The sound of music fills Superior – Superior Telegram

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 has not 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.

Superior Mayor Jim Paine kicks off the city’s inaugural Make Music Day with a rendition of “Hot Cross Buns” on a French horn in the front yard of 1619 Lamborn Ave. on Tuesday, June 21.

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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 pm on porches and lawns.

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A brass quintet from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra performs in Superior’s Center City Park during Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21. They are, left to right, Matt Leibfried on trumpet, Jim Pospisil on French horn, Daniel Eaton on Tuba, Derek Bromme on trombone and Steve Siegel on trumpet.

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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.”

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A sign along Lamborn Avenue invites passersby to slow down and enjoy live music on Tuesday, June 21st.

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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

Addresses will be announced one week prior to each event on the nonprofit organization’s website and Facebook page.

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Sarah Jane Hale, left, and Cheryl Finkbeiner pose for a selfie as they listen to musician Severio Mancieri perform on the lawn of 1619 Lamborn Ave. during Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21.

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In addition to Porchfest, the city offers free Bayside Sounds Around Town concerts every Wednesday from 6-8 pm 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 pm)
  • 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
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Stacy Gustaf, left, and her daughter, Audrey, 5, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, enjoy a picnic with Gustaf’s sister, Heidi Lord, as they listen to a brass quintet in Superior’s Center City Park during Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21.

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Severio Mancieri performs an outdoor concert on the lawn of 1619 Lamborn Ave. during Make Music Day in Superior, on Tuesday, June 21.

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Visitors gather in Superior’s Center City Park to listen to a brass quintet from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, June 21st.

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Superior Mayor Jim Paine performs “Hot Cross Buns” on the French horn on the lawn at 1619 Lamborn Ave. to kick off Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21.

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A message in sidewalk chalk invites passersby to listen to live music during Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21.

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Members of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra set up a brass quintet performance in Superior’s Center City Park on Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21st.

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Members of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra perform a brass quintet in Superior’s Center City Park June 21. They are, left to right, Matt Leibfried, Jim Pospisil, Daniel Eaton, Derek Bromme and Steve Siegel.

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