KNOCK ON WOOD

Acoustic folk-rock duo

"They are highly accomplished musicians with a sound that is dynamic and delightful. As people, they are warm and genuine."

                                                                                                                                       Marilynn Rea Beyer

                                                                                                                     Former on-air host, WUMB-FM

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Howie and Steve Latanision

KNOCK ON WOOD

Knock on Wood is a high-energy acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman on guitar, lead vocals and harmonica.

 

Howie is joined by Joe Kessler or Steve Latanision, two of the top fiddlers in the area. They also play mandolin and sing backup vocals.

The duo performs Classic Rock covers (list below) and funny original songs (suitable for all ages). It's a very lively show with great musicianship, nice vocal harmonies and a little humor here and there.

 

When appropriate, they play a few children's songs and music for senior citizens.

About Howie Newman
www.howienewman.com

One of the most engaging performers on the local music circuit, Howie combines music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience.

His amusing compositions are up-tempo and catchy, and he keeps things lively with funny between-songs banter and short comedy bits.

Howie has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Brewer & Shipley, Pure Prairie League, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others.

He has released six CDs, receiving national airplay on National Public Radio and the Midnight Special as well as dozens of other North American outlets.

About Joe Kessler

Joe Kessler, who plays fiddle and mandolin, has an
energetic improvisational style that includes folk, rock,
jazz and bluegrass. He is also an outstanding backup
vocalist.

Joe has toured extensively throughout the United
States and Canada as well as eight other countries. He
has performed with Morphine, Jimmy Page and Robert
Plant, the Boogaloo Swamis and many others.

Joe has played in bands that headlined at the Montreal
Jazz Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival. Locally, he has
appeared at the Paradise Rock Club and the New
England Americana Festival.

 

About Steve Latanision

The versatile Steve Latanision will also be joining Howie
for Knock on Wood shows.

Steve has been playing bluegrass, Irish, Americana, folk,
jazz, and country music in the New England area for
the past 25 years, and has appeared on more than 200
albums.

A Berklee graduate, he plays fiddle, mandolin, pedal
and lap steel, banjo, dobro and guitar, and sings
backup vocals.

Steve has performed with many local musicians and
bands, including The Squeezebox Stompers, Matt
Borrello, Ashley Jordon and Lonesome Jukebox.

BOOKING INFORMATION

781-662-2616

hjnewman@verizon.net

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Howie and Joe Kessler

CONCERT VIDEOS

SAMPLE SONGS

Tracks from Howie's latest CD, When You're Happy, featuring Joe Kessler

That Old Car

Low Tech

2021 OUTDOOR CONCERTS

All shows are free

MORE TO COME! Check back for updates

Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.

Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Ave., Gloucester


Sunday, June 27, 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church
561 Main St., Melrose

BREAD OF LIFE BENEFIT

Wednesday, June 30, 6 p.m.
Neary Elemen. School
53 Parkerville Rd., Southboro

 

Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m.

Town Common

South St., Rochester, N.H.

 

Tuesday, July 13, 6 p.m. 

Schanda Park

137 Main St., Newmarket, N.H.


Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m.

Whitin Mill
50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville


Tuesday, July 20, 6 p.m.

Billerica Town Common
15 Concord Rd.


Wednesday, July 21, 6 p.m.

Codman Pool
6 Ballfield Rd., Lincoln


Thursday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.

Little River Park
39 N. River Rd., Lee, N.H.


Sunday, July 25, 5 p.m.

Sundays in Patton Park
284 Bay Rd., South Hamilton

 

Tuesday, July 27, 6 p.m.

Lakeville Public Library

4 Precinct St.


Wednesday, July 28, 6 p.m.

Bedford (N.H.) Concerts
Village Common Park
15 Bell Hill Rd.


Thursday, July 29, 6 p.m.

Asa Waters Mansion
123 Elm St., Millbury


Sunday, August 1, 6 p.m.
Castle Canyon Playgrnd.
97 South Franklin St., Holbrook

 

Tuesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.

Goodwill Park

30 Green St., Holliston


Thursday, August 5, 6 :30 p.m.

Ellis Park, Ocean Ave.
York, Maine

 

Friday, August 6, 7 p.m.

Beals Memorial Library

50 Pleasant St., Winchendon

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Lafayette Park

9 Storer St., Kennebunk, Maine

Thursday, August 19, 6 p.m.
Town Common
4 Epping St., Raymond, N.H.

