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’.
#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.
Saturday, May 9
1PM – 6PM
Porches around Elmwood Village
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