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, May 18, 2020

Concert Schedule
A healthy dose of caution by event hosts in March and April as the coronavirus spread meant several Vintage Music Concerts planned at public libraries, social clubs, life care villages and senior centers were cancelled or rescheduled. Today, even as quarantines begin to lift, the following concerts are scheduled for 2020 and 2021. I look forward to performing for these audiences with great joy.  Ken

             2020 Concerts
Date         Host / Venue           Location                Concert Theme
Sep   16    Westfield Memorial Library                     Great American Cabaret 
                Westfield NJ  —  WestfieldLibrary
Sep   17    Carroll Lutheran Village                             Hollywood Song Souvenirs
                Westminster MD
Sep   23    Heath Village                                         Moon, Stars and You
                Hackettstown NJ
Oct     2    Sunapee Community Coffeehouse             Vintage Guitar Roadshow
                Sunapee NH — SunapeeCoffeehouse
Oct    21    Bermuda Village                                     Crooners, Swingers, Idols
                Advance NC
Nov     4    Greendale Club                                       Crooners, Swingers, Idols
                Worcester MA
Nov    6     Agawam Cultural Council                           In The Mood
                Agawam MA — AgawamCulturalCouncil
Nov    7    Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library                Hollywood Song Souvenirs
                Epping NH — EppingLibrary
Nov   19    Springhill                                                Torch Song Embers
                Erie PA

              2021 Concerts
Date          Host / Venue           Location                Concert Theme
May     8    Warren Public Library                               Radio Ramblers
                 Warren Twp NJ  —  WarrenLibrary
June    5    Bridgewater Public Library                         Folk Song Boomers
                 Bridgewater NJ  —  BridgewaterLibrary
© 2020 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Monday, March 9, 2020

Performer Info Sheet

Ken Lelen
PO Box 64 Titusville NJ 08560

Musical          American ragtime,  swing  and  jazz standards
       Style            American vintage  acoustic steel-string guitars
                      Pgms on historic, romantic + musical  themes

Venues           Public libraries,  life-plan communities, museums,
 Served           church + service groups, social clubs, art councils,
                      senior centers, social clubs  +  community  soirées.
                      brunch, anniversary + volunteer-recognition fétes.

Concert               Solo with vintage acoustic guitars + sound system
  Events                2000+ concerts since 1999 ME to FL + Midwest
                      Audience sizes range between 35 and 350 people.
                      60-, 75- or 90-min events  without intermission.
                      Performing 7 days  a  week    a.m., aft. and eves.
                      Do not  sell  CDs,  tee  shirts  or  other merchandise
Performer       Signed  Performance Agreement + Invoice + W-9
    Provides        Posters, bookmarks, counter cards and PR release
                       Performer dates + info:

Dates/Fees       Booking 2 - 18 months out
                       What date(s) do you seek?
                       What  fee  do  you propose?
                       What Concert Theme will work for your event?

Performer           All Fees Paid @ Event—check, cash or PayPal
   Requests        Power, 6-ft table, bottle water  and  host intro
                        Arrive 60 mins prior — allow setup + repack
                        Programs © Ken Lelen - no cells, videos, texts

©  2020  —  Kenneth Lelen  —  All  Rights  Reserved

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Concert  Themes
27 program themes — including 6 new and 21 popular themes
© 2020 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - 1936
With the addition of six new themes, Vintage Music Concerts now offers 27 programs for 2020 and 2021 concerts. The themes trace a musical, romantic or historic topic with wry comments, savory musings & amusing anecdotes. Audiences say their favorite tunes and fondest memories are seasoned with wit and warmth, while concert hosts say these themes are easy to promote.

Every Vintage Music Concert offers hand-crafted jazz, ragtime, swing & pop tunes as well as vintage acoustic guitars for an authentic back-in-the-day sound. You can't get this sound out of a box with plastic knobs.

6 new Concert Themes
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Vintage Guitar Roadshow
For an authentic, back-in-the-day sound, concert offers great American ragtime, jazz and swing tunes of the 1920s, 1930s & 1940s paired with vintage acoustic guitars from the same decades. Program explores popular music of early 20th Century and current market for guitars used by performers of that time.

MidCentury Melodies
Johnny Mercer - 1950s
A concert of great tunes from the 20th Century's juicy middle — before musical tastes were stained by disco, bossa nova, bubble gum and stadium singers. We explore the hit tunes of Jo Stafford, Tony Bennett, Vaughn Monroe, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mercer, Patti Page, Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore, Dave Barbour, Rosemary Clooney, Edith Piaf, Bob Wills, Barbara Cook and others.

