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January 2022

Met Live in HD: Verdi’s “Rigoletto”

Saturday, January 29 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with Maestro Daniele…

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February 2022

Nefesh Mountain

Friday, February 4 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Since their arrival on the scene in 2015, Nefesh Mountain has been hailed as one of today’s formative boundary-pushing bluegrass Americana bands. Their latest album release, Songs For the Sparrows is a testament to the unbridled imagination and extraordinary grace of their musicianship and creativity. Creators, band leaders, and husband-and-wife team Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, alongside longtime bandmate and fiddle player Alan Grubner, David Goldenberg on mandolin, and Sam Weber on bass. This quintet is adept with a string virtuosity that is…

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Let it Slide

Saturday, February 5 @ 6:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by MC2 Charter School & The Keene Young Professionals Network Keene's First, Foremost, Best, and Likely Only PowerPoint Improv Comedy Competition Fundraiser This is a 21+ event for a number of reasons Presentations start at 7pm Social hour at 6pm Apps will be provided and there will be a cash bar What happens when you combine unpredictable topics, unforeseen slides, and a cash bar? A slide presentation people actually may enjoy! Eight pre-chosen presenters each spin a wheel to…

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Beyond the Walls (Pre-recorded show)

Wednesday, February 16 -Sunday, May 15

Nellie McKay

Friday, February 25 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

“Couching her stiletto wit behind a honeyed smile and beguiling melodic charm, the singer and composer Nellie McKay has been disarming listeners since the release of her wryly titled album “Get Away from Me,” in 2004. Artful subterfuge is still the name of her game: McKay’s skillful tunes and vocal delivery enchant while her lyrics slyly disembowel.” —New Yorker Nellie McKay has released seven acclaimed albums, won a Theatre World Award for her Broadway portrayal of Polly Peachum in The…

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March 2022

Arielle

Friday, March 11 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

I think this girl’s a star - Vince Gill Her musicianship is a clear indication she has been here before! Pass her by at your peril." -Brian May(Queen)  A singer, a songwriter, a musician, an activist, Arielle is a believer, a seer, an engineer, an innovator. She’s a natural born talent with a proficiency for mind-bending musicianship, on par with the world’s finest. Whether it’s a sustained single note or an extended instrumental passage, whether it’s drenched in blues, ascending the mountaintops of rock…

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Met Live in HD: Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos”

Saturday, March 12 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts. Strauss Revival Run time: 184 minutes TicketsStudents $15/Met and Colonial Members $22/Adults $25 Buy to 10 distinct…

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Kat Wright

Friday, March 18 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Kat Wright, Bob Wagner (guitar) and Josh Weinstein (bass) lean into their trio formation, showcasing their folky / rootsy selves, all stripped down, a triangulation of their strengths, their bareness, their imperfect humanness, their voices, their ferocious tenderness, their love of songs and singing and story. TICKETSReserved Seating $25 ($28 day of show)

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Met Live in HD: Verdi’s “Don Carlos”

Saturday, March 26 @ 12:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

PLEASE NOTE 12 PM start time for this production, due to the extended run time. For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a starry cast, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens…

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April 2022

The Wailin’ Jennys

Friday, April 1 @ 8:00 PM
The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

“…perhaps more beautiful than ever. The Wailin' Jennys are the darlings of the North American roots music arena.” Greg Quill, The Toronto Star Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting…

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Howie Mandel

Saturday, April 2 @ 8:00 PM
The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. Mandel is executive producer of many shows through his production company ALEVY PRODUCTIONS, which has produced the series Take It All and Howie Do It for NBC, and Mobbed for FOX, among others. Mandel also serves as one of the judges on NBC’s summer hit talent competition series America’s Got Talent alongside Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howard Stern. Previously, Howie received an Emmy nomination for…

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Frank Santos Jr. – Family Friendly Hypnosis Show

Saturday, April 16 @ 5:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by JJR Productions Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as Hypnotist/Comedian Frank Santos Jr. make them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. His performance has limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic, and unique show that you will never forget! This is fun for the whole family! However, we recommend…

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R-Rated Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr

Saturday, April 16 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by JJR Productions Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as Hypnotist/Comedian Frank Santos Jr. make them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. His performance has limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic, and unique show that you will never forget! Franks has been performing at theaters, casino, colleges and for…

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Melissa Etheridge: One Way Out Tour

Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:30 PM
The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs" and "Ain't It Heavy," for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive…

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Jimmy Tingle Live! Humor for Humanity

Saturday, April 30 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Rescheduled from February 12 Comedian, commentator, and the founder of Humor for Humanity, Jimmy Tingle weaves the good, the bad and the ugly of the pandemic with the humor, hope and humanity the world so desperately needs in 2022. If laughter is the best medicine, then Jimmy Tingle is the Surgeon General of political humor. Jimmy Tingle Live! will make you laugh, make you think and make you feel better. Jimmy Tingle is a comedian, commentator, actor and the founder of Humor…

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May 2022

We Banjo 3 – Two Shows!

Friday, May 6 @ 7:00 PM
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One event on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 9:00 PM

SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Rescheduled from January 21 Taking the stage at SHOWROOM for two great shows!   Debuting in the U.S. in 2012, We Banjo 3 has since emerged as fast-rising touring darlings in the country that two of the members now call home. The Galway, Ireland, and Nashville-based quartet––comprised of two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley––continually push musical boundaries while maintaining an unwavering devotion to the essential audience experience. WB3 seamlessly converges the shared and…

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Met Live in HD: Puccini’s “Turandot”

Saturday, May 7 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini’s icy princess—live in cinemas on May 7. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring opera, which takes the stage in the company’s dazzling, ever-popular production by Franco Zeffirelli. Puccini Revival Run time: 206 minutes TicketsStudents $15/Met and Colonial Members $22/Adults…

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Comedian Bob Marley

Saturday, May 14 @ 8:00 PM
The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

He's BACK! On sale to Members 1/20/22. On sale to the public 1/22/22. Bob loves being a comedian. He’s wicked good at it! He lives in Maine which is the best state in the world maybe even the universe. He’s featured regularly on Sirius XM radio and he even won their Superbowl of Comedy! He has put out over 20 comedy CDs and DVDs! He was inducted into The Guinness Book of World’s Records for “the longest stand-up comedy show…

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Met Live in HD: Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”

Saturday, May 21 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory’s most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia’s beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Ruciński as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo. Donizetti New Production Run time: 224 minutes TicketsStudents $15/Met and Colonial…

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June 2022

Met Live in HD: Brett Dean’s “Hamlet”

Saturday, June 4 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” On June 4, this riveting contemporary masterpiece appears live in cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met. Many of the original cast members…

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July 2022

TEOA (The End of America)

Friday, July 15 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Rescheduled from January 14 TEOA (The End of America) is a band of friends who met on the road and found a kindred spirit in one another.  The Philadelphia/NYC/New Hampshire based trio credit their name to Kerouac’s On The Road, travelling “across the groaning continent” in search of inspiration and reaching “the end of America, no more land, and now there was nowhere to go but back.”  TEOA’s sound weaves three distinct lead vocals into captivating harmonies over a solid foundation of…

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