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Sumner Knight Series:  The Hardtacks' Civil War Thanksgiving:  A Musical Look at "The Great Union Festival"
Nov
30
1:00 pm13:00

Sumner Knight Series: The Hardtacks' Civil War Thanksgiving: A Musical Look at "The Great Union Festival"

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

The Keene Music Festival presents and evening of the music and stories of The Civil War with The Hardtacks at 1:00 PM on Sunday, November 30th at the Sumner Knight Chapel in Keene, NH.

The Keene Music Festival, in collaboration with Keene Parks and Rec, Southwestern Community Services, and The Starving Artist 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.  Discounts are available with the donation of canned goods for the Keene Community Kitchen, and kids under ten can get in free with the donation of three canned goods.

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

0 Chapel Drive

Keene, NH 03431

This session’s performers are:

The Hardtacks:

The Hardtacks formed in 2012 to perform folk music of the Civil War era for the NH Humanities Council’s “Humanities To Go” programs. Since then, they’ve played at libraries, historical societies, schools, encampments, and other events around New England.  From an initial focus on Appalachian banjo & fiddle music (both songs and tunes), the Hardtacks’ repertoire has expanded to include parlor songs, rally cries, spirituals, hymns, bawdy camp parodies, and more.  Their wide-ranging programs take inspiration from the participatory culture of the Lyceum movement and several other folk traditions, engaging audiences in immersive explorations of history as a sung, spoken, and lived experience.

Marek Bennett

New Hampshire native Marek Bennett is an award-winning cartoonist and musician who teaches and performs comics and music at schools and libraries throughout New England and the world beyond.  He holds B.A.s in Music and Mathematics (Brown University) and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Keene State College), and is a rostered teaching artist with the NH State Council on the ArtsChildren’s Literacy Foundation, and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH.
www.MarekBennett.com

Woody Pringle

Woody Pringle is both a musician and educator teaching at many NH colleges and organizations.  His credentials include B.A. in Social Science (Johnson State College) and MBA (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). His band Bradford Bog People often airs on NH Public Radio’s Folk Show and on many radio stations throughout the country.
www.WoodyPringle.com

Sumner Knight Series:  Michael Tarbox and The Bluebird Orchestra
Nov
22
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Michael Tarbox and The Bluebird Orchestra

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

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.

 

Sumner Knight Series:  Tracy Grammar & Jim Henry with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards
Nov
7
7:00 pm19:00

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

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

TRACY GRAMMER & JIM HENRY

Tracy Grammer is highly regarded in the folk world for her soothing alto, solid fingerstyle guitar work, spirited fiddle and entertaining stories. A one-time member of Joan Baez’s band, she has traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Japan playing her own songs, and those of her favorite writers, while also paying tribute to her late partner, songwriter Dave Carter.

Jim Henry is an accomplished songwriter and one of folk and Americana’s go-to instrumentalists, just off the road from a three-year stint as a member of Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter’s band. With an arsenal that includes acoustic/electric guitars, Dobro, and mandolin, Henry adds whatever the songs needs – be that rich, ambient textures or sparkling solos – and he does it with an ease that mystifies fellow players in the audience.

Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry have been cracking each other up since their first show in 2003, when she whispered on stage, “Are you having fun?” and he said, flatly, “No.” But they’re having fun now. The Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry duo is synonymous with impeccable musicianship, perfect harmonies, a diverse and exciting repertoire, and the kind of banter you’ll only find between players who know one another this well. It’s good music played by good people having a really good time.

Learn more about Tracy Grammer at http://www.tracygrammer.com

Learn more about Jim Henry at http://www.jimhenry.net

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards are a folk duo from Massachusetts whose songs resonate with the lover of Americana and old country music, commanding familiar traditional melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, and backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo.

http://www.markmandeville.com/press.html

Sumner Knight Series:  Dave Dersham
Oct
25
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Dave Dersham

  • 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 $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.

“Dersham taps hopeful melodies and reverses lyrical expectations at every turn... exudes a brand of humane charm that sets him apart from every other songwriter you’ll see this year.” --Club Passim

For more information, go to:

www.davedersham.com

Sumner Knight Series:  Alpenglow
Oct
20
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Alpenglow

  • Sumner Knght Chapel

Alpenglow began in a small Vermont town when founding members Peter Coccoma, Graeme Daubert, Elori Kramer, and Kenneth Root shared songs in an old stone mill. Over the next two years, after adding bassist Colin Weeks, Alpenglow transformed original songs rooted in the folk tradition into a collection of finely crafted arrangements that are sprawling, moody, and wholly their own. Their music has been described as "swooning, harmony-laden stuff... laced with arcing fiddle, shimmering keys and healthy doses of ringing guitar punch."

After years of walking past a hilltop chapel in the town they lived in, Alpenglow decided to play a show inside. The result was transformative: a chapel brimming with people smiling, swaying, and dancing together under the music’s effortless melodies and grooving rhythms. The spirit that night inspired Alpenglow to return to the chapel to record an album. The result is their appropriately titled new EP, Chapel, which is an effort to capture the spirit of a night, a place, and a time in the band’s life. The new collection of songs acts as a meditation on loss and the modern condition while at the same time stepping out of its reverent tone with moments of excitement and joy that ease the wayward soul.

Sumner Knight Series:  Mike & Ruthy
Oct
5
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Mike & Ruthy

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Hailed as “a national treasure”  by songwriter peer Anais Mitchell, an evening spent with Mike + Ruthy promises to thrill your senses, raise your spirits, and delve deep into your soul. Their harmony-driven, fiddle & banjo alchemy echos a sound from a golden age of music yet their relaxed, often hilarious, and charismatic on-stage demeanor delivers a riveting live concert experience that is thoroughly in the present. 

Now in their 16th year of performing together, and as a second generation folk family, Mike + Ruthy spend most of their time on the road - with their kids in tow - performing 100+ concerts annually ranging from major folk festivals to intimate house concerts, both as Mike + Ruthy and with the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band.

“Some of the best songwriting of their generation” -- LA Weekly 

Mike + Ruthy met in NYC, just out of college, and went on to found “subversive acoustic stringband” The Mammals, one of the most popular folk rock bands of their generation.  (http://www.themammals.net)

 “The Mammals are the finest young bluegrass/old-timey band in the country, the country-branch house band for the new weird America.” -- LA Weekly 

 Tapped by Nora Guthrie in 2011 to make the first ever recording of Woody Guthrie’s love song “My New York City,” the song is now being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces to have ever come out of the archive. 

 In February 2013 Mike + Ruthy introduced a newly minted folk and roots festival called the Winter Hoot which brought Amy Helm, Sprit Family Reunion, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jeffrey Lewis,  Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, and other Americana favorites to the Ashokan Center near their home in upstate NY.  The Summer Hoot is scheduled for late August. (http://www.homeofthehoot.com 

Four releases into their duo career, Mike + Ruthy’s current plans include a new live record in 2014 and a fully analog studio record in 2015. 

   "Mike + Ruthy offer breathy. rich Americana...warm vintage sounds. -- Time Out NY

"Infectious new folk rock" -- Boston Globe

Sumner Knight Series:  Tara Greenblatt Band
Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Tara Greenblatt Band

Tara Greenblatt Band:
Seated at her djembe, Tara Greenblatt centers herself and our attention, and -- with her soulful, soaring voice and highly skilled ability at bringing the whispers, swipes, brushed beats, and calls out of the drum-- weaves rhythm, melody, and story to create beautiful, original songs with a Universal reach. This inseparable and infectious blend of rhythm and voice come from deep inside of her. Her words and music, delivered effortlessly, touch the souls of her listeners. Whether solo, with a partner, or her band, her songs and live performance put the listener in touch with themselves, with love, with the light and shadow sides of being human, and with the pulse of life.

Check out the band's new video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIARkrlO_Pw

 

Sumner Knight Series:  Ian Fitzgerald & Haunt The House
Sep
13
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Ian Fitzgerald & Haunt The House

  • 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:

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.

The 14th Annual Keene Music Festival
Aug
30
10:00 pm22:00

The 14th Annual Keene Music Festival

  • Keene Music Festival

Now in its fourteenth year, the Keene Music Festival is a unique event in the New England area.  Featuring over sixty bands at twelve 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.

Sumner Knight Series:  Jean Rohe
Aug
16
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Jean Rohe

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

“...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.

