THAT'S A WRAP.
Registration has now closed. A big thanks to everyone who stepped up to host. We're now moving on to scheduling our nearly 200 performances.
Updates will get posted on our Facebook page. So stay tuned there.
Musicians (or other types of performers) welcome! Solo or ensemble. The more genres the better. So long as you've got a little hustle and can perform acoustically or at a considerate, compatible volume suited to your host location, the stage is yours.
All you need to do is:
Clear your schedule on October 8 (why?);
Find a neighbor within the event area to host you (see below for tips);
Your host will register both of you together; you do not have to register yourself;
Get assigned to perform during just one (why?) of our hour-long slots, leaving you plenty of hours to wander, mingle, celebrate music, or hustle off to your next gig.
WHAT? HOW DO I FIND A HOST?
This new process is a break from what we've done in the past and presents a bit of a learning curve for performers who haven't previously made their own arrangements but it's important to our grassroots vision for the event, and to empowering people to be co-creators of whatever it is Porchfest turns out to be. Here's some tips for getting it figured out:
IT'S WHO YOU KNOW
Many of you have friends or contacts in the neighborhood so start there. Or use social media to dig into your friends-of-friends-of-friends networks to see if someone in your orbit can help make a connection.
APPEAL DIRECTLY TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Join the Oakhurst Neighborhood Facebook group, then share endearing details about your act, post a vid, beg for a host, tell a sob story, whatever. And stick with it as people become more familiar with this new approach. You'll likely get more traction as registration proceeds.
I DON'T KNOW ANYONE AND CAN'T FIND ANYONE
Some potential hosts have the same problem. Let them know you're out there and looking for a porch by getting on our list of bands and other performers who need to find a host. Hosts seeking bands will be checking there for leads. If they reach out to you, you'll be good to go.
-Generosity and good will in the form of a freely given, one-hour performance.
-Coordinate with your porch host about the logistics of your performance (i.e. space needed, electricity needs, etc.).
-Bring whatever gear you need for the performance you want to put on. No PA, sound, or other equipment is provided by the event.
-Perform only during your assigned time (including soundcheck).
- Offer a family-friendly/PG-max performance. Seriously, if you can't recognize what's appropriate when you're being hosted in someone's home and there's likely kids running around, this isn't your kinda gig.
-Play at a sound level respectful to the neighbors and/or other performers nearby. Acoustic levels always work but common sense consideration ultimately truimphs. Think of your venue as the space between the house and the curb and adjust for that.
-Get the word out to everyone you know to drop on by.