The first Porchfest in Southeast DC will be held East of the Anacostia River this Sunday, May 20, from 1pm-6pm in Penn Branch. Porchfests are mini-concerts on front porches. Local Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) in other DC neighborhoods have hosted annual Porchfests, including Adams Morgan and Rhode Island Avenue. However, there has not been a music festival of its kind East of the River.
“Penn Branch and Hillcrest have beautiful stately homes with front yards and large porches, mixed with a rich history and tons of hidden talent,” said Porchfest organizer, Ayanna Smith. “We have all of the elements of a perfect Porchfest. It is also a great way for undiscovered talent to garner visibility.”
Local bands from all around the DC area will be playing, so don’t miss a chance to see some talent either performing on their home turf or touring through like Rasha Jay, sampled here. Currently, there are approximately 30 volunteers who have signed up to assist with planning, hosting and performing at the first SE Porchfest. The schedule is packed with bands performing throughout the day. Check out a map of all the planned events so you can stake out a good lawn chair spot!
Porchfest is free to the public. All you need to bring is some sunscreen, water, and maybe a lawn chair. Individuals interested in volunteering can complete the volunteer sign-up form. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @porchfestdc.