In 2013 one man, Brian Mallman, a Los Angeles based artist, had an idea that art can make us see the world in a different way and make it a more peaceful place. Out of his idea, a group of musicians decided to start International Play Music on the Porch Day in 2018. It was a huge success, with thousands of musicians from 70 countries and thousands of cities participating. This year, on August 27, the Who Ever Shows Up Bluegrass Pickers will be participating in the event at the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation, located at 1399 Sam Davis Road in Smyrna.
The Who Ever Shows Up Bluegrass Pickers band says that all skill levels of musicians are welcome to participate from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 pm CDST. The band will be taping the performance and uploading it onto their Facebook page. This video will join hundreds of others from across the globe, brought together by music.
Play Music on the Porch Day has resulted in bringing together musicians from many different locations, backgrounds and styles to begin collaborations through the Play Music on the Porch Day International/Songwriting Collaborations.
“I’m honored to be a part of this idea from Play Music on the Porch Day,” said J. D. Wilkes on the event’s website. “Combining cultures and musical styles into one recording session, and having it done remotely via the internet should be an idea that spreads.”
And it is spreading. Anyone can join Music on the Porch Day by signing up on the event’s website to get added to the map. Already 100s of musical groups and individuals are joining the collaboration.
Once signed up, participating is easy, just go out on the porch and play. At home, or by joining the group at Sam Davis Home.