When it’s time to unveil her new album, for Emily Kresky, there’s no place like home.
That’s why Saturday’s album release party for “Wake Up” has been scheduled for The Front Porch, where Kresky serves as artist and community relations manager.
“It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Kresky said of joining the team at the roots music school in downtown Charlottesville. “It’s like family to me. It just feels like such an open and honest music community. It’s such a strong place everyone feels welcomed in.”
Joining the singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist in the American roots band are bassist Niko Cvetanovich and drummer Sean Bracken.
“We’ve gotten really comfortable with each other,” she said, adding that they’ve played as a band for about a year. “We have very strong communication.”
Three part-time band members — Nick Berkin on keyboards, fiddler Jonathan Lingerfelt and guitarist Alex Bragg —will be joining the pop-rock outfit for this weekend’s show. When the six musicians join forces, there’s “more camaraderie and a fuller sound,” Kresky said.
Dropping Julia will play all 10 songs from the new album, “mixed in with some of our newer material,” Kresky said.
“I wrote the songs with acoustic guitar,” Kresky said. “It has segued from folk music to folk rock, and it still has that singer-songwriter sound.”
The Front Porch offers a welcoming environment for sharing the stories behind the songs, so expect to hear Kresky introduce the new numbers.
“I’ve written these songs over the past four years. Each song has its own story,” she said. “It’s a little more intimate here — more of a listening room.”
The egalitarian learning environment at The Front Porch offers musicians of all backgrounds and experience levels a chance to thrive, she said.
“It seems like there are no real barriers,” she said. “In The Front Porch, you’ll have masters in the same room as beginners, and that’s really rare.”
For a self-taught guitarist who learned her instrument at 19, it’s the ideal place to share a new album with the community that nurtured her talent and dreams.
“I actually did teach myself, and I feel like my teachers are all the people I’ve played with,” Kresky said. “I kind of feel like the music community is my teacher.”
The family-friendly show is suitable for all ages. For details, visit frontporchcville.org.