Playing Music Out of Doors This Summer

I’ve been too busy to keep up postings here. Sorry about that. Summer is a good time for Folk singers and many other kinds of musicians to get in front of people.

In my case, I spent most of the last thirty years playing 45-minute concerts in controlled environments, so I’m using my summer opportunities as a chance to get back into playing longer concerts and reaching people who didn’t come out just to hear me play.

Last Saturday, I played a 2-hour slot at the New Carlisle (Ohio) Farmer’s Market, hardly a music tourism destination, but a chance to practice entertaining folks who came to buy veggies or whatever and stick around to listen to live music. It was brutally hot, and I botched some words, but I lived through it and received some very nice comments.

No, there’s nothing prestigious about these, but I keep telling my musician friends who complain there’s no place to practice playing in front of people to check out events and places like this. And they’re great training for festivals and the like. Why settle for a 20-minute slot at some open mike, when you can actually have a stage to yourself for an hour or two?

I’m currently scheduled for two more two-hour slots there – August 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM and September 15 at 11:00 AM.

In addition, there’s a slightly more structured, one-hour outdoor gig at “Dayton Porchfest,” a neighborhood-wide festival where musicians of all kinds set up on people’s porches and provide multiple simultaneous concerts. That event starts at 1:30 PM, August 25 in the St. Anne’s Hill Historic District of Dayton, Ohio. Google “1306 E 5th St, Dayton, Ohio 45403” to Mapquest the location. I go on at 4:00 P.M., though the specific locations haven’t been decided yet.

Stay tuned for more announcements, or sign up for my Facebook music page to see more frequent posts.


About Paul

Paul Race has been writing and playing all kinds of music since the 1960s, though he tends to favor acoustic and traditional songs. He has created resources like,, and to help other musicians get a good start on their own journeys.

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