A community music event at historic porches and Preservation Park in Joliet, IL - 710 Taylor St.
Porch & Park Music Fest is a free event bringing together some of our area's most talented original musicians, plus friends from the touring community, for afternoon performances on porches in Joliet's historic Cathedral Area, followed by an evening free concert at Preservation Park, 710 Taylor St.
From 1:30 - 5 PM, take a walking rotation through the Cathedral Area to catch different music acts on various porches, then head to Preservation Park for the main concert event from 5:30 - 9 PM. Bring your own chair/blanket and pack your own goodies and refreshments. Food will be available for purchase from our friends from Moe Joe's Cajun & Caribbean Cuisine! Pick up your map of participating porches at Preservation Park or any of the porch sites beginning at 1 PM - Porch locations and pics listed below on this site...
Yes, it's a family-friendly event. Preservation Park has a playground and we'll also have our talented hooper friend Emily on hand with a bunch of hula hoops for the kids (and young-at-heart)!
Here's who's joined usin 2023! Keep an eye out for the 2024 linup!
Rotate among porches to catch a wide variety of music artists!
Singer/songwriter John Condron with members of his Old Gang Orchestra, and from Cincinnati, OH, Andrew Hibbard, and Dan Dougherty.
Mondo Cortez and Chicago Blues Angels - 1:30 -3 PM
Valhalla (Teen Rockers) - 3-5 PM
Rock and Wonk music with JRoss Green and, from Covington, KY, Wonky Tonk!
1:30 - Dorothy Does Tina! - Dorothy Roberson, Chicago's Premier Tina Turner!
2:45 - 3:15 - Amanda and Michael Roach - a Cathedral Area duo!
3:30 - 4:45 - Nick Domberg
Nashville singer/songwriters playing songs in a Music City-style round!
Bonner Black - Hot Rock, TN
Tristan Bushman - Ashton, IL
Katie Pederson - Ann Arbor, MI
Jefferson Rinck - Grand Rapids, MI
Excellent singer/songwriter music and stories with Pete Jive / Anne Hatfield-Martin & Max Dunne.
Art and Lemonade!!
Tony Padilla and friends from the Joliet Art Movement
Neighborhood kids hoping to stuff their pockets with $ by selling you tasty/ice-cold lemonade!
Local girl scouts from Troop 75493 running a craft table for kids and temporary tattoos, and may also be playing a few tunes for you on their school band instruments! Plus artists in the front yard!
5:30 PM - Porch Musicians
6:20 PM - Phoebe Hunt
7:00 PM - Crooked Tails
8:00 PM - The Selectones
9:00 PM - Fest closes
9:30 PM - Uncle Sexy & The Nephews at Joliet Bakery (the Drunken Donut)!
One of the Joliet area's best bands, providing you with quality reggae, rock, ska, roots and some funk sprinkled on top! Closing things out at Preservation Park!
Our area's premiere singer/songwrter band, joining forces of Allison Flood, Brain Motyll, John Condron, Doneco Nudi and Chris Foray
Singer/Songwriter/Fiddler originally from Austin, TX, now based in Nashville. 6:20 PM at Preservation Park. Her new album "Nothing Else Matters" out now! Visit:
On the Nashville Porch: Award-winning singer/songwriter from Anne Arbor, MI, now based in Nashville.
On the Nashville Porch: Singer/Songwriter from Nashville, originally from Ashton, IL
On the Nashville Porch: Singer/Writer from Grand Rapids, MI, now based in Nashville.
One of our area's most popular Singer/Songwriters, joined by members of his Old Gang Orchestra- Ellis Wright, Tom Maslowski, Doneco Nudi
Acclaimed singer/songwriter from Cincinnati, OH
Indie Singer/Songwriter/Man of many surprises and this area's one true Rock star!
Singer/Songwriter/Performer/Visual Artist/Chief Wonk from Covington, KY, soon Utopia, TX
On the Nashville Porch: Singer/Songwriter from rural Tennessee, now based in Nashville. Latest songs, "Breaking A Sweat" and "Take Me On" out now on your streaming platforms!
Local high school rockers "Valhalla"
Outstanding local player and singer/songwriter
Local duo Tom and Larry sing your favorite tunes!
