For the first time ever, an international day of music is being celebrated in the Coulee Region.
Monday marked La Crosse’s inaugural celebration of “Make Music Day”.
The event began in France in 1982 as a way to celebrate the summer solstice through music.
Over 1,000 cities around the globe join together on June 21st each year for free concerts featuring many different types of musicians and genres.
The Pump House Regional Arts Center was the driving force for the day to be recognized in La Crosse, with Assistant Director Allison Krzych saying it provides important exposure for local artists.
“It’s all about access and it’s all about meeting new musicians, and maybe musicians will connect with other venues and they’ll get paid jobs out of this,” Krzych said.
James Grant was one of the musicians who performed outside the Pump House on Monday afternoon, saying he was grateful for the chance to connect with the community through his music.