Porchfest: Twice-a-Day Ray

It’s a Friday morning and the rhythms of the Bruno Mars song “Locked Out of Heaven” can be heard coming from Todd Thomsen’s garage at the back of his house on Old Farm Road.

Inside the garage, the four rock musicians, including Thomsen, are having a blast running through songs they have already polished and working out the kinks of a rock and roll-ish version of “Let it Go” from the movie “Frozen.”

The four, who make up the band Twice-a-Day-Ray, were rehearsing for a gig at 34 Avalon Road as part of Milton Porchfest, an annual event that draws hundreds of listeners. 

It is held at homes and porches in the Columbine Cliffs neighborhood (the Eliot Street, Brook Road, Central Avenue triangle) and features different types of music and musicians of all ages.

Porchfest will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 17.

When the four are not playing music, which is most of the time, they can more often be found wearing scrubs and providing emergency care to those who walk through the doors of the emergency room at Mount Auburn Hospital.

In fact, Thomsen said, the group likely holds the honor of being the only rock band to have all worked together to save a man’s life.

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