Mapleton Hill PorchFest Has Been Canceled!


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The PorchFest organizing committee met a few nights ago.  We decided that the best and most responsible thing to do for the health and safety of our neighborhood and the broader community was to cancel this year’s event. It was a sad conclusion, but an easy one to make in light of the risk to our friends and families, porch hosts, and the bands.

This would have been the 9th annual Mapleton Hill PorchFest, and we know it would have been the best ever.  We had more than 24 porches and bands lined up.  We thank them for their enthusiasm for this wonderful event, and we hope that they will all reserve their spots for next year.  We are committed to making PF 2021 happen, and look forward to a happier, more settled future.  In the meantime, we wish good health and happiness to all for the rest of the summer and the rest of this crazy year.  We’ll be back next spring!

Wouldn’t you like to hear some great outdoor music right now???

Our beloved Mapleton Hill Porchfest is in the works for Sunday, September 20th!!

The PorchFest planning committee has already met and we are in full planning mode. Last year, we far exceeded any past event with almost 1200 happy attendees. While we are living in uncertain times, it’s great to have things to look forward to.Sunshine Canyon String Band, 2449 5th St, PorchFest 2018 (34)

So block out your calendar, start imagining what our neighborhood will soon look like with the snow gone, all the leaves and gardens full of color, and how happy we’ll be when we can become a little more normal.

Of course, we will follow the Boulder and Colorado protocols for gatherings that are in force at the time of PorchFest, but we are keeping our fingers crossed at the same time that our limitations will be lifted by then.

We have a few requests to help form our 20+ bands, 20+ porches PorchFest:

1) Are you interested in hosting a band on your porch this year? Our footprint is 9th west to 4th and Pine north to Concord. It’s simple and fun.

2) Do you know of any bands that might be interested in performing? We entertain all different styles of music, but it is mostly “acoustic” (non-amplified).

3) Please “like” our Facebook page here:

Any questions? Let us know!

Bookmark and regularly check our website for updates:

Dom Nozzi, Chair

Mapleton Hill PorchFest

PorchFest Banners

Each year, our PorchFest Committee puts up two PorchFest banners on Mapleton Ave (4th & 9th) a week in advance of our event to promote the event. One of our PorchFest committee members has just reported that the banners have been removed. This theft or vandalism is a first for PorchFest. If anyone has any information about this, please contact us.

Thank you,

Dom Nozzi, Chair

Mapleton Hill PorchFest.

PS: Please join us for our 8th Annual PorchFest this Sunday, Sept 22nd from 1:00 to 4:15!

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Bands Confirmed As Of Today!

As of June 23, 2019, here is the confirmed lineup of performers for 2019 (this is a partial list, as we are still working to confirm the names of some of our performers)

  1. HenScratch – returning
  2. Ravenhawk – returning (new name, with some new members)
  3. Lefthand Canyon Singers – returning
  4. Misty Willow – new
  5. Haeger + Hoffman – new
  6. Kings of the Oblivion – new
  7. Pt Jazz – returning
  8. The Skinny – new
  9. Dwarf Planets – returning
  10. Aulternate Reality – returning
  11. Cottonwood – returning
  12. Two Guys Named Moe – new
  13. Chapels + Cathedrals
  14. Howling Commandos

Confirmed 2019 Performers!

Here is the confirmed lineup of performers for 2019 (this is a partial list, as we are still working to confirm the names of some of our performers)

HenScratch – returning

Ravenhawk – returning (new name, with some new members)

Lefthand Canyon Singers – returning

Misty Willow – new

Zen Mustache – new

Haeger + Hoffman – new

Kings of the Oblivion – new

Pt Jazz – returning

The Skinny – new

Dwarf Planets – returning

Aulternate Reality – returning

Cottonwood – returning

Two Guys Named Moe – new

Bands Announced for the 7th Annual PorchFest being held on Sept. 16th!

Three Story Limit 7 members performing Contemporary A Cappella
The Road West 3 members performing Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
Hercules Choice 2 members performing Contemporary Folk
Dwarf Planets 6 members performing Rock 
The Dragonwagon Project 2 members performing Jazz/Swing 
Aulternate Reality Jazz Trio 3-4 members performing Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Jazz standards
HenScratch 5 members performing Bluegrass/Americana
Sunshine Canyon String Band 6-7 members Bluegrass/Country/Pop
Three‐Legged Dog 4 members performing Americana Folk, Indie and Classic Rock
DeWitt Family Band 4 members performing Bluegrass/Folk/Folk Rock
PT Jazz Jazz
Chapels & Cathedrals
The Howling Commandos 6 members performing Folk-rock
Felonius Smith Trio 3 members performing Historic Roots of the Blues (Historic Blues)
The Boulder Brassaholics (trumpets, trombone, horn, tuba and percussion) 5-6 members as a Brass Quintet
Tyler Royse 2 members
Mayhem Gulch 4 members performing Buegrass
The Chillbillies Bluegrass Band Progressive Bluegrass, Rock and Americana
Kaleidoscope Music Studio/House of Joy Performing children’s music
 Cottonwood  3 members performing Folk-Americana  

Mark Your Calendars! PorchFest 2018 Date is Set!!

