The Front Porch

The Front Porch

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The Front Porch is a one-day music event created to showcase Michigan music artists from around the state playing on front porches of Ferndale, Michigan. The event will feature established as well as up-and-coming/rising acts…performers and groups of all genres – Rock, Folk, Blues, Hip-Hop, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, etc.

The event is to serve as a launching Pad for an ongoing Music TV show

The Michigan music scene is abundant with talent from Detroit to DeWitt and from Taylor to Traverse City and into the Upper Peninsula producing a wide range of music in virtually every musical genre,from heavy metal to classical, gospel to country, folk to rap. The likes of Bob Seger, Aretha  Franklin, Mitch Ryder, Kid Rock, Eminem, Mike Posner, Big Sean and all at Motown have certainly put Michigan on the international radar, but a crop of new and developing  artists – whether it’s Joshua Davis and Laith Al-Saadi of “The Voice” fame, the Accidentals, the Howlin’ Diablos,  Jena Irene Ascuitto and scores of others are keeping that musical heritage vital and alive.



Gary Graff

Producer / Event Organizer / TV Show Host


Gary is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. In addition to Billboard,, and, he also writes regularly for the New York Times Features Syndicate, Journal Register Newspapers, Revolver, Music Connection, United Stations Radio Networks and more, and for radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He has written books about Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, rock ‘n’ roll myths and other subjects.

Michael Benghiat

Founder/Executive Producer/Event Organizer

Michael is a seasoned marketing/branding/promotions/business development professional possessing thirty-years of experience with a solid track record and respectable reputation within the sports and entertainment industry, media business and nonprofit sector. He has represented some of the most notable properties, events and venues in sports and live entertainment including the Wells Fargo Center/ Philadelphia Flyers and Sixers/AHL Philadelphia Phantoms, Olympia Entertainment/Detroit Red Wings, and Radio City Entertainment. He has organized and promoted hundreds of events ranging from concerts to sporting events and family shows to Broadway performances.

Having a tremendous passion for music, producing an event like The Front Porch and potential TV show has been on his “f**k-it list.”