Nearly 200 bands have signed on for the second-annual Oakhurst Porchfest — a grassroots, neighborhood-wide celebration of music that’s now cool enough to have its own poster.
The website Decatur Metro, a driving force behind Porchfest, reports that the band roster has been closed at 180 for the Oct. 8 blowout. (At last check, organizers hadn’t quite secured enough porches to host that many players).
Other notable changes this year: Porchfest will be on Saturday instead of Sunday. And it’ll jam for six hours instead of four. Expect about 50 more acts than last year.
Porchfest started as a wild idea among a few Oakhurst denizens, but by showtime last year, it was being called "the largest organic, free-range, crowd-sourced music festival in the state of Georgia."
The concept was borrowed from a similar hoedown born in Ithaca, N.Y. eight years ago, and the logistics for the inaugural, local incarnation were handled by some 500 volunteers.
For a relative newcomer, Porchfest performed admirably in our inaugural Great Atlanta Festival Face-Off this past spring, toppling Goliaths Music Midtown and Shaky Knees.
- Band Registration Closes at 180; 12 Porches Still Needed [Decatur Metro]
- The Great Atlanta Festival Face-Off 2016 [Curbed]