Organizers of the annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest are upping the ante this year by including more than just musical performances on people’s porticos.
On July 11, attendees strolling through the Boston neighborhood will be greeted by live theatrical performances, spoken poetry sessions, and some circus acts. There will even be a designated porch for elected officials who want to show off their musical talents.
“This year, besides being much larger, we’re adding these different art forms to the mix at special porches,” said Marie Ghitman, one of JP Porchfest’s lead organizers.
Ghitman and Jamaica Plain resident Mindy Fried hosted the neighborhood’s first-ever Porchfest last year, after being inspired by Somerville’s annual event and others like it across the country.
In its first year, JP Porchfest attracted 65 bands and solo musicians who performed on 35 porches around the neighborhood. More than 7,000 people attended.
“It was such a big success last year; we were surprised, honestly. Doing it again this year was a no-brainer,” Ghitman said.
Next month, 111 bands will put on shows for the public. More than a dozen of the other types of performances on special porches will also be featured. People interested in participating still have time to sign up, and can do so by making a request on the event’s website.
Ghitman said organizers have worked with community groups from Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roxbury to include everyone in the surrounding neighborhoods in the festivities and invite them to the celebration. She said she expects JP Porchfest to continue to be an annual event, and hopes it will branch out to other parts of Boston.