Hawkins House Experimental Extravaganza

14 Hawkins Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Allison Obrien
Saturday, May 12 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A lineup of local electronic and electro acoustic experimental AND HOT WAFFLES AND COFFEE

Also a plant sale!

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WholeTone Family Band & Instrument Petting Zoo

312 Highland Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Nora Maynard
Saturday, May 12 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We will have a rotating cast of characters, students, and faculty associated with the WholeTone Music Academy showcasing their skills from 2-4pm with open jams & sing-alongs (inviting audience members into the mix) occurring before and after. Singer-songwriter-teacher SureFireCure (aka Nora Maynard) will be performing a folk-ish set at 3pm, with a mixture of other ensembles in jazz, classical, and other styles tba.

Strangers by Accident

52 Hall Ave., Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Brian Sousa
Saturday, May 12 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Hailing from Boston, Strangers by Accident are an authentic, energetic indie-folk act with an old-school respect for songwriting. Started by Brian Sousa and Amy Wynne in 2015, the duo has become a powerful live act, adding Justin Bartlett on vocals /electric guitar, and Heidi Crampton on drums. The band’s lyrically driven songs feature three-part harmonies and veer from suitcase-stomping acoustic, to snare-pounding electric, to minimalist folk.

Front & Turner

9 Berkeley Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Cameron Cotham
Saturday, May 13 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The acoustic project of Cam Cotham- taking stylings and inspiration of alternative 90's music such as Counting Crows and Matchbox 20 coupled with indie rock and soul-folk acoustic the likes of Gaslight Anthem and Amos Lee. Performing around 1:20 PM

Spotted Tiger, Rebel Darling, Selector Jah Rich & Friends

24 Central Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Laurence Scudder
Saturday, May 21 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spotted Tiger is led by the songwriting of violist Laurence Scudder & guitarist Erik White rounded out by a malleable all-star combination of Boston area players. Together they play an inspiring variety of originals & hand-picked covers. Comfortable in many formats, sets include a variety of styles from folk to reggae to country & beyond. Spotted Tiger – sometimes acoustic, always eclectic.

Rebel Darling is the brainchild of songwriter Michael Poulopoulos. Using his original tunes & a changing cast of musicians reveal beautiful soundscapes & haunting lyrical wisdom.

Selector Jah Rich spins strictly reggae vinyl between sets, sure to keep the vibes lively.


110 Porter Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Anthony S
Saturday, May 21 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

VAT is a rock band, baptized in the dark waters of the Merrimack Valley, and influenced by 70's occult rock, 80's hard rock/metal, and 90's fuzz.

Porchfest will see 66.6% of VAT performing an all acoustic set of their music for the first time. The set will start at 2:22 PM.

Summer of Aden 2-3 / Ryan Alvanos 3-4

21 Conwell St, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Andrew Dick
Saturday, May 16 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Summer of Aden is a 4-piece folk rock band with influences including Elliott Smith, The Zombies, Nick Drake, Radiohead, and more. Check out the LP, EP, and two singles at

Ryan Alvanos is a poet by training, editor by trade, songwriter by passion, busker by calling, and whim-blown vagabond by good fortune. His most recent record, "Sharp Little Hooks," sheds new light on the old-school art of fly fishing and features Cambridge mainstays The Blue Ribbons. Listen to it at


57 College Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: David Henry
Saturday, May 17 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

8-lines was formed by David Henry in Boston, Massachusetts. A Texas boy, David has his roots in the blues with heros such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Tessmer. In his previous band, Johnny Austin, he took the lead guitar in both covers and originals by the band.

Starting his foray into singing, he played coffee shops in the Somerville area and built up his repertoire and interest in acoustic and folk tunes, following bands such as The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, and Chris Thile.


37 Burnham Street, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Sari Kalin
Saturday, May 18 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Your favorite alt-sing-along destination - live music group karaoke at its Porchfest best. The lineup includes accordion, violin, banjo, cello, and more. We've got lyrics to some of the best & worst pop songs of the of the past 50 yrs, plus maracas, tambourines, and cowbell, so you can sing and play along. ABBA to Gaga, Beatles to Beyonce, Johnny Cash to the Clash. Come howl with us!

The Silent Order

379 Highland Avenue, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Andrew Smith
Saturday, May 18 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drew, lead singer/guitarist of Somerville grunge band The Silent Order, playing a mixture of acoustic originals, blues, and folk standards

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