Music Festival Sounds Off in Keene, NH

On Saturday, September 3, the Keene Music Festival will be held in Keene, NH from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The festival is held throughout downtown Keene and will feature more than 90 bands. The festival, in its 11th year, is free for everyone.

The Keene Music Festival starts on Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. with a concert by bluegrass/fusion/roots band Jatoba. The performance takes place at Railroad Square on Main Street. Then on Saturday, the music kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at the Art in the Park event located in Ashuelot Park on West Street with Tom Horsky playing the blues.

With more than 90 acts scheduled to perform, there is something for everyone. Acts include bluegrass, country, indie, rock, alternative, grundge, folk, singer/songwriter, world music, Americana, American tribal, pop, rap, jam bam, metal, punk, and much more. The performers are a mix of local and regional acts; some are up and coming while others have been performing at the festival for years.

This year, the venues include City Tire, Miller Brothers Alley, Art in the Park, Good Fortune, The Silo Stage, Lindy’s, Keene Fresh Salad, Church Street, Railroad Square, The Starving Artist, the Gazebo, Heberton Hall, McCue’s and Nicola’s.

The event is an all volunteer event. The organizers, performers and the local merchants work together to make the event, which is held every Labor Day weekend, happen. Cheshire TV, the local public access channel, is usually on hand to record many of the performances.

If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event, you can contact them through their Web site. The Web site has links to pictures from past festivals, videos on YouTube and their Facebook page.

For more information and the schedule of performers, visit them on the Web at

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