Sumner Knight Series Presets:  GENNA AND JESSE
Nov
27
7:00 pm19:00

Sumner Knight Series Presets: GENNA AND JESSE

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Genna & Jesse are defined by a unique alchemy born of the quirky chemistry, intricate vocal harmonies and ardent storytelling which infuse their songwriting and vibrant performances. With whispers (and sometimes roars) of folk, blue-eyed soul, jazz, blues, torch song, and popular music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, their self-chosen genre “retro soul pop” doesn’t fully encompass what they conjure up in their joyful live shows and sensual, deliberate albums. These two shrug off music industry conventions in favor of doing what feels good, and this genre-defying dedication to being current and free has an exciting and irresistible effect.

Drawing inspiration from their romantic nomadic lifestyle, Genna & Jesse might best be described as modern troubadours, generously offering listeners glimpses of their always-moving world with something fresh, true and genuinely independent.

Genna & Jesse are currently touring internationally to promote their newest release, "Asphalt Rhapsody.” Their ongoing tour, which includes club venues, house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible. 
 

Virginia Eskin and Jose Lezcano: The Sumner Knight Series
May
28
7:00 pm19:00

Virginia Eskin and Jose Lezcano: The Sumner Knight Series

  • 0 Chapel Drive Keene, NH

Virginia Eskin is a classical pianist with a large and  varied repertoire. She has championed and recorded music written by American composers (Edward MacDowell,Arthur Foote,  George Chadwick, George Gershwin and many others); women composers such as  Amy Beach,  Ruth Crawford Seeger, Louise Talma,  Marion Bauer, and  Vítìzslava Kaprálová; and music written by composers who perished during the Holocaust. Virginia has also gained a reputation as a ragtime specialist and has found and recorded neglected works by American women. She created the “Ragtime Project” consisting of four CDs on the KOCH label and has appeared at the annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. Most recent programs include  a concert for U.S. Embassy in Reykavik, Iceland, a recital tour of Croatia, a presentation of works by African American women composers at Boston University, and a recital at the U.S. embassy in Madrid

 

Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an excellent guitarist as well as an imaginative composer,”  Jose Lezcano is a twice Grammy-nominated composer and performer who hasperformed on four continents. His programs featuring traditional and Latin American repertory, and his own original Latin-inspired compositions have taken him as recitalist, collaborative musician, and concerto soloist from Carnegie Recital Hall and the North-South Consonance Series in New York City to major venues and festivals in Spain, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Crete, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic and Germany.  In November 2014, Jose appeared as soloist with the Portsmouth Symphony in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, a cornerstone of the Spanish guitar repertory. He has  he served as Artist in Residence at the Studios of Key West where he completed a commission for Duo Amaral; the Key West Suite for two guitars. Other recent performances include the Cuban premiere of his “Poemas Concertantes at the 27th Festival of Contemporary Music in Havana. Commissions and premieres include Fantasia Latina for guitar and harp, (2015 Centro del Mundo Festival in Quito, Ecuador), and “Canciones de Ausencia” (2015 Barcelona Festival of Song).

 

The Vice President & Phileep:  The Sumner Knight Series
Apr
9
7:30 pm19:30

The Vice President & Phileep: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Come join Vice President for an intimate acoustic performance to celebrate the release of his first album. Also be sure to check out the heartfelt soul searchings of the immensely talented Phileep. 

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.

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. 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

Set Times:

Phileep- 7:30pm
Vice President- 8:30pm

Sumner Knight Series:  The Pedroia String Quartet
Apr
1
7:30 pm19:30

Sumner Knight Series: The Pedroia String Quartet

  • Sumner Knight Chapel


THE PEORIA STRING QUARTET:

The Pedroia String Quartet is one of the most exciting new groups to appear on the New England chamber music stage. Combining youthful energy with deep experience, they play with force, nuance and mastery.  

This appearance under the auspices of the Keene Music Festival is a special coming together of the hauntingly beautiful acoustics of the Sumner Knight Chapel, with the compelling playing of the Pedroia String Quartet. The program is both diverse and satisfying, ranging from the sparkling humor of Haydn, to the strange and wonderful sonorities of Stravinsky, and finishing with the deep, intense romanticism of Mendelssohn; a piece he wrote after losing his dearest sister Fanny and fraught with tragedy and poignancy.  

