On Friday, October 16, Bob E Kelly will be our feature performer

Bob E Kelly

Bob E Kelly

These days Bob E Kelly is a musician by avocation, He tried pro music in the past and while he found the applause satisfactory, he preferred regular paychecks, and so he chose a long and varied career with Ma Bell, (known as the “phone company” to millenials.)

In the meantime, he continued to write songs. Silly songs, and serious songs. He pounded his piano and he sang because he came from a musical tradition, where party pieces were the norm, and all the family sang the Irish-American standards.

Bob follows a tradition not unlike Randy Newman, or Tom Lehrer, a bit irreverent, a bit serious, always thought-provoking. He also likes Louis Armstrong’s quotation, “Why would you ever play a song the same way twice?” and often follows that lead. He specializes in odd arrangements of familiar songs, putting his Bob E Kelly stamp on them.

His musical chronology starts at 4 years of age, starting to pick out tunes on the piano, through piano lessons, and music study at the St. Paul’s Choir School as a member of the famed boys choir there, and a stint with The Greater Bostonians choral group. After that it was rock n roll bands, a cup of coffee with the Joplin MO local of the American Federation of Musicians, then regional success with a band called Fire Dept, and afterward abandoning professional performance until he retired from his telco career. Now he has the best job he’s ever had, RETIREMENT.

How it works: Doors open at 6:30 pm and music begins at 7:00 pm.  Performers are encouraged to sign up for an open mike slot. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Typically each performer will either play 3 songs or 15 minutes (whichever comes first). If we have a large number of performers sign up, the slots will be reduced to 2 songs or 10 minutes (whichever comes first).

Thinking about performing? Everybody is welcomed and encouraged to share their talents, but like all things in life, there are Rules. Each month we will have a feature performer who will get a longer, 30-minute slot. Check out our Calendar to see who will be featured at our coffeehouse in the coming months.

Equipment: We have a small PA, four microphones, and two direct inputs for instruments that provide sound reinforcement. A nice old upright piano is available for use as well.

Dates: Usually held on the second Friday of each month. Consult the Calendar page to make sure that the open mike is being held during any particular month. Occasionally we may need to move the date for a given month, depending on availability of the venue. For example, in October we’ll always be on the third Friday, and in July we are typically outdoors at the Rindge Historical Society on the first Saturday.


6 Payson Hill Road
Rindge, New Hampshire

Click here for map and directions.

Contact info:
David Lister: dave@meetinghousestage.com