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 covers and funny original music (suitable for all ages).
It’s a very lively show with great musicianship, nice vocal harmonies and a little humor here and there.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 150 minutes
What to Expect
Knock on Wood, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman, is not your typical guitar-fiddle folk music act.
The high-energy acoustic duo combines guitar, fiddle, mandolin and excellent vocals, and playing well-known rock covers and a funny original songs (suitable for all ages). If the occasion arises, they might also do some children’s songs. It's a family-friendly show.
Knock on Wood puts on a very lively show with great musicianship and nice harmonies – ideal for indoor and outdoor concerts. In addition, Howie is a p.r. professional who can help out with publicity, media placements, posters, etc.
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.
Howie partners with Joe Kessler or Steve Latanision for Knock on Wood concerts.
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.
Additional Booking Notes
We have our own sound system, which can handle intimate venues as well as outdoor concerts.
Past Booked Events
|November 09, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Folk-rock concert at Fitchburg Public Library|
|November 01, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Folk-rock concert at Randolph Public Library|
Here's a set list from our last outdoor gig:
When I’m 64 (Beatles)
Lay Down Sally (Eric Clapton)
My Baby Can’t Parallel Park (original)
No Time (Guess Who)
Hotel California (Eagles)
Wake Up Little Susie (Everly Brothers)
Our Kids Aren’t Kids Anymore (original)
Why Did You Go Johnny Damon (original)
Don’t Be Cruel (Elvis Presley)
Jambalaya (Hank Williams)
If This Is It (Huey Lewis)
That Old Car (original)
Sunny Afternoon (Kinks)
Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead)
Heartache Tonight (Eagles)
When You’re Happy, I’m Happy, too (original)
He Thinks He’ll Keep Her (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
Shippin’ up to Boston (Dropkick Murphys)
Amie (Pure Prairie League)
Influences & Inspiration
Steely Dan, Eagles, Kinks, Beatles, Grateful Dead
We provide all equipment, including amps, speakers, microphones, stands, etc.
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