The Porchfest musicians will appear on the same stage as Blue Note Napa will take to the Oxbow Commons for the RiverStage concerts, which begin August 14 with performances by Trampled by Turtles and Mt. Joie. Installation of the stage and sound would begin about a week before the opening concert, according to Tesler, who said the venue has a municipal permit for up to 5,700 spectators, or just over one-third of the maximum festival attendance on the streets of Napa.
“We know this is an important event for the city of Napa, and we think it’s a good fit,” he said of the potential partnership.
Napa City officials spoke with Porchfest and Blue Note staff about using the e-ticketing for the event, even without an admission fee. “We’re looking for RSVPs so we can check the numbers,” city recreation supervisor Pete Hangen said Tuesday.
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Malan predicted that the Porchfest concert would likely consist of 10 to 12 acts, each playing sets lasting up to 30 minutes in the afternoon and evening. How the musicians would be selected for the event has yet to be decided, as the Oxbow Commons stage would host only a fraction of the dozens of artists who normally perform in Old Town and Fuller Park.
“It won’t be the traditional Porchfest; since there are no porches, we can’t do 120 groups on a stage in one day, ”said Malan. “But we’ll have an eclectic roster of music from all genres to represent the (diversity) of the Porchfest event.”