PORCH FEST IS BACK! - 2018
Now entering its third year, and rapidly becoming a “gotta be there” musical happening, Porch Fest III comes to Port Austin on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Once again, numerous porches and yards throughout the city will host talented musical acts, this year covering a four-hour span from 1:00-5:00 PM. We are looking at local establishments to hire some of our entertainers to play at their place later this weekend as well.
During the afternoon hours, visitors and residents, all music lovers, will be able to stroll casually from venue to venue following well-prepared maps which conveniently provide the time(s) each entertainer is performing, the type of music in which each specializes, and the location and owner of each porch hosting the music. Numerous styles will be offered by over thirty musical acts, among them pop, rock, country, gospel, and polkas.
The first official Porch Fest is credited to Ithaca, New York, which hosted its first event of this type in 2007. Since that time, approximately 50 additional cities and villages throughout the United States and Canada have conducted their own version. The Port Austin event was the first ever in Michigan, and a few other communities throughout the state have started similar events.
Present elsewhere on this website are photos from last year's event, featuring both porches and the entertainers. Beginning in early April 2018, a listing of this year's acts will be introduced under the heading “2018 Lineup – Musicians.” Also in April, under the heading “Information – Porches,” you will begin to find pictures and locations for this year’s porches and sites. Maps and schedules detailing the artists, their styles, their times performing, and their locations will be up approximately two weeks before the actual event, with hard copies being provided during the week leading up to the event and on June 23 itself.
This site, portaustinmusic.com, will be updated periodically between now and June. Please check it and our Facebook page, Porch Fest in Port Austin, and the Port Austin Chamber of Commerce website (portaustinarea.com) on a regular basis to keep abreast of things. If you are a musician or have musical friends whom you think might like to participate, please direct them to the Participant page on the website.
A committee consisting of Dennis Hafeli, Peggy Miller, Steve Penn, Mike Patrick, Brandt Rousseaux, and Cameron Schwanitz is working hard to make this event one of the most anticipated summer events in the Thumb. Please put June 23, 2018, on your calendar of “can't miss events” this summer. You won't be disappointed!!