Free Advertising Thread for Porchfest Artists, Porch Hosts and Food Purveyors

Many Oakhurst Porchfest porch hosts have already put chalk to sidewalk or ink to signage to promote their band for this coming Saturday’s event. Y’all rule.

But we on the Porchfest organizing committee are a 21st century crowd – for better or worse – and so we also respect the sheer power of the interwebs to get the word out.

This is where DM can help out.

So porch hosts, bands, artists and food flingers with associated deals for Saturday’s event: use this thread to promote yourself. Tell your fellow neighbors where you’ll be and what you’ll be offering, so they can be sure to stop by.

Oakhurst Porchfest: What You Need to Know

Oakhurst Porchfest is just two days away!

Time to get organized, if that’s your cup o’ tea.  Here are a few essential things to know to navigate the 220(!) musical acts around the neighborhood over 7 hours this Saturday.

Where/When: All OVER the Decatur neighborhood of Oakhurst on Saturday, October 14 from 12p-7p.  For all the iterations of the 2017 Porchfest map and schedule, CLICK HERE.

How do I get there?:  Walking, Biking, Uber/Lyfting or taking MARTA.  All great ideas!  If you’re still planning to drive your own automobile, that’s ok, but you may want to check out our GUIDE to help you navigate the event and spots to park.

Where do I eat? For a full list of restaurants in Oakhurst, CLICK HERE.  If you want to fully experience the do-it-yourself, bootstraps mentality of the giant neighborhood event, you’ll also find refreshments available from porch hosts and neighbors.  Protip: Many of the neighborhood options are notated in the Porchfest Google Map!

Restrooms: I’m just going to quote the Porchfest website for this one: “Restroom facilities at Porchfest are available three ways: Port-a-Johns in key locations around the neighborhood; participating churches; and neighborhood businesses, who have restrooms available for patrons. Check our event program or online map for specific locations. And please take note: Residential porch hosts are not expected to provide restrooms, so don’t ask.”

What to bring: Not a lot.  Sunscreen is probably a good idea.

The Poster: Have you seen our sweet, sweet poster, courtesy of Methane Studios, yet?  Do you want one?  They are for purchase from the Decatur Arts Alliance located at the Decatur Visitors Center.  $20 a pop.  Proceeds benefit next year’s Porchfest.  More info HERE.

The Spotify Playlist: If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, our SPOTIFY PLAYLIST provides you with hours of music from over 30 Porchfest  musicians!

Hey, is that really everything?!: Eh. Probably not.  But we can almost guarantee if you still have unanswered questions, you can probably find the answer over on the Oakhurst Porchfest website.

Happy ‘Festing!  We’ll see you out there.

Let the Music Play: Your Oakhurst Porchfest Schedule for 2017

It’s that time of year again: When Georgia’s largest organic free-range crowd-sourced music festival fills the street’s of Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood. And once again it’s totally free of charge thanks to the voluntary contributions of almost a thousand people.

Presenting the line up for the 2017 Oakhurst Porchfest — 220 (!) individual performances on an equal number of porches, spread over seven hours in a square mile area.


  

Like years passed, we’ll have old-skool printed programs (available a few days prior) matched with a Google Map showing porches, performers, times, descriptions, food, and parking info. We’ve also got a few kids activities popping up in there. Generate a performance wish list on your computer in advance or fire it up on your phone as you walk around to build your experience along the way. Here’s all you need to do:

On a Desktop

Your browser window will show both the menu and the map. Notice how the menu is broken up by category layers — times and logistics — that you can turn on or off. Working directly with the map, you can zoom in and see all artists for any particular street or area, color and time coded to reflect when they’re playing. Click any performer and you’ll get specific details in the menu. Or, using the menu, click the drop-down arrow under each time slot and you’ll get the full list of performers. Clicking any particular one shows you their location on the map and gives you their details.

On Your Phone

Access the link using your phone’s browser. When the map appears, you’ll notice a white bar at the bottom labeled “Oakhurst Porchfest 2017.” Tap that bar and you get the menu. From there, it works pretty much just like on the desktop.

It’s that simple. So check it out now at www.tinyurl.com/oakhurstporchfest2017 to explore this year’s talent.

Further information and logistics are still coming together but as they do we’ll be releasing them here and on our website. But go ahead and start planning your day now.

See you October 14!

Porchfest Monday: Postpunk Edition

We’re now a month in to this year’s Oakhurst Porchfest registration and, not surprisingly, we’re bigger than ever. 217 performances to date on an equal number of porches. So much music, in fact, that we’ve had to bring individual registrations to a close.

