Wow. Binghamton, New York’s first-ever Porchfest yesterday, on the historic West Side of Binghamton, was a tremendous success. Facebook is buzzing overtime, and we’re part of that buzz, because we were part of that Porchfest. We were at 72 Riverside Drive, corner of Chestnut and Riverside. Our host was Tom Egan, and he was wonderful: sound man, helpful host, and MC — we felt so welcomed. And what a lovely audience! As at Ithaca’s Porchfest, they came and went at their own whims. But unlike our Ithaca venue, Tom and the Humane Society had set out seating — lawn chairs, porch furniture, folding chairs — for those without their own, That made for a more stable and appreciative crowd. And did we feel appreciated!
Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk (editor and publisher of the terrific Triple Cities Carousel arts and culture newspaper) must have been a quivering wreck by the end, but before his presumed collapse into one or more of the after-parties, there he was on his bicycle, checking us out, then moving on to the next. And there was Joshua Ludski, promoter/designer/photographer extraordinaire — and all-around Binghamton booster — with his camera, and a table publicizing his co-production LUMA festival next week. (That promises to be, well, awesome — in the original sense of the word!) We were off the porch and the next group was on, by the time Josh came around, but our friend Regina got this nice photo of our performance.
Next up, we’re at Ithaca Porchfest! (Have to skip the Ellis Hollow Fair, alas, as one of us is out of town that weekend.)