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Despite the heat, Porchfest drew music enthusiasts to Quincy’s historic district to wander the streets and listen to about 14 acts deliver a number of styles —including Chris Jobinski covering AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” The Benders delivering their rendition of a Coldplay hit and Thursday Night Music Club bringing the big band standard “Take the ‘A’ Train” to a front yard on Duval Street. Duke Ellington would have been proud.

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Richard and Tina Davis of Tallahassee picked up a Porchfest map at the Gadsden Arts Center and headed out to hear Thursday Night Music Club, the big band that played a two-hour set. Davis said he read about Porchfest in a newspaper and decided to check it out because he used to play trumpet with that group.

Because actual porch seating is limited, many Porchfest visitors brought their own folding chairs, setting them up on front lawns to listen to the music and socialize between sets. Denise Zeitler of Tallahassee brought her caning companion Gumbeaux to hear The Benders. She said she found out about Porchfest on Facebook.

Lynette Halter of Tallahassee came with a group of friends to spend the afternoon in Quincy. Her favorite act on the lineup: Hot Tamale.

“It’s just a pleasant thing to do,” she said. And it also made financial sense, because she said holiday hotel rates were high in areas such as Panama City and it was hard to find a room.

She said her favorite stop was at the home of Dan Hooker where visitors were offered water, popsicles and other refreshment.

“That was the most fun place to sit,” she said.

Porchfest organizer Walter Kelleher said the turnout for this year’s Porchfest was better than last year. 

“Last year, it rained.”