Gearing up for its third year, the JP Music Festival raised more than $3,000 at the “Art for Music” silent auction fund-raiser at James’s Gate earlier this month. The Festival is planning more fund-raisers leading up to the big event.
Jewelry, paintings, a clock, photography, were among the items up for auction at James’s Gate as friends and neighbors conversed about the music festival that started as an idea in a Laundromat with founders Shamus Moyinhan and Rick Berlin.
“One day at the laundry mat Rick asked me, ‘So why doesn’t JP have a music festival?’ and I just thought, you know, that’s a good question,” Moyinhan said.
After the initial inspiration, Moyinhan, Berlin, and Randace Rauscher Moore put together the first JP Music Festival in August 2011, which attracted 1,500 spectators and Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes to perform. The date for the 2013 festival is not yet set, but organizers said it would probably be after Labor Day.
“JP had World’s Fair and still has Wake Up The Earth, which has music, but we needed just a music festival. People are definitely in support of one,” organizer Charlie McEnerney said.
The festival became even more popular in its second year.
“Last year we saw people bringing their lawn chairs over — they knew what was up. We had 2,000 people and after asking people to clean up as they left, we left the park cleaner than we had found it,” Moyinhan said. “I think we found a straw wrapper and a cigarette butt. I don’t think this could happen anywhere but Jamaica Plain”.
The consideration of Jamaica Plain was seen at the “Art For Music” auction not only with the art, but also with the baskets full of donations from local businesses and the packed room full of anticipation.
A non-profit event with Galway House as its biggest sponsor, the JP Music Festival has committed to staying local.
“I have been at the bar and people will lean over and say, ‘I hear what you’re doing and I want to help,” then give me $50 or so for the festival,” Moyinhan said.
Now, with the support of Jamaica Plain, the JP Music Festival will strive to translate the warmth they experienced from the past two years and fundraisers like “Art For Music” to reach bigger goals and make this year even more special than the ones before.
Moyinhan has one goal in particular in mind for this year: “I want more food trucks. We had a couple last year, but they all ran out of food. That is one thing I would love to see this year, more local food”.
As JP Music Festival brings together musicians, culinary enthusiasts, and now artists, they find their way to offer positive collaborative environments in a neighborhood that they stand so beloved.
This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.