The Keene Music Festival

Creating Community Through Music

The home of The Little Music Festival That Could.  

The 2013 Keene Music Festival Poster created by Matt Sebert. Available for sale in our Shop

The 2013 Keene Music Festival Poster created by Matt Sebert.

Available for sale in our Shop

Welcome to the home of the Little Music Festival That Could:  

The 2014  Keene Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 30th!!

Help Support The Keene Music Festival!! 

Are you a performer interested in working with us?  You should go here then....

The Keene Music Festival is a gem of the New England area.  Founded twelve years ago, the Keene Music Festival creates opportunities for local, regional, and national musicians to perform in our area.  We also work to connect musicians with musicians and with local venues; with the goal of generating more venues for homegrown music.  Feel free to browse around the site, using the links at the left, and find out about all the neat things we do. 

If you are a performer, or want to volunteer to help out with our events, you can use the mailing list link to tell us about yourself.

The Keene Music Festival's mission is creating community through music.  We hope that you come on over and be part of our experience.

This year's poster was created by Matt Sebert. 

 


Local Events Calendar:  Touch the underlined date and find out what's happening....

KMF Events Calendar
Little Zoe's Slice of Summer:  The Raunchy Randos

Once again, Little Zoe's Take 'n Bake Pizza will be hosting live, original music every Friday evening from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM right outside their store on Gilbo Avenue in Keene, NH.  They'll be selling slices and flash baked pizza, so stop by to get a slice of what summer's all about.  This week's act is:

The Raunchy Randos:

Three wandering souls, all of exquisite musical caliber, came together in 2013 to form music for wizards and sorcerers. A brilliant witch came up with the captivating name of The Raunchy Randos to accurately portray the wanton nature of these wild cowboys. The band has been hard at work and achieved the birth of an eclectic group of hit singles recently compiled into an EP. 

Sumner Knight Series:  Annie and the Beekeepers with Twian

The Keene Music Festival, in collaboration with Keene Parks and Rec, and Southwestern Community Services presents a series of concerts at the Sumner Knight Chapel in Woodlawn Cemetery to help raise money to renovate the chapel. This amazing little venue features music in its natural form. No amplification or sound equipment is used during the show; though on occasion folks do use electric instruments. It's music just as it's always meant to be.



For you GPS and/or mappy types, the Chapel's address is:

0 Chapel Drive
Keene, NH 03431

This session’s performers are:

ANNIE AND THE BEEKEEPERS:

Like a porch swing on a warm summer night, Annie and The Beekeepers manage to be simultaneously comfortable and thrilling. Annie Lynch’s lilting voice surrounds you and flows over the Americana arrangements like the breeze as her detailed lyrics entice you to lean forward and beg for more.

http://annieandthebeekeepers.com/

“Annie’s voice lifts up the listener and spirits you away to another place – another time… How far away? That depends on the set length! I compare Lynch’s singing voice favorably to that of Jenny Lewis or perhaps a cross between the talented Lewis and beautiful singer Dawn Landes. Comparisons may be made, but the music and voice must be heard to be truly appreciated.” Ryan’s Smashing Life

“Lynch’s understated vocals and songwriting are reminiscent of Jolie Holland or the Be Good Tanyas…” – Boston Globe

TWAIN

twain is the music of mt. davidson.
he has been writing and singing these songs for a decade now.
one kind person described his voice as 'mercurial'
several other kind people have called it 'angelic'
(numerous unkind people have chosen other terms)

the songs deal with:

the illusory boundaries between life and death, mind and matter
confusion
love as holy

Sumner Knight Series:  Cold Chocolate

The Keene Music Festival, in collaboration with Keene Parks and Rec and Southwestern Community Services presents a series of concerts at the Sumner Knight Chapel in the Woodland NED Cemetery to help raise money to renovate the chapel. This amazing little venue features music in its natural form. No amplification or sound equipment is used during the show; though on occasion folks do use electric instruments. It's music just as it's always meant to be.

Admission is by donation, and usually around $12 or so; depending on the performers we bring in. All profits go towards renovation and preservation of the Sumner-Knight Chapel. This is a family friendly event that we hope you'll be a part of.  You can also get a discount by bringing a canned good to donate to the local food pantry ($1 per can for up to three cans; though you can pay it forward for someone else).

For you GPS and/or mappy types, the Chapel's address is:

0 Chapel Drive
Keene, NH 03431

This session's performers are:

Cold Chocolate:

Cold Chocolate is creating an exciting and unique new sound in the world of Americana: fusing bluegrass and roots with a dash of funk.  With original tunes and technical prowess, this four-piece band from Boston is rocking audiences with guitar, banjo, upright bass, drums, and four-part harmony.  Guitarist/songwriter Ethan Robbins began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College where he met upright bassist Kirsten Lamb and began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched.  Now joined by the funk-inflected banjo of James McIver and the loose-wristed Ariel Bernstein on drums, Cold Chocolate has established itself as a force in the Americana genre.

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