PorchFest 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. This is a family-friendly event. Please keep that in mind when choosing your playlist.
On Saturday, June 24th, at noon, the music will begin. The day is roughly divided into one hour segments and you may sign up for as many segments as you like.
The bands do not have to be from Reading. Any band can apply to take part and members will donate their time and talents. With permission of the porch property owners, bands are allowed to place “tip jars” out and sell merchandise. 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 Reading. 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. Hosts 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 pre-arranged specific music group in mind; both performer and host forms must be completed.
- A Band can volunteer without a venue.
- A Host can offer a venue, 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 and neighbors.
Performers are responsible for sound systems and related equipment.
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.
Time slots are in 1-hour increments and will be determined by the committee. If you wish to sign up your act or your venue for more than one time period, there is a space on the form for you to note that fact.
Read more about PorchFest on their website: https://readingporchfest.com/