 

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer:  Jack 'n Dave
Aug
15
6:00 pm18:00

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer: Jack 'n Dave

  • Little Zoe's Take n' Bake Pizza

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:

Jack 'n Dave:

Folkin’ Rockers, Jack 'n Dave, hailing from Henniker, bring a tasteful take to a range of fan favorite covers: The Dead, Jorma, Springsteen, Neil Young, and Beatles. From electric rocking days with “Blue Lunch Box” (Dave) and a rootsy/Americana residence with Big Paws (Jack), this duo brings a deep and wide musical vocabulary to their audiences.

2nd Annual Sweet Tea Picnic
Aug
10
12:00 pm12:00

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:  Cold Chocolate
Aug
9
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.

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer:  Charlie Brady
Aug
1
6:00 pm18:00

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer: Charlie Brady

  • Little Zoe's Take n' Bake Pizza

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:

Charlie Brady:

Originally from NJ. Studied with jazz guitarist Tal Farlow, played two songs with Max Roach and Archie Shepp.  
Been a regular at Keene Music Festival and at Fritz Fries for years. 
Primarily an electric guitarist but been channeling the singer/songerwriter thing (including harmonica) since moving to NH in 2001.

Sumner Knight Series:  Annie and the Beekeepers with Twian
Jul
25
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Annie and the Beekeepers with Twian

  • 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 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

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer:  The Raunchy Randos
Jul
25
6:00 pm18:00

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer: The Raunchy Randos

  • Little Zoe's Take n' Bake Pizza

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. 

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer:  Zach Benton
Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer: Zach Benton

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:

Zach Benton:

Zach Benton writes, performs, and produces his records. He has been singing and performing since 2002, and opened for the Beach Boys in 2007. He released his EP "Mister Roberts' Epiphany" in 2012, and his first LP in 2013, "Fall In," which reached #6 on the iTunes R&B/Soul new releases chart. He is currently working on his second LP.

Sumner Knight Series:  Bob Cummings, Solo Piano
Jul
12
7:30 pm19:30

Sumner Knight Series: Bob Cummings, Solo Piano

  • 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 $13.00, 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 Drive
Keene, NH 03431

This sessions performers is:

Bob Cummings:

Pianist and keyboardist Bob Cummings is a musical chameleon.  Having explored everything from Bach to rock, jazz, funk, electronica and fusion music, he continues to push his muse in new directions. Bob landed in Keene in 2010 after 30 years in Northampton MA. While he is best known for his electric jazz rock bands Birds of Flame, Urban Renewal and BC3, Bob has been fortunate to share the musical stage with the likes of James Brown, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt and Tower of Power among others.

Throughout his musical ventures, Bob’s love of the acoustic piano has always been his first passion. He returned to classical piano studies at age 40, and continues to explore the realm of modern jazz piano. This rare solo piano concert will feature new acoustic piano improvisations and works by Bob as well as some of his all-time favorite jazz pianists and composers, including Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Chick Corea. He might even play some Brahms and Schubert as well.

 

 

Sumner Knight Series:  Ljova and the Kontraband
Jul
5
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Ljova and the Kontraband

  • 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. 

An official WOMEX 2013 showcase selection, the ensemble has performed at venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center & the Museum of Modern Art, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it was the opening musical guest of the Sundance@BAM Film Festival. 

Their second album, “NO REFUND ON FLOWERS”, was released on May 12 2014. The Kontraband’s debut CD, “MNEMOSYNE”, featured special guests Frank London, William Schimmel, Uli Geissendoerfer, Alon Yavnai and Marcus Rojas.  

LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND is:

– Ljova (viola & fadolin)
– Inna Barmash (vocal)
– Mathias Kunzli (percussion)
– Jordan Morton (bass)

special guest: Shoko Nagai (accordion)

 

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer: Marcus and The Meerkats
Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer: Marcus and The Meerkats

  • Little Zoe's Take n' Bake Pizza

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:

Marcus and The Meercats:

  Marcus and the Meercats, an off shoot of Ikibobo, is a 3 piece group, singing and playing original, earth based music, with guitars and keyboard, Marcus McCarroll plays acoustic guitar and sings his original lyrics, Darrin Fuller plays jazz guitar, and Gregor Devlin Devlin plays interpretive keyboard stylings

Chocolate & Wine Tasting featuring Wendy Keith & Jim Gordon
Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Chocolate & Wine Tasting featuring Wendy Keith & Jim Gordon

  • UNnbridled Chocolate

Wendy Keith and Jim Gordon:

 Jim Gordon and Wendy Keith started playing together at an annual Solstice Music Party a few short years ago, and they have been sharing the musical stage throughout New England ever since. The duo features jazz, blues, folk, the American Songbook, and Wendy’s original compositions.

