Coming to a Porch Near You: Grants Pass Porchfest Swings into Three Years
These days, modern-day porch entertainment most likely consists of a Bluetooth speaker and streamed playlists; often a private party, albeit on public display.
But part rock-n-roll and part Norman Rockwell, Porchfest Grants Pass is a public party playing out on private porches.
“It is a reason for people to get together,” says Porchfest Volunteer Suzanne Lavine. “It highlights the small, hometown feeling of the place we have with people walking around the socializing in a very laid-back manner.”
Here’s how Porchfest works: On Saturday, June 18, more than 20 bands will populate the porches and patios of historic NW Washington Boulevard in Grants Pass, with food and marketplace vendors along the median. Car traffic will be blocked so those on foot are free to mosey from porch to porch, enjoying the music, food, and community.
“Without the neighborhood, there wouldn’t be this event,” adds Lavine.
Not only are the porches volunteered, the bands are too, along with everyone else involved, as this event is a fundraiser for local youth programs: Project Youth +, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Family Solutions, Maslow Project, and the Grants Pass Rotary.
In addition multiple returning bands (like Antonucci Collective, Fire Your Boss, Prairie Dog Revival, and Zombie Plowboy), several new acts have stepped up to the porch, including Brynna Delonge, Kinda Country, Ripple Effect Duet, and Timeless.
“I love the amazing diversity of the bands and individuals that play,” says Lavine. “A large brass quartet will be there, [there will be sounds from] loud to quiet, something for everyone. There has to be a kind of music for everybody.”
Porchfest Grants Pass
11 am – 3 pm, Saturday, June 18
NW Washington Boulevard, Grants Pass