Scenes from the First Annual JP Porchfest

People wandered throughout Jamaica Plain on Saturday following live music being performed on 35 porches, stoops, patios, and front yards in the neighborhood.

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Photo by Olga Khvan

Thirty-five porches, stoops, patios, and front yards were transformed into make-shift concert stages in Jamaica Plain on Saturday, kicking off the neighborhood’s first-ever Porchfest.

More than 50 bands and musicians lent their talent to the free music festival, performing a wide range of genres, including jazz, R&B, Afro pop, soul, funk, blues, rock and roll, and more. Visitors marked off porches on a map or just wandered around the neighborhood following the music, jumping in for some audience-inclusive activities like “Porchaoke” at a house on Centre Street.

JP Porchfest, modeled after the popular Somerville event, resulted from a collaboration among residents, city departments, and neighborhood nonprofits, and organizers aim to make it an annual tradition.

Check out photos from the city’s inaugural Porchfest below.


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  • Patty

    Thank you to the sponsors , organizers and musicians. I had the most fun I have had in a long time. The streets were packed, a lot of small business owners had a great day and there were lots of smiles. The $5.00 pizza at Bella Luna capped off a wonderful day.