October 14 – 15, 2016
Featuring 33 groups and solo artists on 25 porches
The 3rd Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 15. Twenty-five homeowners and businesses around the harbor village will open their porches for the more than 30 groups and solo performers who will provide a full day of downhome music and entertainment. The musical offerings range from bluegrass, country and folk to gospel, old-timey and Americana. Two storytellers will also perform and a clown will be on hand to entertain the kids, young and old. Saturday’s festival is free and open to the public.
The festivities get under way Friday evening, Oct. 14, at 7:30, with the showing of the documentary, Down from the Mountain, at The Old Theater, 609 Broad St., which features performances by country and traditional artists who participated in the making of the Grammy-winning soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Tickets for the film are $5.50 at the door. Sales begin at 6 pm with entertainment from 6:30 to 7:30 by the group, Salty Paws.
On Saturday, the porch performances run from 8:30 am to 3pm throughout the town, some concurrently. The day ends with two Main Stage concerts along the Neuse River by nationally known performers, The Carmonas, and Shiloh Hill. The festival also features a Village Market where artisans will showcase their arts and crafts, and a Food Court. And the Rotary Club of Oriental will hold its annual Classic Car Show along the river during the festival.
For more information about Oriental’s annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, including directions, parking, transportation, the porch schedule, a festival map, and much more, please visit OlFrontPorchMusicFestival.org.
Submitted by: Carl Crothers, Publicity Chair, Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival