Front Porch Stage

Front Porch Stage is back! The stage is located in the Grand Concourse area of the convention center outside the registration area. This live stage focuses on solo acoustic acts across a wide range of musical instruments and styles. Relax a while and enjoy these performances by Chicago area musicians representing music in the local area. Thanks to the Old Town School of Folk Music for their assistance in bringing so many talented artist to ALA

Time: Friday, June 23 Saturday, June 24 Sunday, June 25 Monday, June 26

Fruteland Jackson

Chicago Blues, Guitar 

Joe Sonnefeldt

Caribbean, Steel Drums

Luciano Antonio

Brazilian, Guitar


Steve Rosen

Old-Time, Banjo/Fiddle

Zacbe Pichardo

Latin Folk, Harp

Jess McIntosh

Old-Time, Fiddle


Maz Wojciechowska

Polish/Eastern European, Accordian

Ronnie Malley

Middle Eastern, Oud



Matt Brown

Irish, Fiddle

Courtney Yasmineh with Rob Genadek

Singer/Songwriter, Guitar

Beth Lawton, Topher Lawton & Dick Hogle

Blues, Modern Folk Colonial & Civil War Era, String Band



Keith Baumann

Jazz/Swing, Banjo/Guitar

Taylor West

African, Drums

Jeff Hunter 

Jazz, Vibes