Melrose Porchfest Has Enough Porches, But Not Enough Performers

MELROSE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)Melrose Porchfest is returning for another year.

Porchfest is an annual free festival where Melrose community members can sign up their porches, lawns, yards, and driveways to be used as stages for comedians, poets, musicians, and other performers.

"Ideally you’ve got something of some size where people can gather without destroying your property and be off the streets," said Melrose resident and Porchfest organizer Gina Martinez.

This year's Porchfest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 2 to 6 p.m., with a rain date of Sept. 25. Martinez told WBZ NewsRadio that while there have been plenty of Melrose residents who have signed up as hosts, there aren't enough performers to fill the stages.

"We have more people who are interested in hosting than we have performers, even though we get lots of performers," Martinez said.

According to Porchfest's website, you are more likely to be selected as a host if you have performers ready to fill spots. Martinez hopes this will encourage more people to sign up.

"See if you know anybody who is a performer. The more performers that you yourself can recruit to play your porch, the higher the likelihood that you’ll be able to participate," Martinez said.

Performers can sign up for Porchfest here.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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