I don’t know if this is a record, but as of this writing there are more than thirty listings this weekend in the calendar for music in the greater Monadnock region. There is plenty of folk, rock and classical, and the spring season brings annual and semi-annual concerts from local community groups. Here is a very small sampling of the wide variety of options available:
Local punk rockers Zombie Beatdown brings an outdoor show Friday night beginning at 5:00. Founder and bass player Eric Hedin is a champion of free local music, and his band plays punk with a heavy dose of humor. Sponsored by Local Burger, the concert is free.
It’s been a while since the Jandee Lee Porter has played at the Mole Hill Theatre and she’s expecting to pack the house once again. She will perform originals and country favorites for a benefit on Saturday beginning at 8:00. This is a family friendly, community – BYO drinks and snacks. $10.
Pianist Nicholas Burns and Violinist Louisa Stonehill return to Keene State College on Saturday for their third performance. On the program are pieces by Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Janacek. Tickets are $30 and the concert starts at 7:30.
Music for Heroes is a benefit concert of popular music for Wounded Warriors. All of the performers are from the Monadnock region with impressive resumes, including Tom Rousseau, Bob Rutherford and Friends, Dragonfly and The Shana Stack Band. Saturday’s concert is appropriate for all ages and begins at 7:30; tickets are $50.
Choral – Youth
Sunday brings a special performance by the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, an auditioned chorus of young singers aged 7 – 18, when they celebrate founder Maria Belva’s twenty years of visioning, directing and conducting. The program – In Endless Song – includes pieces by Gerald Finzi, Nick Page, David Vernier, and others. The finale is a commissioned piece by Jim Papoulis, performed by the chorus and alumni. The concert is at Peterborough Town House at 3:00 – tickets are $10, $5 for youth.