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Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Make Music Day La Crosse

For a third year, La Crosse is participating in the international Make Music Day, featuring free, live performances throughout the city.



 Pump House Regional Arts Center joins the Make Music Day celebration with a daylong, musical free-for-all. The global event celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year.

La Crosse is one of over 1,000 cities inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique. The international celebration started in France in 1982 and has grown to be held in 120 countries.

“The reason that we like Make Music Day is because it’s about musicians of every level,” Pump House Executive Director Allison Krzych said in 2021 while preparing for their first year as participants. “Beginners to professionals are just encouraged to go outside where they’re at, to make music.”

The Pump House invites and encourages everyone, from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument, to join in the global music celebration by attending Make Music Day 2023 with performances throughout the city by local musicians and groups. 

Participate and enjoy – find the current line up at www.makemusicday.org/lacrosse.

Scheduled performances include:

Bluff View Park

Dan Burger Songwriters Corner – 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Luke Thering – 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Sana Illahe – 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Eddie Kim – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

La Crosse Bandshell

La Crosse Concert Band – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Leithold Music

Piano Available to play outside – All Day

Vickie Riness – 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Jim Knutson – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

People’s Food Co-op

Old-Time Music Group – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Pump House Regional Arts Center

Karaoke in the Courtyard – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

 Weber Center for the Performing Arts

Boyle & Johnson – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Ryan Rosenberg – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Under Paris Skies – 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bribe – 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

All performances are free and open to the public.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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