I don’t know anyone (personally) who does more and works harder to maintain relevancy and activity in music than Keith Kenny and it seems to grant him opportunities many musicians only dream of. Over a year ago, he took a serious risk. He left the stability of his full time engineering job and decided to pursue his passion of playing and creating music 100% and since then, he has been traveling the US relentlessly in his Ford Transit, playing over 30 cities with only an acoustic guitar, an arsenal of pedals, a bass drum and hi-hat as his companions. After over a year of touring full-time, Southeast Asia calls for him and you better believe he’s accepting and it’s for a good cause! I can’t even fathom what that opportunity must feel like but I can’t wait to hear all about it when he returns.
The “We Are Kind” festival chose the singer/songwriter/one man band to headline a benefit concert in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos to raise $ for victims of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO- explosive weapons that did not explode when they were employed and still pose a risk of detonation) on November 11, 2013. He will perform among well-known Laotian rock and dance performers.
Benefit organizer and UXO victim, Phongsavath Souliyalat, who lost both hands and eyesight when a tennis ball sized bomb exploded in his hands 4 years ago, became a fan of Keith Kenny while working with different charity organizations in Laos. He is now a spokesperson for the COPE Center which provides prosthetic devices, rehabilitation and support for other victims of UXO and raises awareness across the nation.
“I’m really honored to perform for the victims of UXO and hope that my music can help make a difference. I’m looking forward to meeting Phong in person and excited to experience the culture in Laos. ”
Keith Kenny commenced his ongoing “Big Red Suitcase Tour” over a year ago and changed his schedule to accommodate the 8,000 mile journey. Upon his return, Keith plans to resume his National U.S. Tour from NJ to CA.
For more information about UXO (provided by Aqua Survey Inc.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmbsowEsfNg
Listen to Keith Kenny’s latest EP “And the Light Came Blaring In…” below.
We started setting up for this:
Free downloads of the entire thing here: http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com
In 2010, Eric Stroud, shark enthusiast, bought a church in the small town of Canajoharie, NY in order to take advantage of the immaculate organ that it houses. In the summer of 2011, he opened its doors for a weekend to let 13 bands stay, play and record. This is documentary of that weekend. Despite this being a “church” retreat, there was nothing really religious about it except for the fact that Eric’s a saint for letting us do this! Download full sets FOR FREE here: http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com
Here’s some footage of Keith Kenny from our first night up at a Church in Canajohairie.
Why are you looking at a google map street view of a church? Well, at about 7pm tonight, a bunch of us are headed to Canajoharie, New York to spend the weekend in that very church pictured to the left.
Here’s why: My neighbor plays organ and shopped around for a church with an organ suitable for his needs. He found that at the Cliff Street Church in Canajohairie, NY (About 3-4 hours North), so he bought it. I recently talked to him about having a bunch of bands up there to stay for a couple of days as we document everything via audio and film. The goal is to leave with enough material to compile some sort of video comp/documentary with live performances, interviews, and anything else we may capture. Eric (the owner) liked the idea and agreed to open his church to us for the weekend of July 1-July 3 so we can film our little documentary. It should be noted that this is not a party and not a show. The whole thing will be very focused and everyone up there will have some sort of role. Wish us luck! Click READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY for a list of confirmed bands, labels, and zines.