Ljova and The Kontraband:  The Sumner Knight Series
Aug
14
7:00 pm19:00

Ljova and The Kontraband: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Ljova and The Kontraband:

New music, old magic. If genre-defying music was a genre, Ljova and the Kontraband would probably defy that too. For if bringing together influences from classical, klezmer, tango, jazz and Gypsy music has been done before, nobody does it quite like this. Moscow-born, New York-based composer, arranger and violist Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin writes and plays music that evokes forgotten memories of things you think you’ve heard before but haven’t, while dreaming of Bartok and Piazzolla trundling through an early-morning Hungarian mist in a three-legged race to the village dance at the end of time. 
 

The 2015 Keene Music Festival
Sep
5
11:00 am11:00

The 2015 Keene Music Festival

  • 0 Railroad Square Keene, NH 03431

Now in its fifteenth year, the Keene Music Festival is a unique event in the New England area. Featuring over seventy bands at fourteen performance areas, the Keene Music Festival is one of the largest free music festivals around. The event features a wide array of musical styles, allowing the audience to walk around the downtown Keene area and listen to a wide variety of musical styles. It is truly a special day of music in a special town. We'll be posting a link to the schedule soon!The Keene Music Festival is an all volunteer effort; with all of the organizing staff, performers and local merchants contributing to create the event. Performers are a mix of local and regional performers; both up and coming artists and "alumni" acts who enjoy coming back to be part of the event. The actual Keene Music Festival occurs every Labor Day weekend, and makes a wonderful way to end the summer season.

 

Our lineup will be posting soon!!


Karen & The Sorrows:  The Sumner Knight Series
Jul
27
10:30 pm22:30

Karen & The Sorrows: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

The Sumner Knight Series is music in its natural form. Located in the beautiful Sumner Knight Chapel at the Woodland NED Cemetery in Keene, NH, the series in a wonderful acoustic environment; without amplifiers, PAs or any type of electronic enhancement. This allows the audience to hear the music in the way it was developed.

Suggested donation is $10.00, with all profits going towards the renovation of the Chapel. Student discounts available at the door, and you can 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 DriveKeene, NH 03431

 

This sessions performers are:

Karen & The Sorrows:

The Names of Things, the debut album from Brooklyn queer country band Karen & the Sorrows, is full of “haunting pedal steel work and unvarnished heartbreak.” (Bust Magazine) “Some of the best alt-country being made. Twang-drenched drown-your-sorrows music about bad relationships, abandoned lovers and endless heartbreak. In other words, pure country.” (Billings GazetteNew York Music Daily writes, “Country keeps evolving and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” Fuck Yeah, Queer Music says, “They write loss and heartbreak, and goddamn are they good at it. The songs are quiet, but devastating, with a good mix of dirty electric guitar and absolutely haunting pedal steel.” 

Shaped around the high, lilting vocals of singer-songwriter Karen Pittelman and Elana Redfield’s lonesome pedal steel guitar, these are tales of broken hearts, broken bones, and the languages that get lost when love is gone. There’s a strain of ghostly prettiness running through these songs that calls to mind Julee Cruise. But that softness is paired with a dark twang and a strong beat that roots the band in the tradition of the 1970s country rock—from Pure Prairie League to Neil Young—that Redfield and Pittelman grew up with. Working together with engineer Charles Burst (Crystal Stilts, The New Pornographers, Gang Gang Dance) at Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge, the Sorrows have created an alt-country sound that is all their own.

Sunday Social Series:  David Ross
Jul
26
1:00 pm13:00

Sunday Social Series: David Ross

  • LifeLight Center

The Sunday Social Series is done in collaboration with the Keene Heritage Commission and Keene Parks and Recreation Department. The series brings live music to local historic homes and buildings one Sunday afternoon per month. Along with a live concert, there are presentations on the historic importance of the concert venue as well as a talk on other local historic sites. All proceeds from this series go to the renovation fund for the Sumner Knight Chapel. 

Suggested donation is $10.00, with proceeds going to the Sumner Knight Chapel Restoration Fu d.

This session's performer is:

David Ross:

David William Ross is a guitarist of unique abilities, classically trained and deeply versed in jazz improvisation. An advocate of new music and genre stretching, David is continually seeking a wider audience and an expanded concept of venue for presenting music. Frequent collaborations with classical composers, folk/blues artists, and jazz musicians, as well as dancers, choreographers, and visual artists have all contributed to an enriched musical aesthetic as well as to an expanded sense of freedom in his playing, regardless of style or idiom. David has performed classical recitals throughout the United States and regularly performs jazz in broader New England. He has also premiered his own music for the guitar written to accompany dance for several companies including Dilettante Dance in Baltimore, MD and IBIT in Brattleboro, VT. He often participates in the creative process working with dancers throughout the process of bringing their work to life. David's work frequently explores the temporal dimension of music and challenges the listener's concept and perception of linearity and narrative. David also does frequent studio work including new music for nylon, steel-string, and electric guitars in both chamber and solo settings.

