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Ol Front Porch Music Festival

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The Ol Front Porch Music Festival was founded in 2014 by Dottie and Dick Osmun and Leslie Kellenberger. Their mission is to organize musical and educational events which provide performance venues for our region’s diverse range of musicians, while also fostering economic vitality in Pamlico County, and bringing people of different racial and cultural backgrounds, young and old, together to perform, affording both the audience and the performers the opportunity to learn about and appreciate their shared musical heritage.

The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, Inc., is a nonprofit with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. With the IRS designation, contributions to the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donations can be made to OFPMF at PO Box 775, Oriental, NC 28571. Our Federal Employer Tax ID number 47-4931628.

October 2018

Brant Island Strings

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Riverfront Mainstage, 205 Freemason St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Brant Island Strings performing live at Gary's Downeast Seafood Restaurant.

Pamlico County's own Brant Island Strings kicks off this years Ol' Front Porch Music Festival from the main stage at 2:00pm. Get your 2018 #OFPMF started right with this talented group while they perform their unique blend of Americana infused Bluegrass.

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Uhoos

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
304 Neuse St, 304 Neuse St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Uhoos performing on a front porch at the Ol Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, NC.

The UHOOs a an eclectic group of strummers and pluckers - bringing the ukulele's music and happiness to Oriental, NC.

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Connie Mason

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
603 Broad St, 603 Broad St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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A mandolin sitting on a table at the Ol Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, NC.

A historian for the NC Maritime Museum, Connie Mason brings a distinct flavor of coastal blues mixed with rich storytelling. She has recorded three albums that can be purchased on amazon.com. Search for, "Calico Creek Waltz", "Christmas Quiet Harbors" and "Bogue Sound Watermelon Blues".

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Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs

October 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
209 Mildred St, 209 Mildred St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs from Winston Salem, NC.

The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs are a folk(ish)/Americana group hailing from Winston-Salem, NC. Formed in 2015, the band is comprised of Zack and Kendra Harding, and Ryan Packett. The band is often joined by other musicians, including Wayne Redden (Log Noggins) and Trevor Walker (Wintervals). Their influences range from Neil Young to Regina Spektor. Blending their unique musical sensibilities, The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs seek to craft an entertaining experience that has a little something for everyone. Their inaugural album…

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Downtown Abby & The Echos

October 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Riverfront Mainstage, 205 Freemason St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Performing artists DownTown Abbey and the Echoes

DTA & The Echoes captures the spirit of old soul while emphasizing its youthful energy and fresh songwriting. See them live on the mainstage, Friday at 4pm during the Ol' Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, NC. Delivering vocals and keyboard is our leading lady, DownTown Abby, Abby Bryant. Laying down the groove are The Echoes with Bailey Faulkner (guitar), Logan Hall (bass), and Steven Cornacchia (drums).

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Hooverville

October 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
New Village Brewery, 702 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Hooverville.

Taking influence from folks like Hank Williams Sr. and Townes Van Zandt, Hooverville exudes Classic Country soul while blending their 3-part harmony vocals with a little bit o' grit, making the moniker 'Americana' take on new and deeper meaning.

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The Hall Sisters

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Red Rooster, 1111 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists The Hall Sisters.

Tickets for this show and Tellico are $20 and are available at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental. The Hall Sisters have established themselves as one of the up-and-coming and premier acts in the country pop genre. While releasing multiple CD’s over the last few years and writing new material, the ensemble has also maintained a robust tour schedule having performed at notable venues such as The Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall with the Annie Moses Band, the Country Music Hall of…

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Tellico

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Red Rooster, 1111 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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$20

Tickets for this show and The Hall Sisters are $20 and are available at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental.   With vivid, original storytelling, vibrant musicianship and intelligent arrangements, Asheville, NC band Tellico creates an innovative sound that redefines what today’s Southern Appalachian music can be. Instead of modernizing tradition, Tellico takes it deeper, effortlessly weaving meaningful, imaginative songwriting with intelligent arrangements. There is no gimmick here, and yet, there is nothing tired or cliche. Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft…

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The Del Rios

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Marsha’s Cottage, 204 Wall Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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The Del Rios of Oriental, NC

The Del Rios performing a live set of folk, pop, & Americana on the front porch at Marsha's Cottage.

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The River Ratz

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
The Stallings House, 500 South Avenue
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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The River Ratz ready to perform their signature style of Ratzgrass.

The River Ratz are a high-energy Americana String Band from Charlotte, NC. You can check out their "Ratzgrass" sounds live on the front porch of the Stallings House.

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Flat Mountain Dulcimers

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
The Inn at Oriental, 508 Church Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Flat Mountain Dulcimers.

“Bringing Mountain Music to the Flatlands”. This group comes to us from the mountains of North Carolina and gather their unique sound from a zither inspired instrument created in the Appalachian Mountains called a “dulcimer”.

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Pinkerton Raid

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Riverfront Mainstage, 205 Freemason St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Performing artists The Pinkerton Raid.

Jesse James DeConto, of The Pinkerton Raid was newspaper reporter who turned singer/storyteller and is coming here with this talented group from Duram, NC . The Indie-Rock sound will take to the Riverfront Stage at the the Ol' Front Porch Music Festival.

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Mitch Hayes

October 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
204 King Street, 204 King Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artist Mitch Hayes.

Americana/Folk Artist of the Year” (2016 Queen City Music Awards), Mitch Hayes is an award-winning singer/songwriter and national touring artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. His music is as eclectic as the creative influences that have helped to shape his writing through the years, classic singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and John Prine. Mitch’s lyrics will take you on an emotional journey through timeless themes of love and loss, joy and sadness and social consciousness. The listener will hear…

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Harbor Sounds

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
209 Neuse Street, 209 Neuse Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Harbor Sounds.

