Newton’s PorchFest returns in June with an afternoon of free music

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The dense track of porches will feature musical talent of all abilities, ages and genres, including a dance group, an a capella group and storytellers, Webster said.

PorchFest is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday June 4th. This will be the third PorchFest in the city, and the planning committee aims to establish it on the first Saturday in June each year, Webster said.

“We embraced the idea of ​​having this PorchFest in early June, and we were inspired to do it when we were able to do it safely,” said Stacey Moriarty, co-chair of the Newton PorchFest committee.

Homeowners who volunteer their porches often host barbecues and after-parties for attendees and performers, Moriarty said.

“There’s a lot of incentive to attract a good crowd,” she said.

In 2019, PorchFest drew around 1,000 people, Moriarty said, and in June it is expected to top that number due to increased volunteer registrations.

This year, volunteer and performer registration closed on April 1, Webster said, and the event received a quick response with about 101 groups and more than 60 porches. Webster said PorchFest is currently funded by donations and a grant from the Newton Cultural Council.

Sachiko Isihara, executive director of the Suzuki School of Newton, accompanied her students on the piano at the last PorchFest in 2019 and plans to return with her students this year.

“We have all sorts of student groups performing, from youngsters to teenagers,” Isihara said. “It’s actually quite popular. She got a little bigger. »

Isihara, also a member of the PorchFest committee, said the event is an opportunity for her students to try out music that’s different from their typical classical repertoire. Isihara said his students pointed out how a student performed Star Wars music during PorchFest 2019.

Rock bands tend to be “a big part of the flavor of PorchFest,” Isihara said, as bands cover popular anthems from bands like the Beatles.

Dave Herlihy, who will bring back ’80s hits from his Boston-based indie band “O Positive,” is expected to draw big crowds this year, Webster said.

PorchFest aims to become a “neighborhood-building event,” Webster said, bringing the villages of Newton together again after two years of pandemic cancellations.

Kendall Richards can be contacted at [email protected]

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