Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation will present the 3rd Annual Front Porch Showdown, Saturday, June 4, 4-7 p.m., at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, 75215. Gates open at noon and all historic buildings will be open for touring until 6 p.m. Performing on the Main Street Stage, bluegrass bands compete for cash prizes, with winners chosen by the audience. Each audience member with a paid admission will receive a ballot at the entrance to vote for their favorite band. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome.
“For the third year, we are excited to bring this type of musical event to Dallas Heritage Village and want to thank the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation for their continued partnership,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “We encourage you to bring the family, come early to explore our historic buildings. It’s going to be another great event!”
The performing bands to date are: Bethlehem Bluegrass Band (Hallsville); Bluestem (Dallas); FM 455 (Prosper); Pearl & The Polka Dots (Weatherford); Runnin' Ragged (Gunter); Salt Creek (Sanger); and Strings of Faith (Plano). Each band will have 15 minutes to take the front porch, play a couple of songs, and entertain the crowd before the next band begins. All bands play only acoustic instruments into a microphone.
“Dallas Heritage Village is an amazing place to enjoy family-friendly acoustic music and fun!” said Alan Tompkins, president of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. “We’ve got a bunch of good bands that are anxious to play in the contest, and we expect to have plenty of bluegrass musicians jamming all around the Village. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, Dobro, or upright bass and come join us! It'll be a great day!”
Kids 12 and under free with parent or guardian. Tickets are $10 at dallasheritagevillage.org or by calling 214-413-3669. Proceeds benefit Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. Contest winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome.
For more information on the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation: www.bluegrassheritage.org