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

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

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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

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 19, 2 p.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


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


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

Ellis Park, Ocean Ave.
York, 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

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 

Fuller Block Concert Series

Concerts in the Park

Summer Concert Series

Summer Music Series

Family Concerts in the Park

Concerts on the Common

Canton Summer Music Series

Chelmsford Summer Music

City Square Park Concert Series

Clinton Summer Concerts

Goodwill Park Concert Series

Hampstead Summer Concerts

Hanover Summer Concerts

Holbrook Summer Concerts

Hooksett Public Library

Lancaster Summer Music

Little River Park Concerts

Lexington Summer Concerts

Lincoln Summer Series

Litchfield Summer Concerts

Malden Public Library

Malden Summer Concerts

Mansfield Summer Concerts

Marshfield Fair

Melrose Four Corners

Melrose Public Library

Melrose Summer Stroll

Mendon Summer Series

Sounds on the Souhegan

Asa Waters Mansion

Millis Summer Concert Series

Concerts on the Common

Music in the Park

Plymouth Summer Series

Crane Library Concerts

Raymond Summer Concerts

Concert on the Common

Sharon Summer Concerts

Sherborn Summer Concerts

Southboro Summer Concerts

Sundays in Patton Park

Stow Summer Concert Series

Sudbury Summer Concerts

Topsfield Fair

Walpole Summer Concerts

Watertown Movie Concerts

Wells Summer Concerts

Weston Summer Concerts

W. Newbury Summer Concerts

Weymouth Summer Concerts

Whitin Mill

Whitman Summer Comcerts

Wilmington Summer Concerts

Nesmith Library

Windham Summer Concerts

Ellis Park Summer Music Series

Amesbury

Andover

Ashburnham

Bedford

Bedford, N.H.

Billerica

Canton

Chelmsford

Charlestown

Clinton

Holliston

Hampstead, N.H.

Hanover

Holbrook

Hooksett, N.H.

Lancaster

Lee, N.H.

Lexington

Lincoln

Litchfield, N.H.

Malden

Malden

Mansfield

Marshfield

Melrose

Melrose

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.

Windham, N.H.

York, Maine

LIBRARY MUSIC SERIES

Amesbury Public Library

Thayer Public Library

Brookline Public Library

Bigelow Free Public Library

Boyden Library

Duxbury Free Library

Fitchburg Public Library

Sawyer Free Library

Haverhill Public Library

Hopkinton Public Library

Hudson Public Library

Kingston Community Library

Rice Library

Manchester City Library

Ventress Memorial Library

Mansfield Public Library

Middleboro Public Library

Milford Town Library

Millis Public Library

Milton Public Library

Newbury Town Library

Northboro Free Library

Norwell Public Library

Morrill Memorial Library

Pembroke Public Library

Reading Public Library

Shrewsbury Public Library

Salem (N.H.) Public Library

Tewksbury Public Library

Turner Free Library

W. Roxbury Public Library

Wilmington Public Library

Nesmith Library

Amesbury

Braintree

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 CELEBRATIONS

First Night Worcester

Rockport New Year's Eve

2016

2017, 2018, 2019

COFFEEHOUSES

Cat in the Cradle

Arts on the Green

Open Road Coffeehouse

Byfield

Shrewsbury

Rockland

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

Barenaked Ladies

Beatles

Bob Seger

Buffalo Springfield

Dion
Runaround Sue
Dire Straits
Dire Straits
Dropkick Murphys
Eagles
Eagles
Eagles
Elvis Presley
Eric Clapton
Everly Brothers
Fats Waller
Frank Sinatra
Grateful Dead
Guess Who

If I Had $1 Million

I Want to Hold Your Hand

Old Time Rock 'n' Roll

For What It's Worth​

Runaround Sue
Dire Straits
Sultans of Swing
Walk of Life
Shipping up to Boston
Heartache Tonight
Hotel California
The Long Run
Don't Be Cruel
Lay Down Sally
Wake Up Little Susie
It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
New York, New York
Friend of the Devil
No Time

Hank Williams

Huey Lewis & the News
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Kinks
Kinks
Little River Band
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Pure Prairie League
R.E.M.
Rolling Stones
Steely Dan
Stray Cats
Tom Petty
Tom Petty
Tom Petty
The Who

Jambalaya

If This Is It
I Walk the Line
Ring of Fire
Sunny Afternoon
Lola
Cool Change
He Thinks He'll Keep Her
How Do
Amie
Man on the Moon
Sympathy for the Devil
My Old School
Rock This Town
Runnin' Down a Dream
I Won't Back Down
Yer So Bad
Won't Get Fooled Again

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