 

 Sumner Knight Series: Honest Thieves & Hug the Dog
Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Honest Thieves & Hug the Dog

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Honest Thieves:

This is the story of Honest Thieves.
There is no elaborate tale about how the musical ambitions of Jon, Ian, and Justin came together – it just happened. A jam session yielded some catchy tunes and Honest Thieves was born. During a spring weekend fueled by Taco Bell and Shipyard Summer Ale, they recorded and mixed a 3-song EP called Dancing With The Sharks. They shared it with their friends and family and were met with the wild acclaim you would expect from friends and family. Inspired by the positive reception, they made DWTS available for free to the world on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, and even Myspace. Get your copy now. You'll love it. Plus, it's risk-free. Honest Thieves are, after all, honest. If you aren't completely satisfied, they'll give you your money back.
You can believe in Honest Thieves.*


Hug the Dog:

Hug the Dog is a 4-piece rock band that echoes classic sounds of the past with a current and relevant style. They blend indie rock dance rhythms with a melodic soulful sound that provokes both the mind and body. Powerful lyrics meshed with upbeat anthems promise a lively and meaningful concert experience. Formed early 2012, Hug the Dog placed as a finalist in the Unsigned Only Competition. The band has toured extensively, performing at the CBGB festival in Brooklyn, New York and the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Closer to home, you can catch Hug the Dog at popular venues such as Harlow’s Pub, and at local festivals, including Keene Music Festival and Uplift Music Festival.

Sunday Social Series:  Hunt & Allison Smith at the Cheshire County Courthouse
Jun
28
1:00 pm13:00

Sunday Social Series: Hunt & Allison Smith at the Cheshire County Courthouse

  • Cheshire County Courthouse

The Sunday Social Series is done in collaboration with the Keene Heritage Commission and Keene Parks and Recreation Department. The series brings live music to local historic homes and buildings one Sunday afternoon per month. Along with a live concert, there are presentations on the historic importance of the concert venue as well as a talk on other local historic sites. All proceeds from this series go to the renovation fund for the Sumner Knight Chapel. This session's performers are:

HUNT AND ALLISON BIO

Hunt and Allison Smith are traditional musicians specializing in the music of New England, the British Isles and Ireland, and beyond. 
They play for contra and barn dances, schools, libraries, and other programs, including weddings and birthday parties.


When Hunt and Allison perform together their music is joyful, excit-ing, and accessible for all ages. They are married, and make their home in Nelson, NH. Hunt and Allison are roster artists for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts "Arts in Education" program.

Musician's Swap and Sale:  Benefit for the 2015 Keene Music Festival
Jun
20
10:00 am10:00

Musician's Swap and Sale: Benefit for the 2015 Keene Music Festival

  • Elk's Club

Keene Music Festival will host a Musicians Swap and Sale on Saturday, June 20 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Elks Club, 81 Roxbury Street in Keene.  This event is a fundraiser for the 2015 Keene Music Festival. Musicians - and students- of all abilities, styles and levels are welcome to participate.

Sumner Knight Series:  Tara Greenblatt Band
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Tara Greenblatt Band

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Tara's melodic and soulful voice is the very meaning of eloquence. A true original drummer and singer/songwriter with Universal reach, funky grooves, and a rare mix of depth and humor. With her stellar accompanists lending luscious jazz influenced vocal harmonies, and rich swirling strings, The Tara Greenblatt Band captivates audiences with original contemporary folk music that flows like a river tossing Blues, Jazz, Primitive, Soul, and Folk influences into it's waters as it rhythmically rushes along.  The band members are: Grace Aldrich, Shana Hall, Lucio Eastman, and Saihbung Singh who have accompanied Tara for over five years now.  Tara's songs about nature and our  innate human desire to connect to it evoke an earthy emotional intelligence that unleashes a thoughtful wildness in us all.   Tara Greenblatt resides here in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.  Her three CD's will be available at the performance. 

Sunday Socials:  The Scott Mullett Trio
May
31
1:00 pm13:00

Sunday Socials: The Scott Mullett Trio

  • 82 Court St Keene, NH, 03431 United States

The Sunday Social Series is done in collaboration with the Keene Heritage Commission and Keene Parks and Recreation Department.  The series brings live music to local historic homes and buildings one Sunday afternoon per month.  Along with a live concert, there are presentations on the historic importance of the concert venue as well as a talk on other local historic sites.  All proceeds from this series go to the renovation fund for the Sumner Knight Chapel.  This session's performers are:

The Scott Mullett Trio:

The Scott Mullett Trio is a versatile and energetic jazz group based in Keene, NH. The trio is led by Scott Mullett, a local saxophonist and music educator whose resume includes tours and performances with Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Stan Getz, Lou Rawls, Ben Vereen, and Cab Calloway, among many others. Scott is joined by two of his former students: bassist Steve Cady, Performing Arts Chair at Vermont Academy; and drummer and local educator George Robinson. The Scott Mullett Trio performs frequently in the Monadnock Region and beyond, both as a trio and as part of the Keene Jazz Orchestra - an 18-piece jazz ensemble comprised of many of the area’s top musicians and educators, directed by Scott Mullett. For more information on the trio, visit Facebook.com/ScottMullettTrio.

Kids Count: Celebrating Foster Care in our Community
May
23
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:  http://keenemusicfestival.org/kmf-events-calendar/ or call 499-7435.

Sumner Knight Series:  Arc Iris
May
9
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.

 

Sumner Knight Series:  Cold Chocolate
Apr
25
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.