Voci Angelica Trio played its folks-inspired classical on Boylston Street at JP Porchfest, Saturday, July 9, 2016.

A Musical Genre for Everyone’s Taste at Jamaica Plain Porchfest on Saturday

This year's Jamaica Plain Porchfest will feature more than 60 different performances on Saturday. Performances are from noon to 6 pm across the neighborhood, and there's music, dance performances (and plenty of opportunities for you to dance!) for everyone of all ages and music tastes. Just a sampling:

The Femmes (12:30-1:30 pm at 58 Round Hill St.) are an all-woman and non-binary wedding band specializing in songs by female and non-binary artists

movement improvisation (12-12:30 pm at 30 Sunnyside St.) is an exciting and vulnerable dance improvisation by local movement artists

Tokyo Tramps (5-6 pm at 13 Armstrong St.) is named after Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born To Run,” and has been creating unique and exciting Blues/Rock with New Orleans funk groove and Hendrix-inspired guitar sound. They've released 9 original albums in a 20+year musical career

Dance Class with Jean Appolon Expressions (3-4 pm at 42 Horan Way) Come dance with Mcebisi Xotyeni of JAE! Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is a contemporary dance company deeply rooted in Haitian-folkloric culture that celebrates, nurtures, and empowers a global community.


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. https://twitter.com/eaks790/status/1561045227120562177




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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.

Voci Angelica Trio played its folks-inspired classical on Boylston Street at JP Porchfest, Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Your Guide to Jamaica Plain Porchfest 2017

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.


JP Porchfest Adding Resource Mobilization Fair to Feature Nonprofit Organizations

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.).

Anna Borges, center, and Bill Ward, on guitar, play Brazilian melodies at the Mildred Hailey Apartments at JP Porchfest, Saturday, July 9, 2016.

JP Porchfest 2016: A Video Sampler

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

Kiki D reaches out to a fan as she performs at the River of Life Church stage at JP Porchfest, Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Photos: Hyde, Jackson Celebrate Porchfest

Saturday's Jamaica Plain Porchfest drew thousands to porches, churches and parking lots all over the neighborhood. Here are photos from venues in the Hyde and Jackson Square areas during the third annual event. More Porchfest 2016 coverage:

Watch Julia Martin, 87, Slay the Electric Slide
Photos: Hyde, Jackson Celebrate Porchfest