 

Musician the Dock:  TheColorOrange and Jake McKelvie & The Countertops
Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

Musician the Dock: TheColorOrange and Jake McKelvie & The Countertops

  • Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery

The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery and the Keene Music Festival proudly announce a co-sponsored upcoming public event, “Music on the Dock,” with two of the areas favorite bands from this years’ music festival, Jake McKelvie & the Countertops and TheColorOrange.

 

October 29 2015

Music on the Dock Presents TheColorOrange and Jake McKelvie & the Countertops

DJ at 7pm; bands from 7:30 — 9pm; apple cider donuts and hot beverages throughout

The loading dock at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College

Co-presenterS

Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene Music Festival and Keene State College

Free and open to the public

There will be a scavenger hunt as well!!

You nave been warned....

 

Annie Lynch and Dietrich  Strause:  The Sumner Knight Series
Oct
24
7:00 pm19:00

Annie Lynch and Dietrich Strause: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

ANNIE LYNCH:

  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

 

DEITRICH STRAUSE: 

Dietrich Strause owns one of the finer collections of songs on the Boston music scene. Strause’s creations come at you first with their simple charm, a lot of which resides in his gentle persona and friendly attitude. It’s hard not to like this kid. And this kid is as mature and tested as any of his local songwriting elders. His first gigs were as a trumpet player at biker bars in central Pennsylvania. He was only 15. He moved to Boston after attending Oberlin College four years ago because there was extra room in the van when he was helping his friend move into law school. He’s worked as a dog-walker, a subject in medical research studies, and records music for Chinese textbooks. All of this comes out in his own music, which is a comfortable and careful mix of real journeys, clever literary references, and striking imagery. You can tell he’s grateful for his skills as a songwriter. With two full-length albums in less than three years, he’s certainly embraced it. Strause’s songs are versatile—personal, but universal enough to hook the masses. He is currently working on his third full length album with his live band and frequent collaborators; an outfit of some of the Boston area’s finest musicians, who have toured and recorded with Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, and Ray Lamontagne.   He has shared the stage with artists such as The David Wax Museum, Ben Sollee, and Brown Bird.

Jake McKelvie and the Countertops & Doctor Gasp: The Sumner Knight Series
Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

Jake McKelvie and the Countertops & Doctor Gasp: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

Jake Mckelvie and the Countertops


"They’re a busy band, Jake McKelvie and The Countertops. They drive their bouncy indie-rock all over New England. As a result, Solid Chunks of Energy has a show-honed tightness. 
Jake writes words that fit his voice: morose, indignant, and above-all, weird. He sings as a character perpetually fed-up, someone petty and selfish.  His long lines and constant rhyming brings to mind the most playful side of Bob Dylan. The words convey a real sense of a mind wandering, sometimes to claims as strange as, “Just forget about watching over me because I am the one who guards the angels.” You just never know where he’s going with something.

The band (wisely) prioritizes the lyrics, playing a rocking, supportive backdrop. The drums impel the right amount of punk-rock out of the upbeat songs, but settle in nicely for the slower songs. The bass follows the Ben Folds Five precedent for indie rock trios––getting away with more showiness than would fly if there were another guitar or if Jake were a busier guitarist. Overall, the rhythm section finds a good balance, rewarding but not stealing your attention with the music behind the verses. A variety of bass tones help prevent the album from settling into one flavor. "

                                                                  (excerpt of review by Tyler Burdwood)

Doctor Gasp

Do you distaste the flavor of wax lips? Throat sore from cackling like a phantom? Well... don't lose your head! Haunting can be daunting... and to be Frank; a pain in the neck! This season leave all the ghoulishness to that maniacal minstrel... Doctor Gasp! Beneath the mask of this phantom is a New England folk musician Dan Blakeslee with his unique bag of all original songs of Halloween oozing with vampires and ghastly creeps.

