Hot local bands are preparing to rock neighborhoods in Ferndale with the "Front Porch Music Festival." Click the video player to see Keenan Smith's interview with music journalist Gary Graff.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 12noon - 6pm. Each artist/band will play for about 30-minutes, and it's a great way to showcase local artists and bands.
For more information and a full schedule visit www.TheFrontPorchMi.com
Modeled after "porchfest" events that happen around the country they are intended to be grassroots, community, "place-making" events.The inaugural year will include 25 porches as approved by the Ferndale City Council. The event will feature both established and up-and-coming/rising acts from Michigan…performers and groups of all genres. Over 35 musicians/bands have committed.
Music journalist Gary Graff, is a partner and will serve as host of the planned TV show. He will chat with artists/band members to provide insight into origins, history, evolution, successes, etc. interspersed with performances on a front porch of the musician's hometowns.
The Front Porch will take place in neighborhoods West of Woodward Avenue and in the neighborhoods just south of Nine Mile - beginning from Troy Street to no further south than Marshall and no further west than Central Street. And then north of Nine Mile no further than Maplehurst.
Musicians and bands from around southeastern Michigan and beyond have committed, such as Sandy Mulligan & Her Band of Gypsies, The Luddites, Brother Hallow, Anthony Retka, Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club, The Whiskey Charmers and Emma Guzman. Known, established artists such as The Polish Muslims, The Corktown Popes and Jill Jack are scheduled as well. Given that Ferndale is a "creative community" many acts are from Ferndale. (All performances are subject to change).
Made-in-Michigan Faygo, a supporter of local music, is a presenting sponsor. "Just like great music, Faygo pop was made for front porches. We're happy to have Faygo help bring The Front Porch to life," said Benghiat.
The Kramer Restaurant Group, owners of Ferndale's Pop's for Italian, One-Eyed Betty's and Rosie O'Grady's is a co-sponsor. Benghiat added, "These are great Ferndale establishments who are tremendous community supporters and have played a role in the success of many Ferndale events."