Live music in the park from 5:30 - 9 PM
Porch Musicians - 5:30
Phoebe Hunt - 6:20
Crooked Tails - 7 PM
The Selectones! - 8 PM
Aftershow at 9:30 PM at Joliet Bakery, Deli and Liquor (The Drunken Donut) with Uncle Sexy & The Nephews
Delicious food available for purchase from Moe Joe's Cajun!
Local hooper Emily Bandera will be on hand to entertain kids with an array of hula hoops! Plus, there's a beautiful playground onsite.
Porch & Park White T-Shirts with Royal Blue or Red logo (while supplies last), plus you get a coozie, too! All proceeds go to support the music artists!
Support Porch & Park Music Fest with a donation that goes directly to supporting the many participating performers!
Porch & Park Music Fest
Where: Joliet Cathedral Area porches from 1:30-5 PM, then a concert at Preservation Park, 701 Taylor St., Joliet, from 5:30 - 9 PM
When: Saturday, August 19, 2023. Porch maps available at Preservation Park or any porch location at 1:00 PM on August 19.
What is the “Porch & Park Fest?” – Porch & Park Music Fest is a free event bringing together some of our area's most talented original musicians, plus friends from the touring community, for afternoon performances on porches in Joliet's historic Cathedral Area, followed by an evening free concert at Preservation Park, 710 Taylor St.
What else is there to do besides listening to great music? – CAPA (Cathedral Area Preservation Association) reps will have maps for historic self-tours of the neighborhood, a playground for kids, plus hula-hooping for the kids, at Preservation Park.... And new for this year, a Kids' porch and Joliet Art Movement porch.
Will there be food and drink available?— Yes,there will be tasty food avaialble at Preservation Park from Moe Joe's Cajun and Carribean Cuisine. Bring your own chair and cooler, beverages and refreshements for the afternoon and evening.
Where do I park?—Street parking is available throughout the Cathedral Area near the park, plus you are free to use the nearby lots at University of St. Francis and at west end of the field at Preservation Park.
Where can I get a map and addresses of the porch locations? – The porch addresses and locations will be available on a map with pictures of each porch downloadable from this Web page, plus maps will be available on the day of the event at each porch and Preservation Park at 1:00 PM. Members of CAPA will be there to greet you at each location.
Does it cost anything to attend?— Nope! It's a FREE event kindly hosted by the Joliet Park District with generous support from our patrons and sponsors
If you'd like to contribute to the event , there will be donation buckets and QR codes at each porch location. All donations go to the musicians! You can also support the musicians by purchasing their merchandise at the porch locations or the park!
What should I bring?— Bring a chair, your own cooler with goodies and refreshments, sunscreen, and maybe some bug spray. Bring your purse or wallet to purchase delicious food from Moe Joe's, some merch from our talented musicians, and if the spirit moves you, a few dollars in the donation buckets!
What’s the bathroom situation?— There will be Porta Potties at the corner of Taylor and Wilcox to serve the park. Additional Porta Potties will be located at near the Western Ave. porches at 903, 708 and 615 Western Ave.
Is "Porch & Park" family friendly?— Yes, families are welcome! Preservation Park has a nice playground area for kids and our friend Emily Bandera, a talented hoop artist, is bringing a bunch of hoops out for the enjoyment of young and old!
Will merchandise be available? – You can support our musicians (and say Hi!) by purchasing some of their latest merchandise and music!
What if it rains? What if the weather is severe? –Being a rain or shine event, every attempt will be made to complete the show. With regard to severe weather, we will be monitoring the weather. In the event of showers, throw open an umbrella and dance in the rain. If severe weather approaches, additional measures, including cancellation, may be necessary (But we HOPE NOT!!!)
Where can I find the music lineup and performance times?— The Porch times and musicians will be listed above on this site, and will be posted on the "Porch & Park Music Fest" FB page and on IG: @porchandparkmusicfest!!
Porch & Park Music Fest 2023 Promo Video - Artists and Porches!
Do you have questions or comments about the event? Do you need special accommodations? Send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
710 Taylor Street, Joliet, Illinois 60435, United States