Porches on Binghamton's west side were turned into stages, for a day filled with music. These jams were all part of the first annual porchfest.

Nineteen porches became concert venues for more than 50 bands. There was a porch for every music fan from reggae to rock to jazz.

The event was free and was started to strengthen a sense of community.

"You can feel the energy here, people are so excited to come out and help.

And the fact that it's helping so many local charities that deal with children is just phenomenal. The organizers are just full of energy and it spreads through everyone here," said MHAST Development Director Chris Bodnarczuk.

Organizers say the idea came from the City of Ithaca which launched its Porchfest in 2007. They decided it would be a great way to display Binghamton's artistic talents as well.