 As a recording artist, Wendy has three solo CD’s to her credit and has opened for Jesse Colin Young and America. Her strong, dynamic vocal range has graced many a stage including the NH Women's Music Festival, Peterborough Players, the Folkway and the Colonial Theatre.

 Jim Gordon brings his energetic, compelling, master level guitar and mandolin jazz and blues work to the scene. It’s a joyful, spirited, down-home 

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer:  Ants in the Cellar
Jun
13
6:00 pm18:00

Little Zoe's Slice of Summer: Ants in the Cellar

  • Little Zoe's Take n' Bake Pizza

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:

Ants in the Cellar:

Ants in the Cellar is a rock band based out of Providence, RI. The band reinvented itself in 2011 after a long hiatus. The present line up includes David Zane on Bass joining original member Mike Adamowicz on lead vocals, guitar. Ants in the Cellar draws on a variety of influences (blues, singer/songwriter, new wave, classic rock). However, they maintain alternative rock roots, with many of their primary influences coming from the diverse collection of indie rock bands that proliferated the “left of the dial” radio scene of the late eighties/early nineties.

Ants in the Cellar's debut EP release is out and available for purchase at: http://antsinthecellar.bandcamp.com

Ants in the Cellar have shared the stage with many national and regional acts, including: The Samples, The Rare Occasions, The Atlantic Thrills, and Girls, Guns and Glory. In addition, the band is two year veterans of The Keene Music Festival. Come and see them perform at Little Zoe's Pizza on June 13 for a rare, special acoustic performance. Check out the band's website at: http://www.reverbnation.com/antsinthecellar

Main Crust:  The Old Grocer's:  The Aberration with Humdinger & The Bucksnort
May
17
9:00 pm21:00

Main Crust: The Old Grocer's: The Aberration with Humdinger & The Bucksnort

  • Main Crust Pizza

The Old Grocers is a collaboration with Main Crust in Marlborough, NH to provide a local space for performing. In essence, The Old Grocers is a venue that features top quality local and regional musicians; as well as the occasional itinerant act that may be traveling from here to there. A portion of the proceeds from each events goes to support local charities. Admission is $5.00.

This show features:

HUMDINGER AND THE BUCKSNORT- 
Through the ashes and embers of previous bands, four brethren from various musical spectrums bonded in unity. Forged upon the cold decrepit hills of Shrewsbury, Humdinger & the Bucksnort emerged from the mists.
They fearlessly accept the challenge of creating something new. Unbound by stereotypes and genres, they bridge gaps between all musical realms.
Based solely on the lucid notion of taking a serious approach to writing music without taking themselves too seriously. The brethren shall venture on in search of the ultimate song, to slay the " Beast". What shall come next....... Only time can tell.


THE ABERRATION - 
The Aberration is a high energy, progressive rock band from the great state of Vermont. Between the pounding rhythms and the mind melting melodies, there is never a dull moment! Dedicated musicians and relentless entertainers, The Aberration is currently working on a tour between VT and VA for May and heading to the studio for a second full length album this summer!

Sumner Knight Series:  Mayfly with Sheesham & Lotus
May
17
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Mayfly with Sheesham & Lotus

  • 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 $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: 

Mayfly:

Mayfly, Americana/Old-time duo,is a Vermont based band that performs old-time New England and Appalachian music, as well as original songwriting on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and vocals.  Mayfly has been performing for over 10 years, touring throughout the USA and Canada.  The girls have two albums, one of which won ‘Best Traditional Album of the Year’ in Vermont.  Mayfly intersperses close harmony vocals with strong instrumentals influenced by blues, ballads, and American roots music.  The duo has performed alongside renowned traditional musicians from across the globe, including Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad, Louisiana based musician Dirk Powell, and North Carolina’s Riley Baugus.  Mayfly has also shared the stage with Crooked Still, Avi and Celia, David Boulanger, Sheesham and Lotus, Crowfoot, Pete Sutherland and other great bands and musicians at festivals in New England and Cananda.  Mayfly will be celebrating the release of a third album in the summer of 2013.

