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The Kennedys

Rank #1 US New York, NY Folk / Rock / Pop


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Label: The Kennedys/Burnside in US; The Kennedys/Proper in UK

Bio: In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Maura and Pete Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most... See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: The Kennedys in Los Angeles: Two Rare West Coast Shows This Week! http://t.co/m0Fb8VsD63


“Just in from one of the best gigs I have seen this year. The Kennedys were superb at The Loft tonight. Wonderful music and a great U2 cover in Wild Honey. Anyone who missed it missed a treat of a gig. Hope they come back again soon.”
— John O'Regan, Freelance Music Journalist/Broadcaster/Lecturer
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  • Fri

    Sep 19

    Altadena, CA, US | 8:00pm
    Coffee Gallery Backstage
    Altadena, CA, US
    Fri Sep 19 8:00pm


    The Kennedys play a RARE Los Angeles-area show! Please come, and tell your friends...we'll be happy to take your requests for songs from all of our many albums, and we'll even play a choice cover or two, including at least one song from our recent Nanci Griffith tribute disc. www.coffeegallery.com Room is intimate (49 seats,) so call to make your reservations: 626-798-6236 (call between 10AM-10PM) $18 8:00pm The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a 49 seat show room connected to a coffee house surprisingly called, "The Coffee Gallery." The Backstage is a listening room with a fine sound system, good lights, comfortable seating and a killer atmosphere. _________________________________ "My friends tell me that a Kennedys’ show is the cure for whatever ails you; there’s something infectious in the couple’s way of engaging an audience that repairs decades of jaded living, reminds you of the joy that music brings, and convinces you that people ain’t so bad after all. If this is true, I’m going to chain myself to a chair at the Coffee Gallery Backstage and let it be done to me. Music Matters, an online grab bag of music reviews, spent some time saying this, “Their live performances are not only displays of musical harmony, but personal harmony as well. You can hear it in the humorous, good-natured patter between songs. You can see it in their body language as they somehow find a way to touch as they play (without bonking guitars).” And here’s this from the band’s website, “In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD. http://www.kennedysmusic.com/ On their own recent release, “Closer Than You Know,” the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable.” The Kennedys have just released their live album, "Dance A Little Closer: The Kennedys Sing The Songs Of Nanci Griffith," only available at their concerts, and not in stores or online outlets. And as with all Kennedys shows, this is an all-request performance! They'll play a mix of their fine original songs, old an new, and a few choice covers too. Surely we all need the cure."

  • Sat

    Sep 20

    Oak Park, CA, US | 8:00pm
    Sat Sep 20 8:00pm


    Concert. Coffee & Dessert Buffet.

  • Fri

    Sep 26

    Middletown, CT, US | 8:00pm

    Middletown, CT, US
    Fri Sep 26 8:00pm


    8:00pm show. Tickets: $15 We'll be playing a combination of your requests, along with some of our favorites, and a bunch of new songs! http://www.buttonwood.org/event/the-kennedys/

  • Sat

    Sep 27

    Harrisville, NH, US | 6:00pm

    Harrisville, NH, US
    Sat Sep 27 6:00pm


    Deb's House Concerts near Peterborough, NH. Pot luck at 6pm, Concert at 7pm. Tickets: $15 For reservations and to hear how to purchase tickets, email: deb@pfmsconcerts.org or call: 603-827-2905

  • Fri

    Oct 3

    Saddle River, NJ, US | 7:00pm

    Saddle River, NJ, US
    Fri Oct 03 7:00pm


    Concert at Church of the Presentation, located at 271 W. Saddle River Rd. Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 (ph) 201-327-1313 (fax) 201-760-2570 Tickets $20 Visit our app or our website and click on paypal. http://www.churchofpresentation.org Pay by credit card or your paypal account - Price to be entered is $20 x number of tickets Review payment and at this point under Purpose. You will see add special instructions to the seller. Insert Kennedy's under special instructions. Confirm order. Your email will be your receipt.

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  • Sills & Smith (Artist) Sills & Smith
    I'll Come Over is lovely. A beautiful song and astonishing vocals. Frank Smith
  • Bill Wright (Artist) Bill Wright
    Cool tunes, Kennedys!! Keep rocking at the "Speed of Soul."
  • Jerry's Bones (Artist) Jerry's Bones
    LOVE the guitar sound and the vocals sound awesome! Diggin it! Jerry's Bones
  • Judi Austin (Artist) Judi Austin
    Powerful sound you have there! Wish I could hear you live!
  • Blue Mountain Mule (Artist) Blue Mountain Mule
    What an amazing collection of tunes. Love your vocals, arrangements and powerful delivery. There is a place for you here in San Diego. Wow. Love your work.
  • Rory Kenna (Artist) Rory Kenna
    Great Music | Respect
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