MUSIC, COMEDY and MORE
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DOWN ON THE FARM
Knock on Wood, my folk-rock duo, kicks off the summer season June 16 with our annual show at
the Marblehead Farmers Market. It starts at 9:15 in the morning and goes until 11:30. It's a little
scary thinking about what time I need to get up for that gig but it's always a fun time.
Then we're at the Salem Farmers Market on Thursday, June 28, from 5-7 p.m. (no early morning
As I've said before, there's nothing quite like the combination of fresh vegetables and acoustic
music – they're both good for your health – so stop by if you're in the area. There's no charge for
either. More info: click here.
In July, the big outdoor summer concerts begin. We have seven outdoor shows that month and
five in August. It all starts with a July 8 evening concert in Ashburnham. Click here for details.
For these shows, I am joined by either Joe Kessler or Steve Latanision, who both play fiddle and
mandolin. We don't do any traditional folk music (not that there’s anything wrong with it), opting
instead for a lot of classic rock and a bunch of my songs. Bring a beach chair or a blanket and hang
out for a couple of hours. Trust me, it'll be fun.
We also have some indoor concerts booked during the summer. For our complete schedule, videos
and other assorted propaganda, click here.
THINK GLOBAL, PLAY LOCAL
I've been fortunate enough to book a couple of outdoor Knock on Wood concerts within shouting
distance of my home in Melrose. The first is a concert on the Malden Library lawn on Wednesday,
Aug.1. The next month, on Sept. 13, we'll be making our debut at the Melrose Farmers Market.
It's always exciting to be playing in front of the hometown fans (if I'm lucky and the weather is
good, maybe they'll both show up). So if you're from the Malden-Melrose area, please check it out.
So far, I've done six of my musical baseball shows and the response has been great. I sing original
baseball songs, do some baseball trivia, tell a few stories and chat with the audience. Plus, I get
paid. What a country. We even do "Sweet Caroline." Everybody dresses up in Red Sox gear and
it's quite a festive occasion.
They're held in senior centers around the greater Boston area. I've got five of these shows left
(two in May and three in June). So if you're into baseball and music – or just want to see
something different – I strongly suggest attending one. Even though the shows are free, most of
the senior centers require reservations so please call ahead. In some cases, food is served (hot
dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, etc.) for a minimal charge.
The next one is this Tuesday, May 8, in Taunton. For more info (and schedule of remaining baseball
shows), see www.howienewman.com/baseball-show.
Hope to see you soon. The weather is finally getting nice.
Here's my concert schedule.