Front Porch Music Fest doubles porch concerts for second year

Front Porch Music Festival

Longfellow neighborhood — Saturday, June 11 at 2-5:30 p.m.

Sara Hachtman performing at the 2015 Front Porch Music Festival -- photo by Britt Fowler

Sara Hachtman performing at the 2015 Front Porch Music Festival — photo by Britt Fowler

Down home music of all types, from open jam sessions and parades to live musical performances: the second annual Front Porch Music Festival has it all. The festival will be held this weekend on Saturday, June 11 from 2-5:30 p.m. in the Longfellow neighborhood.

Front Porch is growing from 21 performers and groups on seven porches last year to 39 performers and groups on 17 porches scheduled for 2016.

Many who participated in the previous year will return, as well as new performers such as David Burke on guitar, Jeffery Capps and Those Romantic Young Boys performing a Beatles Revolver tribute set, rock band Texas Toothpicks, Old Post Horns and The Polka Dots and world music ensemble Kol Shira, among others.

Organizer Sara Harvey said the goal is to encourage children and students to make music. Youth performers who will join the festival to celebrate that goal include: a cello trio of first-grade Longfellow students; Longfellow fifth-grader Robyn Hermiston performing guitar with her grandfather, Len Sandler; Southeast Junior High School student jazz quintet; Las Quintas; L’Engle Charis-Carlson playing violin with her father, Jeff Charis-Carlson; Maia and Lucy Janssen on the violin and cello; City High students Bella Epstein and Zoe Miller on guitar and vocals; and Sonali Durham and Nova Meurice performing a viola duet.

This year the festival will also include a collaborative, music-experience-not-required musical parade led by THUGGOON which will be open to the public. In addition to that, there will also be an on-going, open jam session, as well as a kids’ instrument craft table at 430 Oakland Ave.

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