KTown Rocks!

KTown loves to Rock! Featuring blues/root rock by The Nighthawks, rockabilly by Dede & The Do-Rights, and dark melodic folk/rock of Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings.


The Nighthawks

Location: KTown Rocks! Stage | 2:00-4:00

The Nighthawks return to the Kensington Day of the Book Festival with their energetic blues and root rock music. A crowd favorite. After 40 years The Nighthawks are still having a Damn Good Time and so will you!

one-dede-and-the-do-rightsDede and the Do-Rights

Location: KTown Rocks! Stage | 11:45-1:45

In the late 40’s and early 50’s, that wild and unpredictable time when roots country careened head-long into the birth of rock ‘n roll, a new sound emerged…a wondrous fusion of some of the best elements of country music and vocal harmonies with an early rock ‘n roll feel.

Dede Wyland, who has forged her musical career in the great world of bluegrass music, joins forces with some of the DC area’s finest classic rockers, Bill Williams, Tom Bowes and Scott McKnight, to present their version of this music for which they have a shared passion.


Special Appearance by Cerphe Colwell!  cerphes up book
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Location: KTown Rocks! Stage | 1:45 to 2:00

Cerphe, one of the original WHFS radio personalities, will read from his book Cerphe’s Up: A Musical Life with Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, CSNY, and Many More (co-authored by Stephen Moore).  […more]
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Eli August and The Abandoned Buildings


Location: La Rambla Stage

The music of Eli August is akin to the waters of a great river. It’s always moving and pushing forward, whether through percussive guitar and banjo, or the urgency of delicately crafted lyrics; the music never looks back.
The Dark Americana music is, at its roots, devoted to romantics and those who reflect upon their days with a certain longing for the past. Eli is often backed by an ever changing East Coast collective called The Abandoned Buildings, who bring rich and earthy orchestrations to the settings imagined in August’s songwriting, from the deep undulations of the ocean, to the quiet mystery of the forest and the openness of the dry and dusty road.
Whether solo, or along with the Abandoned Buildings, Eli will have you tapping your foot, singing along and reminiscing of your own long ago journeys.


Sisters Uke & Friends

Location: Sweat Shop Porch | 11:00-1:00
(10410 Montgomery Ave at the east end of the festival)

Sisters Uke & Friends can’t wait to entertain its hometown’s friends and neighbors again with its unique sound, featuring a lively, family friendly blend of rock, folk, Irish and alternative tunes in celebration of Kensington’s Day of the Book.

Musical interludes and accompaniment for The Power of Poetry Program by Michael Davis  (11:00 to 11:15 and in between readers, poetry tent on Fawcett Street) 45b7eefa-6e6e-4d31-a2ca-f96e776682dc

Michael Davis is a classical guitarist, poet, and editor. He resides in Falls Church, Va. He has played locally for poetry readings at the Cafe Muse in Friendship Heights and Mariposa in College Park.  He had the pleasure of playing guitar for Poet Laureate Kay Ryan’s farewell party at the Library of Congress in 2010.As a poet he has been teaching workshops in the Washington area for more than 12 years.


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Scott Douglass Quartet
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Location: Sweat Shop Porch | 2:00-4:00
(10410 Montgomery Ave at the east end of the festival)

Scott Douglass, bass
Colin Crawford, saxophone
Gabe Fernandez, drums
Scott Camillo, piano