Perform at Porchfest

Play a show you’ll never forget.

Porchfest is one of Joplin’s largest and most unique music events. You’ll play right on the front porch of one of North Heights’ beautiful historic homes. The vibe is cozy and intimate, but with a bigger and broader audience than the typical bar show.

We plan to accept around 40 bands. Bands not immediately accepted will be placed on the waitlist. A few bands drop out every year, so there’s a good chance you may still get to play even if you aren’t initially accepted!

Signing up does not guarantee a spot; we’ll reach out via email to confirm.


Signup deadline: August 1, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the signup process work?

Signups typically open up in April, and we accept 30-40 bands — the exact number depends on how many Porch Hosts we can round up.

Don’t wait to sign up! Spots are doled out on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to returning bands.

We will email you as soon as possible to let you know if you’ve been chosen for Porchfest, but please know that it will take several weeks.

Occasionally bands drop out, so go ahead and sign up even if you think you’re late — you might just get a spot after all!

When will I find out my location and time slot?

Early September, about a month before the event. We’ll give you contact information for your Porch Host so that you can coordinate all the event-day details.

How long will my set be?

About 45 minutes. A new set of bands plays every hour, so please watch your time to ensure your set doesn’t bleed into anyone else’s.

Do I need to bring my own sound equipment?

Is this a paid gig?

We’re a small team of volunteers with an even smaller budget, but our highest priority is making Porchfest worthwhile for musicians. 

In 2022, for the first time, we paid all our bands a stipend of $50 with the help of sponsorships from local businesses. We plan to continue this as long as we have adequate funding.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to tip musicians. We give every band a tip jar with a QR code on the front linked to their Venmo, Paypal, etc., giving the audience many ways to tip musicians.

What kind of music is played at Porchfest?

Musicians of all kinds are welcome, as long as they’re reasonably family-friendly. A lot of kids and families come to Porchfest.

Can I sell my band’s merch at Porchfest?


What do I need to bring?

Sunglasses and sunscreen are a good idea. 

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northheightsporchfest at gmail dot com