Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Pickin', Grinnin' and Toe-Tappin' at the Front Porch Stage in Mt. Ida.
For the past 14 years, the Stage has seen the likes of country, Southern rock, bluegrass and gospel groups who come to share their tunes to a relaxed crowd of locals and visitors… and it’s absolutely free.
After a short period of time as an open stage, a crew worked together to make the stage into a front porch worthy for pickin’ and grinnin’ upon. Walls and a tin roof were added to the 16’ x 24’ from a plan scratched out on a napkin by Babbitt and fellow Mount Ida resident Bill Ray. As work went on, whenever something was needed, someone from the community donated it, making it a truly local effort.
And the atmosphere is always relaxed and family-friendly.
This year's concert series includes:
May 14th Dewayne Hodges
May 21st Whistlin Dixie (Country from Jasper, Arkansas)
May 27th Good Ol' Gospel with The Rose Family and The Prestons’ Bluegrass Gospel
May 28th Good Ol Days, Afternoon John Talley & Friends, Evening Mike Mayberry & The Slowhands
June 4th Prairie Grove Band
June 11th Posey Hill
June 18th Interstate Thirty
June 25th Dave Almond, & John Talley
July 2nd Prairie Grove Band
July 9th The Gable Bradley Band
July 16th Common Ground (first time, Oldies, Rock, Folk, Etc)
July 23rd Gator & Friends (first time Country Zydeco)
July 30th Casey Lee Penn (Country, Bluegrass, Originals)
August 6th Shady Grove (eclectic mix of good oldies)
August 13th Diamond Blues Band, authentic blues from Antione, Arkansas
August 20th Kristen Chesshire Emerging Artist from Glenwood, 14 years old, country music
August 27th Harmony Gospel from Wickes, Arkansas
September 3rd Prairie Grove Band
September 10th Message from Heaven Gospel
September 17th White Oak Bluegrass from Whiteoak Mountain
September 24th The Possum Picnic with The Salty Dogs
October 1st Prairie Grove band
October 8th Rodger King
October 15th The Prestons Bluegrass Gospel
(to check for corrections and additions to the schedule, head here)
If you’d like to see the schedule for the Front Porch Stage, check out FrontPorchStage.org. All shows are on Saturday evenings and start at 7 p.m. Bring your folding chair or a blanket to sit on, and feel free to bring the kids – it’s absolutely free.