Dayton Porchfest was founded in 2017, inspired by the original Porchfest, which was started in 2007 in Ithaca, NY (www.porchfest.org) and Larchmere Porchfest in Cleveland (www.larchmereporchfest.org), which was started in 2009. Today there over 125 Porchfests throughout the United States and Canada. Dayton was 95!
Dayton has a rich musical history and active music scene, which continues today. Dayton Porchfest is committed to reflecting that in its selection of musical artists, from funk and blues to indie rock and jazz, classical and country, to bluegrass and old timey that has deep Appalachian traditions here. We also celebrate the ethnic diversity of the region, a reflection of our "Welcome Dayton" spirit that has contributed to a significant influx of immigrants and refugees over the past decade.
Dayton Porchfest is an initiative of The Collaboratory (www.daytoncollaboratory.org), a civic innovation lab moves ideas to action. The Collaboratory provides infrastructure for people and organizations to collaboratively develop community initiatives that generate new economic, civic and creative opportunities and value. The result is a healthier, more thriving region. All proceeds from Dayton Porchfest go to support the work of The Collaboratory.
One thing that is unique to Dayton Porchfest is our "Collaboration Stage". In keeping with the mission of our founding organization, we have invited musician from different musical and/or cultural backgrounds to pursue unique musical collaborations, creating sounds that cannot be heard anywhere else in the world.