Welcome to a new Decatur Metro feature, in which we’ll be keeping the community up to date on our progress towards the Oakhurst Porchfest, Decatur’s first fully crowdsourced, grassroots community music festival. In it, we’ll cover the latest registration counts and introduce you to some of the artists lined up to play.
First up, the numbers. As of this writing, we’ve got 80 porches booked. And that number will probably be a few higher by the time you read this. Trailing closely are 77 musicians and bands who’ve signed up to perform.
Among those musicians are a couple we’ll introduce you to now, starting with The Soogs, Atlanta veterans who describe themselves as “the Pixies meets the Partridge Family.” Here they are, performing Cotton Mather’s “My Before and After.”
Now lest you think the festival is becoming a bastion of crafty power pop, think again. We’ll also be featuring Melissa the Loud, self-described as “medieval, renaissance, traditional, and original music on the loudest hurdy gurdy in Decatur.” What’s a hurdy gurdy? Here’s a description for ya. And here’s Melissa on an NYC subway platform:
Finally, here’s how the map is shaping up. Lots of growing hot-spots emerging, but also still a couple of not-spots as well (Adams Street, Madison Ave., and Second Ave., could use a few porch participants).
Of course, there’s still time to get in on all this. If you live in Oakhurst, sign up your porch. If you’re a musician from anywhere at all, sign up to play. Then spread the word to keep our momentum going. Everything you need can be found HERE.