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Apalachicola to enjoy Porch Fest Saturday

Get ready for Porch Fest this Saturday, an all-day affair featuring the finest in local musicians, appearing on porches throughout Apalachicola.



The event stemmed from the COVID-19 lockdowns, when musicians found a way to perform despite indoor closures, and the event has been expanded this year.



It all begins at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Park at 170 Ave B. at the Oyster City Brewing Company stage. There will be music throughout the day at the park, along with food available to purchase, and a Porch Fest booth where you can buy t-shirts, and posters.



The following is a list of the many musicians who will be appearing, where and when and what kind of music:



  1.  JB Babich on the OCBC Stage at Lafayette Park, from 11 a.m. to noon, playing New Orleans piano
  2. Gill Autry at 15 13th St., from noon to 1 p.m. playing classical
  3. The Sacred Sounds of Donia at 133 Ave C, from noon to 1 p.m., playing Tibetan and crystal singing bowls
  4. Bo Spring Band at OCBC Stage, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., playing Americana
  5. Apalachicola Rhythm Section, at 102 5th St. from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., playing rock/jam
  6. Singer/songwriter Rachel Hillman, at 15 8th St., from 1 to 2 p.m.
  7. Shaken and Stirred, at 128 4th St., from 1 to 2 p.m., playing vintage folk
  8. Singer/songwriter Betsy Crabb, at 15 13th St., from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  9. Singer/songwriter Dean Newman, at 24 12th St., from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  10. Singer/songwriter Kyle Keller, at 50 5th St., from 2 to 3 p.m.
  11. Magnolia South, at 42 6th St., from 2 to 3 p.m., playing Americana
  12. Dirty Bird, at 180 4th St., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., playing funk, blues and soul
  13. Hot Mess, at OCBC Stage, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., playing swamp pop and zydeco
  14. Matt Law, at 104 Ave. D, from 3 to 4 p.m., playing blues
  15. Singer/songwriter David Lloyd, at 196 Dr. Frederick S Humphries St, from 3 to 4 p.m.
  16. Bronwyn Chelette and Chris Matechik, at 156 Market St. from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., playing bluegrass
  17. Common ‘Taters, at 42 6th St., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., playing Americana
  18. Singer/songwriter Tommy Cooper, at 104 Ave D, from 4 to 5 p.m.
  19. Flying Fish, at 74 Ave. K, from 4 to 5 p.m., playing groovy music
  20. Singer/songwriter Clayton Mathis, at OCBC Stage, from 5 to 6 p.m.
  21.  Fried Turkeys, at OCBC Stage, from 6 to 7 p.m., playing American

Wear comfortable walking shoes to take in the acts around town. Travel by foot, bike, wagon, golf cart, or any other means you need to get around. Bring something to sit on, such as a chair, blanket, towel.



There is no fee, but it is considered way cool to carry cash for musician tips.



Please use trash cans provided to help keep the park, and homes clean. There will be a port-a-potty at Lafayette Park, as well as the downtown restrooms,



Bring something to share with others – stickers, bubble gum, ribbons, be creative! Sharing is always fun.



“This event is completely held outdoors. Wearing a mask is optional. Please be considerate of others as you maneuver throughout the day,” said the organizers. “The day is all about live music, and our shared love of Apalachicola downtown neighborhoods. Be kind, exercise patience and good judgement, and let’s make it a wonderful celebration.”



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