Porchfest returns this weekend for its second annual event, bringing live music to the front yards of West Concord residents.
Hosted by the West Concord Junction Cultural District and Concord Recreation, the free music festival for all ages features over two dozen live performances in the heart of West Concord, steps from shopping and dining.
Everything will take place on Saturday, September 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a rainy date on Sunday. Check out these five things to know about the event, along with the schedule and map below. For more information, visit montbach.com//west-concord-porchfest.
Where to park
Porchfest organizers are encouraging parking at the commuter train lot on Commonwealth Avenue. Street parking may be available, but festival-goers are urged not to park directly in front of the live shows to give everyone a space to walk and enjoy the show safely.
What to eat
The festival center is at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center at 1276 Main Street, where visitors can shop from vendors Reasons to be Cheerful, Saltbox Kitchen, and Nashoba Brook Bakery.
There are also many restaurants located in West Concord, such as Walden Italian Kitchen, Woods Hill Table, Club Car Cafe, Adelita Mexican Cuisine, and Dino’s Kouzina & Pizzeria. If the festival is postponed to Sunday, call ahead to confirm times.
What to bring
Organizers recommend bringing comfortable shoes for walking, lawn chairs for relaxing and enjoying the shows, and money to tip groups or buy merchandise.
Note that public washrooms are available in the parking lot of the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Concord Public Library, Concord Youth Theater, and Dunkin ‘Donuts.
Last year’s PorchFest was canceled due to the pandemic, making this year’s event the second annual West Concord Porchfest.
Although this is an outdoor event, it is recommended that Porchfest attendees bring a mask and wear it when they are unable to maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
Photos: West Concord goes wild at Porchfest 2019
Harvey Wheeler Parking Lot
Please note: Parking for deeds and those with handicap signs only
1-2: 30: Stoney’s Wicked Din – Small big band playing blues, soul, pop, jazz, swing, and more
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m .: Flute enchantment – Flute covers and instrumental favorites with backing tracks
4-5: Music makes me happy – Singing choir
Information Tent Public Restroom WIQH 88.3FM Food Vendors: Nashoba Brook Bakery, Reasons to Be Merry, Saltbox Kitchen
West Concord Union Church Maze
1-2: Concord Conservatory of Music Clarinet Ensemble – Music for all, including folk, rag, tango, pop and classical
2-3: Shipley / Anderson / Royer – Acoustic trio performing folk songs, classic country covers and originals
3-4: Sarah Whitney – Rock and pop covers for violin
4-5: Pretty Saro – Traditional bluegrass songs, rabid old-fashioned tunes and original music
1-2: The Potato Shakers – Upbeat music including rock, Americana and classic country
4-5: Mother Fungus – Original psychedelic fusion rock band
2-4: Beatles & Friends – The Beatles Favorites! Yeah yeah yeah!
1-2: Makes U Wanna Dance Band – Dance group playing familiar hits and hidden gems from the 60s-90s
4-5: The Rolling Gnomes – Family-friendly rock ‘n roll covers
2-4: North Hill Band – Electric jazz oriented groove, soul and funk
2-3: 13th bar – Covers of classic transcendent rock
1-2: Walk Don’t Run – Melodic pop-rock with blues and country influences
3-5: Poor Yorick – Rock covers, offbeat and sometimes original hits
1-2: West Concord Jazz Quintet – Mix of new jazz and funk and old favorites
3-5: Laura Ann – Classic rock and other favorites
2-4: Sawyer Lawson – folk rock singer-songwriter
1-2h45: Currier Square – Folk rock and original covers
3-5: Fretbox Trio – Acoustic pop rock with blues accents
1h-1h45: Flagg Hill & Co. – Acoustic rock and unplugged bluegrass
2 p.m.-2:30 p.m .: Jackson Saucedo – Folk-acoustic singer-songwriter with a touch of pop
4-5: Spoon! – Young cover band