Buffalo’s second ‘Porchfest’ of the year kicks off, celebrates music and community


Joe Morganti/The Record

Despite not-so-ideal weather, Buffalonians still out to Elmwood Village for Porchfest to support the local music scene in Buffalo.

Joe Morganti, Reporter

The Elmwood Village is known as the one of the main music and art scenes in Buffalo. Porchfest, which is a local music festival in the Elmwood Village, is held twice a year, in spring and fall.

With over fifty-five bands performing, Porchfest was a success despite weather, or any negative factor.

This past Porchfest was held on Oct. 3. It held twenty-six different porches for musicians to perform on. Ranging from the synth pop group, Wood Bois, to soft acoustic acts such as Andrew Fisher, each porch held a different atmosphere. Acts performed throughout the day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Porchfest was formed in the fall of 2013 in the Elmwood Village by the Elmwood Village Association. Led by the president of the Elmwood Village Association, Wendy Sanders, the Elmwood Village Association was inspired by other Porchfests to conduct their very own in Buffalo.

The original Porchfest was held in Ithaca, New York in 2007. From there, Porchfest has grown into several different cities. Ranging from cities in New York, all the way to cities in California, and even cities in Canada. Porchfests all around share the same common goal of getting a community together as one.

Although the weather wasn’t great in Buffalo, each porch created a sense of unity. It just demonstrated everyone in Buffalo as a unit. Whether it was a porch on Manchester Place with only ten people watching, or a porch on Lafayette Avenue with fifty people, they all had a nice and welcome feel to it.

Some porches had tents for people to sit under because of occasional slight rain, while others had food for people to eat, and even posters to promote someone’s business or musical group or act.

One of most popular porches this year was on corner of Lafayette and Elmwood. This was most likely due to the fact it was right on the Elmwood strip. It held acts such as Baby Beast and Tilapia, both local bands in the area.

Both of these bands showed the diversity in Buffalo’s music scene. Baby Beast is a softer group which consisted of a stand-up bass, while Tilapia, who went on right after them, was a hard rock band. Each porch consisted of different styles of music and everyone stayed and enjoyed the acts.

Buffalo is not only emerging as a greater city, it’s developing a community that stands as one.


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