KTown Rocks!

KTown loves to Rock! Featuring blues/root rock by The Nighthawks, rockabilly by the Rock-A-Sonics, 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!



The Rock-A-Sonics

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

The Rock-A-Sonics play rockabilly, classic country and vintage rock ‘n’ roll. They hail from Maryland and feature a fantastic young singer/guitarist, Willie Barry, plus veteran support from Eric Hurtt (lead guitar), Louie Newmyer (upright bass), and Tom Bowes (drums).



Eli August and The Abandoned Buildings

Location: La Rambla Stage | 10:30-11:15, 12:00-12:30, 1:00-1:15, 1:45-2:00, 3:50-4:00

A Baltimore, MD and NYC based Chamber Folk ensemble that
plays dark and melodic heartfelt tunes.


Super Lucky Elephant

Super Lucky Elephant


Location: Sense And Sustainability Green Fair | 2:00-4:00

Kensington’s own (well 2 of them anyway!) Super Lucky Elephant returns to Day of the Book to offer upbeat and rocking pop faves from the 60s til today. Be ready to sing along!


Sisters Uke & Friends

Sisters Uke & Friends

Location: Sweat Shop Porch | 11:00-12:00
(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.


Esther Haynes & JC Veve Duo

Esther Haynes & JC Veve Duo

Location: Sense and Sustainability Green Fair – Flinn Park | 11:00-1:00

Virginia native, Esther Haynes is a vocalist and rhythm guitarist who has received numerous Washington Area Music Association awards over the past years. J.C. Veve is a guitarist and vocalist whose influences include country, blues and swing artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker and Django Reinhardt, among others.