Now in its second year the Jamaica Plain Porchfest, started i n 2011 as a spinoff of the Somerville Porchfest and felt like more of an all inclusive arts festival than a music festival. Featuring acts that ranged from spoken word to dance to music, it showcased the kind of eclectic creativity that the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain has always been known for.
(Mark Lipman with Reid Angwin on guitar playing “My Old Friend” Special thanks to Mark Lipman and Nathan Langford for the video)
Despite the heat, and the ridiculously long time it took me to get to Jamaica Plain on public transportation (I took the “E” Train from Park Street, with delays to the “39” up S. Huntington. My mistake.), the streets were packed and Center Street was hopping.
Admittedly I don’t get to Jamaica Plain all that often, but once I got there I remembered what it is that makes Jamaica Plain so incredibly special. While every neighborhood has its own flavour, Jamaica Plain is one of the few that is almost literally a world all of its own. People were everywhere, families, tourists, musicians and pets ambling up and down the streets, beneath the hot summer sun, going from venue to venue together. Despite how long it took me to get to and from Jamaica Plain, the JP Porchfest made it all worth it, and did not disappoint in any way. * Jamaica Plain Porchfest was on Saturday July, 11 from 12 – 6PM.