The Front Porch - Ferndale

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Thirty porches and over 50 + performances

The Front Porch is a one-day music event created to showcase Michigan music artists from around the state playing on front porches of Ferndale, Michigan. The event will feature established as well as up-and-coming/rising acts…performers and groups of all genres -Rock, Folk, Blues, Hip-Hop, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, etc.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 12 noon – 7 pm. Each artist/band will play for about 30-minutes.

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 he (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.

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. Like 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.

Cost: Free
Date: June, 22 2019
Time: 12 noon – 7 pm
Location: Ferndale Residents Front Porches

About Michael Benghiat

Michael is a seasoned marketing/branding/promotions/business development professional possessing thirty-years of experience with a solid track record and respectable reputation within the sports and entertainment industry, media business and nonprofit sector. He has represented some of the most notable properties, events and venues in sports and live entertainment including the Wells Fargo Center/ Philadelphia Flyers and Sixers/AHL Philadelphia Phantoms, Olympia Entertainment/Detroit Red Wings, and Radio City Entertainment. He has organized and promoted hundreds of events ranging from concerts to sporting events and family shows to Broadway performances.

About Gary Graff

Gary is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. In addition to Billboard,, and, he also writes regularly for the New York Times Features Syndicate, Journal Register Newspapers, Revolver, Music Connection, United Stations Radio Networks and more, and for radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He has written books about Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, rock ‘n’ roll myths and other subjects.

2019 Performers

226 E. Vester St, Ferndale

  • Audra Kubat: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Jill Govan: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

232 E. Breckenridge, Ferndale

  • Jamie Marvin: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

300 E. Saratoga, Ferndale

300 E. Saratoga, Ferndale

406 E. Saratoga, Ferndale

348 Ardmore, Ferndale

  • Hip Tuck & Rumble: 1:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Rob Louis Trio: 2:15pm - 2:45pm

468 E. Saratoga, Ferndale

455 Academy, Ferndale

  • Nate Jones: 1:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Kate Hinote: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

431 Leroy St., Ferndale

  • Mike Ward: 2:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Rachel Curtis Trio: 3:30pm - 4:00pm

299 W. Saratoga, Ferndale

  • Reefermen: 2:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Cherry Pezz: 5:00pm - 5:30pm

333 Pearson St., Ferndale

  • Oblique NoirAnthony Retka: 2:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Ali McManus: 3:15pm - 3:45pm

405 W Hazelhurst, Ferndale'

  • Anthony Retka: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

655 W Hazelhurst, Ferndale'

  • Plastic Beach: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Bananacondas: 4:15pm - 4:45pm

398 W Hazelhurst, Ferndale'

  • Violent Bloom: 4:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Tryancareagain: 5:15pm - 5:45pm

270 W. Saratoga, Ferndale

540 Leroy, Ferndale

  • Lady & the Sleepers: 3:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Brother Hallow: 5:30pm - 6:00pm

506 Troy, Ferndale

  • Acoustic Ash: 2:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Sean Butzin: 4:30pm - 5:00pm

212 Leroy, Ferndale

  • Carl Phillips: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Duane Allen Harlick: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

725 W. Breckenridge, Ferndale

780 Worthington, Ferndale

  • Volcanos: 4:30pm - 5:00pm
  • The Zotz: 5:45pm - 6:15

245 W. Lewiston, Ferndale

  • Large Extra Large: 5:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Funkylingus: 6:00pm -6:30pm

236 Withington, Ferndale

  • The Sneeks: 3:45pm - 4:15
  • Great Expectations: 4:45pm - 5:15
  • Tiscornia: 6:30pm - 7:00pm

243 W. Lewiston, Ferndale

  • Popular Creeps: 3:15pm - 3:45pm
  • Black Tie Circus: 6:30pm - 7:00pm

244 W. Cambourne, Ferndale

540 W. Breckinridge St., Ferndale

619 W. Breckinridge St., Ferndale

  • Royal Grand: 3:45pm - 4:15
  • Remnose: 5:30pm - 6:00pm

594 Withington, Ferndale

  • David Bierman Overdrive: 3:15pm - 3:45pm
  • Sunshine Doray: 4:15pm - 4:45pm
  • Dan John Miller & the Tin Types: 5:00pm - 5:30pm

724 W. Cambourne, Ferndale

604 W. Cambourne, Ferndale

  • Jill Jack: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
  • The Gary Janes: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

1056 Withington, Ferndale

  • Storm Clouds: 3:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Ryan Dilaha: 4:30pm - 5:00pm

546 W. Breckinridge St., Ferndale

  • Hung Up: 5:45pm - 6:15pm

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