Your porchfest Music Event is Coming Again!

The date is set! Mark your calendar for SEPTEMBER 16th, 2018 to enjoy the 7th Annual Mapleton Hill porchFest, the musical walkabout that is the envy of all the other Sometimes Known as Hank and Duke 2013 PorchFestneighborhoods. Like last year’s event, which drew approximately 800 people, we’ll highlight over 20 different bands of many styles, playing their hearts out on local porches. Do you like bluegrass? Jazz? Classical? Blues? Folk? Of course you do.

Be sure to mark September 16th on your calendar and like our Facebook Page to get the most up to date information.

This event is FREE to attend and is kid and pet friendly!

“Neighbors party on the porches of Mapleton in Boulder” Daily Camera

What began as a small neighborhood gathering with a couple of ukuleles a decade ago in Ithaca, New York, has turned into a nationwide celebration of community and local music with more than 60 PorchFests in the U.S. and Canada.

Mapleton Hill, Boulder’s oldest neighborhood, which joined the PorchFest party in 2012, is hosting its sixth annual Mapleton PorchFest with a parade at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, followed by 22 musical acts playing on Mapleton front porches.

“We are convinced that our little music walkabout festival promotes neighborliness and conviviality,” said Dom Nozzi, the sheriff of Boulder’s PorchFest community. “And an appreciation for the musical talents of our region.”

The event spans seven blocks of the historic neighborhood, with the parade kicking off at Maxwell and Fifth streets and headed by Pearl Street Mall’s famed teen trumpeter Gabriel Angelo (or Master Blaster G) as the grand marshal. Angelo, who once caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres and appeared on her show in 2012, will be joined by tap dancers, clowns, Irish dancers and circus-school performers.

The community is encouraged to participate, and visitors from all neighborhoods are welcome. Nozzi said people can feel free to come in costume and with decorated bikes.

“There’s some really strong civic reasons for having an event like PorchFest, but the main thing is it’s just fun,” said Kathy Spear, a member of the PorchFest organizing committee. “It’s such a community and neighborhood builder.”

Which is what struck Nozzi in 2011, when he learned about the movement through a Listserv group. Since then, it’s grown. Last year, Mapleton Hill PorchFest, held on the third Sunday every September, had 800 visitors lining the tree-canopied streets of the picture-perfect neighborhood.

Nozzi, who said he lived in Mapleton for nearly a decade until about a year ago, said the walkable design of the neighborhood, the low speed limit on the wide streets and the conversational distance between the porches and sidewalks is what makes Mapleton the perfect spot for this event.

“Mapleton has many beautiful houses with big front porches, making it conducive to this activity,” Nozzi said. “And a gratifying aspect is that it’s very serendipitous at PorchFest. It’s great to run into familiar faces, and have a chance to meet new ones.”

Spear said she lives right in the heart of Mapleton, in a house that was built in 1895.

“In a three hour period, there’s this wonderful sense of community.” Spear said. “It’s great music, good conversation, kids in strollers, dogs on leashes, just a great neighborhood event.”

The committee — which Spear said also includes Jamie Cannon, who organized the bands and put together the map (which will be available on participating porches) — has perfected the placement of the bands so there’s no overlap in sound. And unless it’s for a solo keyboard performer or an a capella group, no amplifiers are allowed. In the last couple of years, organizers have also broken the music into two sets to make it easier for visitors to see more performances.

The bands love it too, Spear and Nozzi said, as a fairly significant number of returning groups come back.

“They all perform gratis, and the residents have opened up their porches out of their neighborly love,” said Spear.

There will also be three food carts sitting on Sixth Street between Maxwell and Concord avenues, said Spear. This year the bands are booked and the porches are filled, so interested groups for future PorchFests can inquire at

“As a town planner, I know that our society tends to be more isolated than it once was,” said Nozzi, a member of the city’s Transportation Advisory Board. He noted Robert Putnam’s take on America’s modern civic disengagement in the 1995 book “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.”

“PorchFest is a way for us to bring more neighborly and social activities to the community,” he said.

The organizers encourage visitors come by bus or bike, and if a car is necessary, Nozzi suggested parking outside of the fest’s limits, since there will be a higher number of people, children and dogs in the neighborhood.

Christy Fantz: 303-473-1107, or