The Front Porch Roots Music School in Charlottesville, Virginia Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:50:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tuesday Tunes with Front Porch String Band Sun, 21 Jun 2015 03:45:28 +0000 IMG_2526IMG_2713IMG_2658IMG_2628IMG_2587IMG_2606IMG_2516

We had a fantastic time at our first Tuesday Tunes of 2015 with the Front Porch String Band and a host of guest appearances by students of The Front Porch. The food, provided by Morsel Compass, The Pie Guy, and Pantheon Pops was delish, and the setting, glorious!  You can’t beat a sunset at Ash Lawn-Highland.

Photos graciously provided by David Engler.

“In the Groove” – The Front Porch and the Morrison Family Make News! Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:57:05 +0000 Fropopromos

The Cville followed the Morrison family around for an afternoon to get a peek into their music and the lifestyle and inspiration behind the Front Porch. Check out the article to hear a little bit more about The Front Porch and see the Morrison family playing sweet music on their very own front porch!

WTJU Interview Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:43:33 +0000 IMG_3123The Front Porch had its radio debut! We enjoyed a fun interview with Emily Richardson-Laurente.  Her show, Soundboard, is a discussion program about news, culture, and community issues in the Charlottesville area.  If you are interested in a quick (10 min) description of what The Front Porch is up to, listen here:

Soundboard Interview on WTJU

Announcing Traditional Music on Tuesday Evenings at Ash Lawn-Highland Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:45:45 +0000 great music
tasty food from the BBQ exchange
drinks provided by Albemarle Ciderworks
and the most gorgeous setting around
(photos courtesy of Rick Stillings)




Songwriter Workshop with John Lilly Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:44:27 +0000  


On Sunday, April 26 John Lilly will offer a songwriter’s workshop at the Front Porch (707 Altavista Ave) from 2 – 3:30.  Topics he will cover: songcraft (melody, rhythm, structure, chords and harmony, lyrics), process (finding fresh song ideas and developing them into finished songs), and the business of songwriting (copyright, co-writing, demos, pitching songs, generating income).  $30/ person. Email to sign up.

First Ever Porch Music Festival! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:43:14 +0000  


The Front Porch and Tom Tom present the first ever porch music festivalthroughout downtown Belmont.  Acoustic music will grace porches on Sunday, April 19 from 5:30 to 10 PM.  Come for the Belmont Block party in the afternoon, stay for porch music throughout the evening. Join Emily and John Morrison, Gabe Robey, and Austin Robey (The Front Porch String Band) from 5:30 to 7:30 on the porch of 337 Monticello Road!

Save the Dates for Spring and Summer Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:34:11 +0000 Banjo

As we wind up our first session, we have a lot to celebrate! We launched twelve classes serving more than 50 students. We hosted workshops in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and Appalachian clogging, with two more to come in songwriting and clawhammer banjo.

And there’s a lot more in store! The Front Porch is participating in Darden’s i.lab program this summer. Cay Lee Ratliff, our amazing business director, and the fabulous Maddie Legro, our full time intern, will be spending a portion of the summer with me at the i.lab. We are looking forward to merging innovative business ideas with our goals of creating an artistic community that is accessible, creative, and inspiring.

We are renting a beautiful property beginning in August — a spacious house in town with plenty of parking (woot!). Incredible teachers have been lining up this spring — we can’t wait to launch what is sure to be a fantastic program of events.

A number of special events are on the near horizon! Save these dates and read on for details…

Sunday, April 19, Belmont Front Porch festival: 5:30 – 7:30 The Front Porch String Band at 337 Monticello Road.

Sunday, April 26, 3 – 4:30: Songwriter workshop with John Lilly

Saturday, May 9: Banjo workshop with Adam Hurt (SOLD OUT)

Tuesdays evenings at Ash Lawn Highland (6/16, 7/14, 8/4): traditional music, food, and cider