SO many thanks to everyone who made this year ROCK!
San Rafael, you ROCK! We had well over 100 local bands apply for this year's event and 71 play on porches for the 5 hour event. This community is grateful for you your talent, skills and time. Thank you!
From cash to food donations to volunteer t-shirt and shuttle funding, to all of the printing of posters, pamphlets and schedules, these sponsors were fantastic to support the event this year! Thank you!
Neighbors are beaming with pride this week in comments on social media and emails and texts. Thank you for your time, preparing your porches and yards, and your hospitality to our community of talented musicians and audiences!
Event goers enjoyed a wide range of delicious food ranging from Forest Fire BBQ and Di Filippo wood-fired (yup, wood fire in a truck!) pizza to decadent Bonito Poke and Cousins Maine lobster rolls to sweet treats from Kona Ice and Candelina. Belly Deli rocked it and we loved having Tacos el Muchacho Alegre! Casablanca Moroccan food was superb and the ever famous PorchFest specialty, Sharon's Amazing Pupusas! She's been here all four years and counting! Thank you food vendors for feeding the people this year!
We had over 60 volunteers sign up for a shift or more this year at SRPF and it would NOT happen without you. Many of our comments of gratitude is how friendly and helpful all of the volunteers were. Thank you all!
Blake Davis, thank you for leading the photography team this year and ensuring every band was photographed and magical memories were captured to have in our archive. To you photographers who captured the joy, thank you! Joy Phoenix, Terry Scussel, Herman Privette, Frederic Aube, and Bruce Forrester, we look forward to posting the photos on our website in the next week or so!
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"Phenomenal work creating this event and having it flow so seamlessly. I am already so excited for 2024 - it’s my favorite event to play all year!" - Laura from Third Coyote
"Nyles!! wow thank you so so much for having us play porch fest. this was seriously such an incredibly magical day, we’re all so grateful!! definitely coming every year!!" - Grooblen
"San Rafael PorchFest, why thank u! We had a fun time playing the porchfest … and loved our hosts, they were super!" - 3 Pairs of Boots
"Did y'all catch Porchfest San Rafael on Sunday?? It was amazing. Flat out fun and amazing. So great seeing our regulars enjoying the music and also fun to see so many of the bands we've hosted playing the neighborhood!" - Pond Farm Brewing
"Thank you, What an amazing event, please let the powers that be know that we'd love to do it again next year. All the Best, Dore Coller"
"Can’t thank you enough for helping put together this amazing event! You gave everyone in the Fountain of Ukes the feeling of being a rock star. Thanks again, Richard"
"Congratulations San Rafael PorchFest for an amazing festival last Sunday. It was so beautiful being surrounded by great music and neighbors, walking under a canopy of trees under the hot sun. What a gift to our community! ❤️ Thank you!" - MaikaSanRafael
"Porch Fest was a blast! Thank you San Rafael for the great crowd! Looking forward to next year!"- Georgia West
"Hey guys, Thanks for having me as part of PorchFest. We really enjoyed taking part and appreciate the opportunity to do so. I hope I can return next time. All the best, Matt Jaffe"
"Thank you so much @srporchfest for an incredible experience 🎉🙏❤️ see you next year 😎🤘" - Malpica
"The Lighthouse Singers loved being part of this Porchfest. So many great musicians and friends. thanks for having us." - the Lighthouse Singers
"Had a great time playing on Porch 13. Thanks to all!" - Teja Gerken
"Truly wonderful event. Thanks so much for the amazing organization of the event; the food offerings were wonderful; the PARKING SHUTTLE! Shout out to the intrepid drivers who never stopped transporting crowds of folks to the festival from the parking garage. The musicians were varied and lively. The people attending were enthusiastic and kind. Thank you so much for this amazing gift to our community." - Sara
"Porchfest team knocked it out of the ballpark. Thanks so much for all the organization and a super fun day. Firewheel had a blast on porch #11. Hope to be back next year." Cheers, Cristina & Firewheel
"To Gina and all the GPNA leaders/volunteers, Wonderful event! I only imagine a future in which Porchfest is a permanent part of our community. This was only possible through the energy, commitment, and time of the GPNA leaders/volunteers, and performers. Thank you to all folks who pulled this event together this year, in previous years, and for the many years to come. In gratitude, Eli Hill, Councilmember, City of San Rafael"
"Hi Nyles, Thanks for your team's work yesterday - I think the event came off great." - Rob Pascual (Whiskey Rebellion, porch host)
"Incredible event! Thank you organizers! I am so proud to call San Rafael home!" - Ryan
"Grand slam thanks so much for bringing the music & fun in the sun!" - Liza
"Amazing day , thanks to all who made this happen!" - Kate
"Huge thanks to the team! Great event!!" - John
"Thank you to all the organizers - it was a fantastic event! Sunshine all day helped, too :) " - Stephanie
"Thank you for all your hard work in creating this super fun event!" - Maya
"We loved being at San Rafael PorchFest. Thank you so very much.
We look forward to it every year. John and I so appreciate all that goes into making it happen for all of us." - Ceci
"A fantastic day! Well done. Thank you for putting on such a fun event." - Silvia
"Job well done! Thank you for putting on porchfest. Every year we discover new bands and musicians." - Laura
"Thank you Tom and all of the PorchFest folks! Lost Horde had a great time on Porch 13!" - Lost Horde
"@srporchfest was off the hook yesterday in my Gerstle Park neighborhood! 70 bands including my #TRIOVIVA rotating on 22 porches, all FREE! I also played with Danny Click to close out the fest." - Adrienne Biggs
Hi Gina, We just wanted to let you know that we were blown away by Porch Fest this year! In our opinion, it is the best thing that has taken place in our neighborhood since we moved into Gerstle Park in 1990. The whole experience was very uplifting!
Please pass along high praise to the Porch Fest Committee for their stellar organization and planning. We were beyond impressed with how smoothly everything went: the beautiful poster/instruction pack delivery, friendly volunteers who stopped by, street cone/extension cord/sign drop offs, coordinated musician scheduling, amazing food trucks...logistically, it was brilliantly executed. We also appreciated it being promoted as a family event, so the crowds seemed very wholesome and safe.
I also want to say, we LOVED the Meredith Edgar Trio and Amy & Manny! They sounded fantastic in person, and everyone was super considerate and kind.
We would be excited to host again next year if that is an option. Thanks to you and the entire committee for making us proud to live in Gerstle Park.
With gratitude, Michelle & John