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, March 27, 2017

2017   Concert  Schedule
Date         Community / Venue   —   Location          Concert Theme
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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
                 oldbridgelibrary.org
Mar    24      Luther Crest, Allentown PA                     Vintage Guitars + Songs
Mar    28      Jefferson's Ferry, So Setauket NY          Big Band Idols
Mar    30     Bronxville Public Library                      She Did It Her Way
                 Bronxville NY — 914-337-7680
                 bronxvillelibrary.org
Apr      8    Chesterfield Cnty Publ Library              Tin Pan Alley Cats
                 Chester VA — 804-318-8911
                 chesterfieldlibrary.gov
Apr    12     Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                       Sunny Side of the Street
Apr    15     Denville Public Library                         Big Band Idols
                  Denville NJ — 973-627-6555
                  www.denvillelibrary.org
Apr    18     Bergenfield Public Library                   Juke Jont Jive
                  Bergenfield NJ — 201-387-4040
                  www.bergenfieldlibrary.org
Apr    25      Shannondell-Ashcroft, Audubon PA      He Did It His Way
Apr    26      Springhill, Erie PA                                She Did It Her Way
May   18       Arbors, Manchester CT                           Sunny Side of the Street
Jun      8      Monroe Sr Center, Monroe Twp NJ        Tin Pan Alley Cats
Jun      9      Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk VA             Great American Cabaret
Jun    13       Oaks, Orangeburg SC                            He Did It His Way
Jun   16        Medford Leas, Medford NJ                     Big Band Idols
Jun   28        StoneRidge, Myerstown PA                    Big Band Idols
Aug    7      West Milford Twp Library                    She Did It Her Way
                 West Milford Twp NJ — 973-728-2824
                 www.wmtl.org
Aug  17      Bristol Public Library                           Love Builds A Better World
                 Bristol CT — 860-584-7787
                 www.bristollib.com
Sep   21       Friends Village, Woodstown NJ              Sunny Side of the Street
Sep    22       Luther Crest, Allentown PA                    Sunny Side of the Street
Oct   16         Friends of Enfield Public Library          Folksong Boomers
                 Enfield CT — 860-763-7510
                 enfieldpubliclibrary.org
Oct    17       Plymouth Public Library                       Great American Cabaret
                 Plymouth MA — 508-830-4250
                 plymouthpubliclibrary.org
Oct    18        Greendale Mens Club, Worcester MA     She Did It Her Way
Oct    19      Wilmington Memorial Library                   Tin Pan Alley Cats
                  Wilmington MA — 978-658-2967
                  wilmlibrary.org
Oct    20      Halifax COA - Senior Center                  Spooky Side of the Street
                  Halifax MA — 781-293-7313
                  town.halifax.ma.us
Oct    30      Shannondell-Bradford, Audubon PA      Great American Cabaret
Nov     1      Springhill, Erie PA                                 Radio Ramblers
Nov     8      Cypress Club, Raleigh NC                      Great American Cabaret
Nov    11      Oaks, Orangeburg SC                               Great American Cabaret
Nov   16        StoneRidge, Myerstown PA                    Sunny Side of the Street
Nov    29        Heath Village, Hackettstown NJ             Broadway Mementos
Dec       1     Monroe Sr Center, Monroe Twp NJ         Juke Joint Jive
Dec    15      Medford Leas, Medford NJ                     Tin Pan Alley Cats

                                          ©  2017 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

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2018  Concert  Schedule
Date        Community / Venue   —   Location            Concert Theme
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Apr   14     Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson NH      Big Band Idols
May  19     Cross Keys Village, New Oxford PA             T B A

                                          ©  2017 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Concert  Themes
Updated for 2017 and 2018 concert seasons
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 Cabaret
Back in the day adult couples dated, dined and danced at supper clubs, hotels, nightclubs, cabarets and restaurants. We'll offer a concert of standards, jazz hits and romantic ballads once performed by saloon singers, ballroom bands and jazz combos. Concert will revive the 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.


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© 2017 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved