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COVID-19

We ask that EVERYONE please respect the social distancing guidelines and recommendations that are in effect as of September 19, 2021 in order to ensure a positive experience for everyone!

2021 Lineup

LINEUP

Timebombs
Timebombs

We play the songs you forgot you loved!

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Jenny Thomas
Jenny Thomas

Jenny Thomas will be sharing original contemporary folk songs accompanied by Will Thomas on drum at 1:30 and with the Nick & Rokko and Friends band at 3:30.

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Jonathan Timm
Jonathan Timm

Lyric driven singer-songwriter, steeped in classic rock and folk influences.

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Loren and Shelby
Loren and Shelby

Country rock blues. Nothing is off the table

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Happy Time Banjos
Happy Time Banjos

6 - 8 banjos plus a piano and bass. We play toe tapping favorites everyone know. Singing along is encouraged.

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Interlochen Arts Academy Faculty String Quartet
Interlochen Arts Academy Faculty String Quartet

String Quartet performing an all Mozart program

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Heaven Firestone
Heaven Firestone

Elf Eared Gypsy Angel plays alternative, happy covers and originals.

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Jack M. Senff’s Rolling Hill Trio
Jack M. Senff’s Rolling Hill Trio

An intimate trio of guitar, piano, and drums performing the songs of singer-songwriter Jack M. Senff.

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Craig Jolly
Craig Jolly

Craig Jolly is a solo performer who spends most of the year in Key West, Florida and visits Traverse City for a few months each summer. He plays at popular local venues such as The Homestead, TC Whiskey, VI Grill, The Little Fleet and Red Mesa. Several of his songs have been signed to Nashville and L.A. publishers.

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TC West Sr High Drumline
TC West Sr High Drumline

TC West Drumline is a student-led ensemble, made up of percussionists from TC West Senior High School. Under the direction of Mr. Chad Mielens and Mr. Doug Downer, the Drumline rehearses all summer, then performs with the West Marching Band in the fall and at school sporting events and gatherings during the year. PorchFest is one of the few opportunities to watch the Drumline perform outside of school sponsored events. Donations to TCAPS music program appreciated!

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Protea
Protea

Formed in October 2019, Protea is an scalene trio based out of Traverse City, Michigan. The band includes: Kelly Staten - Vocals, Bass, Piano Josh Mitchell - Guitar, Vocals, Piano Jonny Tornga - Drums, Digital, Percussion Protea performs original music written by the trio as well as a diverse catalog of cover songs from the 1920s until 2021.

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sLow taKo
sLow taKo

We are a six piece alt-rock jammy fun band!

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Nick & Rokko + Friends
Nick & Rokko + Friends

Rocking Folk Dance Duo. Original songs, eclectic covers. Over fifty years (off and on) playing together.

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Ken Barnard
Ken Barnard

Solo performer who likes to focus on tunes you don’t hear too often as well as original material.

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JazzNorth7+1
JazzNorth7+1

PERFORMING A VARIETY OF GENRES FROM LATIN TO SWING TO R&B TO FUNK.

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parts per million
parts per million

Instrumental pieces that range from soundscapes, surf gaze, and hard hitting sonic journeys.

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Poco a Poco
Poco a Poco

Toe-tapping jazz standards, blues, and favorites for the whole family.

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Christopher Stefanciw
Christopher Stefanciw

Improvisational, conversational, telling stories with sound. Fingerstyle acoustic guitar with voice, ranging from contemporary classical in nature to Americana and European folk.

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Song of the Lakes
Song of the Lakes

Legendary folk group, pioneers in the Northern Michigan music scene, together for over 5 decades their music has been heard on radio station around the world.

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The Deadbeets
The Deadbeets

Two farm workers started a band during their lunch breaks three years ago, featuring double bass, acoustic guitar and vocal harmony.

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Jim Hawley and the Spice on Rice band
Jim Hawley and the Spice on Rice band

Playing the "Songs you know by heart!"

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Knee Deep
Knee Deep

Traverse City's favorite classic rock band returns to this year's PorchFest for another round of great music and celebration. Featured at Left Foot Charley, Right Brain, The Workshop, Mt. Holiday Slush Cup, and other various clubs, private and non-profit events, Knee Deep brings a fan favorite mix of music and energy everywhere it goes. We are proud to be back again this year!