Sheesham & Lotus:

Sheesham and Lotus’ commitment to the preservation of music and tradition of the past is indelible.

At the core of the show is a repertoire based on their love of the American fiddle tune, joyously played  with banjo and before long, a startling array of traditional and non-trad instruments make appearances.  Tunes played on jaw-harpsgourd banjos and homemade instruments like the contra-bass harmoni-phoneum add depth and absurdity to their amazing sound, as they sing into their patented sepia-phonic Monophone, an acoustical filter into which they project their voices in stupefying harmonies, while playing ragtime and blues in pleasing mono-phonic delivery.

As a banjo and fiddle duet, and with their critically acclaimed trio, (Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son) Sheesham and Lotus have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship and fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic and entertaining.

 

 

Mark Erelli at the Sumner Knight Chapel with Wendy Keith & Jim Gordon
May
10
7:30 pm19:30

Mark Erelli at the Sumner Knight Chapel with Wendy Keith & Jim Gordon

  • 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 for this special event is by donation of $20.00 or so. A discount on the admission price of up to $5 can be obtained by bringing a generous supply of canned goods to donate to the local food pantry.  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 DriveKeene, NH 03431

 

You can get your advance tickets here!

This Session’s Performers are: 

Mark Erelli:

When questioned about his musical heroes as younger artist, Mark Erelli would dutifully rattle off names like Jackson Browne and John Hiatt—the sort of emotionally literate lyricist and soulful vocalist to which he was oft-compared. But Erelli would always throw the interviewer a curveball by also listing musicians like David Lindley and Ry Cooder, two sidemen closely associated with Browne and Hiatt’s best albums. “As a teenager I sat in front of my stereo for hours, in hopes of learning to write songs like that,” remembers Erelli, “but I also tried to learn the guitar solos on those records note for note.”

Thousands of musical miles later, Mark Erelli now travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer/songwriter. Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park.

Erelli still indulges that teenage fascination with the guitar solos, though it has evolved into a career as an in-demand multi-instrumentalist sideman. These days, fans are just as likely to find Erelli backing up Lori McKenna at the Grand Ole Opry, or Josh Ritter at London’s Royal Albert Hall, as they are to see a solo acoustic performance at venerable listening rooms like Harvard Square’s Club Passim. Some might see chasing both a timeless lyric and an exquisite lap steel guitar solo as mutually exclusive endeavors, but not Erelli.

“Every time I accompany a great songwriter, I have the best seat in the house,” Erelli explains. “I see how these amazing artists connect with their songs and their audiences from a unique vantage point. For me, every sideman gig is a Master Class, and it makes me a better musician and songwriter.”

The last year alone has seen Erelli fronting the bluegrass band Barnstar!, backing up Grammy™ Award-winning songwriters like Paula Cole, or branching into the producer role for Lori McKenna’s next record, in between performing solo shows everywhere from New England to Nebraska. For casual listeners that prefer artists who churn out variations on the same theme year after year, Mark Erelli presents a bit of a dilemma.

“I don’t know anyone who likes just one type of music,” counters Erelli. “There are so many people that would jump at the chance to play music for a living. I’m lucky enough to actually get to do it, and I intend to follow it wherever it leads me.” It’s just that kind of attitude that may someday find a teenager listening intently to one of Mark Erelli’s songs blaring out of stereo, trying to figure out how he did it all, and did it all so well.

 

Wendy Keith and Jim Gordon:

 Jim Gordon and Wendy Keith started playing together at an annual Solstice Music Party a few short years ago, and they have been sharing the musical stage throughout New England ever since. The duo features jazz, blues, folk, the American Songbook, and Wendy’s original compositions.

 As a recording artist, Wendy has three solo CD’s to her credit and has opened for Jesse Colin Young and America. Her strong, dynamic vocal range has graced many a stage including the NH Women's Music Festival, Peterborough Players, the Folkway and the Colonial Theatre.

