“PorchFest is Somerville’s epic, annual, locally-grown, do-it-yourself, loosey-goosey, marathon hootenanny. Anyone can participate in the open-source music festival. And with about a million bands performing (okay, actually more than 175 bands; same difference) on their porches (thus the name) and in backyards across the city this Saturday, it seems like just about every musician in town does.
The May 17 shindig is like an open-studios day, spanning the whole city, but for music. It’s one more example of the creativity bursting at the seams of Somerville and its generous desire to share. And it’s all free.
Below are some bands you shouldn’t miss.
Opposite People | 19R Prospect Hill Ave. in the back | noon-2 p.m.
Big horn-driven afrobeat ensemble. And check out their location: walk past the house, down a driveway, to find the band playing in front of a hidden second house, in what is basically a cozy outdoor room.”