Zach Benton Releases The Salem Album

Zach Benton has had a busy few months since we talked last summer.  He released two full-length albums –  Off the Benton Track in September and The Salem Album in April. He hosts a television show, does live performances in and around Keene, and is embarking on some new projects. … Continue reading

Open Mic Reflections

August 15, 2016 Guest blog by Gordon Peery I first played open mics in the Monadnock region back in the mid seventies. I was working as a cook at the Folkway and often got to participate in their Wednesday open mic program, as well as the Nelson Coffeehouse that was … Continue reading

Homegrown Music Festivals

August 14, 2016 The Monadnock region hosts many music festivals, for all genres of music, at many different locations.  Big or small, you have a chance to hear bands  – favorites or new – with a scenic backdrop that offers a multi-sensory experience.  One type of venue in this area … Continue reading

Catching Up with Zach Benton

August 6, 2016 Zach Benton has been keeping quite busy in the two years since I first got to talk to him about his music and thoughts about the music industry.  For those who are not familiar with Zach, his music evokes a rhythm and blues feel with his high, … Continue reading

Coffeehouses in the Monadnock Region

March 23, 2016 Coffeehouses have been part of the American scene since the 1950’s, serving up music, beverages and light fare, conversation, and a welcoming place to meet up with friends and neighbors.  Coffeehouses are part of the music scene in the Monadnock region as well – some with open … Continue reading

Nelson’s Candies Serves Up the Blues

World-class blues acts come to Wilton about a dozen times a year to play at Local’s Café on Main Street in Wilton.  Brainchild of Nelson’s Candies’ owner Doug Nelson, the café is a side room to the candy shop with comfortable seating for about 50 people.  The room is long, … Continue reading

The Musical Town of Nelson NH

One of the first towns I heard about when I moved to New Hampshire was Nelson and its many musicians and organizations. There’s Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Nelson Town Band, Trip to Nelson, Monadnock Folklore Society, Hunt and Allison, Yeehaw Jihad, – and I wondered, Why is it … Continue reading

Music at The Wreck Room

May 19, 2015 When the Ayala family opened La Mia Casa in Peterborough in October, 2012, they always had a music venue in mind.  And about two years later, that dream has now become a reality with shows being booked every weekend and lots of calls coming in from bands … Continue reading

Music and Dining at J.P. Stephen’s in Rindge

April 22, 2015 J.P. Stephen’s Restaurant and Tavern has brought in an executive chef, created new seasonal menus, and added more hours.  But the same friendly service, welcoming ambiance, and good live music remain part of the JP Stephen’s experience. Located in a mill built in 1790, J.P. Stephen’s sits … Continue reading

New Horizons, New Beginnings

April 15, 2015 When free-lance musician Donna Morse attended a New Horizons Camp in Waterville Maine, the experience inspired her to start a band in the Monadnock region. “It was a blast, like a Band Camp for adults of all ages.” she recalls. “There were rehearsals and master classes and bands … Continue reading