 Jim Gordon brings his energetic, compelling, master level guitar and mandolin jazz and blues work to the scene. It’s a joyful, spirited, down-home 

Sumner Knight Series:  Fuzzy Logic
May
4
1:00 pm13:00

Sumner Knight Series: Fuzzy Logic

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Fuzzy Logic will perform an all-acoustic free concert at the Sumner-Knight Chapel on Sunday May 4 at 1:00. Quirky, intellectual lyrics. Gorgeous 3-part harmony. The music spans multiple genres and defies categorization. Think Jacques Brel meets Fats Waller in the Brill Building. Fuzzy Logic has been a staple at New England music festivals and clubs since 1995. Vocalists Liz Sumner, Elizabeth Nieckoski and Traci Booth trade off leads while lacing intricate interweaving 3-part harmonies backed by guitarists Michael Cohen and Michael Nieckoski, bassist Steve Armstrong and drummer/percussionist Steve Bourque. This will be Fuzzy Logic’s only performance until fall, so don’t miss it. More information at 876-3498.

 

Pssst.  If you mention that you're with the band, you can git in for $5......

Rock the Sprouts!!  A Fundraiser for Headstart Early Sprouts Program.
Apr
26
7:00 pm19:00

Rock the Sprouts!! A Fundraiser for Headstart Early Sprouts Program.

  • LifeArt Center

The Keene Music Festival along with some friends are hosting a night of music, featuring the talents of:

Brian Dickens/ Mata Mata/ Veil/ Jake McKelvie & the Countertops

All proceeds go towards funding the Early Sprouts; a gardening and nutrition curriculum for the Southwestern Community Services Head start Program (http://www.earlysprouts.org/). Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All ages welcome, so invite your friends and family!

You can also make a donation to support the Early Sprouts Program by going here.

Sumner Knight Series:  Hayley Sebella, Mark Whitaker, Eva Walsh
Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Hayley Sebella, Mark Whitaker, Eva Walsh

  • 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 $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: 

Haley Sebella

"Hayley Sabella is a singer-songwriter / local farmer / earnest truth-seeker / independent woman / dork, who originally did her thing in her hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts and is now doing her thing in other places, too. Her first EP was released in December 2012. It was called Farm Fingers, and it showcased her warm, urgent style and graced a variety of venues over the past half-year. 

Her music feels like:

warm rainy days

a cup of tea

hugs

good advice

admitting your human frailty

Which is all very good. It is important, however, to see Hayley live, if you want to get a sense of what’s really going on here. Her live shows are energetic, thoughtful, sincere, and intimate. On stage, what you see is a well-dressed girl with a nice guitar and a rad haircut, dancing around a bit while singing about friends, family, God, and the problems we all have with all three of those things. What you are actually getting is a night with a full-formed honest-to-god human being, a beautiful soul, a dear friend, and a person you will want to watch over the years.

In other words: Hayley Sabella is art with a heartbeat. 

She is currently preparing for her next album, King Solomon, which will be ready and all over the internet in the near future."

hayleysabella.bandcamp.com

https://twitter.com/HayleySabella

Mark Whitaker:

is a banjo-wielding singer/songwriter from Boston, MA. Shaped by years of narrowly escaping threats from hostile banjo naysayers, Mark’s innovative playing style is sure not to offend, and likely to be enjoyed. His music draws from a range of influences including folk, blues, pop, and bluegrass. With rich vocals and thoughtful lyrics, Mark’s songs offer a fresh and introspective take on everyday emotions, as well as heavier subjects like crisis, heartbreak, heartburn, and heart repair.  In 2006, Mark became a founding member of the Boston-based acoustic instrumental band, Hickory Strings. Originally playing bass, he soon found himself contributing more and more banjo to meet the demands of the group’s eclectic repertoire. (He had recently been given an old banjo by the parent of a childhood friend.) Over the next several years he developed a distinctive style of banjo playing that drew upon his diverse musical background and strong foundation on piano and bass. He played banjo on three albums with Hickory Strings: Geoff Brown and Hickory Strings (2006), Patches (2008), and Duo (2011). He left the group in the spring of 2012 to focus on writing and performing his own original vocal music with banjo accompaniment.  He also frequently plays banjo with the modern bluegrass band, The Whiskey Boys.

