The Keene Music Festival

Creating Community Through Music

The home of The Little Music Festival That Could.  

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer:  The Raunchy Randos

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. 

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Sumner Knight Series:  Annie and the Beekeepers with Twian

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

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Sumner Knight Series:  Cold Chocolate

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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2nd Annual Sweet Tea Picnic

2nd Annual Sweet Tea Picnic

he Sweet Tea Picnic is a celebration of the bygone era of community outings.  It includes a day of country, Americana, and old time music; as well as a chance to snack and drink some sweet tea in the old fashioned way.  On Saturday, August 3rd deom 1:00PM to 6:00PM,  will provide live music throughout the day; all of who specialize in early country, string music, Americana and roots music.  Unless it’s an original song, you can pretty much reckon it’ll be something that was written prior to 1970; unless it meets our exacting standards of what makes for a good song.  The event will be all natural music; neither PAs nor unrequired electronics will be messin’ with these dulcet tones. 

Guests are invited to come have some traditional picnic foods (offered by Keene Community Kitchen), bring a dish to share and a hankerin’ to hear songs from back when the music was really good.  Sweet tea and snacks will be provided.  Families are surely welcomed to attend.  Admission to the event is by donation; with a reccomendation of $15 for all adults for the day’s event.  All profits from this show will go towards renovation and care of the Sumner Knight Chapel and the Keene Community Kitchen.  As an added bonus, you can get a discount on your admission of $1 for every canned good you bring to donate to the Keene Community Kitchen (maximum $3).  Kids (10 and under) admission is three, count ‘em, three canned goods for the donation basket. 

For more information, or to get advance tickets, go to:

http://keenemusicfestival.org/the-shop/

Sumner Knight Series:  Jean Rohe

Sumner Knight Series: Jean Rohe

“...a unique musical voice that sounds like a love song for a world imperiled.” Albany Times Union

 

There are plenty of talented artists out there, but what sets Jean Rohe apart are the suppleness of her voice, the integrity of her vision, and the grace she shows in her wide-ranging journeys across the musical landscape.” ––John Platt, WFUV New York

“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe has been captivating audiences for years with her one-of-a-kind, multi-lingual narrative songs and disarmingly conversational singing. Her songs, which incorporate aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions, range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention. Her writing has won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle, and her refreshingly candid performance won her the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

She is joined tonight by accordionist/pianist/singer Liam Robinson, her long-time collaborator and co-producer of her latest release with her 8-piece band, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show (Laundry Line Records, 2013). Hailed as “masterful” (Daily News) and “enchanting” (Elmore) the album features Jean’s agile multilingual and literary songwriting and Liam’s experience as a multifaceted producer, songwriter, and composer of chamber music.

 

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Sumner Knight Series:  Ian Fitzgerald & Haunt The House

Sumner Knight Series: Ian Fitzgerald & Haunt The House

 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:

Ian Fitzgerald:

Though perhaps technically a singer-songwriter, Ian Fitzgerald prefers the term 'folk singer,' as it more accurately describes the tradition in which his music is rooted. From early twentieth century field recordings through Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, and hundreds of artists in between, Ian has been influenced by one of the sturdiest strains of American music.

Since 2004, Ian has performed extensively throughout New England; toured up and down the east coast; and independently released four albums of original material. Ian's compelling lyrics and indelible melodies have won him first place in the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (for the song "Lillian") and earned him a spot in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and a Quad Showcase performance at the 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. In their review of Ian's latest album, No Time To Be Tender [2013], Performer Magazine called Ian "a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States."  Ian performs at coffeehouses, clubs, concert halls and venues of all kinds both as an opener and a headliner.

Haunt The House:

Haunt the House comes from a quiet place. Born in the woods of Charlestown, Rhode Island from the mind of songwriter Will Houlihan, the music began as a whisper. His solo EP, Rural Introspection Study Group, and performances have garnered attention from artists, musicians, and audiences around southern New England.

In the spring of 2012 a story began to develop and it gestated until the fall of 2013 when Will assembled a band to record the debut full-length album. Recorded over five days at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island, Haunt the House’s new releaseJack Rabbit Jones tells the story of a loving couple torn apart by jealousy and madness. With featured performers Allysen Callery, Amato Zinno of Vudu Sister and Bessie Bessin of Pier Jump, and many others, produced by Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky of The Low Anthem, “Jack Rabbit Jones” is but the first statement by one of Rhode Island’s most intriguing new folk ensembles.

