Sumner Knight Series:  Cold Chocolate
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Cold Chocolate

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

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.

Sumner Knight Series:  Arc Iris
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Arc Iris

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Arc Iris crystallizes the evolution of composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams, a former core member of renowned indie-folk band The Low Anthem. This is a breakaway moment for Adams, who now takes center stage as composer, lyricist, and lead vocalist.  Embracing her new role as auteur, Adams has created a genre-bending style that often shifts between cabaret-infused jazz, orchestral sophistication, grimy outlaw country, delicate and whimsical harmonies, and big-band exhilaration – sometimes all in the same song. Hers is an all-together different world where fantastical whimsy goes hand in hand with down-to-earth grit, and where rigorous classical training inflects but never softens the visceral rawness of hard-won experience.


Kids Count: Celebrating Foster Care in our Community
11:00 am11:00

Kids Count: Celebrating Foster Care in our Community

  • Railroad Square

May is National Foster Parent Month, which celebrates the work of foster parents in both our community and the nation at large. Keene Music Festival, along with the Monadnock Foster Parents Association, Monadnotes, Southwestern Community Services, and Monadnock Buy Local, will be hosting an afternoon of children’s music and activities along with information about foster parenting in an event called Kids Count on Saturday, May 23rd from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Railroad Square in Keene, NH. This free event will feature children’s music from local and regional performers, as well as activities including yoga and dance for children. People and families from the region are invited to take part in this free event, to come out and support the work of foster parents in our community, and to just have fun. For more information, and a schedule of performers, go to: or call 499-7435.