The sound of music fills Superior
Make Music Day sets toes tapping city-wide.
SUPERIOR — Music filled Superior Tuesday, June 21, as the city celebrated Make Music Day.
Visitors tuned in to hear a wide variety of performances throughout the day staged in lawns, parks, businesses and driveways. Performers ranged from lone guitarists to a brass quintet. Most were professional artists. One was not.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine picked up a French horn, an instrument he hasn’t played since fifth grade, to tout the city’s inaugural Make Music Day. The horn showed up on his porch Saturday, June 18, after he’d mentioned to event organizers that he once played it.
“I started working on how I would gracefully decline, but I’ve made it my commitment as mayor to do things that Superior people do,” Paine said.
That includes Make Music Day, an international celebration inspired by one that began in France. Unlike the Bayside Sounds or Porchfest summer music events, Paine said, it is about everybody being able to make music.
“It’s about the amateurs and people trying it for the first time, because sure, there are geniuses that make music and there are passionate artists that make music regularly, but it is for all of us,” the mayor said.
He gave himself a goal to perform three notes, threaded together to form the tune “Hot Cross Buns.” The performance on the lawn of 1619 Lamborn Ave. earned him a round of applause and kicked off the day of music.
“It brings neighborhoods together, people together; everybody likes music,” said Angela Honness, who lives across the street.
She said she attended a number of Superior Porchfest events last summer. Every other Thursday, Porchfest gathers a number of musicians and musical groups together in a neighborhood to perform a free outdoor concert from 6-8 p.m. on porches and lawns.
Marilyn Jensen of Superior got hooked on Porchfest last year and went to four events.
“It ended up being fun and meeting new people and you know, enjoying my city again,” she said.
Jensen said she’s been out of town for roughly 30 years, and it was nice to see so much live music in her hometown.
“Superior’s got a lot to offer,” Jensen said. “I grew up here, so I’m really pleased with Superior.”
The first Porchfest of the summer took place Thursday, June 16. The event, staged at four venues in the city’s Central Park neighborhood, drew a crowd of roughly 250, according to one of the organizers, Cheryl “Cheri” Finkbeiner.
Upcoming Porchfest performances will take place at the following locations:
- June 30 – Old Firehouse and Police Museum
- July 14 – American Family Insurance
- July 28 – Carnegie Library on Hammond Avenue
- Aug. 11 – Village of Superior
- Aug. 25 – The SS Meteor
In addition to Porchfest, the city offers free Bayside Sounds Around Town concerts every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. beginning July 13. They include the following locations:
- July 13 – Last Call performs in Billings Park
- July 20 – The Fractals perform at Fairlawn Mansion (7-9 p.m.)
- July 27 – Woodblind performs at Kelly Park
- Aug. 3 – The Mackie Brothers perform at Central Park
- Aug. 10 – John & Andy perform at Webster Dream Park
- Aug. 17 – Moors & McCumber perform in Billings Park
- Aug. 24 – South of Superior performs at Barker’s Island Festival Park
- Aug. 31 – Whiskey Trail performs at Barker’s Island Festival Park
- Sept. 14 – A bonus concert takes place at the University of Wisconsin-Superior