SAVE THE DATE! 10/5/14 Vista del Rio Porch Fest

Artwork and logo credit: Kathleen Koopman

What:  Vista del Rio Porch Fest

Where:  In our neighborhood, at the homes of volunteer neighbors

Who:  Various local musicians, also volunteers

When:  Sunday, October 5, 2014, 4-6 p.m.

Whom should I call if I have questions?  Kristie Cunningham, 661-1689

What is a Porch Fest?

“Porch Fests are music events held across the United States and in Canada on front porches. Started in Ithaca, New York in 2007, porch fest events bring local musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community.

Porch Fest music festivals began as a means for neighbors and local community members to highlight their music on front porches. The concept was to find musicians and porches on which for them to play. The original event in Ithaca, New York, started with about 20 musicians but has since grown to over 100.

Bands, singers, and instrumentalists participate in the festival for no other reason than to showcase their talents and engage the community. Musicians voluntarily take to the “stage” on porches at their designated times and perform for the public. Signs with artist’s names and performance times are usually posted in front of porches, and listeners are encouraged to tip the volunteer musicians.

Volunteers and other organizations normally facilitate the event by selecting appropriate dates, acquiring musicians, and publicizing the event. Local residents volunteer their porches (and usually electrical outlets for amps and such) as a way to support the local music scene and interact with their neighbors. Events can last from a few hours to most of the day. Schedules and maps are usually posted online or in local media.

Because these are normally neighborhood events people walk, ride bikes or scooters, drive golf carts, or push strollers as they move from one porch to another along a determined route to partake in the festivities. Children often build lemonade stands to help quench thirst on hot days while vendors often times provide ice cream, hot dogs, and other snacks. A few porch fests have expanded to include arts festivals as well.

These annual events can now be found across the country, from its beginnings in Ithaca, New York to Franklin (Westhaven), Tennessee, Napa, California, Cleveland (Larchmere), Ohio,[5] Tucson, Arizona, Salt Lake City, Utah, Kansas City, Missouri and to Somerville, Massachusetts, to name just a few.”  (from Wikipedia)

History of Porch Fests in Tucson

The first Porch Fest in Tucson was held in Armory Park in June 2013.  Since then, events have been held in the Dunbar Spring (November 2013) and Garden District (March 2014) neighborhoods.  Another will be held in the Broadway-Broodmoor neighborhood September 28th, 2014, with ours to follow on October 5th.  Facebook group Tucson Porch Fest has served as a clearinghouse for advice and advertisement for local neighborhoods who wish to put on their own Porch Fest  The events are a fun way for neighbors to get out and about as they wander through the neighborhood listening to diverse music, talking with their neighbors, and having a nosh.