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CD Release Concert Review

Kennemer's FIRE IN THE WIRE CD Release Concert featuring Jesse Kennemer, guitar wunderkind, was at the Rogue Theater right here in downtown Grants Pass this past Saturday night. Beth Wishes, known as B. Wishes, got the kindling out with her soulful and spunky songs, raising the temperature in the theater by more than a few degrees. The other Kennemer band members: Johnny Trujillo, Myke Lutz, and Mawg Toye fanned the flames. Guest saxophonist Gordon Greenley and a delightful protogee were there to keep the temperature rising. Record industry icon, Gary Mallaber, FIRE IN THE WIRE CD prodicer and engineer, was there to provide his smoking hot drumming talent as Kennemer showcased their new blazing material. B. Wishes came back on stage to turn up the heat. There is no need to call 911 -- Kennemer likes it hot!" - Renee Olmsted


Opened For:

Los Lonely Boys, Queensryche, Fabulous Thunderbirds , Richie Spice, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, - numerous at the Legendary Buffalo Chip

Played guitar with the following:

Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph, Los Lonely Boys, Kim Wilson, Gary Mallaber, Phantom Blues Band, Deon, Denny Freeman, Phillip Walker , Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Trampled Underfoot, Zack Weisenger, Sean Carney, Mitch Woods, Shemekia Copeland, Ruthy Foster, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tab Benoit, Dave Fields,Billy Gibson, BMF, Lionel Barton, Karen Lovely Band


Guitar, Engineering, Composer

Boston, MA, June 12

May 26th, 2010 Article:

A Grants Pass teen is one of 10 finalists in a nationwide competition for young musicians. Jesse Kennemer, 17, will compete in the 2010 Battle for Berklee, a contest sponsored by the Berklee College of Music that is open only to high school guitar players. He is the only contestant from the West Coast; the other finalists are from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nebraska and Texas. “I was stoked,” says Kennemer learning he had made it to the finals. “I didn’t believe at first. But I guess im just blessed.” Guitarists from all over the country submitted three minute mp3 recording of themselves performing, either alone or as part of an ensemble. Kennemer submitted an original rock ballad, "All at Once,” laying the guitar track on top of tracks he recorded with keyboard strings and a drum machine. Kennemer and the other nine finalists will battle it out on June 12 at Daddy’s Junky Music Store in Boston in front of celebrity judges. The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship – tuition and housing – to Berklee Five Week Summer Performance Program, an autographed Pat Metheny Ibenez Guitar, a Godwin 5th Avenue Kingpin guitar, a Fender Amplifier, some Dunlop equipment and a one-year endorsement deal with musical instrument manufacturer D’ Addario. Kennemer, who has been playing guitar since he was 10, has performed locally at the Rogue Theater, opening for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lonely Boys, and Queensryche; at the Tap Rock Northwest Grill and the Out of the Way Café in Williams. He also performs with the local classic rock and blues band Blind Lion, formerly known as The Relief.

Written by Kathleen Alaks Of the Daily Courier