Due to projected rain, Somerville Porchfest 2018 has been postponed, but music-lovers will only have to wait one extra day to take part in this popular local tradition.
According to the Somerville Arts Council, the event will now take place from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.
Now in its eighth year, Porchfest brings together basement troubadours and polished local acts, who share their music on the city’s porches, yards, and gardens.
The first Porchfest took place in Ithaca, New York, in 2007. Soon, similar events soon began popping up across the country, including Somerville in 2011.
The Somerville event will unfold in three parts of the city; each section gets its own time slot. Performances take place from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the west section (west of Willow Ave.); from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the central section (from Willow Ave. to Central St.); and from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the east section (east of Central St).
Expect a wide array of music, including Americana, experimental jazz and some good, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.
While Porchfest can be enjoyed by simply meandering the streets, it helps to plan your day around the acts you want to see. Here are some bands we’re keeping an eye on.
Bands to Watch
Combining bluegrass with swing and a touch of rock ‘n’ roll, the Splinters offer an energetic take on traditional music. The jangling guitars and mandolin, along with the thoughtful lyrics, will have you contemplating life while tapping your foot. The Splinters play at 11 Crocker Street in the Central section.
Jon Bernhardt has become a hit at Porchfest with his creative use of the theremin, a haunting electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact. Bernhardt will regale you with mostly new wave classics, but may throw some standards in for good measure. He plays at 9 Charnwood Rd. in the Central section.
This Grammy-nominated artist is clearly on the rise, so it’d be wise to catch her playing this unique event. Her warm vocals and strong songwriting earned her the "Country Artist of the Year" in the 2017 Boston Music Awards in 2017. Earthy but upbeat, Jordan’s music is pleasing for a wide range of tastes. She plays at 43 Chester Street in the West section.
Jill McCracken, an indie songstress with a soulful twist, is a local artist to keep an eye on. Her vocals swing from sultry to wistful for a sound that is both retro and forward thinking. She plays at 73 Boston Ave. in the Central section.
A self-described “motley collection of reformed band geeks,” Noble Dust weaves together folk-pop hooks, horns and sweet vocal harmonies into an upbeat sound with a thoughtful, sometimes moody edge. Noble Dust will play at 9 Cater Terrace in the East section.
That Noble Fury
With wall-of-sound guitars and catchy hooks, That Noble Fury brings a layered sound that is at once thoughtful, poppy and hard rocking. With an energy that is parts Arcade Fire and the Killers, they are an act not to miss at Porchfest. That Noble Fury plays at 56 Winslow Ave. in the West section.
Strangers by Accident
Strangers by Accident combine sweet, harmonized vocals with rootsy guitars for a sound that is both modern and a throwback. Soulful songwriting is front-and-center, but you’ll be humming along and tapping your feet as well. Strangers by Accident play at 52 Hall Ave. in the West section.
The Novel Ideas
This country-folk quartet sets itself apart with lush soundscapes, wistful lyrics, and gorgeous harmonies. Their rich brand of Americana is both rootsy and expansive, and perfectly suited for the DIY ethos of Porchfest. The Novel Ideas play at 193 Morrison Ave. in the West section.
Happy Little Clouds
This Boston-based indie rock band combines chunky, distorted power chords with bluesy guitar work and propulsive drums. The urgency of the vocals and lyrics are worth contemplating while you bop your to head to this throwback to the grunge era. Happy Little Clouds play at 16 Madison St. in the East section.