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New music festivals in Platteville this summer
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The community named a Best Community for Music Education will be the site of two new day-long music festivals this summer.

The first will be Make Music Platteville, a citywide free outdoor day of music held on the longest day of the year, June 21.

“This year marks Platteville’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration,” said Platteville High School instrumental music teacher Nancy Fairchild. “We join over 700 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music.”

Fairchild anticipates churches, restaurants, coffee houses and other businesses through Platteville will host musicians in what she called “a do-it-yourself city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.”

The event will be open to “music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.”

Registration will open this month. For more information, email

One month later, the annual Platteville Regional Chamber Hometown Festival Week will conclude with the first Southwest Music Festival July 30.

The usual Festival of the Arts in City Park the last day of Hometown Festival Week will be augmented by a Moving Music Festival, with main stage performances by Black Water Gin and Blue Water Highway, and live music planned for other locations throughout Platteville. The Hometown Hog Roast, previously held the first Saturday of Hometown Festival Week, is moving to the Elks Lodge and the final day of Hometown Festival Week.

The year in live music will begin with UW–Platteville’s Hunter Hayes concert at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium May 1 and the chamber’s second annual Derby Days in downtown Platteville May 7. 


The annual Platteville Main Street Program Music in the Park series will return to City Park Thursdays from June 23 to Aug. 25. The concert schedule includes The Wundo Band June 23, Okham’s Razor June 30, the City Band July 14, Aquatic Hitchhikers July 21, Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band July 28, Mascot Theory Aug. 4, Mighty Wheelhouse Aug. 11, Class Brass Aug. 18, and Point Five Aug. 25.