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Front Porches Getting Ready for This Year’s Southeast DC Porchfest


D.C.’s Southeast Porchfest, an annual festival consisting of mini-concerts held on people’s front porches, is scheduled for May 19 this year.

Bands representing all music genres, along with spoken word performances, will be on the stage in Hillcrest Washington, D.C. 20020.

“With its well-manicured lawns, tree-lined streets and super friendly residents, Hillcrest is the perfect choice for the 2019 Southeast Porchfest,” says the event brief.

Bringing a lawn chair, cooler and walking shoes is advised, as well as cash for tipping the performers at the festival, which is free of charge.

Opening at 12:00 p.m. with Francis Gregory Library (Kids Party), the event will host a number of acts through 6:00 p.m. such as DJ Flava (MC), ​IDEA (Public Charter School) Jazz and World Music Ensemble, D Fire (9-Year-old DJ), The Bob Band (Bob Dylan Tribute Band)​, Indiana Jonesin (Hip Hop/Rock/Soul​), Albino Rhino (Funk Infused Rock/Blues), King Street ​(Jazz/Neo Soul Saxophonist), Body of Evidence (Gospel Go-Go Band), Bliss Ananda (Violinist), Official Jesus Gang (Hip Hop/Gospel Rap) and many others. (You can check out the full schedule here.)

Originally founded in Ithaca, New York in September 2007 by Gretchen Hildreth and Lesley Greene, the idea of “Porchfest” spread around more communities across the country.

D.C.’s first Porchfest took place in the Takoma Park neighborhood. It was later followed by Adams Morgan, Rhode Island Avenue and Southeast. While some of the Porchfest events are sponsored by various organizations, the Southeast Porchfest is held by volunteers. (If you are interested in volunteering, click here.)

For some, the Southeast Porchfest “is not just a music festival, it’s a unique way to build community and meet neighbors.”

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