Fri, Jun 21, 2024 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Make Music Madison

Make Music Madison is a free, citywide day of live music in a variety of locations - parks, porches, restaurants, shops and more! As part of Make Music Day celebration that occurs in 1,000+ cities across the globe, Madison boasts the largest event in the country. Olbrich Botanical Gardens will host a fun filled day of live music performances in different locations throughout the Gardens. Come celebrate the summer solstice and support local musicians! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket seating. Carry-in picnics allowed.

Everyone/All Ages
At Olbrich


Date correction: The Make Music Madison date was listed incorrectly as June 20 in Olbrich's spring newsletter.

The Night Painters

10:00 AM | Morse Terrace


The Night Painters are an indie rock band who have been playing all over Madison the last few years. Known for their powerful hooks and introspective lyrics, the band seeks to ask the tough questions that echo in the minds of their audience.

Kate Carrigan Blackwell

11:30 AM | Tower Garden


Why simply immerse yourself in a subject when you can run down a diving board and do a big, fat cannonball into it? Kate is a self-proclaimed joyful nerd-girl violist, who reunited with her instrument during the lockdown. She’ll be playing cherry-picked movements of solo sonatas, fantasias, and airs written for cello and violin. Kate can sometimes be found playing under the Yahara River bridge over East Washington, startling kayakers. The photo is Bach, trying to slip her his phone number.


1:00 PM | Event Garden

Indie-Rock - Pop - Singer/Songwriter

goodkitty, the musical project of Chicago-area songwriter Katie Colt, announces the release of the goodkitty debut EP. goodkitty meticulously craft worlds of emotion and narrative into nostalgic yet excitingly new melody-driven pop and indie rock music. Katie connects listeners to her compelling exploration of past relationships with lush atmospherics, melodies that will get stuck in your head, and subtle musical moments that make the songs familiar, like meeting someone you must have known in a past life. Katie isn't afraid to mine her emotions in her music: the deep yearnings of a queer crush, leaving toxicity in the past, and finding the strength within oneself to grow are the personal undercurrent of the EP's songs.

Xander Anim

2:30 PM | Discovery Dock

R&B - Hip-Hop - Singer/Songwriter

Xander Anim is a Madison-based singer-songwriter. Having pulled influences from the likes of Prince, Jack Johnson, James Hetfield and Kanye West his music ranges from fun and light-hearted to heady and somber. Combing his unique guitar voicing, quick witted rap, and soothing vocals you'll find yourself happily along for the ride.

Def Sonic

4:00 PM | Serenity Meadow

Singer / Songwriter

Recording artist Def Sonic (DS) started because of insomnia which you can kind of hear in the music. DS lives in "The Land Of Nod". It’s like yacht rock heard faintly through the walls of a sensory deprivation tank. Like his music, DS is warm, inviting and something of a mystery. Don’t bother trying to solve it. The mystery is the answer. (blurb by Free Dirt)


5:30 PM | Sunken Garden

R&B - Hip-Hop

Jacob Wirth, better known through his artistic identity Jay-Day, is a talented and powerful name in R&B and Hip-Hop. The rising artist resides in Jefferson, Wisconsin, and is known for taking up exciting challenges with each new release. Jay-Day realized his burning passion for singing at the age of 2 and ever since has been fueled by a thirst to explore his talents and gifts. Around the age of 16, drawing from the influences of his peers, Jay decided to explore his newest passion and love, Hip-Hop. From the iconic works of John Legend & Ne-Yo, the emotional aesthetics and sentimental rhythms of Juice WRLD, and the flow and styles of B.O.B., Jay-Day was inspired to craft his independent compositions.

Lakewaves Trio

7:00 PM | Great Lawn

Celestial Jazz/Rock

Lakewaves Trio is a Madison-centric, groove-based outfit that crafts celestial originals with an eclectic, progressive, soundscape-y instrumentalism that's pretty much guaranteed to get an intense response from your local community no matter where you are – a Motel 6 in Pittsburgh, an abandoned factory in south Milwaukee or a quinceañera in East LA. And like their offbeat, [Zach] Galifianak(ian) song titles allude to, the experimental music creates a fitting soundtrack to anything from bank robberies and impromptu dance parties to other cinematic activities. Led by Graham Marlowe, an eccentric Wisconsin-based keyboardist/pianist, “synthesizer graffiti artist” and instrumental solo artist (Lakewaves), the Trio likes to follow its unusually gratifying formula of drawing on six-plus hours of celestial originals, adapting vocal and non-vocal covers into dreamy tangentials and spontaneously composing to the vibe of the rooms they play to.