Eva Walsh:

is a fun-loving folk-pop singer, fiddler and ukulele player from Boston who delivers a heartfelt performance of catchy original songs and smiles. Her new debut album “Storybook” is the product of her dazzling explorations of music and tells the stories of the heart with undeniably sweet sincerity.Hailing from 17 years of intense training and classical violin performance, Eva originally picked up the ukulele and a collection of other instruments as a stress-relieving hobby. Her musical curiosity grew into a passion and soon she began performing bluegrass, old-time, folk and jazz around Nashville, all while slowly working up her courage and signature sound as a folk-pop songwriter.Leaving her classical roots in Nashville, Eva is now a unique sound in the Boston music scene, performing frequently as a solo artist and adding her fiddle & voice to a growing number of respected Boston artists.

Sumner Knight Series:  Pesky J Nixon & Jim Colbert
Mar
22
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series: Pesky J Nixon & Jim Colbert

  • 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 $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!".

Jim Colbert

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.

 

Chocolate and Wine Tasting featuring Pocket Vinyl
Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

Chocolate and Wine Tasting featuring Pocket Vinyl

  • Unbridled Chocolates

Pocket Vinyl is a melodic mesh between a piano and a painting.

 

Pocket Vinyl is primarily a story of love. Eric Stevenson and Elizabeth Jancewicz met in 2009 and starting dating in early 2010. They went on their first tour in the summer of 2010 showcasing their unique show which includes a man who hits, beats, and slams a piano with his blistered fingers while a woman (a very beautiful woman) creates a brand new painting each night. Every show was different, and each show memorable to those who came.  Now hailing from New London, CT, they've played over 275 shows in over 25 states, hand make most of their merch, have created dozens of music videos, road documentaries, and other videos, as well as released 3 EPs and 2 full length albums. 

 

Now holding the flag of the Telegraph Recording Co., they're releasing their 3rd full length album, “Death Anxiety”, all centered around death, God, faith, doubt, and all the questions surrounding them.  But if the album sounds depressing, you're listening to it wrong. 

 

No matter where they're playing or who they're playing to, they always bring the intensity 100%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Website: www.pocketvinyl.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pocketvinyl

Bandcamp: www.pocketvinyl.bandcamp.com

 

Here's what people are saying about Pocket Vinyl:

 

Winner of 6 Whalie Awards out of New London, CT including:

-Best Indie Pop Band 2013

-Best Music Video 2013

-Best Alternative Band 2012

-Best Music Video 2012

-Pop/Rock Album of the Year for “Monsters Talking” 2012

-Song of the Year for “Quiet Epiphany” 2012

 

“Death Anxiety” hit #1 on veteran internet radio 3WK.com

 

“Most of all, I am moved and impressed by the honesty and boldness of the lyrics. The songs are powerful. Transparency is consistent and it makes me feel like I understand a thing or two about the two members of Piano Vinyl even if I’ve never spoken a word with them. More so, it makes me feel like they understand me.” - Sean Huncherick, I Am Tuned Up, rated “Death Anxiety” 2nd best album of 2013

 

"Art and music found true love in the marriage of Eric Stevenson and Elizabeth Jancewicz......The band’s 2011 release, Monsters Talking, is punctuated with trills of piano and dramatic vocals that verge on the operatic in instances. Stevenson can make a piano clang or sweetly sing a ballad, and with Jancewicz, the two make sweet, sweet music (and art)." - A.V. Club Indianapolis

 

"Pocket Vinyl sounds like powerful, piano based rock constructed around Eric Stevenson’s intricate songwriting, energetic musicianship and smooth vocals. As if that’s not enough, there is so much more to this band than meets the ear. Pocket Vinyl is as much about the visual experience as it is about the music; Elizabeth Jancewicz, on stage artist and wife of Stevenson, completes the second half of this duo.

Accompanying Stevenson and his piano on stage, Jancewicz trades instrument for paintbrush, creating an original work of art at every show. These paintings, often character based and always vibrantly colorful, bring the music to life in front of your eyes." - lastfret.com

 

“This guy has some chops...His music is very compositional with layers of piano melodies and beautiful arrangements.” - Boom Boom Chic

 

“Piano driven soundtracks with occasional orchestration and lyrics of longing and heart-on-the-sleeve emoting. There is a driving forward and a swirl of drums and synthesized cymbals all to punctuate the whole. These are songs where you want to print out the lyrics and spend time with, as you would an emotional journal entry from an absent loved one.” - Heroes of Indie Music