The Live Local Music & Arts Festival recently held a luau in the parking lot of The Kings Lens & Friends to raise money for the festival and to support Rogers High School arts and music programs.

The Live Local Music & Arts Festival returns to the Great Friends Meeting House on Saturday July 20th. The festival, in its third year, is a celebration of the art and culture of Newport and Rhode Island as a whole. Live Local gives visitors from across the world a first-hand view of what it means to be a Newport local through art, music, food, and history, and more importantly, the people that make Newport such a unique and innovative place.

In its third year, the Live Local musical lineup includes Troy Ramey, Ravi Shavi, NOVA ONE, Square One, The Low Cards, The Little Compton Band, Nate Farrar, Alderwick, Mary Ellen Hawkins, Tracy Jonsson, and Zigmond Coffey.

We spoke with Festival organizer Patrick Murphy who explained the origin of the Festival.

“I was inspired by seeing the iconic Jazz and Folk Festivals year after year, without any local names making it on the bill. With a town full of talented musicians, it was only right to give the locals their own stage. A festival by the people, for the people -a true representation of what it means to Live Local.

Murphy is particularly excited about the line-up this year.

“This year is one of our most diverse lineups yet, as well as one our most star-studded lineups. Featuring big names like the soul driven Troy Ramey, a finalist on The Voice, to Providence love child that is Ravi Shavi, an electric indie punk bank, to hometown heroes, the Rap trio that is Square One. Start your day off with the funk folk vibes of The Little Compton Band, to a mix up of electronic beats by Drone Delores on the Bohemian Bias Lounge Stage. The Low Cards will keep it classic with the rock and roll atmosphere of the 70s.

The emphasis on local artists is front and center. Murphy noted, “Live Local first and foremost is a supporter of local artisans chasing their passion. All musicians, artist, freelances hired to come together are paid in FULL. We want to be known as the company where artist and creatives are put first.”

There’s a lot more than music at Live Local. Check out Festival vendors, cool merch, the beer garden sponsored by Newport Storm, and the art show sponsored by The Kings Lens And Friends. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of the show available And don’t miss the after party at The Parlor. Tickets are available on Complete details here.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music, the arts and more for What'sUpNewp. He is also a contributor to Providence Monthly, SO RI, Hey Rhody and The Bay magazines. Ken DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse,"...