Make Music Denton

The City of Denton joins the Make Music Day celebration with numerous events on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music, and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year. Musical festivities in Denton are part of a global celebration of music making in over 750 cities inspired by France’s te de la Musique.

In cooperation with Pender’s Music Company, the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau, Denton Main Street Association and Texas Woman’s University department of music and theatre, the City of Denton invites everyone from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument to join in the global music celebration by attending one of the many events scheduled on the Denton Courthouse-on-the-Square (CHOS) for the day. Music has been shown to strengthen social connectivity, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stimulate memory, and is integral to a well-rounded, enjoyable life. By participating in Make Music Day, we encourage every form of music making.   We are, after all, a Music Friendly certified city.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members and partners from coast to coast will open their doors, joining in their communities’ celebrations of Make Music Day. June 21 is the perfect day to stop in to a local music store for some gear or to go out and play – whether it’s for the first time or the thousandth.


Make Music Denton Events

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Courthouse Lawn

FREE CONCERT: Basses Loaded

After several days of instruction, 30-40 double bassists from the Bradetich Foundation Camp will test their skills.

Rain, rain, go away
but if it does the Rain location for this event is:
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory (entry to the parking lot is on Bell)

11:30 a.m. – While supplies last

Discover Denton Welcome Center

Stop by the Discover Denton Welcome Center throughout the day for a make your own instrument craft activity.  SCRAP Denton is providing materials for making a castanet out of recycled bottle caps. This activity will be available on a come and go basis from 11: 30 a.m. throughout the day, or while supplies last.

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Courthouse Lawn


Open jam for all ages/skill level/bring your own instrument.


1:30 p.m.

Courthouse Lawn

Exploratory Children’s Multi-Instrumental Lesson


Presented by Bonduris School of Music

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Courthouse Lawn


Mass Ukulele Class

Always wanted to play the Ukulele?  Be sure to join Dallas entertainer Kelly Cutler for a mass ukulele lesson.  Dust off or borrow your friend’s ukulele and meet us on the Square. Please bring a capo for your baritone.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Courthouse Lawn


Using Boomwhackers, Hand drums & Harmonicas, TWU Music Therapy faculty and students will teach you a how to use these unusual instruments—loaner instruments will be provided.

But what the heck is a Boomwhacker?  Watch below.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.



Denton Music Workshop Student Performance

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Courthouse Lawn


Twilight Tunes – Texas Blues Crew

Thursday Twilight Tunes is a free concert series presented by the Denton Main Street Association and sponsors. The concerts are on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, so bring a blanket or chair, grab a bite to go from one of the many downtown restaurants and relax for an evening of live music. The concert takes place rain or shine. In event of inclement weather, rain location is posted on this page the afternoon of the concert.

About the Artist: Texas Blues Crew was formed to celebrate the blues in Texas and Texas in the blues! Led by Don Clark Bell on guitar and featuring Denton native, Bosco Woodson and Dallasite, Hathor Hendrix on vocals; their music encompasses not only blues from Texas artists but also blues from artists who wish they were from Texas! Remember our motto – “Give us a song and if there are blues in there we’ll find it!”

Rain, rain, go away
but if it does the Rain location for this event is:
Armadillo Ale Works, 221 S. Bell Ave.

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Courthouse Lawn


TB Winds Jazz Jam Session with Cosmotropolis.

Rain, rain, go away
but if it does the Rain location for this event is:
TB Winds, 112 W Oak St., Suite 200

8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Harvest House

FREE CONCERT:  Haunted Mansion

Don’t let the name fool you, Haunted Mansion is a gnarly band that will give you the sweet sounds of surf rock all night!

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, more than 65 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit

Why join Make Music Day

Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Make Music Day events turn sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; lets amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence; and gives established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences. Special Make Music Day initiatives, like free instrument lessons and “Mass Appeal” events, invite everyone to join–even if they’ve never picked up an instrument before in their lives. And for those whose life’s work is to create more music-makers, it’s the perfect opportunity to spread the message of musical participation.

History of Make Music Day

In 1982, Jack Lang and the staff of France’s Ministry of Culture created a new kind of musical holiday they called Fête de la Musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!” They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, storefronts, and mountaintops. Everyone was invited to join and play music, or to host performances, wherever they were. The Fête has turned into a national music-making holiday in France every June 21, on the summer solstice. According to surveys, almost 8% of the country—5 million people—have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique. Today, Make Music Day has become an international phenomenon, with millions of musicians of all styles, all ages, and all skill levels reimagining their cities as stages, and using music to spread joy to their communities. And Make Music Day is spreading quickly in the United States.

Who Participates in Make Music Day?

Currently, plans are underway by local organizers in 800 cities in 120 countries to hold official, citywide celebrations of music on June 21 with free, openly accessible concerts, music lessons, and participatory performances. Many others in smaller communities – including music stores – are planning their own events on June 21 and organizing music events for their neighborhood, for their block, or for their parking lot. In 2018, 65 cities in 31 U.S. states will join the celebration and many cities and landmarks will turn orange (pictured right, Niagara Falls). You can find links to
participating cities and ways to get started at