By William Tauro
This past Saturday, musicians and bands throughout Somerville celebrated and utilized an underused public venue: The Porch. Acts ranging from bollywood funk, cosmic americana, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock and clawhammer banjo were serenaded by passersbys from porches throughout Somerville.
In 2011, the Council created a decentralized music festival–PorchFest. Perhaps you’ve sat on your porch and overheard a neighbor strumming guitar on another porch? Porchfest takes this idea and multiplies it. This is not a festival per se but rather a community event where Somervillians share their love of playing and listening to music. Think of Somerville Open Studios, which is for visual artists, but for music.