Bands, performers take over front porches citywide beginning at noon for a full day of music of all genres.


SOMERVILLE – The Somerville Arts Council’s Porchfest is back for its fifth year! On Saturday, May 21, from noon to 6 p.m., Somervillians will take to their porches to share their love of playing and listening to music. Think of Somerville Open Studios, but for music.


The City of Somerville launched Porchfest in 2011, and it has grown rapidly ever since. This year, more than 100 musical acts will be performing on porches all over the city. Genres range from gypsy punk, cosmic Americana, and killer blues, to Afrobeat, acid folk, and American space rock. There’s even Porch-ioke where passersby can step up and belt out a tune with a band backing them up!


Acts in East Somerville perform from noon to 2 p.m., central Somerville bands perform from 2 to 4 p.m., and West Somerville musicians perform from 4 to 6 p.m. This allows music to sweep like a giant wave from East to West, and festival goers can plan out their routes to hear as much music as possible. To see a complete lineup and map, go to All acts register themselves on the site, and many include MP3s and other previews.


Porchfest originated in Ithaca, New York, and was brought to Somerville in 2011 by a Somerville resident.

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