So how’s this sound to everyone? An Oakhurst grassroots community music festival where front porches become stages, yards become venues, and everyone’s reminded how much fun can be had in the neighborhood.
Hopefully good, because it’s happening!
Oakhurst Porchfest, a joint project coordinated by a handful of Oakhurst neighbors, the Decatur Arts Alliance, and us here at Decatur Metro, aims to be the city’s first, fully crowdsourced festival. On the afternoon of Sunday, October 18, from 2 to 6pm, musicians of all kinds will grace porches throughout the neighborhood while folks on foot or on bikes wander about, listen, hang out on lawns and sidewalks, and mingle with the neighbors.
Now most of us are used to having great festivals put on for us rather than by us. However, this one, based on an event born in Ithaca, NY, eight years ago, is gearing up to be a for-neighbors-by-neighbors, crowdsourced sort of affair.
Lots of sign-ups (both musicians and porch hosts) will equal a spectacle. Limited sign-ups will equal a novelty. So let’s get the word out there and make it BIG — so we can do it again next year!
Are you in? If so, here’s what you do.
If you live in Oakhurst, sign up as a porch (or stoop or lawn or driveway) host; if you’re a musician (from anywhere at all), sign up to play. If you want to help make it happen, sign up to volunteer. Or if you like Oakhurst and music and a generally funky good time, just show up with a few friends and family members.
It’s that easy.
So what do you say? Over the years, DM readers have demonstrated their commitment to real world community building. We helped organize an Adult Prom, saved and rehabilitated an owl, crowd-sourced a bike rack, helped auction off a $2,000 beer for charity, and continue to help reunite many lost animals with their owners. Now let’s see what we can do when it comes to festivals.
Spread the word — to Oakhurst neighbors and to musicians far and wide! Everything you need to know can be found at the Oakhurst Porchfest website.
Photo of Westhaven, TN, Porchfest courtesy of Ray Porch.