Top Picks for Spring Porchfest 2015

Live Music, Things to Do


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on May 5, 2015
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Porchfest is slowly becoming a greater-Elmwood Avenue institution that pops up every spring and summer. With free “acoustic level” performances stretching from Gates Circle to Allentown, there’s no good reason not to step out, do a little pre-gaming at Blue Monk or Coles (if that’s your thing) and see some free live, local and original music.

After listening to all the acts, I’ve picked out a few that might be of interest. The number next to the venue address correlates to the venue number on the official Porchfest map. We’ve also posted a map with our picks highlighted below.

Finally, Porchfest goes off rain or shine so pack an umbrella if the weather looks dicey.


Bidwell Park Area

#1 – 1034 Elmwood Ave. (1:30p – David Nolf, 3:00p Radarada, 4:30p Death Picnic w. Short Moscato)

Tonight Show band The Roots rose to fame by playing the live old-school hip-hop on display from these acts. Funky and rappy.


#5 – 12 Soldiers Place (1:30p Wolf)

With a booming voice lace with melancholia, Wolf (aka Chelsea O’Donnell ) has a firm grasp on 90s style alt-pop.


#12 – 675 Richmond Ave. (2:00p Shevy & the Pulse)

Shevy & the Pulse play powerhouse acoustic folk pop that recalls Buffalo’s patron saint of folk – Ani DiFranco.


#20 – S. Putnam Ave. (3:30p Heenan Brothers, 4:30p Greg Barresi)

Authentic Americana from these two acts.


#25 – 536 Auburn Ave. (1:00p Pete Kremer, 2:00p Harvey, 3:00p Porcelain Train, 4:00p Chris Squier, 5:00p Last Calls)

All these acts play super-tight folk pop and command the stage like the cagey veterans they are. If you want to see well-constructed songs and a mature stage presence – this is your venue.

Elmwood & Lafayette

#22  183 St. James Place (2:30p Coral Collapse)

With just a few demos posted online, Coral Collapse is a super new modern indie-pop, like the kind that might fit easily into a 107.7 playlist. The demos are impressive though and you should really consider checking this band out.


#16  568 Lafayette Ave. (2:00p Tilapia, 3:00 Luanjie, 4:00 Last Sentry, 5:00 G Dogs, 6:00 Patti Parks)

If you’re headed out to Porchfest for some hard rock, this is the venue for you.


#17  587 Lafayette Ave. (4:00p Joseph Wright)

Wright performs intimate acoustic indie pop that all but invites you to sit down on the porch right next to him as he plays.


#18  739 Lafayette Ave. (5:00 meet the bacons)

Meet the bacons do folk Americana that’s sure to get toes tappin’.


Random spots

#27 – 625 Breckenridge St. (3:00p Pete Sorkin, 4:30 Wood Bois)

Pete Sorkin plays instantly-familiar-sounding classic pop on guitar and piano. Wood Bois use retro synthesizer sounds to LOL at the 80s.


#34  509 Linwood Ave. (3:00p Ruckman & the Basterds)

Ruckman and/or the Basterds need to step up their online footprint, but this crappy cell phone video of a Fleet Foxes cover was enough for me to recommend them. Check it out and you be the judge.


#35  77 Hodge Ave. (1:30p dreambeaches)

dreambeaches is a new project by Humble Braggers  bass player, Corey Bzibziak, and the first single “Trademark” is already turning heads.


#39 – 179 Richmond Ave. (1:00 Moretti, 1:30 Pine Fever, 2:30 Lesionread)

Pine Fever does moonshine swillin’ Appalachian folk like no one else in Buffalo. Lesionread’s acid-damaged electro-rock freakouts are the yin to Pine Fever’s yang.


#41  135 Park St. (2:00p BP duo-ver, 2:30 Jack Topht, 3:00 Like a Panther)

Its New Orleans-style jazz from BP duo-ver, alternative rap from Jack Topht and indie-garage rock from Like a Panther (featuring this humble reporter) on a bill that only makes sense in Allentown.

For more info check out Buffalo Porchfest on Facebook, Twitter or their website and click here for the full band list.

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Saturday, May 9

1PM – 6PM

Porches around Elmwood Village


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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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