Up Close and Personal at PorchfestKC
Music festivals can be stressful. From parking to weather to scouting out a prime viewing spot, so many logistics go into ensuring a successful experience. Now, imagine being able to catch an intimate glimpse of more than 150 musical acts in the light of day, without having to worry about many of the traditional stressors of a festival setting. That’s part of the idea behind PorchFestKC, an all-day festival where residents open up their porches to performers, who play stripped down sets. It started in the West Plaza neighborhood in 2014, and now spreads over three KC neighborhoods: Valentine, Roanoke and the eastern edge of Volker. PorchFestKC happens this Saturday, Oct. 14, and gives audiences a chance to wander the streets of Midtown in search of their favorite new acts. Hear from a few of this year’s performers about why this event is so special. “I love the intimacy that comes along with performing in a small public space, especially when a stranger opens part of their home to the performer and the community. During an event with over 150 bands, one might think that intimacy couldn't happen, but it does! It makes me proud to see hundreds of people flock to a neighborhood to support local music. I've gained fans from the event, have kept in touch with my porch host from last year, and get the opportunity to listen to dozens of bands I hadn’t heard before in a matter of hours. There is truly something for everyone at PorchFest.” Eades performs at 3752 Washington St. at noon.