Cortland’s fifth annual Porchfest is hitting the radio on Sunday, August 16. Due to safety concerns about gathering crowds, the previously front porch event is making its way to Cortland’s WXHC 101.5 FM. Other avenues to listen include online at wxhc.com, the X101 app, TuneIn, and Amazon Alexa. While the show line-up has yet to be announced, its organizers promise two hours of brilliant performances from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Produced by American Vintage Productions (AVP), the first hour of the show will consist of pre-recorded performances. The second half will have about 10 live local performers performing from Studio AV at Rose Hall. The entire show will be commercial-free, thanks to the Dan & Rose McNeil Foundation.
“We’re delighted to be able to use our new performance space, Studio AV at Rose Hall, to support this program,” said AVP’s Chris Merkley. “The combination of livestream and broadcast performances will give the musicians access to a broad audience.”
Porchfest, in which musicians perform on front porches to crowds on lawns and sidewalks, originated in Ithaca in 2007. It soon became a national phenomenon: other cities across the country put on their own Porchfests, and it even spread to Canada. The Cortland incarnation has grown every year since its inception in 2016, and X101 and AVP are working to continue the streak.
“When it became clear that live, in-person gatherings were out of the question, the decision was easy to team up with X101 and AVP,” said Porchfest organizer Molly Andrejko. She continued, “We’re all working hard to make sure that Porchfest Cortland can remain an exciting, inclusive and fun event that showcases the best of what our musical community offers. We can’t wait to see all of our neighbors near and far enjoying the radio show!”