Artober, Punk'N Fest and Pumpkins


October 14, 2014

Saturday’s weather is looking great for the Keene Pumpkin Festival, with lots of music to be had. In addition to the entertainment sponsored by the Festival, two other musical events are happening downtown – Artober near the Monadnock Food Coop and the annual Punk’N Fest  at the Center of Keene.

Pumpkin Festival

Entertainment hosted by the Keene Pumpkin Festival happens at the gazebo in Central Square. Much of the musical line-up comes from Boston: there is Irish folk music by The Auld Locals,  originals and favorite covers by award-winning teen rockers  p.o.p. Alert, and early Beatles music by Studio Two. Local band Bat Magoon plays country, rock and R&B favorites and originals at 2:00 and at 3:45, Keene’s own Santa Croce Band takes the stage.  This 6 piece family band has been getting lots of attention for their intricate harmonies, uplifting songs, and captivating stage presence.  Here is a photo of them last year at the Pumpkin Fest: Santa Croce at Pumpkin Fest

Punk’N Fest

What a better addition to a Halloween fest than Punk Rock?  Zombie Beatdown organizes and kicks off this annual musical event that takes place at the Center of Keene by Little Zoe’s  from noon – 5:00.   Check out their Trauma Weekend  CD while you read more about the line-up...

Zombie Beatdown Trauma Weekend

Progressive pop-rockers Sleeping Terms comes from Chesterfield and The Pretty Corpses is an alternative punk rock trio from Claremont. No Sudden Movements hails from just over the Massachusetts border and brings hard rock music to the event. Jordan Holmes, vocalist/guitar player for the band, follows with a solo set.  The Punk’n Fest ends with a performance by Jonee Earthquake,  who describe themselves on their Facebook Page as Boston area punk rock pirates playing a mix of surf•rockabilly•country punk• garage rock and whatever else we feel like playing!

Artober - Carve Out Space for the Arts

Artober is a multisensory event that combines live local music with an interactive sculpture garden.  It happens at the amphitheatre by the Monadnock Food Coop. Six artists and four musical acts perform from noon until 6:00.  Great Groove Theory gets the music started with blues, followed by orginals and rock covers by the Colin Isotti Band. Hip-hop artist Adeem takes the stage at 3:30, and indie rock band Hug the Dog closes the show at 5:00.

Hug the Dog in concert

Hug the Dog delighted the crowd at the Keene Music Festival over Labor Day weekend.  Click here for their performance of People Don’t Change.

Artober is organized by Machina Arts, a collective founded to support artists and musicians and provide alternative spaces for showcasing art. On Friday night, Machina Arts will hold a Pumpkin Fest Dance Party at Scores starting at 9:00.  All events are free.


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Monadnotes promotes live music opportunities in the southwestern New Hampshire area. We list musicians, venues, community ensembles, and events in Keene, Peterborough, Milford, Henniker and surrounding towns, as well as in the greater Connecticut River Valley and Pioneer Valley regions.  Monadnotes has the most complete calendar listing of events and continues to expand.  Contact us to be listed on our website.