 

Chonghyo Shin:  The Sunday Social Series
Sep
27
1:00 pm13:00

Chonghyo Shin: The Sunday Social Series

  • 303 Court St Keene, NH, 03431 United States

Chonghyo Shin, a native of Seoul, Korea, received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she also taught in the preparatory division. She has participated in master classes with Alfred Brendel, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Jeanne-Marie Darré, and also studied privately with Nadia Reisenberg and Stell Anderson. Mrs. Shin has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Orchestra and the Windham Community Orchestra. She has given solo recitals and concerts of chamber music throughout New England.

Mrs. Shin taught at the Preparatory Division of The New England Conservatory and the music school where she served as Faculty Dean and head of the piano department. Teaching piano has been her passion for the last fifty years and many of her former students are well known performers and teachers. she serves on the adjunct piano faculty at Amherst College where she has taught for twelve years.

Mrs. Shin has three adult children and six grandchildren.

The Accident That Lead Me to the World:  The Sumner Knight Series
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

The Accident That Lead Me to the World: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel

The Accident That Led Me To The World is an all-acoustic, non-percussive chamber folk trio from Massachusetts. The name was derived from a song that band member Mark Mandeville (guitar, banjo, vocals) wrote called "The Accident That Led Me To The World," which he then elaborated into the concept of an allegorical narrative involving a boy who sails away to an island to be alone. From this concept sprung an entire album's worth of songs, and Mandeville incorporated Raianne Richards (guitar, clarinet, vocals) and Zack Ciras (upright bass) to flesh out the material.

The result was the eponymous 2006 debut released on Nobody's Favorite Records, an angular, concise mixture of bluegrass picking, sea chantey sing-a-longs, and folk singer-songwriting. This release was followed by 2008's The Island Gospel, more expansive, more focused, and more lyrical than its predecessor, and which also travels a more country-driven direction. The Island Gospel also continues the allegorical narrative concept that was begun on the first album, and both albums feature artwork which illustrates the narrative.

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.

Sunday Social Series:  Virginia Eskin
Aug
30
1:00 pm13:00

Sunday Social Series: Virginia Eskin

  • 137 Court St Keene, NH, 03431 United States

Virginia Eskin:


Pianist Virginia Eskin has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Annapolis, Buffalo, Louisville, New Hampshire, Rochester, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Utah Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Classical, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Boston Pops. She has also performed as a soloist with the New York City and Boston Ballet Companies, at Morgan Library in New York and Jordan Hall in Boston, and in concert halls and museums throughout the United States and Europe.

Among the highlights of her recent seasons were: a recital tour of Croatia (June 2014), a presentation of works by African American women composers at Boston University (March 2014), a recital at the U.S. embassy in Madrid (January 2014), performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466, with the Augusta (Maine) Symphony (April 2013). In 2009 she premiered Vítezslava Kaprálová ‘s “Partita” with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston at Jordan Hall and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No. 3 and No. 5 with the Boston Civic Symphony.

In 2007, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Edward MacDowell's death, Ms. Eskin performed his Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and with Boston's Civic Symphony at Jordon Hall. She has continued her lengthy collaboration with the Portland String Quartet, with whom she performed the Amy Beach Quintet to open their 2008-09 season.

A native of San Diego, California, she studied in London with Gina Bachauer and Dame Myra Hess. She developed a strong interest in Spanish music during a four-year appointment at the International Institute in Madrid, 1983-1987.

 

Her many recordings include works by American composers Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Rebecca Clark and George Chadwick. With the Hawthorne Quartet she recorded “Chamber Music from Theresienstadt” (Channel Classics), “Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor” (Koch), and “Silenced Voices” (Northeastern). She recorded Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet” with the Portland String Quartet (Arabesque). Her “Ragtime Project” includes “Fluffy-Ruffle Girls” (Koch 1999), “American Beauties: The Rags of Joseph Lamb” (Koch 2000 re-release), and “Spring Beauties” (Koch 1998). She has also recorded works by American composers Mrs. H.H.A. Beach (Koch), Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford (Albany). In 2008 Koch released her premiere recording of works by Czech composer Vítezslava Kaprálová, which received praise in newspapers and music journals throughout Europe.

She is adjunct professor music at Keene State College, which in 2009 awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in recognition recognize her contributions to women's music.

 

Karen & The Sorrows:  The Sumner Knight Series
Aug
22
7:00 pm19:00

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 Gazette) New 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.

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. 
 

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.