Issue: 2021/06 – June
For the ambitious Highlands Porchfest, set for Sunday, September 19, the entire downtown will serve as the musical venue. For more information, or to help (this’ll require a lot of hands), visit highlandsporchfest.com.
Buoyed by the success of Bear Shadow, the music festival staged upon a Highlands meadow in April, the Center for Life Enrichment (with support from Visit Highlands NC/The Highlands Chamber of Commerce) is putting together Highlands Porchfest 2021, a one-day family-friendly musical event that’ll see musical acts performing across the town. Because of wide community support, these performances are free.
With 16 acts already committed, Highlands Porchfest will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, September 19. Bands, singers, and instrumentalists are participating at no charge to showcase their talents and engage the community (though of course tipping is highly encouraged).
Among the headliners are Plateau musical powerhouse Zorki; American Idol Finalist Jerius Duncan; and Scotty b (Bendzlowicz), an Atlanta musician who’s winning a following here on the Plateau. We’ll profile other artists in upcoming issues of Laurel.
“Because Highlands Porchfest will be primarily held downtown, at The PAC and also The Bascom, attendees will be able to walk or bike as they move from location to location, frequenting businesses as they enjoy live music,” says Center for Life Enrichment Board Member Karen Hunt, who brought the idea for Highlands Porchfest to the board.
Ms. Hunt also brings a wealth of knowledge to the enterprise, having successfully shepherded Napa, California’s Porchfest for nine successful years.
Of course, a project of this scope is seeking donations from the community. If you’d like to help, visit highlandsporchfest.com, where you’ll also find a line of Porchfest apparel and merchandise for sale.
“Beyond monetary donations, we are looking for steadfast music loving volunteers to help us the day of the event — all volunteers will be invited to attend the After Party at The Bascom,” says Fallon Hovis, one of the organizers.