Plan for PorchRokr’s 10-year celebration with Shuffle’s picks
Akron’s PorchRokr music and arts festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Saturday, Aug. 20.
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Northeast Ohio artists will perform on porches and outdoor stages across the city’s Highland Square neighborhood.
Thousands attend the free event each year to experience more than 100 performances, with access to vendors and other activities.
The festival rotates throughout the four sections of Highland Square annually.
In 2020, the event went virtual for CouchRokr, where pre-recorded live performances were digitally streamed for remote audiences.
This year, stages will span from Will Christy Park at South Rose Boulevard and West Exchange Street to businesses along West Market Street.
A popular Akron three-piece returns
PorchRokr 2022’s headlining act is the Beyonderers, a surf-rock-meets-thrash instrumental trio.
The band consists of Dave Rich on guitar, Andrew Rich on bass and Anne Lillis on drums.
They will perform on the main stage at the corner of Elmore Avenue and South Portage Path at 8 p.m.
The Beyonderers performed at 2021’s PorchRokr festival, drawing a large crowd to their pop-up concert on the Ray’s Pub patio.
Guide to PorchRokr 2022 performers
The PorchRokr festival is designed to “encourage spontaneous interaction among all its neighbors,” according to the Highland Square Neighborhood Association.
Multiple musicians perform throughout the day, so attendees can walk around and experience live performances at every corner.
Shuffle’s Amanda Rabinowitz and Brittany Nader share their top PorchRokr picks by the hour.
Jeff Klemm and the Letters - Porch 31
The Baker’s Basement - Porch 12
The Woovs - Porch 30
Wreck Like Me - Porch 19
Angie Haze - Main stage
Josee McGee - Porch 15
Detention - Main stage
DreamStates - Porch 9
Language – Porch 29
Boy Future Guitars – Porch 18
Empty Coats – Porch 3
Chanelle Kazadi - Main stage
Sad Harris - Porch 23
Big Pop - Porch 32
Lord OLO - Porch 19
Black Beanz & Nepali Hot Pepperz - Porch 34
Curtains - Porch 17
“Shuffle’s 2022 PorchRokr Playlist” on Spotify provides a sampling of the music you’ll hear Saturday.
Highland Square’s PorchRokr music and art festival kicks off with a 5K race at 8 a.m., followed by free outdoor yoga with Yoga Squared at 9:30 a.m.
The event concludes with a silent disco dance party at Mustard Seed Market & Café at 9 p.m.
There will be food vendors, a beer garden, information tents and water refilling and misting stations throughout the festival.