What is it?
PorchFest, a part of Reading’s 375th anniversary celebration, is an afternoon of music taking place throughout the town. Live bands will perform on porches, decks, front yards, and driveways, and all are free and open to the public. The event is volunteer-driven: music, hosts, and committee.
On June 8, the town will be divided into roughly four zones – West, North, East, and Downtown. Beginning at noon the first wave of bands begins playing in the west side of town, and they will continue until 2 PM.
From 2 PM to 4 PM the music will move to the north.
From 4 PM to 6 PM the PorchFest will take place in the east.
Finally, from 6 PM to 8 PM the center of town, including businesses in the square, will play host to the event.
How to get involved
The bands do not have to be from Reading. Any band can apply to take part and will donate their time and talents. With permission of the porch owners, bands are allowed to place “tip jars” out and sell merchandise. The 375th Committee will establish a website for registration. Bands are asked for a Jpeg photo and a short MP3 sound sample. The committee has final say on suitability, but we are looking for all genres of music.
The venues must be in town. The website also will allow for porch registration. If you have a suitable venue on your property and are willing to play host to a musical group, please let us know. Use of bathrooms is solely at the discretion of the property owners, although your decision should be made clear to the public. Host are asked to inform their neighbors before volunteering.
Bands and venues can be matched any one of three ways. A host can apply with a specific music group in mind; A band can volunteer without a venue, and hosts can offer their porch, without a particular band in mind. In the last two scenarios, the committee will do its best to match them up. In all cases, the hosts are responsible for trash and recycling receptacles, electricity, and coordinating logistics with performers.
Does it have to be a porch?
No. Any suitable venue, such as a front lawn, a driveway, a deck, or backyard may work just fine. The committee will make the decisions on suitability, taking into consideration such items as the size of lot and road traffic.