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So, you've always wanted to host a concert? Now's your chance! Porchfest is easy and fun and, as the host, you determine just what you want to do.
Here are a few things to know:
"Porch" is a loose term. For the purposes of Porchfest: driveways, garages, and decks all count as "porches." Just so long as people in our community can easily access listening to music. In other words, if you have a deck, but the only way for people to get there is through your house and your mother in-law's room, this isn't a great fit. But if you don't have a porch, or have a small porch: improvise.
Melrose Porchfest is from 2-6, but if you can only host from 2-3, that's fine! You determine when the music happens at your home.
If you know musicians, and can fill the slots you want to host, go for it. Just let us know who is playing at your house and when.
If you need musicians to play your porch, we can help you. Just be clear on our sign up form with the times you can host and any preferences you have.
We will not put your house on our website and map unless we hear from you. So if a friend of yours is in a band has asked you to host and you've said yes to them, but haven't told us anything, we need to hear from you.
Usually, a band or musician will play for a 1 or 2 hour slot. We don't recommend acts playing for longer than that, unless your act is Bruce Springsteen.
You can decide if the musicians plug in and play electric or things stay more mellow with an unamplified, acoustic set. Your call.
You do not pay the bands. They can put out a tip jar, and sell merchandise, but playing Porchfest is for fun, not for fame and fortune.
It is a nice thing to have water available for the bands.
You don't have to (and probably shouldn't) let people stopping by to listen into your house. But please let the musicians use the bathroom.