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Ol' Front Porch Music Festival 2018
The show must go on
October 10, 2018
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wenty-five performers. Eleven venues, stages, and porches. The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival happened despite coming three weeks after Hurricane Florence.

“The feeling of the board was unanimous that the show must go on,” said Dottie Osmun, co-founder of the festival and chair of its board of directors. “Music lifts the spirit, and we need that now more than ever.”

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Doug Sligh, a board member for the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, with headliners Chatham County Line.

Staying true to it’s roots, the festival featured music listeners might hear coming from porch jam sessions: stripped down, acoustic instrumentals and vocals. Though amplified, many of the acts stayed true to that sound.

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The quartet The River Ratz entertained the crowds with upbeat covers and engaging stage presence.

Listen to the River Ratz cover a Queen classic.

In the week leading up to the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, volunteers worked to clear debris from downtown. Beginning with the venues, volunteers cleared away fallen trees and stray limbs piled in the right of way. After clearing the streets and the Methodist parsonage lot where the main stage would be set, the took to clearing the streets and adjoining properties. They pulled it off.

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The crowd watches Chatham County Line perform Saturday evening.
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Hooverville played the New Village Brewery Friday night.

Some debris remained, neatly piled on the road sides. Lou Mac Park and parts of South Ave were closed due to damages, but vendors and crowds worked around it. Members of the Pamlico High School JROTC Navy unit helped keep vehicle traffic off roads designate for pedestrian use.

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There were a lot of pets at Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival; this was the only four-legged one seen riding a shoulder.
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Tellico bassist Stig Stiglets.

The festival ran Friday through Saturday, with music on Sunday morning during a community worship service. Funds raised during the festival will be donated to the Pamlico County Disaster Relief Coalition, in partnership with the Pamlico Partnership for Children, to provide help to families affected by the storm.

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Golf carts taxied crowds around the grounds.
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The Red Rooster stage waits for the next act.

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Posted Wednesday October 10, 2018 by Allison DeWeese


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