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).
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.
Bring on the bands! This Saturday, July 8, marks the 4th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, where musicians and other performers take over porches, lawns and other impromptu stages all over the neighborhood for an afternoon of music, dance, theater, comedy and a resource mobilization fair featuring area nonprofits. There will be 205 bands performing on 95 porches throughout JP with a variety of musical styles -- jazz, Latin, rock, pop, classical and more. The term "porch" is loosely defined and includes stoops, yards, driveways, churches, community centers, affordable housing and elderly housing. In other words, it will be rather hard to go more than a street or two without coming across some sort of free, live performance.
The 4th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest will take place on July 8 and like previous years, a new element is being added -- a Resource Mobilization Fair. At the fair local nonprofit organizations will be able inform people about important issues of concern, including housing, climate change and more. The music and arts festival will take place on 95 porches and feature 206 bands across Jamaica Plain from noon to 6 pm. And Jamaica Plain News will have a more extended preview later this week. But for now read up about the nonprofit organizations that are participating in the Resource Mobilization Fair at the First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.).
With more than 80 porches and 500-plus performers, no video can capture all the JP Porchfest goodness. But here, in less than a minute, is a selection of sounds from mellow vibes to jittery rock to heartfelt rap. More Porchfest 2016 coverage:
Watch Julia Martin, 87, Slay the Electric Slide
Photos: Hyde, Jackson Celebrate Porchfest