Tuesday Tunes with Front Porch String Band


We had a fantastic time at our first Tuesday Tunes of 2015 with the Front Porch String Band and a host of guest appearances by students of The Front Porch. The food, provided by Morsel Compass, The Pie Guy, and Pantheon Pops was delish, and the setting, glorious!  You can’t beat a sunset at Ash Lawn-Highland.

Photos graciously provided by David Engler.

WTJU Interview

IMG_3123The Front Porch had its radio debut! We enjoyed a fun interview with Emily Richardson-Laurente.  Her show, Soundboard, is a discussion program about news, culture, and community issues in the Charlottesville area.  If you are interested in a quick (10 min) description of what The Front Porch is up to, listen here:

Soundboard Interview on WTJU

Songwriter Workshop with John Lilly



On Sunday, April 26 John Lilly will offer a songwriter’s workshop at the Front Porch (707 Altavista Ave) from 2 – 3:30.  Topics he will cover: songcraft (melody, rhythm, structure, chords and harmony, lyrics), process (finding fresh song ideas and developing them into finished songs), and the business of songwriting (copyright, co-writing, demos, pitching songs, generating income).  $30/ person. Email frontporchcville@gmail.com to sign up.

First Ever Porch Music Festival!



The Front Porch and Tom Tom present the first ever porch music festivalthroughout downtown Belmont.  Acoustic music will grace porches on Sunday, April 19 from 5:30 to 10 PM.  Come for the Belmont Block party in the afternoon, stay for porch music throughout the evening. Join Emily and John Morrison, Gabe Robey, and Austin Robey (The Front Porch String Band) from 5:30 to 7:30 on the porch of 337 Monticello Road!

Save the Dates for Spring and Summer


As we wind up our first session, we have a lot to celebrate! We launched twelve classes serving more than 50 students. We hosted workshops in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and Appalachian clogging, with two more to come in songwriting and clawhammer banjo.

And there’s a lot more in store! The Front Porch is participating in Darden’s i.lab program this summer. Cay Lee Ratliff, our amazing business director, and the fabulous Maddie Legro, our full time intern, will be spending a portion of the summer with me at the i.lab. We are looking forward to merging innovative business ideas with our goals of creating an artistic community that is accessible, creative, and inspiring.

We are renting a beautiful property beginning in August — a spacious house in town with plenty of parking (woot!). Incredible teachers have been lining up this spring — we can’t wait to launch what is sure to be a fantastic program of events.

A number of special events are on the near horizon! Save these dates and read on for details…

Sunday, April 19, Belmont Front Porch festival: 5:30 – 7:30 The Front Porch String Band at 337 Monticello Road.

Sunday, April 26, 3 – 4:30: Songwriter workshop with John Lilly

Saturday, May 9: Banjo workshop with Adam Hurt (SOLD OUT)

Tuesdays evenings at Ash Lawn Highland (6/16, 7/14, 8/4): traditional music, food, and cider