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Original Front Porch Pickin’ Returns March 31 at the Mountain Arts Center


The Original Front Porch Pickin’, one of the Mountain Arts Center’s (MAC) house productions, will return on Friday March 31 with Appalachian Wireless as the official sponsor of the popular regional show.

Due to rising costs, last fall the MAC began charging an admission at the door. With this official sponsorship, it will once again be free admission for everybody.  

MAC Assistant Director Shelly Crisp is thrilled about the new deal.

“We are extremely excited about this sponsorship that will enable us to continue this programming to our local musicians and patrons,” Crisp said. “Due to their generosity, we can offer it for free again. It shows that Appalachian Wireless is a valued member of our community.”

Appalachian Wireless Marketing Manager Ashley Litteral remarked that they were eager to help.

“We wanted to do something to help offset the costs of such a great event for the people of Eastern Kentucky,” he said. “The music of our region is very much a part of the culture of Appalachia. We felt like this was a great way to help a lot of people enjoy this music."

Front Porch Pickin’ is an open-mic format that regularly hosts bluegrass, folk, acoustic, and gospel musicians. Members of the MAC house band lead groups of musicians and vocalists through old favorites and originals. Anybody that wants to get up on stage to sing or play, will need to show up early and write their name down along with the song they have chosen, on the sign-up sheet backstage.

The show will be Friday, March 31 at 7pm. Details will be released soon about more 2017 Front Porch Pickin’ dates. For more information call the Mountain Arts Center at 606-889-9125 or visit: http://www.macarts.com

The Mountain Arts Center is the premier performing arts venue in eastern Kentucky.  Located in the heart of the bloodline of the Country Music Highway, the facility features a 1,050-seat auditorium, conference/meeting facilities, instruction rooms and a state-of-the-art recording studio. Operations are through a partnership between the city of Prestonsburg, Ky. and Big Sandy Community & Technical College. 

For more information, call 1-888-MAC-ARTS or visit online at: http://www.macarts.com

(story provided by the Mountain Arts Center)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."