A soft summer breeze flows through the trees high above. Beams of sunlight dance between branches onto the grass and porches below. And, as friends, neighbors and music enthusiasts from near and far stroll through Kansas City Missouri’s West Plaza neighborhood, the unique sound of original music fills the air. On Saturday, June 13 from Noon to 5, that scene becomes reality as the 2nd Annual PorchFest KC returns.
According to program organizer Kathryn Golden, this event is promising to be even bigger, with over 70 bands slated to appear throughout the 20 blocks of the West Plaza neighborhood that make up the festival area. Neighborhood residents provide the approximately 30 porches and yards from which the entertainment emanates, and food vendors bring their local delicacies to enjoy. It all comes together for what can only be described as a neighborhood block party that everyone everywhere is invited to attend.
KC Cafe radio will be set up with a stage at Rafter E Studio, located in the heart of the festival area, at the intersection of Fairmont and 45th Streets. Our program will feature a showcase of local and nationally-touring KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists, including Larry Garrett, David Hakan, The Matchsellers, The Engineers, Chad Abernathy, Steve Sterner, and Neptune’s Car. All of the music from our stage will be broadcast live on KC Cafe Radio beginning at Noon, Central Time. Our lineup is posted below. More information on attending PorchFest KC can be found here.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste spoke with PorchFest KC organizer Kathryn Golden. They talked about the inspiration behind the national PorchFest movement, as well as her own inspiration for starting PorchFest KC. Golden also shares details about the event, and taps into her experience with the first event to offer up some pointers for festival-goers this year, in order to gain the most out of this year’s event.
Listen to the Interview here:
KC Cafe Radio’s Lineup/Live Broadcast Schedule
Rafter E Studio, 4501 Fairmount Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111
- Noon Larry Garrett
- 12:35 David Haken
- 1:10 The Matchsellers
- 1:45 The Engineers
- 2:20 Chad Abernathy
- 2:55 Steve Sterner
- 3:30 Neptune’s Car