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The piano kid: 16-year-old performing his first full band show on June 19

Published 11:15am Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Patrick Murphy has been playing the piano since he was 3 years old and has been performing live in concert for the last several years, so it is rare for him to have a first-time experience onstage.

Chris Reinoos/Daily Journal 16-year-old Patrick Murphy will play his first show with a full band on June 19 as part of this year's Turtle Fest lineup.
Chris Reinoos/Daily Journal 16-year-old Patrick Murphy will play his first show with a full band on June 19 as part of this year’s Turtle Fest lineup.

But that will happen during his show on June 19, when a full band will join Murphy for the first time. He has performed many times with his brother, Mark, on drums, but will play for the first time with a guitarist and a bassist.

The show, set for 7 p.m. at the ITOW Museum in Perham, is part of this year’s Turtle Fest lineup. This will be Murphy’s first performance during Turtle Fest and he is excited for the show.

“I don’t really think about it a lot differently because I know the people I’m playing with have performed in front of big crowds before,” Murphy said of the full-band lineup. “I think of it as they are joining the team and they are going to be just as big a component as I am.”

Murphy’s show is comprised entirely of covers, ranging from classic pop songs by Billy Joel and Elton John to modern country artists like Rascal Flatts and R&B songs by the likes of John Legend. Murphy tries to have something for everyone in his live shows.

The first band practice for the June 19 show will be on Wednesday and Murphy hopes to have a few more before the performance. The group is being asked to play for three hours, which seems like a marathon set, especially for a 16-year-old and for a band’s first live performance together.

But Murphy has played four-hour sets in the past and is more confident than ever as a performer. He sees the long set not as a challenge, but as an opportunity. So does his father, Tom, who also acts as Patrick’s manager.

“The music is getting to the stage where they know they are entertaining,” Tom said. “They aren’t just playing music anymore.”

After the Turtle Fest show, Murphy has a big summer ahead of him. He has about a dozen other bookings already lined up in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Ottertail. There is also a chance he could perform for the first time in Alexandria.

He has begun thinking about recording another covers album after the release of his first album, “15:01 p.m. Uncovered” in November. The next record could be comprised of Christmas songs, but any recording plans are still in the early stages.

Murphy will have copies of the album on hand at the June 19 show. His father recently had to order more after they sold out of their first batch.

Follow Murphy on Twitter (@pmurphylive) or on Youtube (patrickmurphylive) for more information on upcoming shows or to hear some live performances.

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