Ken Lelen

Ken Lelen
Ken Lelen sings great American ragtime, jazz & swing and performs with vintage acoustic guitars for an authentic, back-in-the day sound.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2019  Concert  Schedule    —    Now Booking Our 20th Year
Date           Host / Venue      —      Location                     Concert Theme
March  16    Westfield Memorial Library                    Kingston Trio Redux
                   Westfield NJ  —
March  18    Proprietor's Green, Marshfield MA           Big Band Idols
March  20    Shannondell-Ashcroft, Audubon PA         T  B  A
March  22    Carroll Lutheran Vlg, Westminster MD     Big Band Idols
March  24    East Greenbush Community Library      Hollywood Souvenirs
                   East Greenbush NY  —
Apr       4     Springhill, Erie PA                                    Juke Joint Jive
Apr       9     Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                         Big Band Idols
May     29     Greendale Club, Worcester MA                Hollywood Souvenirs
May     30     Arbors, Manchester CT                            T  B  A
June      7     Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk VA               T  B  A
June    20    Wilmington Memorial Library                 In The Mood
                    Wilmington MA  —
Sept    25    Heath Village, Hackettstown NJ               Great American Cabaret
Sept    30    Jenners Pond, West Grove PA                  T B A
Oct      15    Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                         Speak Easy Jazz
Oct      16    Bermuda Village, Advance NC                 T  B  A
Oct      28    Shannondell-Bradford, Audubon PA         T  B  A
Oct      29    Carroll Lutheran Vlg, Westminster MD      Hollywood Souvenirs
Oct      30     Springhill, Erie PA                                    In The Mood
Nov       6     Greendale Club, Worcester MA                 Big Band Idols
Nov       7     Arbors, Manchester CT                             Big Band Idols
© 2019 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 26, 2018

Concert  Themes
Updated  for  2019  concert  season
© 2018 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - 1936
The program themes offered in Vintage Music Concerts trace musical, romantic and historic ideas with amusing anecdotes, savory musings & wry comments. Audiences say their favorite tunes and fond musical memories are seasoned with wit and warmth, while hosts report these program themes are easy to promote.

Vintage Music Concerts feature hand-crafted ragtime, jazz, swing, folk and pop music, and use vintage acoustic guitars to re-create the back-in-the-day sound. Here are the 24 Concert Themes offered by Vintage Music Concerts in the current season.

Great American Cabaret
Back in the day couples dated, dined and danced at cabarets, supper clubs, hotels, restaurants and night clubs, so our concert offers the standards, ballads and jazz hits of saloon singers, ballroom bands and jazz combos.

Big Band Idols
Concert of songs immortalized by vocalists, musicians and band leaders who fronted Big Bands, jazz combos and society orchestras during the Swing Era.

Irving Berlin's memorable 1920 masterpiece
Ragtime Rascals
Concert offers hot sweet jazz renditions with the memorable tunes, clever lyrics and rapid rhythms loved by flappers, doughboys and bootleggers and spread by radio, talkies, 78s and tin lizzies.

When Love Was Nifty
In the decade before Elvis and his rowdy friends arrived, American pop music shifted its focus to appeal to both adult interests and youthful ideas of romance.

She Did It Her Way
Concert celebrates lives, romances, careers and hits of female vocalists and recording artists such as Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Patti Page, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, Judy Garland, Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey, Helen Forrest and others.

He Did It His Way
Concert celebrates lives, romances, careers and hits of male vocalists and band leaders such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Gene Autry, Johnny Mercer, Artie Shaw and others.

Radio Ramblers
Americans once used console, tabletop or portable devices to hear music, news, drama, comedy, games, sports, shopping and gossip of the day, so our concert salutes the songs, singers and shows of radio's heyday.

Juke Joint Jive
Memorable toe-tappin' hits favored by lindy hoppers, stage door johnnies, zoo suiters, swingshift maisies, jitter buggers, drugstore cowboys & bobby soxers.

Speak Easy Jazz
Concert of record, jukebox and radio hits by the artists who were progenitors of American jazz: Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Isham Jones, Paul Whiteman, Mildred Bailey, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Richard Whiting et al.

Composer Jimmy McHugh and
lyricist Dorothy Fields - 1933
Sunny Side Of The Street
Concert of mirthful songs meant to soften the Great Depression's bite, offer pithy romantic advice and poke fun at society’s upper crust.

Legendary Love Songs
Concert offers fountain of amorous lyrics & memorable tunes to evoke old flames, moonlit nights, romantic affairs, heartthrobs and heartaches.

Torch Song Embers
Concert plays bittersweet, wistful and romantic songs for folks who idolize the One Who Got Away, can't seem to forget a misbegotten lover or still romanticize a long-ago tryst.

