Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7, 2017
Celebrating the Region’s Musical Heritage
Roots music performed on the front porches of Oriental homes
and businesses along the beautiful Neuse River
Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Americana, Gospel, Blues…
Featuring North Carolina’s Tony Award-winning string band, the Red Clay Ramblers — Saturday, Oct. 7, on the Main Stage
Also appearing, Grammy winner Dom Flemons, The American Songster
Friday evening, Oct. 6, The Old Theater
Also featuring the Village Market showcasing dozens of local artisans and crafters, a Food Court, and the Oriental Rotary Club’s Classic Car Show
All Porch Performances FREE!
If you’d like to be a part of this year”s festival, click here
A message from the director…
The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival wishes to thank all for the magnificent job that was done to produce such an awesome 2016 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
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