Social Media Snapshots of Jamaica Plain Porchfest

Friends, family, pets, residents, tourists, and of course performers, enjoyed a beautiful sunny day during the Jamaica Plain Porchfest on Saturday. Here are just some of the social media posts people shared.



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Jamaica Plain Porchfest Returns August 20

This year's Jamaica Plain Porchfest will take place on August 20 from noon to 6 pm with performance locations all across the neighborhood. This year there will be a Community Hour block from 3 to 4 pm where all other programming will shut down to encourage attendees to congregate in central locations to join in an hour of togetherness, joy, and celebration. The Community Hour will include circle singing, Haitian folklore dance class, Latin dance class, and arts and crafts. The central locations include the Anna M. Cole Community Center, Jamaica Pond Boathouse, Sam Adams Brewery, First Baptist Church, Eliot School, and the Loring Greenough House. Along with the central locations there are 50 other performance spaces hosting a variety of music performances

Click here for a schedule of all performances.


New Organization Producing 7th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest

Jamaica Plain Porchfest's co-founders Mindy Fried and Marie Ghitman, are thrilled that one of JP's favorite annual event is being handed over, with love and gratitude, to the artists and art-managers from Dunamis, a Boston-based nonprofit organization. JP Porchfest is a vibrant music and arts festival that takes place on porches, patios, stoops, driveways, church and community center yards, and all over the neighborhood. The mission of the daylong event is to bridge the divides of race, class, culture and immigrant status through the power of the arts. There are performers of all kinds: music, dance, theater, spoken word, storytelling, circus arts, and comedy. JP Porchfest has had a long-standing collaboration with Dunamis, originating with the organization’s Executive Director, J. Cottle, serving as Porchfest’s Volunteer Coordinator for two years before curating a Dunamis Porch for an additional two years.


JP Porchfest is July 7th: Get Ready for 170 Performances on 90 Porches!

The 5th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest this Saturday will be more awesome than the previous four as it will include music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, circus arts and a politicians' porch. "We have 90 generous porch hosts this year – that is, folks who offer their porches to performers. In some cases, people perform on their own porches, but they often welcome others," said Mindy Fried, co-organizer with Marie Ghitman and Eli Pabon. "And in many cases, porch hosts simply offer their porches to whomever we assign to their porches, of course taking into consideration their available space, and if they have any special requests." Click on the map of porches to see a description of all of the performances (courtesy JP Porchfest).


Videos, Photos: Rocking, Rolling, Jamming, Dancing, Laughing at Jamaica Plain Porchfest!

People danced in the streets, children dangled from a circus trapeze, politicians sang, comedians tickled funny bones, and musicians offered their own unique musical stylings during the 4th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest on Saturday. This year, 205 bands performed on 95 porches throughout JP delivering original songs and covers of bluegrass, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, rock, pop, classical and more. The streets were packed throughout the day as porchfesters gravitated to stoops, yards, driveways, churches and community centers. Children enjoyed free trapeze lessons at the Eliot School, comedians performed at the Loring-Greenough House and politicians sang and danced at the First Baptist Church on Centre Street. This year, Porchfest also added the resource mobilization fair to feature area nonprofits.