Buffalo Porchfest needs your help
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • September 10, 2013 @ 9:06am
Remember when Buffalo First!‘s IndieSound took over Allentown and Amherst Street in past summers, inviting local musicians to perform on sidewalks to further enliven blossoming neighborhoods?
Well, Buffalo Porchfest intends to build upon a similar concept, just replacing chairs and music stands on sidewalks with the porches of Elmwood Village residents.
Running from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5, Buffalo Porchfest is a grassroots community activity modeled after successful renditions in Ithaca, Cleveland, Ontario and Massachusetts. The event is free to attend—and as October draws closer, you’ll have a guide of where and when musicians are performing.
For now, though, Buffalo Porchfest seeks volunteers, bands and willing Buffalo residents with porches to build out the inaugural event. Visit the Buffalo Porchfest website to apply to take part.
Judging from Ithaca’s Porchfest—which welcomes over 100 diverse bands and will run Sept. 15 for its seventh year—the concept is simple yet fruitful.
Uniting communities through outdoor music and encouraging walking from band to band, exploring the neighborhood and enjoying Buffalo’s glorious fall weather, the nature of the event holds widespread appeal.
Plus, people love porches—whether it’s a reminder of what it’s like to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with a frosty beer (cue Coors Light train commercial) or a casual way to people-watch without seeming (too) creepy.
It’s cool to see notable folks like BuffaBLOG editor Mac McGuire already setting up deck parties—his includes Bryan Johnson and Family as well as DJ Michael Moretti as performers.
(Reminder that IndieSound and Buffalo Porchfest are unaffiliated in nature but do share the similar concept of outdoor music to further the community.)
(Photos—including the one with a dog wearing a birthday hat—courtesy of Nate Benson from the Allentown IndieSound from 2012.)