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Burnett County will be filled with the sound of music on the Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21, when musicians from the local area perform as part of Make Music Day Burnett/Polk, joining 13 other Wisconsin sites that are participating in this annual nation- and world-wide celebration of making music.

Make Music Day is sponsored by the non-profit Make Music Day Alliance. This is the first time Burnett and Polk Counties are participating. “Music is a healing agent that brings people together regardless of their backgrounds,” said Studio Northwoods’ Harriet Rice, who, along with Frederic Arts’ Nancy Buley, is co-coordinating the one-day program. “In this constant streaming of disturbing events, music and art serve as an island of respite.”

“We’re still looking for individuals and groups of any size to register,” said Rice. “The performances for Make Music Day have no money associated them. It’s not a “concert -- it’s more like a free movable musical feast,”” she explained. “The musicians play because music is in their blood, and they love doing it. People are invited to listen, relax and enjoy it all for free,” said Rice, suggesting the activity for a Fathers’ Day outing.

All performances will be outdoors with public access, so social distancing isn’t an issue. Venues can be front porches, parking lots, lawns, driveways and sidewalks. The Village of Webster has offered the fairgrounds as a venue. (School properties are not available because schools are still under the Governor’s “Safer at Home” policy). Use of acoustic instruments is preferable. Music can be played from sun-up to sundown. “But I’d alert the neighbors if you’ll be playing outside at home,” quipped Rice.

Several local musicians have already signed up, including the ever-popular Dan Zimmer Band featuring music ranging from the 1930s to the 70s and the Brothers O’Shay who play Irish tunes. A schedule listing of who’s playing when and where will be posted on the local Make Music Day website, makemusicday.org/burnettcounty, will be made available for posting on social media, and will be published in local newspapers the week prior to June 21.

To become part of Make Music Day Burnett County, contact Rice at studionrthwds@gmail.com. Musicians in the Frederic area, can contact Buley at nancybuley@gmail.com. To find out more about Make Music Day 2020 and see what other states, cities and countries around the world are doing, visit makemusicday.org.