School stages show to support musical kids

Cantamos headlines the Murphys Music Fest on July 21.

On Sunday, July 21, the Murphys School of Music stages its second annual Murphys Music Fest from noon to 9 p.m. The roster of bands includes Cantamos, Leilani and the Distractions, Nate Nathan and the Control, Brian Jirka and the Cabby Band, Nick & Ras, Cool Beans and Plan B.

Each band will play a 45-minute set, except for the headliner, Cantamos, which will be on stage for an hour and 15 minutes. There will also be a student and teacher stage with mini performances presented between the bands.

School stages show to support musical kids

Ras Beeken Dan plays sax in several area bands and leads the nonprofit Murphys School of Music.

Saxophonist and Murphys School of Music co-founder and board President Ras Beeken Dan plays sax in five of the eight bands on the slate, and performs as a guest with the other three.

“This is an important fundraiser for our nonprofit,” Dan said. “Proceeds will cover a lot of things: keeping our doors open, materials for the classroom and office, instruments and supplies for our Outreach Program, equipment for our new recital and performance space and more!”

The Murphys School of Music is a nonprofit organization that “believes the performing arts are essential to have in every community,” the release said. Its mission is to “keep the arts alive by providing private lessons, classes, workshops and live performances” at the 265 Tom Bell Road, Suite E, Murphys, site.

School stages show to support musical kids

Leilani and the Distractions

Tickets for the Murphys Music Fest are $25 for adults and $10 for children at murphysschoolofmusic.com (click on the events page) or 813-0696, and will be sold during the event.

There will be no-host beverages, including beer, wine and smoothies, and foods sold during the performances, and a silent auction of artworks, experiences and other items is part of the festivities.

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