SJ Riley. Courtesy sjrileymusic.com. All other images supplied by Ida Brown.

Durham invited to LIVE music of Elvis Presley, Neil Young and more…

The Keene Centre for the Arts is inviting Durham residents to a celebration of ‘Notoriously Nice November’ with lots of live music, apart from theatre, catwalk shows, karaoke competitions, vaudeville and much more.

“There are only 10 shows left for this year. Better hurry and reserve tickets”, says Ida Brown, organizer. “We have been working super hard at finalizing dates and bands”.

Peterborough-based musician, singer and songwriter, Sarah-Jayne Riley − or SJ Riley as she calls herself on stage − will kick off the Notoriously Nice November finale with a concert at the Keene Centre for the Arts on Friday, November 19th at 7 pm.

“This is a show not to be missed, especially after the release of her acclaimed single ‘Mansion of Broken Hearts’, the music video of which was filmed in a haunted house”, says Brown.

Ticket costs just $20 and can be sourced online here or reserved by texting at (705) 440-0527. Tickets can also be bought at the door.

The following day, the headline act features Daniel Jackman and Darren Brown with music from the 50’s and the 60’s. Hear Darren play tribute to a wide range of music from Elvis Presley to John Denver, from Glen Campbell to Garth Brooks etc.

They will be performing live on Saturday, November 20th at 8 pm.

The next weekend special will see Mike Kelly and Company thrill audiences on Friday, November 26th at 7 pm. He is one of the best tribute musicians for the music of Neil Young and more.

Tickets are priced at just $20 and can be bought online here or reserved by texting at (705) 440-0527. Tickets can also be bought at the door.

Notoriously Nice November will be wrapped up with another headline act ─ Rice Lake True and Free. They will take the stage on Saturday, November 27th at 8 pm and promise a treat to lovers of the music of Leena Santocono, which talks about adventure, sunsets, the lake, fishing, the boating…

“The Keene Centre for The Arts is a groovy little ‘far out’ kinda place that offers a speakeasy style cafe bar where incense lingers and stuff is for sale like mood rings and love beads”, says Ida Brown. “We have night market cafes on Friday evenings, local bands and retro tributes appearing on Saturday nights and fashion shows on holidays where models of every age and size showcase our vintage inspired collection of band T-shirts and retro clothing”.

In the two-storied structure, upstairs is like a house party where the DJ creates a music vibe in the private green room. “Attached is a fully licensed Rose Window bar situated in the middle of a dressing room, which is stocked full of costumes you can try on. And there is a playroom for your little ones with trains and dolls for sale and a Pac-Man machine (that doesn’t need quarters)”, says Ida.

The Keene Centre for the Arts is a one-stop family fun stop away from it all, she adds.

The centre is located at 12, 1st Street, Keene, ON, K0L 2G0.

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