Porchfest: Free Springfield Music Festival On Saturday

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Jacksonville will soon be home to one of the most popular events sweeping the country. Porchfest, a music festival held on front porches, will take place November 8, 2014, in Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood, historic Springfield.

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“Porchfest isn’t simply a music festival,” said organizer Elizabeth Augustus. “It’s a celebration of front-porch living and all that the lifestyle embodies.”

Porch-perfect harmony

The family-friendly free event will feature musicians from a wide variety of genres. Organizers are aiming for 20 performers to play on 20 porches throughout the historic district. Attendees will stroll from porch to porch and “camp out” on front lawns as they enjoy live, local talent.

“In their heyday, front porches were where the community gathered—they were the epicenter of neighborhood life,” said Christina Parrish, an event organizer and Springfield resident and business owner. “People would sit on the front porch instead of the backyard because they could see friends coming and going and say hello to their neighbors. The bonds of community were formed through that interaction.”

Organizers are seeking corporate sponsors and are busy lining up bands. In addition to heightened brand awareness, sponsors will associate their companies with the front porch lifestyle—friendly neighbors who know one another, whose kids play and grow up together, and who support each other in both good and bad times.

Front-porch nostalgia fuels a movement

Porchfests started in Ithaca, N.Y., and have spread from Florida to California. They are typically held in historic urban neighborhoods where front porches are common. The movement is part of the resurgence of traditionally styled neighborhoods, which are pedestrian friendly, feature a mix of commercial and residential buildings, and have closely situated houses with prominent front porches and back alleys for parking. A number of new neighborhoods—such as Seaside, Fla., Haile Plantation in Gainesville, Fla., I’On in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and Disney’s Celebration, outside Orlando—were modeled after historic neighborhoods like Springfield.

“Americans are tired of suburban sprawl and the lifestyle it’s created,” Augustus said. “They want to return to a time where they knew their neighbors and were surrounded by a true community.”

In addition to numerous beautiful front porches, Springfield has the strong community bonds and interaction that many Americans long for today. “Springfield provides a quintessential American small-town life, ironically situated next to downtown Jacksonville,” Parrish said.

Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR), a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated since 1974 to improving the quality of life in the Springfield historic district, will act as the sponsoring non-profit for the festival. Proceeds will benefit arts programming in the neighborhood.

Porchfest Vendors

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food trucks collage

Funkadelic Food Truck

Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers

Vagabond Coffee

Japapeño Truck

Smoke It Up BBQ

Super Food Truck

Sweet Pete’s Candy

My Grandmother’s Pie

Southern Roots Apothecary

Celeb’s On the Move

Bold City Pops

Tasty Dog

Olive My Pickle

The Conch Shell

K Handcrafted

Bands Performing from 1PM  to 3PM:

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1142 Hubbard Street     Mondo Mike & The Po Boys

1230 Hubbard Street     The Well Beings and Shawn Lightfoot

55 East Third Street       Mama Blue  –   Blues / Jazz / R&B

1344 Hubbard Street      El Conjunto Tropical

1412 Hubbard Street      Jacksonville Old Time Jam

104 East Fifth Street      Prelude Chamber Quartet and Sarah Byres

132 East Fourth Street   Redneck Hummus

1453 Market Street       Doug Vanderlaan & Heather Perry

1430 Market Street       Douglas Anderson Guitar Ensemble

230 East Fourth Street  Jesse Montoya

Bands Performing from 3PM to 5PM:

1206 Hubbard Street       Canary in the Coalmine

55 East Third Street        Bay Street

1344 Hubbard Street       Dirt Floor Krackers

1412 Hubbard Street       Jacksonville Old Time Jam

44 East Fifth Street         Katie Helow with Zach Lever

104 East Fifth Street       Smith Creative Musical Theatre Stage

132 East Fourth Street    Crazy Daysies

1450 Market Street         Lauren Fincham with Mike Pearson

1424 Market Street         Goliath Flores

214 East Fourth Street    Tropic of Cancer – World Lounge

230 East Fourth Street    Joe Shuck

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For more information, visit: http://jacksonvilleporchfest.org/

Source: Jacksonville PorchFest