Scranton Porch Festival debuted last month, turning around 78 homes and businesses into colorful ‘floats’ instead of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.
A popular feature of this first-time event was that musicians performed on various porches which drew neighbors and socially distant crowds who genuinely missed seeing live music over the past year or so. ScrantonMade continues this idea with “Live Music in the Hill,” a new series of free outdoor performances in the historic section of Hill that begins Saturday, April 17th.
“This is a community-organized, donation-based event. All donations go directly to the musicians, ”said Cristin Powers, owner of ScrantonMade.
“I hope to host every third Saturday of each month if it’s successful and weather permitting. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, support the arts in your local community, and overall improve the quality of life here.
The first series of neighborhood shows will begin at noon near Crotti is on Ash and later, finish off at the cocktail and martini bar with a 5pm set. The music will be pleasant to the ears and family friendly, so all ages are welcome. Donations will be accepted at each porch and via Pay Pal.
“Please socially distance yourself from neighbors who are not in your own group,” Powers added.
Live music schedule on the hill
Saturday April 17
Midday: Erin Malloy and her friends (1425, rue Ash)
1:15 p.m .: Jacob Cole Trio (844 Taylor Avenue)
2:30 p.m .: The Bog Swing group (724 N. Irving Ave)
3.45 p.m .: Dave Brown from Dishonest fiddlers (941 N. Irving Ave)
5 p.m .: Luke Tinklepaugh (Crotti’s on Ash – 1431 Ash St.)
ScrantonMade sells locally themed merchandise like clothes, mugs, pillows and more, while hosting annual events showcasing artists, creatives and small business owners like Arts on the Square, the Lackawanna Arts Festival. and the ScrantonMade Holiday Market.
Watch live broadcasts from the NEPA stage of Scranton PorchFest performances by the Electric Hands Swing Orchestra and Dave Brown and Shawn Caden of The Dishonest Fiddlers below:
Photo from The Dishonest Fiddlers by Rich Howells / NEPA Scene