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RAIN OR SHINE
We’re so excited to see you at the first annual Murphy Spring Festival! Admission is free and parking is available down several streets, at the Fire Station, and behind the courthouse. Questions or concerns?
MAY 5, 2018
Join us on Saturday, rain or shine, from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm.
Tennessee Street will be closed during the day for the fun!
Including free parking and transportation services.
Featuring local and regional brewers and winemakers.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Come on out and enjoy the warm spring air while you listen to live on-stage performances by our amazing local talent. While you tap your feet to the beat, come browse our beer garden – you’ll find many unique craft brews in our roped-off area close to the stage. Peruse beautiful handcrafted artwork and browse our car show while enjoying our local cuisine, restaurants throughout downtown Murphy will be joining in the celebration.
The Murphy Spring Festival is proud to host several local artists performing on a professional stage. With performances featuring music genres such as Americana, Blues, Country, Rock, Reggae, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
This year the Murphy Spring Festival will be in conjunction with the First Friday of Art Walk, which will be held the night before the festival on May 4. Many local and regional artists will be showcasing their art both on Friday night and Saturday, during the festival.
There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, including educational booths, art murals, and even an afternoon car show! CarQuest of Murphy will be presenting awards for best in show.
Note to Car Show Participants: Please register at the Command Station (Airstream) at the entryway from 9:30-10:30 am on May 5. There will be no admittance after 10:30 am.
WHO’S TAKING THE MAIN STAGE?
Enjoy live on-stage performances by local musicians playing several different genres from Americana, Country, Rock, Reggae, and Blues. This year’s lineup is well known for writing their own songs, performing with a range of instruments from acoustic instruments to a full electric band. Music sets will be playing back to back throughout the day, with Wyatt Espalin & Friends headlining.
WYATT ESPALIN & FRIENDS
Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eleven, Wyatt’s passion for music was obvious, even from the barn room stage built by his grandfather. While working as a raft guide and caring for his ailing grandfather, Wyatt began writing the songs for his debut album The Pardon. His music combines electric guitar with traditionally bluegrass roots, leading to a noticeably unique sound.
Proudly sponsored by Interstate Welding & Steel Supply, Inc.
SCOTT STAMBAUGH & THE FRIENDLIES
Either on stage with his backing band The Friendlies, or performing solo in a more intimate setting, Scott James Stambaugh will leave a mark. For some it’s the good-natured humor he brings to every performance, and for others it’s the heartache and beauty of his more serious-minded material that sticks. Few who listen, however, will leave untouched. Having always had great fortune in collaborators, Stambaugh is honored to be joined by Colby Beck (percussion), Tom Pelczynski (keyboards), and Hal Roddy (bass), collectively known as The Friendlies.
Gnarly Fingers is a five piece acoustic band that specializes in three part harmony. “The Gnarlies,” as they’re known to their fans, have been pleasing audiences in North Georgia and western North Carolina for almost ten years. They cover The Eagles, Tom Waits, and Butch Hancock, in addition to their original music.
The band is named after the tame deer that lives near their recording studio and serves as their mascot.
Proudly sponsored by Blue Moon Elise.
Growing up in the small town of Murphy, located in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, Andrew developed an interest in music at an early age. He would later go on to sing on the local radio station, WKRK, during Sunday morning preaching. After the release of their first EP in April 2016, the band kept momentum going by playing gigs in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and touring in Florida. The band is currently working on new material and gearing up for new stages and new songs!
Proudly sponsored by Stricker Law Firm.
Holton began young, leaving western North Carolina to play in rock bands in Athens, GA and New Orleans, before the blues called and she answered. Having studied under the great Jorma Kaukonen and then disappearing to Alaska’s arctic interior to perfect her craft, her blues chops have come honestly: She is no poser. She is no tourist. Heidi Holton is the real deal, delivering traditional finger-style blues with a twist, blending the old and new into a saucy gumbo that is as riveting as it is charming.
Proudly sponsored by Movie Time & Easy Tan.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
While enjoying our local musical talent, stop by our roped-off Beer Garden and sample small batch craft brews from local and regional breweries. As you stroll down Tennessee Street, be sure to look out for live demonstrations from local artists and vendors. When you get hungry, try out one of Red Brick Deli‘s famous overstuffed sandwiches, grab a delicious slice of pizza from Downtown Pizza, a mouthwatering appetizer from Bistro 29, pretzels and from-scratch beer cheese from The Parson’s Pub, a local brew from Valley River Brewery, or grab a coffee (or wine!) from The Daily Grind and Wine.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Wyatt Espalin & Friends sponsored by Interstate Welding & Steel Supply, Inc.
DOTTIE sponsored by Blue Moon Elise
Andrew Chastain sponsored by Stricker Law Firm
Heidi Holton sponsored by Movie Time & Easy Tan
T-shirts provided by Peachtree Dental, Moment Imagery LLC, Wilson’s Supply, Charlie Spence, Gould Painting, and Clearly Clean NC
Special thanks to our events committee and coordinators, as well as our entire volunteer team