Free ‘Porchella’ music event offers live concerts within walking distance around Ghent

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)– Porchella kicked off in Norfolk Saturday night between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

It’s like Coachella, but free and follows COVID-19 restrictions.

A dozen musicians, bands, and DJs performed from different front porches in the Ghent area of the city.

Cristina Fletcher, the organizer said she got the idea to have a local, safe, and live music show from the Richmond area.

“We want to do something safe but it’s hard right now. This was the easiest way we could think of to enjoy some live music while still keeping distant.”

Many musicians have not been able to play for months because of the coronavirus restrictions in music venues and restaurants.

“I’ve been surprised by how many are willing to share their gift for free on the street. A lot of these musicians normally get paid gigs and stuff. But with things being how they are this year. I think they are just itching to have an audience. They have been excited,” she said.

Fletcher tells 10 On Your Side several neighbors in the area volunteered their porch as performance space.

“It’s been nice to see people just offer up their homes to musicians and I think everyone is a little antsy to do something. This is something that is safe and also really fun,” she explained.

“There are so many great front porches in Ghent. It’s probably one of the biggest characteristics of Norfolk in this little area compared to the other cities in Hampton Roads. It’s very walkable. Everyone has a front porch and a lot of them are pretty big.”

Music filled the area until about 9 p.m. and all of the houses were within walking or biking distance.

Guests were reminded to dress warm, wear a mask, social distance and if you would like — tip the musicians.

“If you see a porch with a large audience, maybe walk down to find one that allows more space apart.”

Here’s the list of bands and artist that performed.

  • Barrell Davis and Friend
  • JAG Duo
  • Lucas Philput
  • Rebecca Gilmore
  • Tejas Singh
  • Paul Costen
  • Paper Aliens
  • Travis Bevis, Jamie Elkins Teresa Ann
  • Scott Cramer
  • Turncoat Syndicate
  • Josh Rubin and Friend
  • Jovi Espina
  • Bandshes and Tom Stanley
  • Skye Zentz

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