music – vocals+guitar – plus music for kids!
3pm-4pm Swami John Pickle – Kora, traditional African harp – improvisations
4pm-5pm Gary Eduardo Perless with Stanny – Originals, guitar and percussion
5pm-6pm Lost in the Shuffle – good-old American blues w/ Ralph Baker, harp and guitar; Mike Marriott, guitar; Matt Miner, drums and possible guests.
6-7pm – Loel Hendrickson – Original Blues
VENUE 12 – PORT TOWNSEND COMMUNITY CENTER — 620 Tyler Street, Port Townsend
Noon til 1pm – Nan Toby Tyrell at the piano.
“Love piano music? Come hear Nan Toby – our local treasure at the keys!” — Judith-Kate Friedman
VENUE 13 – KPTZ-FM – 91.9FM Eclectic, Authentic, Community Radio! Streaming live at kptz.org
Information on the day’s schedule will be broadcast throughout the day.
Other programs may host live music+conversations…..There may also be call ins-from-the-field…
9am Dave Long hosts the Possom Carvers playing live on his Stringband Theory show.
9:30-11am Tim Quackenbush will be spinning discs of Festival artists – and may have surprise guests
7-8pm. Pete Lack shares a few recording tips on his Disco Geezer show.
Other djs may be featuring festival artist throughout the day. If you’re not at a location or homegrown jam… Tune in!
Thank you to our beloved community radio station for their support.
VENUE 14 – THE SPICE AND TEA EXCHANGE ARTIST’S LOFT, 929 Water Street. 10am-4:30pm
In this small artist’s loft Suzanne Jones will host, play guitar and sing. Other musicians are invited to join in or play individually. It’s a space that anyone can participate in. (This space is not ADA Accessible).
10am-noon Luchaireach – (which means joyful in Gaelic) – Celtic Music
noon – 1pm jill – pop, blues, and rock
1-3pm Songs of the 60’s and 70’s – sing-along w/ Suzanne Jones
3-4:30 Songs For Earth sing-along w/Suzanne Jones
VENUE 15 – THE BISHOP VICTORIAN HOTEL, 714 Washington Street, Downtown Port Townsend
Acoustic performances and old time music jams and more in the Parlour, including:
2:45pm Daniel Denman – Classical and Celtic on nylon and steel-string guitar
3:45pm Mike James – Sea Shanty Workshop
4:30pm Gilbert & McHagar – Folk and Sea songs
5:15pm Jack and Joe – Country and Western
VENUE 16 – JAM PRO NW STUDIOS — OPEN HOUSE – 12:30pm-6:3pm Uptown
Come by for a studio tour, recording demonstrations and jam sessions with Lightnin’ Joe and Pete Lack.
Free hot dogs, snacks, soda pop. 514 Franklin Street, Uptown, PT
VENUE 17 – HALLER FOUNTAIN, Washington and Taylor St. Downtown
3pm-4:30 UKELELES UNITE and PT HARMONICA UNION – Grand Jam to kick off the Summer Season.
Facilitated by George Yount and “Chicago” Bob Longmire.
VENUE 18 – THE SPACE — 1pm-5pm ….Big white warehouse behind the Goodwill duckpond nr Park+SimsWe gather to create community through music, art, food, the outdoors, sharing and holding space.
Join us for a drum circle between 1 and 1:30 as people show up, continuing the drum energy from the morning opening circle we will be participating in- and expanding into open jam, performance, and any other practice or activity people would like to share. Equipment and a variety of instruments are provided, feel welcome to bring your own as well!
Vegan, gluten free food will be available, potluck style is always welcome
VENUE 19 – OLD ALCOHOL PLANT Restaurant — 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock
2-3pm Jack and Joe in the beautiful lobby
5:30-6:30 Cody “Valentine” Fielder – country blues and ragtime (pending confirmation) in the restaurant
6:30-8pm Kalen Wolfe – singer/songwriter – (pending confirmation) in the restaurant
VENUE 20 –RED DRAGONFLY GALLERY –211 Taylor Street, Suite B2 (Undertown), Port Townsend, WA
The Fabulous Shashindas (Robear and Lorna) A merry kitchen sink blend of concertinas, guitar, accordion, fiddle, bones, and more. Back porch blues, fiddle tunes, Balkan, and schmaltz.
VENUE 21 – PROPOLIS BREWING BOTANICAL ALE & TEA GARDEN, Port Townsend –
1-5pm TBA – Our County loves a mystery. Call ahead to see who’s showing up or sittin’ in.
5pm Cody “Valentine” Fielder – Ragtime Guitar
VENUE 22 – FINNRIVER Farm & Cidery – 124 Center Road – Chimacum, WA 98325.
A great family friendly space for music and more — indoors and out.
