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Make Music Madison is an annual citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. Make Music Madison turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

In 2017 our celebration takes place on a Wednesday. Coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Madison will fill their locations with song. Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by a middle school strings quartet. And after 5, the city will explode with music.

  •     Make Music Madison is: Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  •     A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  •     A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  •     Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

Full list of 2017 Participating Venues | 2017 Participating Musicians


Ken Notes: Get up get out get going NOW! Tell the boss I said you could have the day off...

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Concerts on the Square Start TONIGHT!!! On the Waterfront

June 28, 2017

7:00 PM | King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Concerts on the Square®
Featuring Emily Hauer, violin | Winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition

Concert Highlights:

GOTTSCHALK  |  Symphony No. 1 Night in the Tropics
NICOLAI  |  The Merry Wives of Windsor
BERNSTEIN  |  On the Waterfront Suite

Emily Hauer Biography

Emily Hauer is a home-schooled 9th grade student from Appleton, Wisconsin. She has studied violin for twelve years through the Lawrence Academy of Music, and for the past seven years she has studied with Dr. Samantha George, Associate Professor of Violin at Lawrence University...


Ken Notes: Bring an umbrella, but go for sure...

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Shake the Lake
June 24, 2017
4:00 - 11:00 PM
Fireworks - 10:00 PM

John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI

Free Admission with Some Paid Admission Venues and preferred seating...

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Camp Randall Movie Night
Bucky Badger is inviting fans to join him on Thursday, June 29, for the 5th annual Camp Randall Movie Night, presented by Festival Foods. But he needs your help. Bucky has made a list of some of his favorite movies. He is asking fans to select the feature presentation. The winning selection will be played in Camp Randall Stadium on the main videoboard...

...On Thursday, June 29, Gate 1 of Camp Randall Stadium will open at 6:00 p.m. The feature presentation will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public...


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Calendars - Things To Do in the Madison Area

Madison Magazine
Madison Uw
UWarts Edgewood Olbrich Parks
Visit Madison UW WORT

Yelp Downtown

Madison Area Chambers


Ken Notes: FREE - If you are not listed call 608-334-2174...

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Pro-Ams will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, June 21-22, 2017. The Wednesday, June 21 Pro-Am play will be OPEN and FREE to the public.

We invite fans to come to the Pro-Am Wednesday and stay for the free Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. that evening on the University Ridge grounds.

There will be NO public access available during the Pro-Am on Thursday, June 22.

The 2017 American Family Insurance Championship will be open to the public June 23-25, 2017

Here`s a great guide to URidge and best views for the tournament.   ...more

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Darius Rucker – Madison, WI – Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017
Breese Stevens Field
Madison, WI

Tickets On Sale Now:
Tickets available here

Doors: 5:30pm

GRAMMY-award winner Darius Rucker to perform during
2017 American Family Insurance Championship

June 23 Madison concert will benefit the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation...

The 2017 PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, to be held June 23-25 in Madison, Wisconsin, is adding a new team member in its second year to help raise additional funds for charity.

Multi-platinum and GRAMMY-award winning country artist Darius Rucker will help kick-off a weekend of competitive golf with a concert at Breese Stevens Field in Madison on June 23. Tickets for the event officially go on sale on March 10.


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BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo
Release the builder within at BrickUniverse Madison, the ultimate LEGO lover`s paradise that will take over the Monona Terrace on July 1 & 2, 2017.

Choose from Saturday or Sunday admission, and experience hands-on LEGO attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain. This fun, family-friendly event will have tons of amazing LEGO creations to gawk at, building zones to unleash your creative energy, guest speakers and more in the LEGO theater, and vendors selling the latest LEGO sets, mini-figures, and accessories.

Saturday: 10AM-1PM + 2PM-5PM
Sunday: 10AM-1PM + 2PM-5PM

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On the Terrace at Memorial Union
Open Mic Night
Wednesdays | Jun 28th - Aug 30th

The Goodie Two Shoes
Jun 30th | 1pm to 5pm

The Big Payback
Jun 30th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

4th of July Celebration, feat. Science is FUN & Gabe Burdulis
Jul 1st | 3pm to 11:55 pm...

