Deer Tick and Del McCoury & David Grisman to Headline Back Porch Festival

Photo by LauraPartain

Photo by LauraPartain

Deer Tick, Anais Mitchell and Del McCoury and David Grisman are among the acts scheduled to perform at this year's Back Porch Festival, which returns March 1-4 to the Academy of Music and Parlor Room in Northampton.

Birds Of Chicago, Jeffery Foucault, Molly Tuttle and Honeysuckle are also on the bill, along with a John Hartford tribute from Courtney Hartman and Robert Ellis. The pair recently released "Dear John," an album of songs by the writer of "Gentle on My Mind."

This year's four-day version is the fifth incarnation of the festival, which local record label Signature Sounds started in 2014 as a one-day event. Signature Sounds owner Jim Olsen this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of his "Back Porch Radio" show on WRSI-FM (93.9), The River. 

Here's the schedule so far. Tickets are are available here.

Thursday, March 1
Parlor Room 
7 p.m. – Say Darling: A Patsy Cline Tribute Show 

Friday, March 2
Academy Of Music 
8 p.m. – An Evening With Deer Tick 

Parlor Room 

Saturday, March 3
Academy of Music
7 p.m. – Anais Mitchell, Birds Of Chicago, Jeffery Foucault 

Parlor Room
10:30 a.m. – Little Roots kids show
2 p.m. – Family Square Dance with Little Roots
(recommended for ages 5-12) 

Sunday March 4th
Academy of Music
2 p.m. – Back Porch Bluegrass featuring Del & Dawg (Del McCoury & David Grisman),
Molly Tuttle, Honeysuckle

Parlor Room
9 a.m.-noon – Back Porch Radio Live (live radio show with special guests) 
Free admission. 
7 p.m. - The Parlor Sessions: Courtney Hartman & Robert Ellis Present Dear John – A John Hartford Tribute
Plus a VERY special guest TBA.