6-7pm Jet Sparks – singer/songwriter
7-8pm Cody “Valentine” Fielder – country blues and ragtime
VENUE 23 – CABLEHOUSE BEACH CANTEEN at Fort Worden
6pm -8pm Lowire – Funk and Rock
VENUE 24 – MADRONA MINDBODY INSTITUTE — Alchemy Dance Jam with Chris Nock & Ward Serrill –
7-9pm A once-a-month community dance jam and revival, 7-8:30pm, followed by a talking circle. All welcome!
Movers, Shakers, Contact Improvers, Partner dancers, and Contemplatives. Drop in to great music, dance, ritual, an offering and a soul circle. A dance event for the senses. Connection. Fun. A healing circle to those who need it.
Offered on a pay as you wish basis.
VENUE 25– THE KEG and I, 1291 Chimacum Road, Chimacum, WA, 98325 – One of the regions newest venues –– Chimacum is in the house as Make Music Day expands in Jefferson County. A great listening room — and dance space 🙂
8:30pm Kalan Wolfe – original, soulful music – vocals+guitar
VENUE 26 – SIRENS – A Pub of Distinction – 823 Water Street, downtown PT – Your late night music hub for MMD afterhours — Selena and Louie Espinoza — 2015 Angels of the Arts – will be holding down and revving up the Karaoke zone.
9pm-10pm Guest vocalist Lisa Wentworth brings Broadway Showtunes into the mix – come + singalong (21+ venue, not ADA)
This schedule is up to date as of June 20 at 9pm. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Updates posted at the Cotton Buildling (Venue #1) on Day of Event.
Pop-ups can happen anytime – on front porches, in back yards, retail stores, concert spaces, parks.
Make Music everywhere!
Bring a friend! Bring the family!
*Venues marked with an asterisk have a Piano.
Questions? Contact us! or stop by the Cotton Building – MMD HQ for a printed schedule and a view of the big picture of the festival in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, and Chimacum. See you there, community!
MAKE MUSIC DAY–PORT TOWNSEND IS PRODUCED BY SONGWRITING WORKS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION in collaboration with KPTZ-FM (co-sponsor) and in association with the MAKE MUSIC ALLIANCE and the NAMM FOUNDATION. THIS COMMUNITY-WIDE EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM:
THE PORT TOWNSEND ARTS COMMISSION, JUBILATION FOUNDATION (a project of the TIDES FOUNDATION), WASHINGTON STATE ARTS COMMISSION (in support of student songwriting during the school year), PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS and BUSINESSES, AND THE GENEROSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY!
All events are free, open to the public, all ages, and ADA accessible (unless otherwise noted).
We welcome your support!!! Thank you!!
This event grows strong with your support!
Make Music Day is a free event dedicated to making music and music-making accessible to everyone.
Donations are gratefully accepted in advance (thought the support link above) and on the Day of Event.
If you are able to contribute in this way, your financial support is greatly appreciated. You can also support Make Music Day — and the artists who are donating their music – by purchasing commemorative buttons and artists’ merchandise at the Cotton Building and other festival venues on the day of event.
All funds raised go toward covering this year’s costs with funds matched by a grant from the Port Townsend Arts Commission. If funds raised exceed 2018’s costs, surplus funds raised will be carried toward production of Make Music Day 2019!
Thanks for helping to keep this tradition going and growing!
Make Music Day-Port Townsend (and Beyond) is a grand collaboration.
This event brings music-lovers and music-makers of all kinds – professionals and learners, alike — like no other event of its kind. As we come together — as music lovers and makers, arts organizations, established venues, businesses, and non-traditional performances spaces, teachers, learners, and listeners — we create a great day of celebration and strengthen our community.
While all performances, jam sessions, music lessons, and giveaways are free of charge, we look to those individuals, business sponsors, and foundations that believe in the power of community music making – to ensure we meet all event expenses.
Donations allow 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 – and streaming select events live via internet!
• Connect dozens and dozens of music learners and players with teachers and song/jam leaders for free instruction, and create and strengthen networks of music makers in ways that last long beyond the day of event.
Songwriting Works Educational Foundation, the producer of Make Music Day, serves the Port Townsend, Jefferson and Clallam County and Greater Puget Sound/Salish Sea regions year round with programming for all ages, with a particular focus on reaching and collaborating with elders, youth, and families across the continuum of health and care. We work in community, care , and classroom settings in conjunction with a wide range of community partners. We also train professional songwriters to facilitate community programs nationwide – and work to ensure access and inclusion to music, including for families living with dementia, chronic illness, and economic hardship. Make Music Day is our biggest event of the year. Thank you for your support!
To learn more about Songwriting Works go to www.songwritingworks.org – or call and speak with us directly! Contact us here!
Have a question, comment, press inquiry?
Would you like to donate, sponsor, 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 and Director, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation
Micaela Kingslight, Day of Event Coordinator and Sound Support @ the Cotton Building
“Chicago” Bob Longmire, George Yount, Claudia Zysk, Steering Committee and Event Coordination
Jim Goettler, Public and Media Relations
songwritingworks at gmail.com