Quincy Porchfest returns this month

Now in its 11th year Quincy PorchFest will be back in full effect on Saturday, March 18.

The free music festival, held in the historic downtown district of Quincy, will feature Lili Forbes, Funky ‘Taters, Disciples of Music, Thursday Night Music Club, Ben Flournoy Trio, Jerry Thigpen Trio, Baby Gray, Latin Soul, Hot Tamale, and Madison Street.

Founded in 2012 by local drummer Walter Kelleher, Quincy PorchFest was the first festival of its kind held in the State of Florida.

PorchFest brings musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and build community.

The event is hosted by Quincy Main Street and presented by Trulieve, May Nursery and Capital City Bank. Other sponsors included Climate Control, Marathon Oil, Bell & Bates Home Center, Padgett’s Jewelry, and the Gadsden County Times.

Partners include the Gadsden Arts Center and Museum. Porch hosts are the First Presbyterian Church-Quincy, Centenary Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Millhouse Inn, the Gadsden County Times, Lines Hinson & Lines Attorneys at Law, and private homeowners in the historic district–Josh Heller and Natalie Edwards, Lorene Kitzmiller and Paul Manske, Jimmy Auman, Mark and Martha Fletcher.

Quincy Main Street boasts that PorchFest is an event for all.

The outdoor festival includes several venues that are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, with indoor restrooms, seating, and entrances that accommodate persons with physical mobility limitations. Americans with Disabilities Act compliant portable restrooms are placed in convenient locations during the festival. The performances are located close together so the audience can easily use mobility devices to reach each venue. All of Quincy’s downtown area sidewalks within the festival area are smooth and stable with proper slope and detectable warning surfaces at the crosswalks. An audio app for smartphones guides the visually impaired throughout the historic district enhancing their experience at the festival.

Erin Hill


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