There’s something inherently special about a concert in someone’s yard. It’s personal because you’re visiting a person’s home, and yet it’s public because the music is for anyone to hear. Music sounds so free outside—there’s no high ceilings to provide good acoustics, just the blue sky above. The concert venue isn’t a building; it’s a neighbor’s porch or a friend’s front lawn. As the summer sun begins to set behind the vibrant green treetops, a cool breeze gives the concert attendees some relief, and the band plays a brand new song for the first time. This is Porchfest.
Last year was the first time that we celebrated Porchfest for 731Day. Kind Jacksonians opened up their homes to host local musicians and fans for this one-of-a-kind event, and this year, we get to do it all over again with even more bands. For me, Porchfest is the best way to celebrate 731Day because the event emphasizes the generosity and creativity of Jackson natives. Plus, free local music is hard to beat!
Our playlist for 731Day stands out this year because it is comprised solely of artists you will see at Porchfest. So grab some headphones and soak in the sounds of Jackson’s finest musicians!
Wild - LOLO
Blue Skies - Caleb Minter
Leavin’ My Love - Benjamin Gilbreath
At the Old Taco Bell - The Kernal
Makin’ It Home - Shane Caver
Skeleton Key - The Skeleton Krew
Incognito - Kimberlie Helton
Sweet Dreams, Jeanie - Timber Maniacs
At My Door - Audrey Geisel
Can’t Come Back to You - Patrick O’Connor
Living Water - David Ashley Trent
Originally from Medon, Tennessee, Olivia Chin is the Circulation Manager at the Union University Library. Her best Halloween costumes (so far) have been David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. Her favorite hobbies include drinking local coffee, reading true crime novels, and going to emo concerts with her husband.