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Family-friendly, free and open to the public, Carmel PorchFest will take place this Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-5 p.m. in the city's Arts & Design District. The festival got its beginnings in New York in 2007 and has expanded across the country steadily since, including stops in Washington, DC; Minneapolis; Salt Lake City; and Cleveland. This will be the first year the festival is held in Carmel, and it is a chance for attendees to discover a variety of local acts with a range of musical styles, including folk, rock and acoustic. Talent includes Derek Lee Bishop (folk), Whitney Erin and Buffalo Creek (country), singer/songwriter Sara Kays, brother/sister acoustic duo Scaling Giants, Trackless (pop rock), Emma Hedrick (jazz/R&B) with saxophonist Erin Miller and the Tommy Baldwin Trio. Visit for musician bios, videos and samples of the artists' work.

PorchFest is a rain-or-shine event that gives bands the chance to play 40-minute sets on Carmel residents' porches or front lawns. Performances will take place on 20 different porches. The Arts & Design District can be found on 1st Ave NW and 2nd Ave NW between 1st Street NW and 8th Street NW in Old Town Carmel.

PorchFest performers will include Derek Lee Bishop, The Flannel Pants (a jazz band featuring North Central High School students) and Stoic's Handicap.  - COURTESY OF CARMEL PORCHFEST
  • Courtesy of Carmel PorchFest
  • PorchFest performers will include Derek Lee Bishop, The Flannel Pants (a jazz band featuring North Central High School students) and Stoic's Handicap.

Learn more on Facebook or Twitter about this grassroots event and the artists involved, or call (317)804-1879. Visit for a complete artist lineup and to download a festival schedule and map.

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