INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

Are you as excited as we are for a street festival, craft brew beer garden, and live music from regional artists? RSVP to our event on Facebook and invite your friends for this awesome WNC event!

BECOME A SPONSOR

We’re so grateful for your support of the second annual Murphy Spring Festival! Click the button below to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event.

APPLY TO OUR CAR SHOW

Cruise down Tennessee Street, show off your ride, and join us for our second annual classic car show sponsored by Jake’s Speed and Custom at the 2019 Murphy Spring Festival! The grand prize is a stay for four at Rocking M Retreat ($500 value).

MAY 4, 2019

Join us on Saturday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm. Rain date is Sunday, May 5.

DOWNTOWN MURPHY

Tennessee Street will be closed during the day for the fun!

FREE ADMISSION

Including free parking with close access to the festival and stage.

BEER GARDEN

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.

LIVE MUSIC

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, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

LOCAL ARTISTS

This coming 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. Many local and regional artists will be showcasing their art both on Friday night and Saturday, during the festival.

FAMILY FUN

There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, including educational booths, art murals, and even an afternoon car show! Jake’s Speed and Custom will be presenting awards for best in show.

WHO’S TAKING THE MAIN STAGE?

Enjoy live on-stage performances by local musicians playing several different genres from Americana, Country, Rock, and Blues. This past 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 Andrew Chastain headlining.

ANDREW CHASTAIN

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!

HEIDI HOLTON

Heidi Holton is turning heads with her mastery of the music of the deep south.  Original and fresh, her songwriting shines like the sweat glistening on the brow of a Piedmont preacher behind the pulpit on a sultry Sunday afternoon. Following in the footsteps of guitar-slingers like Memphis Minnie and Reverend Gary Davis, Heidi Holton is making a name for herself in the blues community.

It wasn’t long before people began to take notice, including blues woman and national treasure Rory Block, who has produced Holton’s sophomore release “Why Mama Cries.”

SAMMY ENSLEY

Sammy Ensley is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter whose phrasing and wit have produced some of the Tri-State area’s most memorable songs.  He’s been compared to artists like Roger Miller and John Prine as well as Beck and Ween. He’s authentic and funny with an obvious penchant for the irreverent.  His live shows are equal parts: solo guitar and full arrangement with backing tracks. Whether it’s a radio jingle or a folk-rap song, you’ll appreciate his catchy arrangements and musical stylings.

TROY UNDERWOOD

The Appalachian Monk is Troy Underwood. And Troy Underwood is a soul man. With a voice that would be the envy of any in Nashville, and a groove as bone-deep as any blue-eyed soulsters’, Underwood can paint on as broad an aural landscape as he wishes. His voice… world weary yet hopeful, a gravelly drawl that carries weight, the voice of an old, old soul.  He hails from Ringgold, GA and performs all over the Southeast.

BIRD IN HAND

The road less traveled has always been the way for husband and wife duo Bird in Hand. Bryan and Megan Thurman call the Smoky Mountains of Western NC home and the region is directly reflected in their music. Bird in Hand is upbeat and new while still rooted in the traditions of American folk.

The two have played all over the Appalachian region as well as across the country, and share an on-stage chemistry that demands attention. They need to be seen live to understand the meaning of “Appalachian Thunder Folk.”

OMB – CHRISTOPHER WAYNE

Christopher Wayne OMB is a one man band, singing & playing guitar, banjo, harmonica & drums. He is a high-energy musician influenced by blues, bluegrass, rock-n-roll, country & folk! He has been singing & playing most of his life, & writes from his experiences from travels all over the world. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

LINDSEY BETH HARPER

Lindsay Beth Harper is an Alt. Country/Americana singer-songwriter from the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA. She combines sounds of traditional and modern country with poetic, lyric-driven songs and emotionally textured vocals to create a uniquely appealing sound.

While at college, Lindsay recorded and released “Take it All.” In early 2018, Lindsay met a well-known, local producer/sound engineer, James S. Smith from Blairsville, GA. After trying out a couple demos, Lindsay wanted to make a record like never before. Her first full EP, “A Woman Like That,” is now available to stream, download, and buy at shows.

Special thanks to Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital for sponsoring our professional stage for the 2019 Murphy Spring Festival

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

While enjoying our local musical talent, stop by our 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, stop by one of the many locally owned independent restaurants along Tennessee Street, Valley River Avenue, and the surrounding areas.

LOCAL EATS

delicious dishes and desserts

LOCAL CRAFT BREWS

small batch and handmade

ARTIST DEMOS

in person hand crafting

GET YOUR CRAFT BREW ON IN WNC

Stop by our Beer Garden beside the main stage and enjoy locally and regionally produced small batch craft brews and wines. Several breweries joining us are classified as WNC “microbreweries”, meaning they only produce blends in one or a few barrels at a time. If you’ve been wanting to try some flavorful blends from Murphy local favorites like Hoppy Trout Brewing, the 2019 Murphy Spring Festival is the place to be!

LAZY HIKER BREWING COMPANY

Franklin, NC

Mountain Layers Brewing Company

Bryson City, NC

Hoppy Trout Brewing Company

Andrews, NC

SATULAH MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY

Highlands, NC

Innovation Brewing

Sylva, NC

Balsam Falls Brewing Co.

Sylva, NC

Nocturnal Brewing Company

Hayesville, NC

Hayesville Brewing Company

Hayesville, NC

Eagle Fork Vineyards

Hayesville, NC

FernCrest Winery

Andrews, NC

This free community event is proudly hosted by the Murphy Business Association, a local nonprofit working to cultivate a vibrant business community by providing opportunities for economic growth and prosperity through collaboration. If you would like to be a part of the work we’re doing, please consider becoming a member of our organization.

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