The kick-off of the Bidwell Farmers Market isn't the only sign that seasons are changing in Buffalo. Beginning at 1 p.m. May 7, the free Buffalo Porchfest is returning for a third consecutive spring to pair local musicians with empty porches all throughout the Elmwood Village.
Compared to its normally wet and overcast fall counterpart, the May installment of the biannual festival is traditionally the go-to version for heavy foot traffic and dry attendees, and with a weather outlook of a pleasant and sunny 70 degrees currently in the forecast for Saturday, your umbrellas appear to be unneeded.
If you are thinking of exploring the neighborhood and want help picking through the rather large schedule that festival runners have kindly shared, here are five acts we think you should check out while roaming the village. (Also visit buffaloporchfest.org for more info.)
Teenage Satan @ 457 Bird Ave. at 1 p.m.
Kimmy's Dan Bauer unearths his Teenage Satan moniker for his first solo performance. The experimental bedroom project delivers an off-kilter brand of freak-folk reminiscent of Animal Collective's Avey Tare. Expect some cuts from Kimmy and Bauer's San Antonio project as well during his set.
Community Music School of Buffalo @ 415 Elmwood Ave. at 1 p.m.
The area's longest serving music school will be hosting a showcase featuring performances by many of the school's talented students of all ages and abilities.
Parade Chic @ 982 Elmwood Ave. at 1 p.m.
The melancholic, Belle and Sebastian-esque tracks from the chamber-pop six-piece's 2015 debut LP "One and Only Dream" should be perfectly suited for the stripped down, Porchfest affair.
The Spin Wires @ 982 Elmwood Ave. at 3 p.m.
Don't even think about moving on once Parade Chic's set comes to a close. The bro-pop trio, who back in 2013 released its "Manly Cover" series tackling tracks by artists like Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Ray and Icona Pop, is the musical equivalent of pounding a can of Four Loko.
Wood Bois @ 43 Ripley Place at 3:45 p.m.
The goof-rock three-piece will have their tongues firmly plants in cheeks as they take the stage...er...garage at the Gary. Expect songs about Razor Scooters, job dissatisfaction and magical kisses during the band's outlandish set.