The festival, which promised to fill Adams Morgan porches with street performers this weekend, will now take place on Oct. 24 between 2 and 6 p.m.
Adams Morgan Partnership BID executive director Kristen Barden informed future attendees of the schedule change earlier this afternoon on Facebook.
“Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating for PorchFest this Saturday,” Barden wrote.
Though it may be easy to assume the cancellation is related to the possibly forthcoming Hurricane Joaquin, Barden said that’s not entirely the case.
“The prediction is that it’s going to be a very wet weekend,” Barden said. “That forecast in itself was too much. Electricity and water just don’t mix.”
So far, the change hasn’t led to widespread performance cancellations. “There’s just one porch that won’t be able to do it on the 24th,” Barden said. “We should still have 16-17 porches.”
Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest
Adams Morgan residents and visitors are probably used to music emanating from the bars along 18th Street, but on October 3, they’ll be able to hear music coming from almost every street in the neighborhood.
That evening, musicians will play sets on stoops and porches throughout the neighborhood as part of the third annual Porch Fest.
Porch Fest is a free festival in which residents and businesses open their porches or patios to musicians to play for gathered crowds and passers-by. The festival is organized by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization that attempts to bring art and cultural events to public places throughout the city.
Participating porches will host three different musicians or bands at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Kristen Barden, executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID says that they’ve already booked all of the porches for this year’s festival but are still accepting applications for musicians, who can contact organizers through their Facebook page.
“We’re about halfway there,” she said. “We need about another 15 musicians in order to have enough for all the porches.”
Barden said that the musicians already signed on play a wide range of styles and instruments. While most sets are acoustic, Barden says if the porch owner is willing to provide electricity, bands can play plugged-in sets.
“So far we have a ukelele band, an original singer-songwriter of folk music, a jazz singer, an alternative country rock band, some acoustic folk rock, a jazz pianist, a spoken-word-infused hip-hop artist and a contemporary pop vocalist who plays piano covers,” Barden said.
The Adams Morgan Partnership BID distributes free maps showing porch locations during the event from their headquarters at 1640 Columbia Rd. NW. Barden said that last year they distributed over 1,000 maps.
“Families open up their porches and we have musicians play all afternoon,” Barden said. “It’s a great way to get out and walk around the whole neighborhood.”
Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest
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U Street Metro This Weekend
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