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New music venue The Porch opens in Harlem this fall. Until then, stop by for free outdoor concerts.

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

New Harlem music venue The Porch opens this fall. Until then, stop by for free outdoor concerts.
New music venue The Porch is hosting a series of free concerts in Harlem this summer.

The Porch, a new live music venue and cafe, is set to debut in Harlem's Sugar Hill this fall.

But those hoping to catch a live concert don't have to wait until then: The spot is hosting a series of free performances—accompanied by a small food-and-drinks menu—on its front patio all summer long.

Located at 750A St. Nicholas Avenue near W 147th Street, The Porch is the brainchild of Mark Miller, an owner of the boardgame cafe Hex & Co, and his wife, Beth Kaufman.

"We're really thrilled to be here," says Miller.

The couple, both musicians, used to play in a folk band called Spuyten Duyvil and still maintain plenty of music world connections, making their new venue a logical next step.

They found the space, a 1,900-square-foot single-story storefront, not far from their Harlem home.

In the back there's even room for a kitchen that will eventually serve a full menu, including sandwiches with pastrami Miller makes himself.

The Porch's summer menu.

Fans can get a preview of what's to come at The Porch's four remaining summer concerts on July 16, July 30, August 13 and August 28 from 7pm to 9pm.

Headed uptown this Friday: Alegba & Friends, a jazz-and-Haitian-roots band known for playing concerts in Prospect Park during the pandemic.

After a brief pause at the end of the summer, Miller hopes to have the entire space ready for a big opening party on Halloween.

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