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:
Pesky J. Nixon:
Bombastic yet brilliant, this group from New England exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth on stages up and down the East Coast. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England's localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences. Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation.
Jay Moberg of Boston's WUMB says of the group, "These guys represent what I love about music...great playing, thoughtful lyrics, and musicians who actually enjoy playing together!".
Bellefonte, PA singer/songwriter Jim Colbert first played his songs in public two days before his fortieth birthday… garnering a standing ovation from a boisterous Bellefonte bar crowd. Colbert has since played venues and festivals from Massachusetts to Texas, and opened for such noteable artists as Red Molly, Joe Crookston, Pat Wictor, Danny Schmidt, Carolann Solebello and Darryl Purpose. A multiple-award winning songwriter, Colbert's songs - often featuring stories and characters of his western Pennsylvania upbringing - have won awards from the Susquehanna Folk Music Society, PA Heritage Songwriting Competition, The Rose Garden, Americana in Paris podcast. His song "Boattail Riviera" was selected for inclusion on Neil Young's "Living with War" web site.