Cranford Live! Porchfest is Here!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been looking forward to the very first Cranford Porchfest for months! Thanks to the tireless efforts of many folks, and presented by the Cranford Community Connection, it is *finally* here!
This is sure to be an absolutely fun-filled day and it looks like the weather gods will be smiling down upon Cranford tomorrow, too (current forecast for Saturday is Sunny with a high of 76 – spectacular!)
To recap, what is Porchfest?
Porchfests are annual music events held across the United States and in Canada on front porches. Started in Ithaca, New York in 2007, porchfest events bring local musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community.
Porchfest 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 180.
Bands, singers, and instrumentalists participate in the festival for no other reason than to showcase their talents and engage the community. Music is diverse and can range from country to pop, classical, reggae, blues, rock, jazz, Latino, R&B, and many others. Musicians voluntarily take to the “stage” on porches at their designated times and perform for the public.
So, what will Cranford’s Porchfest look like?
There will be eight homes each featuring three one-hour sets, from 2-5pm, and a Grand Finale downtown at the Eastman Clock Plaza at 5:30pm.
The homes were carefully selected to represent different neighborhoods of Cranford, with each home featuring a variety of musical styles:
The lineups are as follows:
15 Columbia Ave
3pm- Samantha Kromphold
11 Pittsfield St
2pm- Traveling Marchesis
7 Hamilton Ave
2pm- Tom Molfetto
3pm- Vin Moretti
4pm -Band Substances
32 Forest Ave
2pm- Atomic Jam Band
3pm- Mood Swings
4pm- Gold N’Brown
32 Hillcrest Ave
2pm- Claudine Flynn
3pm- Gerry & Olga
4pm- Jill Cagney
402 High St
3pm- High Street Collective
4pm- High Street Collective
14 Omaha Dr
2pm-Mike & Noreen Stewart
3pm- Elan Varner
4pm- Tam Garcia
1 Martin Pl
3pm- Alexa Adubato/Catherine McCarthy
Then at 5:30, there will be a Grand Finale at Eastman Clock Plaza Park, featuring Cranford’s own Alden Street!
For additional info about lineups, and the artists at each site:
You can get the lowdown from the Cranford Porchfest Facebook page and Porchfest website, including interactive maps, and terrific highlights of artists participating in the event:
You can also read more about it in my blog post from back in May when the event was first announced: Porchfest post
You are encouraged to walk or bike to different locations, and bring your own seat, food, and drink (make sure to clean up after yourself, please!)
Can’t wait to see you there!