22 bands, lots of listeners enjoy first-ever event
Monday, August 6, 2018

Enterprise photos by Nate Howard

Pickin’ Pear perform during the first-ever Porchfest on Sunday.
Dan Mosman and Morgan Pearson and dance in the rain while Blake Monroe Brightman plays on a porch during Porchfest.

Hundreds of people braved the dicey weather Sunday afternoon to attend the first-ever Livingston Porchfest.

Twenty-two local bands, who performed on front porches and under tents, played on Yellowstone, Lewis and Clark streets during intermittent rain and thunderstorms. The crowd ebbed and flowed with the rain, but there was a steady stream for the five-hour event.

Porchfest organizer Nadia Grabiner was ecstatic after hundreds of people turned out for the music festival.

“I am on cloud nine,” Grabiner said. “It could not have gone better, save for the rain.”

Grabiner said a few food vendors who were considering coming backed out at the last minute because of the rain, but she expects the event to blossom in the future.

“We’re on board to make it bigger and better next year,” she said. “We’re looking for porches, and we’ll go where we get the most response from. We’re not married to that block.”

Grabiner said artists kept praising the format, with people just standing on the sidewalk, in yards, watching from neighboring front porches, with the streets shut down.

“I asked one of the artists for recommendations or changes for next year,” Grabiner said. “They said, ‘Just do it again.’”

Anyone interested in getting involved with Porchfest may email porchfestlivingston@gmail.com.