Kingston Trio Redux
The Kingston Trio changed the course of pop music for 10 years from the late 1950s to late 1960s. They became America's most envied, imitated and successful pop group as they gathered a repertoire from numerous sources — urban and rural folk, calypso, folk rock, Broadway show tunes and Americana — and spun their arrangements into commercial success on college campuses, in coffee houses and with hit records.

Broadway Mementos
Tunes Great White Way producers used to advance story lines, tout ingénues and draw income from sheet music, records, juke box, movies and radio airplay.

Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) and admirer
Hollywood Souvenirs
Song selection gave movie makers ways to turn celluloid dramas & zany comedies into hits. You’ll be surprised how many tunes you remember.

Singer - Songwriters
Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood lost their grip on pop music in the 1960s when talented upstarts such as Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Carole King, Gordon Lightfoot and others wrote, recorded and sold many hit records.

Composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin
Tin Pan Alley Cats
Songs & stories behind the hits of Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart et al.

In The Mood
Concert offers a bouquet of romantic tunes from the war-torn 1940s that first gave pop music its emotional depth and evoked a nostalgic mood that resonated with folks on the Home Front and Front Lines.

American Songsters
Songs, stories and hits by composers, performers and musical scamps of the 20th Century. Many worked far from the limelight of Tin Pan Alley, yet spawned the musical genres we know today as bluegrass, folk, cowboy, blues, R & B, ragtime, country, country 'n western, and western swing.

Dustbowl balladeer Woodrow Wilson Guthrie in 1943
Prairie Poets 
Songs, stories and cultural impact of American artist-performers Woody Guthrie (Okema OK) and Bob Dylan (Duluth MN) and Canadian artist-performers Gordon Lightfoot (Toronto ON) and Ian Tyson (Victoria BC).

Concert offers great American ragtime, jazz and swing tunes from the 20th Century paired with vintage acoustic guitars made in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s for an authentic, back-in-the-day sound

Folk Song Boomers
Concert of popular topical, folk, traditional and protest songs that were sing-along anthems for America's post-WWII generation during the 1950s & 1960s.

MidCentury Marvels
A concert of great tunes from the 20th Century's juicy middle — before musical tastes were assaulted by bubble gum, disco, bossa nova and stadium singers.

Bye Bye Blues
Concert features the hit tunes of the 1930s that young people called their own because it featured memorable lyrics, rhythmic music for dancing and the singers who were popular on the radio, jukebox and movie screens.

© 2018 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 19, 2018

2018  Concert  Schedule           —         FINAL
Date        Community / Venue   —   Location            Concert Theme
Mar    3     Greenwood Lake Public Library             Tin Pan Alley Cats
                 Greenwood Lake NY
Mar   26     Jenners Pond, West Grove PA                 Sunny Side of the Street
Apr   14     Rodgers Memorial Library                     Big Band Idols
                 Hudson NH
Apr   24     Shannondell - Ashcroft, Audubon PA      Torch Song Embers
May  17      Springhill, Erie PA                                  Great American Cabaret
May  19      Cross Keys Village, New Oxford PA         He Did It His Way
May  27      Applewood, Freehold NJ                         She Did It Her Way
June   8      Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk VA               He Did It His Way
June   9      Enoch Pratt Free Library - SE Anchor    She Did It Her Way
                 Baltimore MD —
June  12      Widows & Widowers Club, Monroe NJ    MidCentury Melodies
June  13      Linden Public Library                             Hollywood Souvenirs
                 Linden NJ —
July    7      Plattekill Public Library                         Speak Easy Jazz
                 Plattekill NY — PlattekillLibrary
July   12     Arbors, Manchester CT                            She Did It Her Way
July   14     West Orange Public Library                  Juke Joint Jive
                 West Orange NJ —
July   16     West Milford Twp Library                     In The Mood
                 West Milford NJ —
July   27      Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                       She Did It Her Way
July   29     Oakcrest, Parkville MD                            In The Mood
Aug   11     Homewood, Frederick MD                        Vintage Roadshow
Aug   12     Fauquier County Public Library             Tin Pan Alley Cats
                 Warrenton VA —
Sep   26     Greendale Men's Club, Worcester MA       MidCentury Melodies
Sep   28     Havenwood, Concord NH                         In The Mood
Oct    10     Jenners Pond, West Grove PA                  Torch Song Embers
Oct   29     Shannondell - Bradford, Audubon PA       Tin Pan Alley Cats
Nov    8      Bermuda Village, Advance NC                 Great American Cabaret
Nov    9      Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                         Juke Joint Jive
Nov  16      BayWoods, Annapolis MD                         He Did It His Way
Nov   28      Heath Village, Hackettstown NJ                   Torch Song Embers
Dec    8      South Plainfield Public Library               Juke Joint Jive
                South Plainfield NJ — SouthPlainfieldLibrary
Dec  17     Attleboro Village, Langhorne PA       Tin Pan Alley Cats
© 2018 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved