Arts & Leisure

Burnham Hall welcomes Dave Keller Band


Burnham Hall in Lincoln is busy. This Saturday the Ripton Community Coffee House will bring Cloudbelly to the stage, and the following Saturday, Dec. 11, the Burnham Hall Music Series will welcome Dave Keller for a show at 7:30 p.m. 

Keller is an award-winning, triple-threat: an outstanding singer, an intense guitarist, and a talented songwriter. Fueled by his love of deep Southern soul and blues music, his performances ring out with passion, integrity and an ability to break down the barriers between performer and audience.

Ever since renowned guitarist Ronnie Earl chose Dave Keller to sing on his album “Living In The Light,” Keller’s star has been on the rise. He has been nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul/Blues Album, won the International Blues Challenge Best Self-Released CD Award, and been chosen for Downbeat’s Best Recordings of the Year.  

Keller released “Every Soul’s a Star” in late 2018 on Catfood Records’ label. On this album, Keller’s vocals and guitar playing shine on 10 new originals, plus one tribute to Aretha Franklin.  

“Dave is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever been around,” said Catfood label head Bob Trenchard.

“I really hope this one helps people,” said Keller of his 2018 album. “There are songs about love and heartbreak. And songs that address the troubles of the world. I hope these songs find a home in people’s hearts.”

A bit of a late bloomer, Keller grew up in Massachusetts, loving music, but not picking up guitar until age 16, and not singing in his first band until age 20. But blessed with mentors including deep soul singer Mighty Sam McClain, mystical soul guitarist Robert Ward, acoustic blues master Paul Rishell, and soul/blues man Johnny Rawls, Keller made up for lost time.  

Relocating to icy Vermont in 1993, Keller found fertile ground to grow his audience, and has become a household name there. Famous for his live-wire shows, Keller can often be found 50 feet out in the crowd, teasing fiery licks from his trusty Stratocaster, singing off-mike as the audience sings along.

Catch the Dave Keller Band’s performance, next Saturday, Dec. 11, at Burnham Hall in Lincoln. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, teens and kids free. Refreshments are served. Masks are required. Bring your Covid vaccination card. For more information, call 802-388-6863.

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