Good music on Mapleton Hill

Homegrown bands leave the garage and play the porches this Sunday  |

Front porches throughout Boulder’s historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood will be center stage this Sunday, hosting musical acts for strolling audiences all afternoon.

It’s as cool as it sounds. With nearly 20 talented musical acts, the third annual Mapleton Hill PorchFest promises to deliver great sounds in a festive, laid back atmosphere of neighbors, family and friends.

The event is free and open to the public. The line up includes classical, jazz, bluegrass, a capella, rock and pop players, all hitting high notes unplugged.

“People can expect to hear non-amplified music throughout the neighborhood on Sunday, with some excellent bands coming out to play,” explains Dom Nozzi, a community design consultant who was inspired to help launch the Mapleton Hill PorchFest when he learned about a similar event in Ithaca, New York.

Since that first Porchfest in 2007, the concept has spread widely, with at least 10 similar events launching from Belleville, Ontario, to Napa, California. 

Bring a folding chair or blanket, and be sure to park legally and respectfully. Hungry? Heirloom Food Truck will be serving its fabulous farm-to-table menu at Sixth and Mapleton throughout the fest.

PorchFest kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with a parade at Fifth and Concord Streets. Tunes roll until four. The festival’s official schedule, porch map and line up are all available here.

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