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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.