Founder of Porch Stomp and Make mUsic Knoxville
Founded in 2014 as a part of the Make Music New York summer solstice festival, Porch Stomp began with the mission of democratizing New York City folk music by creating a space for musicians of all abilities and backgrounds to grow together. What began as an intimate day featuring 25 acts had grown to include over 210 acts performing throughout the scenic greenery of Governors Island's Nolan Park. Heralded by the Patch as "a folk celebration unlike any other", Porch Stomp celebrates the common heritage shared by all acoustic genres, ranging from sea shanteys to old time, bluegrass to talking blues, shape note to singer songwriter.
A staple of Porch Stomp's year-round programming, Flatfoot Flatbush has been bringing old time music to historic downtown Brooklyn since December of 2014. Presented with partners including Make Music New York, the North Flatbush BID and NYC's-own City Stompers, Flatfoot Flatbush invites old time musicians and dancers alike to parade down the sidewalks, through businesses and the streets of Flatbush Avenue each December 21st. This one of a kind experience pairs both folk luminaries and total beginners in an epic community celebration!
Make Music Knoxville
One of over 100 chapters globally, Make Music Knoxville celebrates all things music and community each June 21st featuring free, participatory concerts all throughout Knoxville. Featuring partners such as Zoo Knoxville, Ijams Nature Preserve, School of Rock Knoxville, Real Knoxville Music and more, Make Music Knoxville truly is a celebration of music for everybody!