The Keene Music Festival Organization was founded in 2000 by a group of volunteers who were dedicated to bring local music to the greater Keene community. Our mission is "creating community through music", by which we create and manage the annual Keene Music Festival. The festival takes place on Labor Day weekend every Summer, which features over 80 performers playing on 15 stages across downtown Keene throughout the entire day. In addition to the festival, The Keene Music Festival organization provides the community and local organizations with charitable events and technical support. We create opportunities for local, regional, and national musicians to perform in the area throughout the year in our venues and concert series, sponsor and promote concerts and other events to raise money for local charities, and provide technical support for other organizations that desire to have live music as part of their experience.
Our Venues and Concert Series
THE SUMNER KNIGHT SERIES
The Sumner Knight Series is a set of concerts that features acoustic performers in an all natural, acoustically exquisite venue. The venue is located in the Woodland NED Cemetery in Keene, NH and is an intimate place to see musicians perform without any type of amplification. These shows ask for a nominal donation, with all profits going towards the renovation of the chapel. You can find out about our upcoming shows by looking at our Events Calendar.
LITTLE ZOE'S ACOUSTIC SLICE
The Little Zoe's Pizza Acoustic Slice occurs Thursday evenings during the summer, and feature performers at LIttle Zoe's Take N' Bake at The Center of Keene on Gilbo Avenue in Keene, NH. The shows are free of charge and are a great way to spend a summer evening. We'll be posting a schedule as it develops on our Events Calendar.
The Sunday Social Series is done in concert 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. For details on dates and locations, please go to our Event Calendar.
ROBIN HOOD PARK SERIES
In an effort to provide more opportunities for local musicians, the Keene Music Festival is introducing a new series to be held at Robin Hood Park in Keene, NH. This series features local bands at the parks wonderful ampitheater on Saturday afternoons throughout the summer.
Sweet Tea Picnic
The Sweet Tae Picnic is an annual event to support the Keene Community Kitchen and the Sumner Knight Chapel. The event includes a day long barbeque, live old-time music, and of course homemade sweet tea! It is located at the Sumner Knight Chapel and the surrounding grounds. It's a great family event, where community members come, sing, dance, eat, and give back to the community. A donation of canned goods is highly encouraged to support the Community Kitchen.
Rock The Sprouts
Rock the Sprouts is a semi-annual concert to help fund the Early Sprouts' curriculum at the Head Start programs in the region. This program teaches kids about gardening and provides a pound of fresh vegetables to each child every month during the growing season.
This amazing program only requires $2500.00 per year, and is a great way to support children and families in our community.