I love porches. I love live music. I love rock & roll and the blues. I love urban surprises. Combine all these and I think I have died and gone to heaven. This is exactly what happened when I attended Hamilton’s Super Crawl Sept 13 to 16th, 2018.
Too Much Fun!
There I was, Friday night wandering aimlessly, getting the lay of the land on James St N. Hearing music coming from a side street (where there was no stage), I headed into the darken street was where I was treated to a brightly lit porch with six guys playing and singing their hearts out. I just love it – and so did the other people watching, listening and dancing to the music. People would come listen to a few songs and then move on, but there always seemed to be 50 or so people enjoying the free show.
I decided to see if they were there on Saturday night after the Circus Orange performance at 10ish and sure enough the band was still in full swing. There was even a larger crowd and more people dancing. Too much fun!
Turns out this was not an impromptu porch performance for Super Crawl, but something that happens every Friday night from 6 to 9 pm, spring, summer and fall (weather permitting) and has been happening for the past 9 years.
Yes one of the band members owns and lives in the house.
How did I not know this?
Also turns out the band has an official name “Mulberry Street in’ Band,” a Facebook page and a CD. I also learned they even had the porch enlarged to make room for themselves and all of the equipment. There are even groupies who show up regularly to listen and some love to dance.
How cool is that?
More Info: Mulberry Street Porchin’ Band
I was told the neighbours are all very supportive, even the 90 year old neighbour who lives next door. There is even a spot on the driveway where neighbours bring their chairs and beer so they can sit and listen to the music for the entire night if they wish.
However, the porch performances may not last much longer as a large condo complex is under construction across the street. I can’t imagine that all the new residents will love having loud music and noisy people dancing and playing in the street every Friday evening. They say all good things have to come to an end. I hope “they” are wrong.
But until then, if you happen to be in Hamilton on a Friday night (spring, summer or fall), check out the porch party near the corner of Mulberry and James St. N. You can’t miss it.
PS. I wonder if I could use my porch for a music venue on Friday nights next summer? I will have to think about this over the winter.