Rich Rivkin Presents
Long Island Music Festivals and Events
"For as long as I can remember, I've seen carloads of my friends schlepping out of state or way upstate every summer, about once a month, in pursuit of music festivals with funny names. It made me wonder why they should have to travel so far, when Long Island is home to so many world class musicians and bands. The Island does have a tradition of great music festivals, but it occurred to me that we can use more."
Rich Rivkin Productions
"Hence my summer mission to present funny named festivals locally, about once a month, with varying themes, showcasing the region's most-loved bands, hosted at scenic outdoor venues; adding to the mix Live Painting by 50 to 75 artists and low cost (or free) admission - with minimal schlepping required. And during the cooler months, the festivities continue at indoor venues across Long Island."
A passion for live music and art has been the driving inspiration for Rich Rivkin, who since 2000 has been creating and producing innovative live events which take place at some of Long Island's most historic locations.
Rich's events combine live painting with live music and have brought together a large number of musicians, artists, spectators and familiar faces who share common interest and a tangible sense of community. The result has been more than just spectacular entertainment and new friendships, as ongoing opportunities for advancement of the arts continue to materialize and expand for many of the participants. s
Rich's live painting/live music events have showcased more than 150 regional artists who paint to the inspiration of the music and audience interaction. A uniquely magical vibe takes hold as the artists' brush strokes are directly influenced by the band's music, which in turn engages the audience in a fun, high energy, human-feedback loop that fires up the musicians and stimulates the painters; an organic, interactive, multi-sensory experience for all.
As of 2013 Rich has produced a total of 29 not-for-profit/benefit festivals, and hundreds of ongoing indoor events, including Live Art Fusion, ArtMOSPHERE, and Northport After Dark series. His multi-themed 2013 Summer Arts Festival Series was hosted at five well known outdoor venues, and featured legions of artists painting to the music of 40 of Long Island's favorite bands. .
Rich writes a monthly Arts column in the Village Connection Magazine, and is also a member of the Advisory Board at Arts Alive Long Island. Last year Rich received the 2013 Outstanding Advocate for The Arts Award from the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport.
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