Harbor Sounds calls Pamlico County home and has been entertaining this area since 1998. They bring us bluegrass, gospel and folk music. Not only do they perform in nearby counties but have traveled as well to Nashville, TN and Ocean City, MD. An important and heartwarming fact to keep in mind about this wonderful musical group, is that ALL their profit from performing goes directly to local charities and organizations!

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Pamlico Flutes

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
502 Factory Street, 502 Factory Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Pamlico Flutes.

The Pamlico Flutes brings to you flutists hailing from all directions – New York, Texas, Minnesota, and various parts of New England. Between them, they’ve been making music for more than 200 years, playing an assortment of flutes, other band & stringed instruments, and piano. Some of their favorite performances (before joining Pamlico Flutes!) include a concert tour through the Soviet Union and Romania, an impromptu fundraiser dance for a Bahamian clinic with fellow musicians/sailors, playing in big bands and…

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Strung Together Band

October 6 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
301 Freemason Street, 301 Freemason Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists, Strung Together Band.

Find the music, feel the love ❤️ “Strung Together is a family band, born on the Olivers’ front porch in downtown New Bern, NC. With soaring harmonies and a stringband sound, Strung Together plays songs that they love, adapted to their own style. Playing their own unique blend of folk, Americana, old-time and bluegrass, Strung Together has enjoyed performing for audiences in North Carolina and South Carolina, making music and memories together as a family. Strung Together is primarily the…

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Honey Magpie

October 6 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
1002 Neuse Drive, 1002 Neuse Drive
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Honey Magpie.

This Indie/Folk Trio are returning artists to this festival from Carrboro, NC They have recently played at a variety of venues throughout North Carolina. In addition, they launched and accomplished a successful Kickstarter which resulted in the funds to record and release their new CD.

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Green Creek Bluegrass

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
The Stallings House, 500 South Avenue
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Green Creek Bluegrass.

The Green Creek Bluegrass Band is comprised of performers ~ Ernest Dunn, Ken Belangia, Jim Baluss and Becky Ackiss. This local bluegrass talent is returning to the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, bringing their special bluegrass sound once again.

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Glenn Meganck

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
The Village Gallery, 300 Hodges Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artist Glenn Meganck.

This unique performer is a novelist and composer. Born in Michigan and residing in Florida. “Glenn Eric is one of those quirky singer-songwriters whose music can fit in several different genres from folk to alt rock to Americana, and manage to push the envelope in all of them. A pinch of Bob Dylan, a dash of Leonard Cohen, maybe a breath of Chris Isaak.”

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Downeast Dulcimers

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
The Inn at Oriental, 508 Church Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Downeast Dulcimers.

“Down East Dulcimers began playing their "lap" or "mountain" dulcimers as a group in 2007. The group is New Bern based. While the focus was initially Old Time music, over time it has expanded to include Celtic, Civil War, Christmas, classical and popular tunes as well.”

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Barry Bey

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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mahaloJazz

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Riverfront Mainstage, 205 Freemason St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Performing artists Mahalo Jazz

mahaloJazz performances are live and in the moment.  There are no recorded tracks and no two gigs are the same. What you get is what you see and hear from us only as we offer not-so-straight-ahead ensemble music, jazz and otherwise. We are nothing if not flexible in assembling folks to create together.

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Cane Mill Road

October 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
901 South Avenue, 901 South Avenue
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artist Cane Mill Road.

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road rock the traditional bluegrass standards they grew up on, yet they boldly tackle progressive grass interpretations of Dylan, the Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, and more. Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy going rapport both on and off stage, and the eclectic mix of originals and standards in the show. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and…

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Brittany Jean

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
502 Factory Street, 502 Factory Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Performing artist Brittany Jean.

Brittany Jean is a singer/songwriter in the Pacific Northwest, currently living in the tiny, apple town of Brewster, WA. Brittany grew up in West Chicago, IL, and her interest in music started at a very young age--piano and voice lessons, children's choirs, youth group bands, youth theater... and she started seriously writing songs when she was sixteen. Discovering she liked singing her own stories instead of the ones written for characters in plays, she found a passion in songwriting.

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Moore’s Creek Bluegrass

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
209 Neuse Street, 209 Neuse Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artists Moore's Creek Bluegrass.

A returning favorite to Oriental this band plays some old classic and traditional style bluegrass.

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Amigo

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
701 South Avenue, 701 South Avenue
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artist Amigo.

Amigo is a rock and roll band. This might sound quaint or even a little passé but it’s an entirely apt and appropriate description. Amigo is a guitar, a bass, a drum set and buckets full of songs and its members share a proud and unrepentant belief in rock & roll’s divine promise and power to shake audience and band alike to their core. "This Charlotte, NC, country-rock trio is very funny, and almost sneakily substantial. On a casual listen, Amigo's…

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Gospel Ensemble

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
305 Freemason Street, 305 Freemason Street
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Enjoy the sweet sounds of southern Gospel music. If you've never heard this group... don't miss out!

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Jason Hoss Hicks

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
1002 Neuse Drive, 1002 Neuse Drive
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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North Carolina performing artist Jason Hoss Hicks.

If 1920s-1930s style hot jazz crossed paths with western swing, skiffle and vintage country Depression era hillbilly music, the output being Jason Hoss Hicks.

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Chatham County Line

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Riverfront Mainstage, 205 Freemason St
Oriental, NC 28571 United States
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Headlining this years event is none other than Chatham County Line! Influenced by early bluegrass artists they're performing with the intent of furthering North Carolina's acoustic heritage. Chatham County Line vows to bring the finest songs and best performances possible. You won't want to miss this act live on the Riverfront mainstage.

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