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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

2017  Concert  Schedule

Date       Community   or   Venue   and   Location             Concert Theme
Feb    23     Pine Run, Doylestown PA                       When Love Was Nifty
Mar     2      Friends Village, Woodstown NJ              Juke Joint Jive
Mar    11     Old Bridge Public Library                      Juke Joint Jive
                 Old Bridge NJ   —   732-721-5600
Mar    28      Jefferson's Ferry, South Setauket NY     Big Band Idols
Mar   30      Bronxville Public Library                      She Did It Her Way
                 Bronxville NY   —   914-337-7680
Apr   12      Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                       Sunny Side of the Street
Apr   25      Shannondell-Ashcroft, Audubon PA       He Did It His Way
May   18      Arbors, Manchester CT                            T B A
Jun     9      Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk VA              Great American Nightclub
Jun    12      Cypress Glen, Greenville NC                   T B A
Jun    13      Oaks, Orangeburg SC                             He Did It His Way
Jun    19      Havenwood, Concord NH                       Big Band Idols
Sep   21      Friends Village, Woodstown NJ               Sunny Side of the Street
Oct    18      Greendale Mens Club, Worcester MA      T B A
Oct    19      Wilmington Memorial Library               Tin Pan Alley Cats
                  Wilmington MA   —   978-658-2967
Oct   30       Shannondell-Bradford, Audubon PA      Great American Nightclub
Nov    8       Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                      Great American Nightclub
Nov   10       Cypress Glen, Greenville NC                  He Did It His Way
Nov    11      Oaks, Orangeburg SC                              Great American Nightclub
Nov   29        Heath Village, Hackettstown NJ              T B A


                                          ©  2017 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Friday, October 7, 2016

Concert  Themes
Updated for the 2017 concert season
Every song tells a story

Vintage Music Concerts trace musical, romantic and historic themes with fun anecdotes, savory musings and wry commentsAudiences love the wit and warmth of each program. Hosts say a themed event is easy to promote.

Offering great American ragtime, jazz and swing, Vintage Music Concerts feature vintage acoustic guitars for an authentic, back-in-the-day sound with no pick-ups or electronic gimmicks.

Updated for the 2017 concert season, here is the latest collection of themes performed in Vintage Music Concerts.

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Great American Nightclub
Back in the day adult couples dined and danced at supper clubs, hotels, night clubs, cabarets and restaurants, so we'll offer a concert of standards, jazz hits, novelties and romantic tunes performed by saloon singers, ballroom bands and jazz combos. Concert will revive the musical glow of Vaughn Monroe in 1946 at Meadows Restaurant near Boston, Blossom Dearie singing Comden and Green tunes at Danny's Skylight Room in New York City in 1959 or Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London in 1966Bobby Short in 1968 at New York's Café Carlyle, and Slam Stewart and friends in 1970 at Morey's Restaurant in Binghamton.

Big Band Idols

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

When Love Was Nifty

In the decade before Elvis and his rowdy friends came on the scene, American pop music began shifting to appeal to both adult interests and youthful ideas of romance.

She Did It Her Way

Concert celebrates the lives, romances, careers and hit songs of such vocalists and recording artists as Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, Ella Fitzgerald, Mildred Bailey, Ruth Etting, June Christy, Dinah Shore, Kate Smith, Frances Langford, Judy Garland, Helen Forrest, Rosemary Clooney, Sophie Tucker, Jo Stafford, Bessie Smith, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Whiting, Boswell Sisters, Andrews Sisters, DeCastro Sisters, the Incomparable Hildegarde and others.

He Did It His Way
Concert celebrates the lives, romances, careers and hit songs of such vocalists and recording artists as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, Mills Brothers, Fats Waller, Fats Domino, Eddie Cantor, Gene Autry, Al Jolson, Nick Lucas, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Johnny Mercer, Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Gene Austin, Ozzie Nelson, Hoagy Carmichael, Cliff Edwards, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong, Elmo Tanner, Les Paul, Nat King Cole and others.

In The Mood

Concert features the memorable tunes of the 1940s that changed Americans by injecting deep emotion in popular music and evoking moods that resonated with folks on the Home Front and Front Lines.

Juke Joint Jive
Memorable toe-tappin' hits for stage door johnnies, lindy hoppers, swing shift maisies, bobbie soxers, drugstore cowboys, jitter buggers and zoot suiters.

Broadway Mementos
The hit tunes used by producers, composers and musicians on the Great White Way to advance story lines, promote ingenues and spawn ancillary income from sheet music sales, 33-, 45- and 78-rpm recordings, juke boxes, radio airplay or the movies.

Hollywood Souvenirs
The power of song selection gave movie producers a way to turn their celluloid dramas and zany comedies into nationwide hits. You'll be surprised how many movies spawned some of the great songs you know.

Bye Bye Blues
Concert spotlights the hit tunes of the Depression that young urban audiences called their own because since it featured the popular singers, memorable lyrics and rhythmic music they could dance to.

