The Thing in the Spring returns May 16

The Huntress and Holder of Hands will peform May 18.

The Huntress and Holder of Hands will peform May 18. COURTESY PHOTO

Sunburned Hand of the Man

Sunburned Hand of the Man COURTESY PHOTO

Marc Ribot performs Friday, May 17.

Marc Ribot performs Friday, May 17. COURTESY PHOTO

Violist Jessica Pavone performs May 18.

Violist Jessica Pavone performs May 18. COURTESY PHOTO

Buck Meek performs May 19.

Buck Meek performs May 19. COURTESY PHOTO

Prefuse 73 will appear May 17.

Prefuse 73 will appear May 17. COURTESY PHOTO

Jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith performs May 17.

Jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith performs May 17. PHOTO BY JIMMY KATZ

Nina Nastasia performs May 19.

Nina Nastasia performs May 19. COURTESY PHOTO

Earth will make its New Hampshire debut May 18.

Earth will make its New Hampshire debut May 18. COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 04-17-2024 8:34 AM

Modified: 04-17-2024 1:39 PM


From Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, the Thing in the Spring will be at Nova Arts in Keene.

It’s the 16th Thing, and the third since it moved to Keene from Peterborough. Both weekend passes and single-day tickets are available at thethinginthespring.com and at Brewbakers/Terra Nova Coffee. 

This year’s festivities begin with a kickoff party hosted by the people at Coopershill, who will be making the trip to Keene and emceeing the show, which features eight performances, headlined by the Monadnock region’s Modern Fools.

Friday has a lean toward jazz and avant garde music, featuring jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, hip-hop producer Prefuse 73 and avant garde guitarist Marc Ribot, as well as the Messthetics with James Brandon Lewis. The Messthetics feature the rhythm section of Fugazi, and Lewis is a former MacDowell fellow.

Saturday will see the first New Hampshire appearance by Earth, as well as composer and violist Jessica Pavone, The Huntress and Holder of Hands and Sunburned Hand of the Man. There will also be a poetry review and a book event with Chelsea Granger at Toadstool.

Sunday features Big Thief songwriter/guitarist/singer Buck Meek, as well as singer/songwriters Nina Nastasia, Jolie Holland and Song Exploder helmer and the One AM Radio himself, Hrishikesh Hirway. There will also be a city bird walk led by The Harris Center, and celebration of the new book of Dan Blakeslee’s rock posters.

In total, there will be approximately 35 bands on two stages, all at 48 Emerald St.

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