Wellfleet Porchfest

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Date(s) - August 24, 2019
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Wellfleet Preservation Hall

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Thirty local bands will perform on 20+ historic porches Saturday afternoon in the center of Wellfleet, where music-lovers can stroll by to listen.

The new tradition began in 2015, when a group of friends began a conversation about a noise ordinance bylaw proposed in a Wellfleet town meeting. Following the example of other cities and towns around the country, the group organized the first Wellfleet Porchfest in protest of the potential ordinance – a restriction they felt would be detrimental to musicians devoted to making music in the open air.

Four years after the inaugural fest, more than 70 musicians will return to Wellfleet Saturday to make acoustic music across all genres – including classical, Celtic, bluegrass, rock and jazz – for passersby in the town’s historic district.

The Porchfest concept got its start in 2007 in Ithaca, New York and has since spread to cities and towns across the country and Canada, including three others in Massachusetts: Sandwich here on Cape Cod, as well as Jamaica Plain and Somerville. The goal of Porchfest, according to Wellfleet organizer Andrea Pluhar, is to  unite and celebrate community.

It’s also “proudly unplugged,” according to the event’s press release.

“We very much support the notion of music played ‘au naturel,’” says Pluhar, noting that the only instrument allowed electricity or amplification is the piano.

Musicians will include Rose Clancy, who will bring her Chatham Fiddle Orchestra to Porchfest; Jim Rohrer and Lynda Shuster, the duo behind the band Cumberland; the Rambling Washashores, and Celtic Roots, a band of Celtic musicians.

The Wellfleet Center Historic District includes 173 buildings of mid-19th century Revival, Georgian, and late Victorian architectural styles. There are also 11 restaurants in the district or nearby, so attendees can grab a bite to eat before, after or during the event.

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