A Fine Romance
Features the romantic ballads popular with the generation that rationed its romance and deferred its affairs "for the duration" of WW II.

Folk Song Boomers
Concert offers the topical, folk, traditional and protest songs of the 'Fifties and 'Sixties that became popular hits favored by America's post-WWII generation.

Speak Easy Jazz
Concert of tunes popularized on record and radio in the 'Twenties + 'Thirties by the originators of jazz: Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Paul Whiteman, Isham Jones, Mildred Bailey, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Richard Whiting and others.

Legendary Love Songs
Offers amorous lyrics and memorable melodies that evoke old flames, moonlit nights, romantic affairs, heartthrobs and heartaches.

Radio Ramblers
For years Americans turned to a console, portable or tabletop device to catch the latest tunes, news, drama, comedy, games, sports, shopping and gossip, so this concert salute the songs, singers and shows of radio's heyday.

Ragtime Rascals
Concert of hot sweet jazz and insouciant jive tunes that were notable for clever lyrics, rapid rhythms and memorable melodies. Spread by radio, talkies, 78-rpm records, tin lizzies and bootleg liquor, these songs were the hits for doughboys, flappers, bootleggers and other speakeasy denizens in the Roaring Twenties.

Sunny Side Of Street
Covers mirthful songs that softened the Great Depression's bite, offered pithy personal advice and poked fun at society's upper crust.

Tin Pan Alley Cats
Songs and stories behind the hit songs of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Fields, George Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne et al.

Torch Song Embers
Offers favorite songs of people who moon for the One Who Got Away, idolize a misbegotten heartbreaker or can't forget some long-ago romantic rendezvous. Wistfully memorable and bittersweet, these full-blown romantic tunes prove it's better to love and lose than to never love at all.

Vintage Songs on Vintage Guitars
For an authentic, back-in-the day sound we pair popular tunes of the 'Twenties, 'Thirties and 'Forties with the playing of steel-stringed, acoustic guitars made in the same decades.

Singing Songwriting Folkies
Established composers and performing artists of Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway lost their grip on pop music when talented upstarts — Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Browne, Jim Croce and others — began to write, record and perform their own hit songs during the 'Sixties and 'Seventies.

© 2017 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Thursday, October 6, 2016

2016  Concert  Schedule  —  FINAL

Date       Community   or   Venue   and   Location             Concert Theme
Jan   19    Lincoln Cultural Assn, Philadelphia PA     When Love Was Nifty
Feb   11    Calvary Homes, Lancaster PA                  Legendary Love Songs
Feb   11    Pine Run, Doylestown PA                         Torch Song Embers
Mar   26    Maplewood, West Yarmouth MA               Radio Ramblers
Mar   27    Residence Otter Creek, Middlebury VT    Broadway Mementos
Apr     7    Lions Gate, Voorhees NJ                          Sunny Side of Street
Apr   20    Greenwood Mens Club, Worcester MA     Sunny Side of Street
Apr   28    Shannondell—Ashcroft, Audubon PA       Broadway Mementos
May    3    The Oaks, Orangeburg SC                        Legendary Love Songs
May    5    Springmoor, Raleigh NC                          Radio Ramblers
May  22    Chandler Center for the Arts                 When Love Was Nifty
                Randolph VT —
Jun   13    Calvary Homes, Lancaster PA                  Big Band Idols
Jun   17    Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk VA               She Did It Her Way
Jun   20    Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                        He Did It His Way
Jun   22    Bermuda Village, Advance NC                 He Did It His Way
Aug    7    Oak Crest Village, Parkville MD                Radio Ramblers
Aug  18    Wilmington Memorial Library                 Big Band Idols
                Wilmington MA
Aug   19    Havenwood, Concord NH                         Sunny Side of the Street
Sep   20    Friends Village, Woodstown NJ                Tin Pan Alley Cats
Sep   24    Mansfield Public Library                        He Did It His Way
                 Mansfield MA —
Sep   25    Residence Otter Creek, Middlebury VT    Big Band Idols
Sep   26    Carpenter-Carse Library                        In The Mood
                 Hinesburg VT —
Oct      6    Crane's Mill, West Caldwell NJ                 Great American Nightclub
Oct    12    Calvary Homes, Lancaster PA                  Broadway Mementos
Oct    19    Heath Village, Hackettstown NJ               She Did It Her Way
Oct    24    Shannondell—Bradford, Audubon PA      She Did It Her Way
Oct    27    Springhill, Erie PA                                  Sunny Side of Street
Nov     1    The Arbors, Manchester CT                     Torch Song Embers
Nov   10    Springmoor, Raleigh NC                          Torch Song Embers
Nov   11    The Oaks, Orangeburg SC - Veterans Day      Radio Ramblers
Nov   14    Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                        Torch Song Embers
Nov   30    Meadowood, Lansdale PA                        Radio Ramblers

                                          ©  2016 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved