[feather_share] April 20, 2015
The Sumner Knight Chapel is a venue that is the region’s best kept secret. Organized by the Keene Music Festival, all of the shows in the series are acoustic, and feature local and regional acts. The monthly series continues with a concert Saturday night by Cold Chocolate.
“There’s something about the acoustics that makes performers want to come back to this venue,” said Keene Music festival director Kevin Dremel. “The high ceilings, stone, and wood create a reverberant space that makes it shine for acoustic instruments and voice. The room lets performers showcase their music in its native and natural state.”
Last year’s season included Mark Erelli, Tracey Grammer, and the Winterpills. Upcoming shows feature the return of Ljova and The Kontraband and Annie Lynch (of Annie and the Beekeepers), as well as Arc Iris. Local acts slated to perform this season include Tara Greenblatt Band and a metal-acoustic concert with Zombie Beatdown, Lobotomobile and Yeehaw Jihad.
Cold Chocolate performs on Saturday. Here is their performance of "Operator".
In 1930, the city of Keene accepted a bequest of $50,000 from the will of Marcus Knight to build a chapel in memory of his father, Sumner Knight. It has seating for 150 people.
The Sumner Knight Chapel is located in the Woodlawn NED Cemetery. The most straightforward way to get there is to head north on Lincoln Street, which runs alongside the cemetery. The main gate has a Keene Music Festival banner directing you towards the chapel.
The suggested donation for the concerts range between $10 - 20. All proceeds go to the renovation of the chapel, including the upgrade of its heating system. Concert goers may bring up to three canned goods for $1.00/item discount. There is also a season pass available to all of the shows.
The Sumner Knight Series hosts monthly shows from March – October. For more information about the series and upcoming shows, go to keenemusicfestival.org.