Press Release (ePRNews.com) - DETROIT - Jun 17, 2017 - The Front Porch – A Day of Music on Ferndale Porches is an event to showcase Michigan artists/bands playing on the front porches in Ferndale. Modeled after “porchfest” events that happen around the country they are intended to be grassroots, community, “place-making” events.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 12noon – 6pm. Each artist/band will play for about 30-minutes. The inaugural year will include 25 porches as approved by the Ferndale City Council. The event will feature both established and up-and-coming/rising acts from Michigan…performers and groups of all genres. Over 35 musicians/bands have committed.
Founder and Executive Producer Michael Benghiat of Southfield, Michigan came up with the idea after attending the Larchmere (suburb of Cleveland) Porchfest several years ago. An avid music fan he wanted to use the “porchfest” concept to develop a music television show called “The Front Porch.”
“To see if the concept had any legs we (along with his partner Gary Graff) pitched Detroit Public Television,” said Benghiat. “They instantly liked the idea and expressed interest but indicated they would need to see a pilot for the show before granting any airtime.”
So the two decide to develop and plan The Front Porch as an event first. They will film various performances throughout the day and then create the pilot that will hopefully get the TV show off the ground.
Music journalist Gary Graff, is a partner and will serve as host of the planned TV show. He will chat with artists/band members to provide insight into origins, history, evolution, successes, etc. interspersed with performances on a front porch of the musician’s hometowns.
Of The Front Porch event, Graff says, “The Front Porch is a fresh, very different way to present music in the metro area. Having a daytime, family-friendly event like this makes the music accessible to everyone, of all ages, in a unique environment unlike any “traditional” music listening experience. You never know who will be inspired to pick up a guitar and play on their own front porch after spending an afternoon like this in Ferndale.”
Benghiat added, “The breadth of musical talent in the Detroit area and throughout the state is amazing. So many artists have certainly put Michigan on both the national and international radar, but there is a crop of new and developing artists. If we can play a role in introducing them to a new audience then we’ve accomplished what we set out to do. And if The Front Porch can help catapult one of those artists then even better.”
So why Ferndale?
The “porchfest” concept, started in Ithaca, New York in 2007 requires an urban, walkable and biking-friendly setting.
“Ferndale is all about “placemaking,” creating amenities, assets and offerings to enhance the health, wellness and overall lifestyle for its residents, businesses and visitors,” said Benghiat. “And of course…great porches! So when you look at the complexion of a porchfest event you quickly realize that it is a perfect fit for the make-up and personality of the Ferndale community. “
“The City of Ferndale, the City Council and its special events committee have been extremely collaborative,” said Benghiat. “All involved got behind this and showed tremendous support for this event from the time we presented to the events committee and then made our presentation to the Council in early January. We are grateful for their endorsement.”
The Front Porch will take place in neighborhoods West of Woodward Avenue and in the neighborhoods just south of Nine Mile – beginning from Troy Street to no further south than Marshall and no further west than Central Street. And then north of Nine Mile no further than Maplehurst.
The event is promoted as a “family-friendly,” non-alcoholic event. Similar porchfest events have brought out people of all ages and it is typical to see parents with young kids, even those in strollers, enjoying a day of free music.
Musicians and bands from around southeastern Michigan and beyond have committed, such as Brother Hallow, Anthony Retka, Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club, The Whiskey Charmers and Emma Guzman. Known, established artists such as The Polish Muslims, The Corktown Popes and Jill Jack are scheduled as well. Given that Ferndale is a “creative community” many acts are from Ferndale. (All performances are subject to change).
“We’ll present all types and genres of music including Gospel by Carl B. Phillips,” Benghiat mentioned. “We so happy to have Carl on the roster. Carl is a longtime gospel radio personality and an artist who has had two songs on the national gospel radio charts,” added Benghiat.
According to Carl, “he is excited to represent Gospel Music in the inaugural Ferndale Front Porch event and looks forward to the opportunity of sharing music with other great Detroit area artists”
For more information and a full schedule visit http://www.TheFrontPorchMi.com
More about Carl B. Philips
Since releasing his debut CD “Great Rain” in 2016, Carl has traveled throughout the US with live performances in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville and Chicago. He’s also appeared on the television shows TCT Live, Atlanta Live, and Dr. Bobby Jones Presents. Two singles from his CD, “I Know What God Did Last Summer” and “Meeting In The Air” charted on the Nielsen / BDS Top-500 Gospel Singles Chart. Carl has been nominated for a Detroit Music Awards, the Rhythm of Gospel Awards, and the Independent Gospel Artist Radio Alliance Awards. For the past 40 years Carl has served in the Music Department of Ferndale’s own Greater Christ Temple church in various capacities including his current role as Minister of Music. Source :
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