2018-07-12 / Music Scene

SPOTLIGHT on Music

Newest Music Festival Takes Root
By Mark Gorman


Patrick Murphy, center, with members of The Z Boys at last year’s festival. Patrick Murphy, center, with members of The Z Boys at last year’s festival. In summer, the words “Newport” and “festival” are practically synonymous. NIMFest is 12 years old, the Newport Music Festival just started its 50th season and the storied Newport Folk and Jazz festivals are both in their sixth decade.

In just its sophomore season, the Live Local Music and Arts Festival, scheduled for July 21 on the grounds of the Great Friends Meeting House, is on its way to becoming a staple of the local music scene.

Co-founder Patrick Murphy shared the concept behind the festival and what’s planned for this year, with Newport This Week.

“As a third-generation Newporter, the idea behind this event was to give others a first-hand perspective of a Newporter and how we ‘live local’ through art, music, food, history and most importantly, the people that make Newport such a beautiful and innovative place,” he said.


Mark Gorman is a retired high school guidance counselor and guitarist-vocalist who performs locally each week. Mark Gorman is a retired high school guidance counselor and guitarist-vocalist who performs locally each week. Murphy, 25, is the owner of The Kings Lens and Friends Gallery on Carroll Avenue.

“I originally went to school for radio broadcasting, but life eventually handed me a camera,” he said. “Music has always been a part of me. It inspires me daily and the way art and music ebb and flow with each other has always captivated me.”

Murphy pointed out that the festival’s success is due in part to his collaboration with business partner, Jamie Horoszko.

“I mentioned to Jamie about a music festival I wanted to put on with all local acts and artists. It was exactly the type of industry Jamie was looking to be a part of,” he said. “I’m more of the creative director, while Jamie is more of the business relations manager. None of this would be possible without him.”

How were the acts selected? “Jamie and I spend our extra time enjoying the local music scene. We look for local acts, not only with talent but artists who are making an impact in the community,” Murphy said.

“You have acts like The Z Boys and Camden Murphy selling out shows in Newport, so that means they deserve a larger stage. Then you have acts like Free Couch and Malerie Day who are just looking for their start.”

The line-up for Live Local includes a dozen local music acts and a wide spectrum of artists, like painter Kelsy Patnaude and sketch artist Chon Veth. There will be 35 local vendors, food from local restaurants and a beer garden featuring an all-Rhode Island selection of craft beers.

They just might have found the winning formula for another successful Newport festival. For more information, visit livelocalnpt.com.

To Go

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

WHERE: Great Friends Meeting House, Marlborough Street

ADMISSION: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

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