Thursday, August 26, 6:30 p.m.

GAR Park

99 Main St., Haverhill

PAST SHOWS

Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m.

Duxbury Free Library

77 Alden St., Duxbury

Monday, May 10, 4 p.m.

Ingram Senior Center
1 Sally Sweets Way, Salem, N.H.

Thursday, June 3, 6 p.m.

Kimball Library

5 Academy Ave., Atkinson, N.H.

Saturday, June 12, 3:15 p.m.

Brockton Public Library

East Branch, 54 Kingman St.

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Howie is also doing a bunch of Zoom shows and outdoor solo concerts.

 

For the most up-to-date scheduling information, visit the calendar page.

Knock on Wood videos

2020 CONCERTS

Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.

Morrill Memorial Library
33 Walpole St., Norwood

 

Monday, August 3, 6 :30 p.m.

Bigelow Free Library
54 Walnut St., Clinton

 

Thursday, August 6, 6 p.m.

Summer Concert Series
Raymond (N.H.) High School

 

Monday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.

Bigelow Free Library
54 Walnut St., Clinton

 

Tuesday, September 15, 4:30 p.m.

Rochester Farmers Market
Rochester (N.H.) Common

20 concerts cancelled due to the pandemic

To see where we performed in 2019, click HERE.

HERE'S WHERE WE'VE PLAYED

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS 

Amesbury

Andover

Ashburnham

Bedford

Bedford, N.H.

Billerica

Canton

Chelmsford

Charlestown

Clinton

Holliston

Hampstead, N.H.

Hanover

Holbrook

Hooksett, N.H.

Kennebunk, Me.

Lancaster

Lee, N.H.

Lexington

Lincoln

Litchfield, N.H.

Malden

Mansfield

Marshfield

Melrose

Mendon

Milford, N.H.

Millbury

Millis

New Boston, N.H.

Ogunquit, Me.

Plymouth

Quincy

Raymond, N.H.

Rochester, N.H.

Sharon

Sherborn

Southboro

South Hamilton

Stow

Sudbury

Topsfield

Walpole

Watertown

Wells, Maine

Weston

West Newbury

Weymouth

Whitinsville

Whitman

Wilmington

Windham, N.H.

York, Maine

LIBRARIES

Amesbury

Braintree

Brockton

Brookline

Clinton

Foxboro

Duxbury

Fitchburg

Gloucester

Haverhill

Hopkinton

Hudson

Kingston, N.H.

Kittery, Me.

Manchester, N.H.

Marshfield

Mansfield

Middleboro

Milford

Millis

Milton

Byfield

Northboro

Norwell

Norwood

Pembroke

Reading

Shrewsbury

Salem, N.H.

Tewksbury

Randolph

West Roxbury

Wilmington

Windham, N.H.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

First Night Worcester

2016

Rockport New Year's Eve

2017, 2018, 2019

COFFEEHOUSES

Cat in the Cradle

Byfield

Arts on the Green

Shrewsbury

Open Road Coffeehouse

Rockland

We play a wide array of songs and styles. Here's a sample of some cover songs:

Barenaked Ladies

If I Had $1 Million

Beatles

When I'm 64

Bob Seger

Old Time Rock 'n' Roll

Buffalo Springfield

For What It's Worth​

Dion
Runaround Sue


Dire Straits

Sultans of Swing

Walk of Life


Dropkick Murphys

Shipping up to Boston


Eagles

Heartache Tonight

Hotel California

The Long Run


Elvis Presley

Don't Be Cruel

Eric Clapton

Lay Down Sally

Everly Brothers

Wake Up Little Susie


Fats Waller

It's a Sin to Tell a Lie


Frank Sinatra

New York, New York


Grateful Dead

Friend of the Devil


Guess Who

No Time

Hank Williams

Jambalaya

Huey Lewis & the News

If This Is It


Johnny Cash

I Walk the Line

Ring of Fire


Kinks
Sunny Afternoon

Lola

Little River Band

Cool Change


Mary Chapin Carpenter

He Thinks He'll Keep Her

How Do

Pure Prairie League

Amie


R.E.M.

Man on the Moon


Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil


Steely Dan

My Old School


Stray Cats

Rock This Town


Tom Petty

Runnin' Down a Dream

I Won't Back Down

Yer So Bad


The Who

Won't Get Fooled Again

PLUS ... Original tunes, children's songs, music for senior citizens and more (as appropriate).