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Los Altos
Los Altos

Four viola players who met on stage while performing with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra decided to explore common classical, popular, and ragtime music arranged for viola quartet.

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Weston Buchan
Weston Buchan

Just a local guy who loves to play music. Weston Buchan is the lead singer of The Whiskey Samplers. He plans to bring you some favorite acoustic covers and maybe even an original or two.

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The Lofteez
The Lofteez

Like Amy Winehouse with a Fiddle, The Lofteez bring big entertainment to Northern Michigan! Featuring electric violinist Karine on lead vocals and fiddle the Lofteez are not your typical singer-songwriters. Guitarist-bassist an audio-technician Tiffany falls adds an electronica edge. Laid-back with a party vibe, your neighbors will love The Lofteez. PS We live in a loft ;)

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Zero To Anything
Zero To Anything

Zero To Anything rose up out of the ashes of pandemic with the aim of creating original music that speaks to the rockers out there that want something new and thought provoking. While the bluesy and grungy sounds come through, there is a layer of joy and laughter as we fill our sets with humor.

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Menkaadi Set
Menkaadi Set

Ngoni and electric guitar driven Afro-pych

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Low Hanging Fruit
Low Hanging Fruit

We play classic electric blues covers from Howlin' Wolf to Eric Clapton. We are Low Hanging Fruit. Easy to pick and twice as sweet.

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Pug loop
Pug loop

A folk pop punk rock act from Petoskey

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Old Mission Fiddlevine
Old Mission Fiddlevine

Toe tapping fiddle music playing a mix of Cajun, Irish and Traditional tunes.

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ABOUT

The Central Neighborhood Association is hosting a free afternoon event showcasing local musicians and talent performances played out on front porches throughout the neighborhood.

Join in the camaraderie

as the community strolls from house to house!

When

Sunday September 19

1 pm - 5 pm

schedules will be available at:

Crooked tree Arts center 

322 6th St

Where

Porches throughout the central neighborhood.

FAQs

FAQs

What about Covid?

Last year we cautiously planned for our porch festival in the midst of the covid crisis and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. people were respectful, social distances were maintained where needed, and everyone was grateful for this outdoor opportunity. 

 

We as organizers of this event feel the community is even safer a year later with respect to the virus. many have been vaccinated and the risks are low. reaching out to previous performers and participants affirmed what we believed ourselves: we can responsibly hold this event again! 

An open-air event like PorchFest is the ideal option for allowing attendees the ability to maintain the appropriate social distancing. We will be encouraging respectful and safe practices leading up to and during the event, and hope each of us can make the correct choices to help PorchFest be a positive experience for all.

I don't get it...a Porch festival??

While we love porches and they certainly play a role in this event, we are not merely celebrating porches. Homeowners throughout the neighborhood have generously offered their porches as temporary stages for our local performers. Think of the neighborhood as the festival grounds and the various participating porches as different stages, each with a different lineup. This is a music festival in a community setting.

How do I find the right porch?

We will have a schedule posted on this website, as well as an interactive map to help you navigate the neighborhood during the event!

Why is it free? What's the catch?

No catch! The homeowners donate their porches, the organizers donate their time and energy, and the musicians donate their talents, all so we can have a lovely, music-filled afternoon of entertainment and camaraderie in the neighborhood!

Will the streets be closed off?

Nope, traffic will flow through the neighborhood as usual. We ask, however, that you take public transit or walk or bike to the neighborhood if possible to prevent a surplus of parked vehicles. If you do need to arrive in a car, please try to carpool and aim to park in a nearby city parking deck.

How will I get around?

By confining the event to a single neighborhood, it is extremely walkable! Bring your wagons to tote around the little ones, and mosey from one stage to the next throughout the afternoon. Bikes are a great way to zip from one stage to the next as well!

Will there be concessions?

In order to maintain a neighborhood feel to the event, there will not be any concession booths or food trucks. Pack your snacks and picnic on the lawns!

So I did a good job staying hydrated, but now...

Say no more! There will be restrooms available at The FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Redeemer Presbyterian Church    9th and Wadsworth
CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER                 322 SIXTH STREET
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE                          206 S. OAK

 
 
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We think you've got it figured out this year ..... getting around the CNA is so easy
5th street to 12th street  north to south
house numbers 200's to 600's  east to west !

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