Oriental, North Carolina

A message from the director…

dottie-mugshot         The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival wishes to thank all for the magnificent job that was done to produce such an awesome festival!  Not only did our workers pull together to orchestrate such a meaningful day for all in attendance, but all the residents of Oriental helped as well.  I saw many frantically cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew so their yards would look lovely for Festival Saturday!  People were raking leaves, planting mums, putting out pumpkins so all would look like autumn!  The saying, “It takes a village,” was indeed true.  Thank you one and all!
         I’d also like to express my deep appreciation to all the groups and solo performers who participated in our 3rd annual festival, as well as the hundreds of fans who came to our small village for a day of fantastic music and fun. We love you! We hope to see you next year when the festival occurs a week earlier – Oct. 6-7, 2017.

                      – Dottie Osmun and the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival team, Oct. 16, 2016


NEWS and VIEWS from the 2016 Festival

| 2016 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival Photo Gallery

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Click here for the full gallery of photos of the 2016 festival by Kathy Cobb Photography

| 3rd Annual Ol Front Porch Music Fest/ Sunshine Strings Smiles

Oct. 24, 2016 – The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival did it again. The simple idea of musicians turning Oriental’s front porches in to stages created some seriously joyful sounds. This 3rd annual OFPMF also lucked out with pitch perfect weather, a contrast to the Hurricane Matthew floods farther up the Neuse. (from Towndock.Net) Read and see more…

| Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival Raises $1,500 for flood victims

Oct. 24, 2016 – Organizers of the 3rd Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, in response to flooding from Hurricane Matthew the week leading up to the festival, set up donation stations and “passed the hat” during its daylong festival Oct. 15 and raised $1,500 for the North Carolina Community Foundation’s Statewide Disaster Relief Fund. Read more…

| Dottie Osmun interviewed on PRE’s Down East Journal

Oct. 7, 2016 – Listen to Dottie Osmun explain the roots of the Ol’Front Porch Music Festival to the Down East Journal’s Mac McKee. Click here to hear the interview, which begins at 17:40 minutes into the show.

| Reviews from 2016 Festival goers

Kudos to you, Dottie, and the entire Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival crew.  What a fantastic day.  Each year the talent gets better and the crowds are so enthusiastic!  This is just the beginning.
          – Linda P.

It was great, thanks so much!!
          – Michele Musella

…One of the best run festivals that we have attended.  The music was fantastic.
I can’t imagine where you get the money to pay them.  They were top-notch acts!
          – Bill Russell

Read more reviews here…


Oriental, North Carolina
Friday-Saturday, October 14-15, 2016

  ‘Celebrating the Region’s Musical Heritage’

| 7:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 14, The Old Theater
The documentary film Down from the Mountain
(Live music before the film by “Salty Paws” 6:30 pm)

“Come help us kick off the 2016 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival with this rare opportunity to hear outstanding performances by Ralph Stanley, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Gillian Welch …. This film will set the tone for the festival, which will fill the streets of Oriental with great music, singing, food and fun!”
                                                                                                              Dottie Osmun, festival  director  

| 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, Oct. 15
Live music and performances from 33 groups and solo performers on 25 porches throughout the Village of Oriental. Village Market, Food Court, Raffle, Rotary Club Classic Car Show. Admission to the Festival is FREE!

| 3:30-5 pm, Saturday, Oct. 15

The Carmonas return to the Main Stage

Listen to The Carmonas music here

Also on the Main Stage:  Shiloh Hill, 2-3 pm


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