Fret not, however. Anyone looking to get registered can still do so a little while longer, so long as the registration comes in the form of a porch/performer pair. That way our balanced schedule stays balanced. Which we’re fairly certain makes sense but, even if it doesn’t, it still affords you the opportunity to jump in. So have at it here.

The Oakhurst Porchfest takes place Saturday, October 14, from 12-7pm. It’s brought to you by your friends here at Decatur Metro, The Decatur Arts Alliance, countless musicians, and hundreds of Oakhurst neighbors, with the added assistance of city sanitation and the Decatur Police Department.

Though the day will surely feature no shortage of Americana and other picker types (perhaps the porchiest of all porch music), we’re equally excited about some of the other genres expected to make an appearance. Such as the legendary Subsonics (pictured above) and today’s featured performer, Ambulette.

Ambulette is an Atlanta-based, post-punky wall of goodness co-fronted by California transplant Halley O’Malley and former Uncle Green frontman, Matt Brown. Check ‘em out here, then we’ll see you in October.

     

Oakhurst Porchfest Update: Registrations exceed 80% full, limited time left

Well, friends, we asked for your enthusiastic participation and you did not disappoint. In our first week of registration for the Oakhurst Porchfest we’ve amassed 180 performers and 162 porch hosts. As we mentioned when we launched, our intention is to cap this year’s event at 200 which really just means one thing: If you’re inclined to get on it, now’s the time.

Here’s how it’s shaping up:

  

Not unexpectedly, Mead Road and Fayetteville Road are once again positioning themselves for domination while Maxwell Street hints at being a serious player. But that’s becoming less unique overall as impressive clusters of activity continue to materialize all around the ‘hood. (Or almost all around, as a few relatively dead zones still remain. Feld, 2nd Avenue, Olympic Place, and Adams Street south of the park, let’s see some hustle out there!)

All in all, an amazing show of support by the Oakhurst Nation. Give yourselves a pat on the back, then share this post with anyone who might still want to jump in. And if you want to register yourself, it’s performers here and porch hosts here.

Strum, Thump, Croon and Twang! Oakhurst Porchfest Registration Now Open

Hoo-boy. Here we go.

The 2017 installment of the Oakhurst Porchfest, Georgia’s largest organic free-range crowd-sourced music festival, gets officially underway today. Host and performer registrations are now open.

Performers, head this way. Porch hosts, go here.

Expect an encore of all the things you’ve come to love. Still on a Saturday (October 14). Still six hours (12-6pm) of the best dang porch performances you’re likely to find. Still a community owned and operated spectacle, destined to be whatever our hundreds of volunteering hosts and musicians and thousands of attendees want it to be.

Some things, however, will be a bit different. Most notably, we want to ensure we grow in manageable increments so registrations this year will be capped at 200 porches and an equal number of acts. That means if you want to be a part of the madness, it’s best you act sooner rather than later.

So, again: Performers, head this way. Porch hosts, go here

Finally, one note about music. We’ve had great variety over the past two years and would love to keep building on that. So if you know anyone in hip-hop, doo-wop, gospel, punk, funk, electronica, jazz, soul, pop, reggae, show tunes, classical, or any other genres not immediately associated with porches, give ‘em a shout and let them know: We want the most eclectic and unpredictable Porchfest possible. All folks welcome. Y’all come.

Last year we amassed over 50 porches and 50 acts in the first 48 hours. Surely you’re not going to let that record stand, are you? Are you?

Register now! Or get your questions answered at www.oakhurstporchfest.org.

Oakhurst Porchfest Wins “Best of Atlanta” Award

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Woohoo!  In case you’ve yet to hear, Atlanta Magazine has awarded the Oakhurst Porchest a “Best of Atlanta” award this year under the category of “Neighborhood Festival” with this write up…

Before the last amp had been unplugged at the second annual Oakhurst Porchfest in October, the chatter had already begun: Can we do this again in the spring? Close to 200 musical acts—from family groups to soul singers to Americana bands by the wheelbarrow-full—arranged themselves in front yards and on porches throughout this Decatur neighborhood. Pity the motorists trying to weave through the narrow streets, which were packed with thousands of attendees. oakhurstporchfest.org

As always, Porchfest wouldn’t be what it is without the countless support and energy of the Oakhurst neighborhood.  This a credit to all of you for putting on a hell of an event for the community the last two years.  And in the future!