Ken Notes: I love this place...

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Venues - Madison Music and Theatre Venues


Wisconsin Union

You Belong Here

Other Entertainment Venues in Madison


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FRIDAY 5-10 PM .

SATURDAY 1-6 PM . 21 & UP


The Fiery Foods Festival is an outdoor food & music festival featuring spicy-hot cuisine and ice cold drinks, admission is free on Friday & Sunday. Local Chefs will prepare spicy, fiery and blazing hot foods in sample-sized portions so you can try a large variety without breaking the bank. This event is open to all ages. If you can`t take the heat, many of the food vendors will also serve non-spicy food items. Live music is included, feel free to pull up a lawn chair, spread out a blanket or sit at one of the many tables available and enjoy the free entertainment. Food and drinks are all reasonably priced.


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Live on King Street - Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, June 23
7:00 pm
Live on King Street

WHAT: Seven FREE outdoor concerts on Friday nights.
WHERE: On King Street right in front of the Majestic.
WHEN: Between June – September, 2017.
WHY: Because live music, summer and beer were meant to be together.

Performing to critical acclaim celebrating their 20th anniversary year in 2017 and over 2600 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring ...

Ken Notes: I love this series!!! and this band...

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Thurs. 7-9PM, Gates & Bars Open 5:30PM

William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens

A truly unique Madison experience! Enjoy spectacular bands accompanied by the best views in the city! Concerts on the Rooftop offer a wonderful opportunity for networking after work, or kicking back with friends and family. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair; seating on the rooftop is limited. Lake Vista Café , on the rooftop, will serve only beverages from 4-4:30pm. The Summer Concert Menu will be made available after 4:30pm. Picnic baskets are welcome. Sorry, no carry in alcohol.

Thursdays 7-9pm • Capacity ­Limited
Gates and Bars open 5:30pm
 June 29  The Boogie Men (Dance Covers) Get Tickets

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Mad-City Ski Team Shows Sunday Night(s)

The Mad-City Ski Team has home ski shows nearly every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend at Law Park in Madison, WI. The Junior Team show starts at 5:30pm and the main show follows it starting about 6:00pm. Please check the schedule below for dates and times. We occasionally have shows at other times or places and those will be added to the calendar as they are scheduled.


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Stay - Places to Stay in the Madison Area

Sponsoring Hotels and Lodging in the Madison Area

Madison Radison

You Belong Here

Places to Stay

Here for $ 10

Other places to stay in Madison


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Camp Wannadrinki at Avenue Club

Thu, June 29

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour (featuring welcome cocktail)
6:30 pm Dinner
$60 includes 5 courses, 2 full-sized cocktails, tax and gratuity
Camp Wannadrinki: A Summer Camp-Style Dinner

Ahhh, the feeling of true freedom you only experience at summer camp. The crackle of the campfire. The aroma of roasted marshmallows. The camraderie, and...... the cocktails?! At our Camp Wannadrinki Dinner, you`ll go back to a time before you had to start adulting while you`re tossing back some drinks with friends. It`s the perfect paradox. Enjoy a throwback, 5-course dinner with grown-up versions of our camp favorites and 2 full sized summer cocktails, plus some summer camp surprises. More specialty drinks will be available on a cash basis. $60 includes 5 courses, 2 full size cocktails, tax and tip.

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour (featuring welcome drink)
6:30 pm Dinner Served...   ...more

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Third Annual “Prairie Chase” Run/Walk
This event is held as a fundraiser for the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, an environmental non-profit based in Middleton that is concerned with restoring, protecting and promoting the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and its watershed for all to enjoy.

The event has two running competitions that will follow a beautiful, wide crushed limestone path that circles the Conservancy. The 5K walk will go through the prairie fields in and around Fredericks Hill and will showcase the efforts of the Friends restoration work over the last 22 years.

