Porchfest 2013 this Saturday

On May 17, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

This Saturday, May 18, noon-6pm, Somerville takes advantage of an underused music venue: the porch!

Somerville Arts Council  launched Porchfest back in 2011 and it has taken off like wild fire. Perhaps you’ve sat on your porch and overheard a neighbor strumming guitar on another porch?  Porchfest takes this idea and multiplies it.  This is not a festival per se but rather a community event where Somervillians share their love of playing and listening to music.  Think of Somerville Open Studios, which is for visual artists, but for music. There are over 100 bands registered to play this year.

Musicians and bands throughout Somerville will celebrate and utilize an underused public venue: The Porch.   Acts—ranging from bollywood funk, cosmic americana, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock and clawhammer banjo—will serenade passersby from porches throughout Somerville.
There are three time slots are based on three quadrants of the city; east to Central will be 12-2; Central to Willow will be 2-4; west of Willow 4-6.

There’s also a full map and info at www.somervilleartscouncil.org/porchfest


12 Responses to “Porchfest 2013 this Saturday”

  1. Bostom says:

    Lot’s less amplification this year. Were the noise ordinances enforced?

    Still waiting for the neighbors’ trampled flower reports to come in.

  2. Sand Man says:

    Just curious…were there any Latino bands, Portuguese Fado players, Afro-Cuban, Haitian bands?

    Any performances highlighted in East Somerville?

    Sure, there was some great music, but Hey, this is a city of immigrants, was their music included in this alleged city-wide event?

    A recurring theme in this city–just who are these events programmed for?

    Just for the hipsters, grunge, alt-rock, etc?

  3. Josh says:

    Seemed to be run a little better this time. In my neighborhood the musicians didn’t run over their time nearly as long as they did last year. I still don’t think the city should decide that I should enjoy this. During the allotted time you couldn’t drive down the street, or get into or out of your driveway. I enjoy living in a neighborhood, I do not particularly enjoy being forced to take part in a music festival.

  4. Mark M says:

    In response to “Sand Man”, having been a part of similar events before, it’s probably based on who applies and/or auditions. Not sure how this particular event is managed, but if you have ideas, I’d suggest you check with the Somerville Arts Council. It’s probably simply a matter of how to get the message out and or encourage more to participate. Knowing arts budgets are usually very limited, it probably means finding volunteers who are willing to get the word out.

  5. teelesquaremayor says:

    Sandman. If there were no Latino bands, Portuguese Fado players, Afro-Cuban, Haitian bands then that was on them.
    It’s as easy as signing up and showing up. I certainly haven’t heard any individuals prevented from participating based on their location in the city. Just you creating drama where there is none. Maybe next year!

  6. Sand Man says:

    Teelesquaremayor – I never alluded to “…individuals prevented from participating based on their location in the city.”

    Creating a little of your OWN drama there, eh?

  7. Boston Kate says:

    Sandman – don’t backpeddle.

  8. Ron Newman says:

    There was no auditioning. Anyone could sign up on the Somerville Arts Council’s website.

  9. fleecethepeople says:

    I think the people of Somerville should be able to play music when ever they want .This should not become a political dog and pony show ,when you have to go up and kiss the mayors ring to be able to play music without being threatened by his gustapo for playing music.I thought this was a free country not the kindom of Joe Curtatone.I think the real artist should play on with out the fear of being harrassed ,or retribution.PLAY ON MY FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. fleecethepeople says:

    I seen another abuse of office by Denise Provost , BY RANTING ABOUT PASSING A BILL Governor Patrick just signed the bill authorizing the City of Somerville to appoint Sean Collier as one of our police officers.I think the family is quite proud of there son ,let them grieve,it is bad to make political points on such a tragedy,people please understand that is what is happening here.I am deeply sorry for the family,this just keeps bringing up his passing, time to them let them heal.

  11. Ron Newman says:

    You can play music on your porch whenever you like. The idea here was to coordinate that activity and publish it online, so that people could wander around the city listening to lots of different people playing music on the sam e day.

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