Make Music Milwaukee is returning for its third year in the city, and artists of all ages and backgrounds are gearing up to participate. Originating in France in 1982, the Fête De La Musique (which translates to “festival of music” or “make music”) was conceived as an event in which anyone and everyone who loved to play music could perform anywhere in public.
Now, the music can be heard every June 21 in more than 120 countries around the world. Over 750 cities participate globally in the festivities, and Milwaukee is no exception. People all over the city play on street corners, sidewalks, porches, churches, breweries and even libraries – making music for anyone to enjoy.
Here are five musicians that you might want to lend an ear to.
Returning to Make Music Milwaukee is the talented a cappella group, 5am A Cappella. This ten-member group from the greater Milwaukee area was formed in 2016, and their repertoire includes songs in a range of genres such as pop, rock, folk and classical.
This Milwaukee band is made up of six seasoned musicians. A Western Edge specializes in classic country music from the 1940s, ‘50s and ’60s, including songs by Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
Julie Thompson has background in folk, jazz, blues and gospel singing. She has been a singer for several years, and was even in the back-up choir for Foreigner. She will be performing at the Beulah Brinton House on Make Music Day singing family-oriented songs.
This ensemble of clarinet musicians is returning to Make Music Milwaukee to add some woodwind talent to the city. Formed in October 2017, the four members are originally from Malta and received their musical education from prominent UK institutions. The group plays jazz, swing, blues, classical, folk and rag songs, among others.
This Milwaukee-based band is influenced by classic rock, blues, funk, alt-country bluegrass and soul. The four-member group debuted in 2017 and has been performing around the area in live shows ever since, including on Fox 6 Real Milwaukee.