Also, this year there will be a short “kids run” just before the main event. It will be a short race around a soccer field near the shelter where the event begins and ends. Children of all ages are encouraged to join as part of the family entry.


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Places to Dine and Relax in the Madison Area
Supporting Restaurants and Pubs in  the Madison Area

Twist Bar & Grill
Your Soccer HQ

You Belong Here

All Restaurants

Here for $ 10

All Madison Restaurants and Pubs


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Summer Patio Series at High Noon Saloon: Lost Lakes
Each Thursday this summer come soak up the sun on our patio, watch some great bands, and enjoy a cold beverage served by our friendly wait staff.

Each show runs from 6-8PM and is absolutely FREE!

Lost Lakes is a collaboration between Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch. The two met during a songwriting competition held by a local radio station. It wasn`t until they returned for a duets portion of the follow year`s competition that Corey saw Paul play bass and singing harmonies. The first time Corey and Paul played together, they clicked musically and personally. The collaboration has grown over the years, developing into a strong songwriting and production team with a focus on well-crafted tunes and tight vocal harmonies. Lost Lakes` self-titled debut record bears witness to their talents and the fact the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts....

6/22 - Lost Lakes
6/29 - Emerald Grove
7/6 - Old Tin Can String Band
7/13 - The Wells Division
7/20 - Nick Brown Band
7/27 - Beth Kille
8/3 - Faux Fawn
8/10 - Phil Davis & The Stone Prairie Band
8/17 - Sortin` the Mail
8/24 - Treemo
8/31 - Derek Ramnarace & Friends
9/7 - Katie Scullin Band
9/14 - Dartboard Records Showcase featuring Gin Mill Hollow & Sunspot
9/21 - The Mascot Theory
9/28 - Bucky Pope & Stephanie Rearick    ...more

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Art Fair on the Square

One of the Midwest`s most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts will return to the Capitol Square July 8 and 9, 2017 as MMoCA presents the 59th annual Art Fair on the Square. With its mix of music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as nearly 500 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft, the fair draws nearly 200,000 visitors to Madison`s Capitol Square.

Saturday, July 8 (9 am-6 pm)
Sunday, July 9 (10 am-5 pm


Ken Notes: NEXT WEEK but worth planning for...

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Upper Sugar River Watershed Association Volunteer Workday
Help USRWA restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area during our series “4th Saturday” volunteer work days. In February, volunteers will help burn brush piles accumulated last winter/spring, and continue removing invasives (buckthorn, honeysuckle) and treating them with herbicide. It’s a great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors.

Our goal in 2017 is to continue removing all woody invasive species on the west side of Military Ridge State Trail until we connect with a florishing prairie nearby. It will be a tall task, but we believe it’s possible with the help of our volunteers....


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Restaurants From GMCVB
Restaurants From:
The Greater Madison
Convention & Visitors Bureau


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2017 Goals:

MadisonNotes will advocate for:
  • Destination tourism (Plays, Events, Concerts, Etc.)
  • Regional, National and Global recognition of our restaurants, hotels, and venues.
  • A visitor and business friendly transit systems.
  • The cooperative use of venues to support conventions and other major events.
  • Downtown living for adults, from millennials to seniors.
  • Business travelers to extend their stay into the weekend or return visits.

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  • Brand Identity for the Region and our Products
  • "Driftless" Recognition at the State, Regional, National, and Global Levels
  • Regional Economic Development, New Jobs, and Training
  • Sustaining and Growing the Businesses in the Region
  • Tourism - Including Ag, Sports, Nature and Eco Tourism
  • Promoting Special Events in the Region
  • Agriculture - Especially Organic Farming and Products
  • Land Conservation and Use in the Driftless
  • Environmental Issues that impact the Driftless Region
  • A Legislative Agenda that supports the region in four States

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  • On Hiatus Seeking Sponsors!

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