Something plucks a bit at my insides when I think about Porchfest. The bluegrass and folk tunes played on makeshift stages reminds me of my country upbringing. Yet there is something decidedly Somervillain about it—optimizing the use of an unconventional public space (the porch) to bring together community and music. And what warms my (icy, snowed on) heart even more is that Porchfest 2015 is open for registration.
“Think of Somerville Open Studios, which is for visual artists, but for music,” the Porchfest site notes. Porchfest was first staged in 2011 by the Somerville Arts Council to create a “decentralized music festival.” The event turns Somerville into fairground, with unique time slots for different quadrants so that you can make your way through the city in time with the music. More than a dozen acts have already signed up for this year’s fest, which will take place on May 16.
Though the vibe is definitively folksy, there are no limitations on genre—the Porchfest website claims “bollywood funk, cosmic americana, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock and clawhammer banjo” as some that they’ve seen. You can check out a few of the must-see acts from last year here, and, if you’re ready to take the plunge, register here.