Crooners, Swingers & Idols
Concert of romantic ballads and pop songs foisted on American ears by heart-throb crooners, teen-aged idols and Rat Pack swingers during the Eisenhower Era. Their songs were hits for the post-war sock-hop generation, a time when people dated, dined and danced to their favorite tunes as they aired on radios, juke boxes or at the movies. You’ll be glad to hear them again.

Huddie Ledbetter - 1940s
Great American Songsters
Stories and songs by composers, performers and musical scamps of the early 20th Century. These genre-makers include Bob Wills, Carson Robison, Big Bill Bronzy  Bessie Smith, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmie Davis, Leadbelly, Goebel Reeves and the Carters.

American originals all, they worked far from the humid limelight of Tin Pan Alley. Yet spawned the musical genres we now know as the blues, bluegrass, R&B, ragtime, country, country 'n western, western swing, cowboy and folk.

Some of these songsters were famous in their own day, some were not. Still, their music spread across America's cultural landscape in several formats, including recorded discs, radio air time, Hollywood movies, Broadway shows, juke box selections, big band dance tunes, jazz combo cutting contests and juke joint favorites.

The Moon, The Stars and You
Concert will summon wine-dark skies, cheerful stars and the pale moon on high for romantic insight and inspiration with classic love songs, including: Blue Moon, Fly Me To The Moon, It’s Only A Paper Moon, Moonglow, As Time Goes By, Moon River, How High The Moon, Moonlight Bay, Stars Fell On Alabama, Beyond The Sea, Blue Skies, Moonlight in Vermont, Get Out and Get Under The Moon, Moonlight Serenade, Old Cape Cod, Polka Dots and Moonbeams and, of course, everyone's favorite, Stardust. Fond memories will rise on the horizon.

Singing Cowboy Gene Autry - 1930s
Lunchbox Cowboys
Popularized on the radio, Saturday afternoon flicks, early black-and-white television, with merchandise found in mail-order catalogs and on the shelves of five-and-dime stores, singing cowboys were a big deal with small-fry buckaroos (boys and girls) between the late 1920s and early 1960s. Though a few Tin Pan Alley cats prowled their ranks, the list of luminous lunchbox cowboys included Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Rogers, Patsy Montana, Dale Evans, Al Dexter, Gene Autry, Carson Robison, Burl Ives, Bradley Kinkaid, Jimmy Dickens and others. You'll be surprised how many sagebrush songsters you recognize and how many of their great tunes you remember.

21 Popular Concert Themes
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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 masterpiece - 1920
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.

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.

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 shows, songs, singers and emcees 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 - 1930s
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 began to write, record and sell their own hit tunes. Called folksingers at the time, these youngsters' used record sales to gain both popular attention and cultural identity.

Composer George Gershwin and
lyricist Ira Gershwin - 1920s
Tin Pan Alley Cats
Songs and stories behind the great American hit songs of Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Johnny Black, Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, Harry Warren, Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart and other well-known composers.

Bye Bye Blues
Concert features the jazz and swing hits popular in the era between the world wars. Young people claimed these tunes as their own because the songs were danceable and had clever lyrics and memorable melodies. What's more, they were performed by vocalists and big bands who gained popularity with simultaneous appearances in recordings, radios, jukeboxes and movies.

In The Mood
Concert offers a bouquet of romantic tunes from the war-torn 1940s that gave pop music emotional depth and evoked nostalgic moods to resonate with folks on the Home Front & Front Lines. Back in the day escapism was a priority for listeners and this Vintage Music Concert will help you get away from it all.

Dustbowl balladeer Woody Guthrie - 1943

Prairie Poets 
With songs and stories, this concert will explore the late 20th Century cultural impact of such American and Canadian artist-performers as Woody Guthrie of Okema OK, Goebel Reeves of Sherman TX, Bob Dylan of Duluth MN, Gordon Lightfoot of Toronto ON, Buffy Sainte-Marie of Qu'Appelle Valley SK, and Ian Tyson of Victoria BC.

Folk Song Boomers
Concert of pop, topical, folk, traditional and protest songs that became popular radio hits and sing-along anthems for America's post-war generation that came of age in the 1950s and 1960s.

© 2020 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved