Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PorchfestFEST is a joyful, family-friendly music & arts festival that celebrates the diversity of talented musicians from the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen and dance to great music, play on the iconic, color-changing Lawn swings, and participate in fun activities like “make-your-own-tutus”, “ask a teenager”, and more!

This event is free to attend and visitors will enjoy a wide variety of musical performances and entertainment for all ages.

Visitors can also access The Lawn On D’s free Wi-Fi services. Concessions will be available for sale, provided by our food and beverage partners from Rebel Restaurants.

The rain date for this event will be Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, JCALPRO, The Boston Foundation, Zipcar, and Runa Tea.
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Schedule of Musical Performers

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Allyssa Jones
3:55 pm - 4:20 pm Spoken Word, Youth Artists with Ashley Salomon
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Larry Watson & Ensemble
5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Devin Ferreira & Mattapan Records
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm Makanda Project
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Debo Band


Allyssa Jones

With a sound like Sarah Vaughan on a Sheryl Crow kick, Ms. Jones sings the moods of an old-school funk diva: playful, pissed-off, powerful. Her fifth solo project After Hours ushers in the new school– an exciting, unexpected sound crafted by Boston-based production team The Audio Outfit. An alum of the celebrated New England Spiritual Ensemble, Ms. Jones’ credits include original music and vocal arrangements for theatre, film, school choirs and independent recording artists. Her first full-length musical, The Puppet Show, will debuts in fall 2016.

A poet’s songwriter, Ms. Jones’ core sound stems from her passion for jazz and reveals traces of her family’s eclectic record collection. Dubbed a “a vivacious musician,” credits her classical training for her “vocal prowess,” and celebrates a “kaleidoscope of music making” that “unapologetically shows loyalty to not a single genre.”

In addition to her creative work, Ms. Jones is the Executive Director for 3050 Music Group, a non-profit organization providing creative opportunities and career support for music professionals (www.3050music.org).

Band members: Ms. Jones (lead vocals), Maxim Lubarsky (keys), Wain Jonze (guitar), Greg Holt (bass), Matthew Williams (drums)

Larry Watson & Ensemble

Larry Watson is a modern-day Paul Robeson, a soulful messenger who is currently Professor of Ensembles in the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music and Resident Artist at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Kay Bourne, music critic for the Bay State Banner, writes: “This powerful baritone, who easily swoops up to the tenor range, sings with groovy beat lyrics that convey messages smoothly delivered yet relevant to the Black cause. He is the respected inheritor of the Great Black Music tradition of blues, jazz and gospel, but his own man too.” His ensemble represents men and women from all over the world who are the next dream of world superstars. Each hand-chosen, they are committed to using cultural expression as an effective vehicle for promoting social justice around the world.

Devin Ferreira

Devin Ferreira is a Boston based emcee/saxophonist and Director of Performing Arts at the Mattapan Teen Center. Devin wrote this year’s anthem for the Boston Marathon called “Unstoppable” and released his first official album “Urban Classic” in February. Devin believes in using music as a vehicle to unite people from different walks of life while promoting peace, love, and positivity.

The Makanda Project

The Makanda Project is a 12 piece jazz ensemble, dedicated to performing the previously unrecorded compositions of Makanda Ken McIntyre (1931-2001). Dr. McIntyre, a Boston native, was a brilliant and under-recognized musician and arguably one of the most significant jazz composers of his generations. The band was formed in 2005 and features several of Boston’s leading jazz musicians. Leader John Kordalewski has arranged the music for the large ensemble, and the McIntyre compositions have served as a vehicle for the group to develop its own unique sound and identity. In addition to performing throughout the East Coast to high acclaim, the group has maintained a popular series of self-produced free concerts in Roxbury since 2006. The group consists of Kurtis Rivers, Arni Cheatham, Sean Berry, Lance Bryant, and Charlie Kohlhase (saxophones), Jerry Sabatini and Phil Grenadier (trumpets), Bill Lowe and Ku-umba Frank Lacy (trombones), John Kordalewski (piano), Carlos Pino (bass), and Yoron Israel (drums).

Debo Band

Debo Band are a large ensemble led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since their inception in 2006, the band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music (think Ethiopiques), which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands. Debo Band has received broad critical praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NPR, who placed the band’s debut album—produced by Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena of Gogol Bordello—on their “50 Favorite Albums Of 2012” list.

Esh Circus Arts

Esh Circus Arts is the Boston area’s home for high-quality circus instruction – we live and breathe all things circus! We offer classes for youth and adults that focus on form and body awareness, with an emphasis on strength building, injury prevention, and creative exploration. Our class offerings range from flying high on an aerial apparatus to finding the ground with your handstands – and everything in between! We encourage students to learn at their own pace, with movements that are tailored to their skill, fitness, and flexibility level.

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