Pickin’ at Pat’s: Schedule for entertainment at Pat’s porch is set for Fall
By Emily Pitts
Pat’s Café has been operating in downtown Selmer for 23 years. It is already known for its famous, one-of-a-kind slug burgers; now, is quickly becoming known for something entirely different: music.
Last year, Harold Knight, Pat’s husband, began work on the porch that sits outside their café. They began asking friends and café customers what to call their porch, and the consensus was the “Pickin’ at Pat’s Porch.” Since that time, it has become a stage for musical acts from around the county and beyond.
“Well, we didn’t really have much entertainment,” said Pat, when asked why they decided to build their porch. “We wanted to give people a place to come and play. It’s free, it gets people downtown, and it’s just hard to find something like that.”
Pat and Harold began inviting people to come play on Saturday nights through the fall last year. Local favorites Bo Jack Killingsworth, Russell Elliott, James Smith, and other bluegrass groups have performed. They have had audiences ranging from up to 100 and down to 15-20.
“But we had just as much fun when we had 15 as we did when we had 100,” said Pat.
Plans are in full swing for this year’s concerts. They will start in September and go through the end of October, until it gets too cold to continue. This year, the concerts picked up again in the spring, but with the explosion of bluegrass festivals around the same time, it became harder to continue. Currently, the porch is only booked for fall.
The concerts will begin after Labor Day weekend and will open with the gospel group Cloudy and the Boys on Sept. 10. On the 17th, the porch will host Stacy Deaton and his country and bluegrass band Riverstone. On the 24th, James Smith the Autoharp Man and his band from Huntsville, Ala., a Rockabilly Festival favorite, will perform.
October will open with the always popular Karaoke Night, which has been very successful in the past. Local favorites Maggie Whitaker and Tyler Smith will perform, along with many others. “If you’re interested in singing, see me at the café,” said Pat.
On Oct. 8, Bo Jack Killingsworth will perform, and finally, a Celtic dance group from Rose Creek will perform at one of the remaining October dates.
Pat and Harold look forward to the fall and encourage everyone to bring their lawn chairs come out to the porch on Saturday nights.
“It’s gonna be real good,” said Pat.