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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: Kennedys as "The Stringbusters" #MauraKennedy plays ukulele & hula hoops @ same time while singing in Hawaiian! Yeah! http://t.co/BxKpAzvr1l


“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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  • Sat

    Aug 30

    Morristown, NJ, US | 10:00am
    Uke NJ Too Festival
    Morristown, NJ, US
    Sat Aug 30 10:00am


    Please join us for Uke New Jersey Too!, our second annual Ukulele festival to be held in Morristown, NJ from Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31, 2014. This event features concerts, workshops, the film Mighty Uke, vendors, open mics, jams and much more. http://www.folkproject.org/ukefest/ukefest.shtml Prices vary. Early bird tickets for the full event are available for $65 through June 15. Children 12 and under attend for free! (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult at all times.) The Stringbusters (Pete and Maura Kennedy) Jim and Liz Beloff “Jim and Liz have been at the forefront of the current Ukulele revolution. Their love of and devotion to the Ukulele and its unlimited potential has been an inspiration to thousands of new musicians.” - Scooter Ferguson (FP Special Concerts Chair) Uncle Zac Set in a mansion built in 1912 with an added 180-seat theater-style auditorium on beautiful grounds with a large patio, brick labyrinth and many places for jamming. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer A two-time Grammy®Award-winning powerhouse duo with a formidable repertoire of contemporary and traditional folk, old-time country and swing music. Consummate teachers and performers, they offer something special to audiences of all ages. Stuart Fuchs Honor Finnegan Get ready for Uke New Jersey Too! On Friday August 29 and Saturday August 30 we will return to the Mansion in Morristown, NJ for Uke New Jersey Too! Following the same basic format as last year, we'll start on Friday night with a movie and a concert. Saturday will feature workshops, open mics, vendors, jams, and camaraderie all day, with another concert that night. As an added bonus this year, we plan on extending the festivities into Sunday with a Jam In The Park, hosted by the Morristown Uke Jam, a local ukulele Meetup group! (More details on this once we have the proper permits.) This year's lineup will feature: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer The Stringbusters (Pete and Maura Kennedy) Jim and Liz Beloff Stuart Fuchs Honor Finnegan Uncle Zac We will once again have ukulele vendors, jams, an open mic, on-site food vendors and much more. Workshop descriptions and schedule will be posted as soon as we get submissions from all of the performers and make our choices. We are working out a deal with a nearby hotel for a special rate, with info coming shortly. It will likely be around $80 per night. For more info: or 908-229-1214 Special situations and circumstances will always be given the utmost consideration. Our aim is to have a fun, stress-free festival for everyone and our main focus is the Joy Of Uke! If in doubt about absolutely anything, no matter what, please call 908-229-1214 and we'll work it out. Tickets available now - https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9ax8hosb43b76ec Special early bird pricing through June 15: $65 for the entire event! After June 15: Friday Night $15, Saturday all day and night $65, Full Event $75. All attendees 16 and under must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian. Children 12 and under are admitted free, but must be listed on their parent's or guardian's registration form. Space permitting, tickets for only the Saturday evening concert may be available in early August. VENUE ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS Morristown Unitarian Fellowship 21 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown, NJ  07960

  • Mon

    Sep 1

    Piermont, NY, US | 12:00am
    Goswick Pavilion
    Piermont, NY, US
    Mon Sep 01 12:00am
  • Sat

    Sep 6

    Rochester, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Rochester, NY, US
    Sat Sep 06 8:00pm


    www.cafeveritas.org $18 gen/$10 Students/free for 12 and under

  • Sun

    Sep 7

    Norwich, NY, US | 11:00pm
    Sun Sep 07 11:00pm


    11:00AM http://www.colorscape.org/ The 20th Annual Colorscape will feature a line-up of acoustic music arranged by the Night Eagle Productions - a feature for which Colorscape has become known. Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival's NBT Main Stage in East Park of downtown Norwich, New York, will be the musical center of the 20th Annual Colorscape Chenango September 6th & 7th, 2014, drawing an estimated 12,000 people from throughout the Northeast each year. Admission and all activities are entirely FREE of charge, thanks to our many generous sponsors and members.

  • Fri

    Sep 12

    Auburn, NY, US | 8:00pm
    The Kennedys pay tribute to...
    Auburn, NY, US
    Fri Sep 12 8:00pm


    "Rave On!" A Tribute to the Songs of Buddy Holly, with Pete and Maura Kennedy Friday, September 12, 2014, 8pm http://www.auburnpublictheater.org/events.php?eventID=549 Tickets: $20 Sponsored by: *The Citzien * NYSCA TICKETS GO ON SALE JULY 1ST “Byrdsy jangle, boy-girl harmonies…irresistible” -Rolling Stone “Unabashed, hook-laden pop” -Village Voice “More hooks than Marilyn Monroe’s closet” -Chicago Sun-Times 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. 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.

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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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