The Oakhurst Porchfest is a new addition to the crowded autumn festival season in Georgia this year. A bit more low-key than most festivals, but entirely centered around local music and neighborly hospitality, the afternoon event, to be inaugurated this Sunday, Oct. 18th, will showcase more than 100 bands, solo performers and all-around hootenannies on the porches and in the yards of residential houses throughout the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur, Georgia.
A dizzyingly wide range of musical styles will be participating between 2 and 6 p.m., including orchestral pop group Oryx & Crake, Japanese style percussion ensemble ATL Taiko Project, bossa nova-influenced singer/songwriter Adron, country-rockers The Skylarks, ‘20s/’30s-style jazz act The Clams, Brit-popper Metroscene, singer/songwriter on the rise Sydney Rhame, “genetically modified” punk band Leucine Zipper & the Zinc Fingers, blues-rockers The Canarys, the self-explanatory Edgewood Saxophone Trio, the Decatur First United Methodist Church Choir, and…. Well, you get the idea. This is very likely the most diverse musical lineup of any festival in Georgia. And it’s free.
For more information on Oakhurst Porchfest, including a map of participating homes, a full list and schedule of performers, and parking options, visit http://www.oakhurstporchfest.org. Since parking will be limited, consider MARTA as a transportation option – the East Lake transit station is situated right on the northeastern corner of all the goings on.