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Sumner Knight Series:  Michael Tarbox and The Bluebird Orchestra

Sumner Knight Series: Michael Tarbox and The Bluebird Orchestra

Michael Tarbox:

Michael Tarbox is a smokey-voiced singer from Boston with a sound that combines Appalachian music, blues and gospel in exciting, unexpected combinations. An innovative guitarist, his playing revisits American musical traditions in a unique voice. Tarbox is also a songwriter, with a spare, lyrical style that reflects and expands on his influences. His work with his band, The Tarbox Ramblers, has been praised by All Things Considered, The New Yorker and many more. Tarbox recently released his second solo album, Works and Days

"At the heart of Tarbox’s music is his guitar, as raw as it is charismatic. It creates an electricity that courses through every song." –– Twangville.com

http://www.michaeltarbox.com

The Bluebird Orchestra:

 

The Bluebird Orchestra is a quartet from Southern Vermont, led by artist/musician, Donald Saaf ,(known for his previous work with Dan Zanes and friends.) The group draws it’s influences from diverse corners, including the Carter Family, The Incredible String Band, Kurt Weill, and Thelonious Monk, while always keeping one foot in traditional American roots music. In any particular tune, you may encounter elements of folk, rock, early Jazz, Klezmer or even Polka music. The new self titled C.D. is a collection of songs written by Saaf with his wife, artist Julia Zanes but the band itself is a true collaboration of talented local musicians. It features Donald Saaf on vocals, guitar, tenor banjo and reed organ, Duke Johnson on the standup bass, Rick Contino on pedal steel, and Paul Mctaggart on drums. The C.D. also includes the amazing guest artist, Anna Patton on clarinet. Their music has been described as beautiful, sometimes sad, poignant and funny, sung and played with gusto, and sure to delight any audience.

 

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Sumner Knight Series:  Dave Dersham

Sumner Knight Series: Dave Dersham

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 $10 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.

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

0 Chapel Drive

Keene, NH 03431

This Session’s Performers are: 

Dave Dersham

Dave is a wanderer: He spent a summer working the local chuck wagon set beneath Wyoming's Grand Tetons; taught Environmental Education in South Dakota's Black Hills; conducted 3 week treks with under-served youth across southern Idaho; and explored the ruins and culture of Central America. Music finally pulled him back to the confines of New England and the Cambridge, MA folk scene where he completed his first CD, "The Burn of Summer." The album enjoyed regular airtime on Folk Radio's WUMB, Emerson College's WERS, and brought selection as a finalist for Mountain Stage's emerging artists.

Dave's second album, "Gilding the Lilies" was recorded with the assistance of Boston's most adventurous lap-steele players, Lloyd Thayer, as well as the shrewd lead-playing and production of Jared Fiske of Fiske and Herrera. The CD was released in the fall of 2011 and was distributed internationally. He is currently working on material for his third CD to be released in the near future.

Dave also continues a yearly pilgrimage to the Kerrville Folk Festival, in the core of the Texas Hill Country, where he finds inspiration and community among his fellow vagabonds and troubadours.

Currently, Dave can be found touring various pockets of New England, and is occasionally "sighted" (generally on Thanksgiving weekend ) with the Bigfoot Research Organization, a loosely arranged, crypto-musical quartet. For reasons understood by only the most passionate, the BRO maintained a myspace account for 5 years, despite relentless and at times severe scientific contempt. This site has recently been put to pasture by an unknown adversary.

Some people can't handle the Truth.

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Sumner Knight Series:  Tracy Grammar with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards

Sumner Knight Series: Tracy Grammar with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards

TRACY GRAMMER

Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34. 

Determined to honor the duo's journey and bring Carter's songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives. Her latest release, LITTLE BLUE EGG, is a collection of intimate recordings from the duo's home studios. LBE was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012, and once again, the duo were the #1 most-played artists for the year. 

Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved performers. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter's reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo's first meeting, Carter's quirks and fancies, or Grammer's own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter's path as part of a song-a-week challenge called RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts--and the stories and struggles behind them--on her current tour, to the delight of her longtime fans. As one fan put it, "With Tracy, it's never just about the music. It's a soul journey."

http://www.tracygrammer.com

 

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