The ninth annual Larchmere PorchFest
is ready to rock the Larchmere neighborhood
of Cleveland on June 17, featuring 30 bands playing from 30 porches for a night of sweet tunes and community togetherness.
The full line-up of artists will be revealed at a May 18 fundraising event
at The Grog Shop, with proceeds ensuring that the popular concert remains free and open to the public.
As the musically-inclined summer kickoff approaches, Fresh Water
drops some 411 about the uniquely presented soiree you may not know.
1. PorchFest was founded by Katharyne Starinsky, an economic development specialist with the City of Shaker Heights
. Starinsky created the family-friendly affair after learning about a similar shindig in Ithaca, New York. PorchFest draws well over 1,000 music lovers to the community each year.
2. The public get-together is named after the wide, wood-floored porches that serve as Larchmere's architectural signature. This stands in contrast to neighboring Shaker Heights, where the founding Van Sweringen brothers
eschewed front porches when developing the community for Cleveland millionaires looking for an escape from the frenetic city and its sooty air.
3. Dozens of bands perform at PorchFest annually, bringing original, local music to the ears of happy attendees. Although the first year focused largely on indie rock, subsequent years have seen a broadening of genres that better reflects the neighborhood's diversity. Blues, folk, reggae, funk, hip hop and even opera acts are now invited to the one-day celebration.
4. Music and good times are PorchFest's surface goals, but the event is also a beacon for independent local businesses situated within the region. Sponsors include Felice Urban Cafe
, Shaker Quality Auto Body
, Metheny Weir
, Studio Graphique
, and Macaroni Kid
5. The Larchmere neighborhood is both quirky and iconic, consisting of ten blocks of homes, shops, funky public art installations
and restaurants. Originally an ethnic Cleveland neighborhood, Larchmere now prides itself as a walkable, transit-friendly home for local enterprises and a host of residents.