The weather forecast looks great for PorchFest, featuring more than 100 musical acts picking, strumming, and singing on porches all over Somerville. The third annual event is intended to be informal, neighborly, and fun. The Somerville Arts Council describes it as "a community event where Somervillians share their love of playing and listening to music." During three time slots in three different quadrants of the city, you can hear Americana, blues, Afrobeat, acid folk, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, and other genres of music. Veteran area musicians like Matt Glaser, Tim Gearan, and Sean Staples are included in the line-up, as well as bands like the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society, Cat Sounds, Dirty Water Brass Band, and The Rolling Who. There's also a Porch-ioke site if you want to belt out a number yourself. The event gets underway Saturday, May 18 from noon-2 p.m. in East Somerville, moves to central Somerville from 2-4 p.m., and finishes in West Somerville from 4-6 p.m. Download the map for details. See somervilleartscouncil.org for complete info.
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