RHINEBECK – The PorchFest planning committee announced the event will return for its second year on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 12-6 p.m. in the village of Rhinebeck.
The talent of 60-plus musicians and bands will be showcased on over 20 historic porches of homes on Chestnut, Livingston, and Mulberry streets in the village of Rhinebeck, rain or shine.
Myriad musical genres will be represented, including but not limited to: acoustic, jazz, classical, blues, pop, rock, folk, and Irish music. In addition, there will be individual vocal performances and instrumental sets. Some of the artists scheduled to perform include locals like Megan Barbera & Co., Steve Mosto & Steam, Steven Michael Pague, UGuys, Zach Martin, and more.
Bringing the national event to the Hudson Valley was the brainchild of Liz Mazzarella, Rhinebeck native, who had attended PorchFest in Ithaca, New York. Mazzarella assembled a volunteer corps, established a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, and coordinated a successful inaugural celebration in 2016 which attracted several thousand people.
“PorchFest is a real celebration of community; walking around last year and seeing people from all walks of life relaxing and enjoying the performances was incredible. There was so much great energy. The experience is a reminder that music really brings people together,” said Tom Cale, volunteer member of the PorchFest planning committee.
Mazzarella added, “not only does the music itself bring everyone together, but the spirit of volunteerism and generosity also symbolizes the connection people feel to their community. We couldn’t pull this off without all of the wonderful individuals and businesses who contribute time and resources to the event. And of course, we are really grateful to those who welcome people to their homes to enjoy whatever musical acts are being hosted on their beautiful porches. This event captures the fact that it really does take a village.”
The event is free of charge and open to the public; merchandise, food, and beverages will be available for purchase.
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