Rhinebeck, New York….The Porchfest planning committee today announced that the event will return for its third year on Saturday, September 29 from 11:30am-5:30pm in the village of Rhinebeck. Over 100 musicians and bands will be showcased on 20-plus porches of historic homes on Chestnut, Livingston, and Mulberry streets in the village of Rhinebeck. After the porch music ends at 5:30, everyone will be paraded New Orleans-Style by a Brass Band to Rhinebeck’s Village municipal lot for a surprise Grand Finale performance from 6-7pm. Porchfest is free of charge, open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. The planning committee also noted that on Fri., Sept. 14th, a fundraiser will take place at Gallery@Rhinebeck at 5:30pm; guitars customized by local artists will be auctioned off; all funds raised will benefit the Community Park Fund.


A wide range of musical genres will be represented at this year’s Porchfest event, which is the third annual for Rhinebeck, including but not limited to: acoustic, jazz, classical, blues, pop, rock, folk, and Irish music. In addition, individual vocal performances and instrumental sets are on this year’s roster. Some of the artists scheduled to perform include locals like Steve Mosto & Steam, Vinny’s Basement, Max’s New Hat, Beercaps & Quarters, Gilda Lyons, UGuys, Zach Martin, and more.


It was Rhinebeck native Liz Mazzarella who first brought Porchfest to Northern Dutchess County after attending the event in Ithaca, New York. Mazzarella assembled a volunteer corps, established a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, and coordinated a successful inaugural celebration in 2016. Porchfest has attracted several thousand people to Rhinebeck for both of its first two years.


“Now in our third year, people have been asking about it for months already – everyone who has attended really looks forward to the tradition, and those who haven’t joined us yet have heard about it and don’t want to miss out. Porchfest is a real celebration of our community spirit in Rhinebeck and throughout the Hudson Valley. The talent is incredible – there’s something for everyone and it’s great to see that no matter what else is going on in the world, music always has a unique way of bringing people together,” said Tom Cale, volunteer member of the Porchfest planning committee.


Mazzarella added, “It’s a really incredible experience for everyone, and we’re extremely grateful to all of the volunteers, businesses, community leaders, homeowners, and sponsors who generously give their time, talent, and resources to make Porchfest happen. When I walk around the event each year, I think about the fact that this really does take a village – just like everything in life – but we truly have a deep-rooted sense of community here in Rhinebeck that is really special. It feels pretty magical to hear the music and see people gathered together to enjoy it and to know that so many people give so much to make it all a reality.”


The event is free of charge and open to the public. Merchandise, food, and beverages will be available for purchase, including a limited edition 2018 Porchfest t-shirt by artist Tom Cale.


For more information or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit rbkporchfest.com.