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The Keene Music Festival is back, and ready to bring some of the best original music from local and regional artists again this year, on Saturday, September 2, 2017. In the works are eight stages in the downtown area hosting about 65 acts throughout the afternoon and evening.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Click HERE for our Indiegogo campaign. If you want to volunteer on the day or in preparation for the event please click HERE. For more information about the event and submissions, you can get up to the minute updates on our Facebook page.
Founded in 2000, the Keene Music Festival is organized by a group of local volunteers who raise funds for expenses such as sound, publicity and insurance. Musicians perform for free, and there is no charge for the event. The group’s motto is Creating Community through Music, and in addition to the annual event, Keene Music Festival hosts the Sumner Knight Chapel Concert Series, works with other organizations to line up musical acts for events (such as the Monadnock Fall Festival), sponsors concerts, provides volunteer and internship opportunities and provides technical support to other groups wishing to host music.
The Keene Music Festival has been held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, until it took a year off in 2016. “Our costs are around $10,000 per year to produce our events, and we have found it increasingly challenging to raise funds, as more organizations need support from local businesses and organizations, and the money has become tighter,” said Keene Music Festival Director Kevin Dremel. This year, the Festival organizers will kick off its fundraising season with an Indiegogo campaign to raise the bulk of the funds, with the rest by donations from local businesses and supporters, and other fundraising events. “The local business love this festival,” said Pablo Fleischmann of Green Energy Options. “It brings people to the downtown area on a day that typically doesn’t bring a lot of customers, and it showcases the friendly vibe of Keene. We get great support from the city as well who recognize this event as one of its gems.”
To get into the festival, musicians apply through the website, describing themselves and sending samples of their music. The Festival organizers select acts from a variety of genres who perform original material and offer a fresh approach to their music. Submissions have been coming in since September, before the return of the Festival was even announced. In exchange for their free performance, artists are given extensive publicity and offered hospitality, including meals that for the past few years has been prepared by the Keene Community Kitchen.
The Keene Music Festival's mission is creating community through music. We hope that you come on over and be part of our experience.
We have recently joined forces with the the local community to create the Monadnock Fall Festival. The Monadnock Fall Festival is a community event to celebrate all that makes the Monadnock area special. This event will include music, theater, art, poetry, agriculture, small businesses, education and all of the other things that make our area unique; and the things that make our area a place to be proud of. The Monadnock Fall Festival is a way for all of us to celebrate ourselves, and get to know all of the interesting resources that are located within the Monadnock area. Visit our page and our social media!