Summer Concerts @ The Porch

750A Saint Nicholas Ave

Stop by, bring a folding chair, and celebrate the return of live music with us!

Questions? hello@theporchnyc.com

9/23
7PM
FREE

**MOVED INDOORS** GatherNYC Presents: Fall 2021 Pop-Up

Due to the rain, the show has been moved to a nearby house concert space. Attendance will be on a first come first serve basis as there is a reduced capacity, so please arrive early to ensure entry. We will be checking BOTH proof of vaccination AND requiring masks to ensure the safest possible experience for everyone. Thank you in advance, and looking forward to an incredible program!

Join cellist Laura Metcalf, guitarist Rupert Boyd and friends for a special pop-up chamber music experience, presented by GatherNYC and New York City Artist Corps. Enjoy an exciting and eclectic musical program that combines classical music with tango, jazz and more by some of NYC’s top musicians, along with a brief storytelling performance and a meditative moment of silence.

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Past Shows

9/10
7-9PM
FREE

Tucci Swing

Sometimes a trio, sometimes an orchestra, Tucci Swing presents standards from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s with a joy that is infectious. Led by Katie Martucci, featuring vocalists Vanisha Gould and Caroline Kuhn.

Will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

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8/28
7-9PM
FREE

M.A.K.U SoundSystem

MAKU Soundsystem is an immigrant band from New York City. With most of its members hailing from Colombia, MAKU embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and puts on a party for everyday people. Born in 2010 the band has independently released two full-length albums, two EPs, a highly-acclaimed album on Glitterbeat and toured across the U.S., Europe and Cabo Verde with their fiery grooves.

Guitarist Camilo Rodriguez is the mastermind behind M.A.K.U SoundSystem and came up with the group’s name. The first part of their name, M.A.K.U, is borrowed from the Nukak Maku tribe indigenous to the Southern part of Colombia. This tribe is unique in that it managed to remain without any outside human contact until the late 1980’s. Despite being a peaceful people, the Nukak Maku tribe has since been persecuted within Colombia and exiled out of its original territory, a move that has forced the tribe to abandon several of its traditions and adopt a more western way of life. Additionally, the word Maku means ‘low class person’ in the indigenous languages in the Southern region of Colombia. Adding this context to ‘Sound System’, referring to the huge public parties thrown in the streets of Colombia and Jamaica in the 60’s and 70’s, M.A.K.U SoundSystem stands for a party for the people. 

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Will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

8/13
7-9PM
FREE

Bessie And The Rainbowkids

Russell Hall is an award winning double bassist from Kingston, Jamaica. He was introduced to jazz at the Dillard Center for the Arts directed by Christopher Dorsey. He continued his studies with master bassists Ron Carter and Ben Wolfe at The Juilliard School in New York City. He has been blessed to work with legends such as Edward Norton, Kathleen Battle, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Barry Harris, Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mwenso and The Shakes, Emmet Cohen and Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human. His band, “Bessie and The Rainbowkids” is a group comprised of artists from all around the world who’s mission is to bring peace to all ears and love to all hearts. in addition, Russell is a part of “The Blacksmiths”, an arts coalition dedicated to social justice.

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Will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

7/30
FREE

4:30 – 6:30 Open Mic Mutual Aid Fundraiser with Kristin Richardson Jordan

Join Kristin Richardson Jordan and The Porch NYC for a concert and open mic fundraiser on Friday, July 30th. The event will be from 4:30pm-9:00pm at The Porch NYC with feature artist, Lee Hogans & Pursuance.

The open mic portion will be from 4:30pm-6:30pm. As well, there will be a 30 minute intermission between the open mic performances and the featured artist performance.

Entry is free and open to the public! We will collect donations at the entrance and during the performances.

If you would like to sign up for an open mic slot, please email kristinforharlem@gmail.com.

Lee Hogans & Pursuance

By maintaining an aggressive path of musical study and professional achievement, W. Lee Hogans has fashioned a distinct musical style.  He formed his own band Pursuance in 2004.  His songs, featuring strong grooves with catchy melodies, encompass the worlds of Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Soul.  Stylistic influences range from Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard to James Brown and Run DMC.

His performance career gained notoriety by working with giants in the entertainment industry. In 2009 he was the trumpeter for Jay-Z’s Blueprint III tour, which included playing at President Barak Obama’s Inaugural Ball.  He was a member of legendary pop icon Prince and The NPG from 2007-2009. Other tours include Jill Scott, Sean “Diddy” Combs and The Jonas Brothers. TV performances include Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, The Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly and Michael, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

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Will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

7/16
7-9PM
FREE

Alegba and Friends

“When New York shut down in March, Alegba Jahyile, a musician who also works as a paraprofessional (teachers’ assistant) in New York City’s public schools, lost his live performing gigs. So one afternoon, Mr. Jahyile took his guitar to the Boathouse in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, to get some fresh air. He played for himself, not intending to draw a crowd. Before long, he noticed a woman watching him, with tears in her eyes.

“When I asked her what’s the matter, she was, ‘Wow, keep playing, you’re doing something amazing for the community. When I see you, I see life,’” Mr. Jahyile said. “That’s when I decided, if I can come every day to the park, it seems to me like I’m helping New Yorkers get back to life.”

Mr. Jahyile decided to organize a rotating group of musicians to play with him at the Boathouse. Together they perform jazz and Haitian roots music as Alegba and Friends. He also subs in on any instrument they may be short on.” – New York Times

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Will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

7/9
7-9PM
FREE

Strings N Skins

Strings N Skins is a Brooklyn based band that takes you on journey around our mother earth. Honoring our origens and our ancestors in their journey to the new world. Join Strings N Skins on their musical journey where the stars are their GPS and their ship in their music.

“Language and location may be vested in the institutions that divide nations and tribes, but the rhythm that connects us all has never left a soul. Strings N Skins exemplifies a pan African rhythm that unites us and celebrates our similarities. individually accomplished in their own right, the members of Strings N Skins purposely share their personal accolades and create a sonic harmony determined to repair the world.” -Ro Johnson, BRIC TV.

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Will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

7/4
7-9PM
FREE

Gregory Lewis “Organ Monk” Trio

Virtuoso organist, pianist and composer Greg Lewis, is a highly accomplished mainstay on the city’s jazz, blues and funk scenes, A native New Yorker, his ability to use the organ’s enormous sonic range to playfully turn traditional jazz melodies and notes into harmonic insights at grooving rhythms; has earned him a solid reputation for his versatile work around the world, in a vast variety of settings.

“Thelonious Monk’s sense of harmony was so fresh and savory that it would be nice to have individual moments of it frozen, expanded and prolonged, just to let the sounds get deeper in the ear, to let those mixed colors intensify and explode. One could do it digitally, feeding Monk’s music through the right tools, but an organ player can do it in real time by keeping the keys pressed down. The New York-area organist Greg Lewis has made a recent project out of transferring Thelonious Monk’s repertory to the Hammond C3 organ.” – Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Will be rescheduled in the event of rain.