Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival

October 10-14, 2019

Observing the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of Jack Kerouac in October of 1969 And His Continuing Literary and Cultural Legacy

“Everybody goes home in October.”
—Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Thursday, October 10

Time: 9:30 am. Authors Panel. Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School. 250 Pawtucketville Blvd.

1:00 p.m. MCC/LCK Poetry Contest. Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Building. 240 Central Street. Open to the public.

6:00 pm: Traditional Kerouac Pub Tour. Old Worthen to Cappy’s Copper Kettle. Led by Bill Walsh and Mike Wurm. Begins at the Old Worthen. 141 Worthen Street. Donation Requested.

8:00 pm: LCK Kick-off Cappy’s Copper Kettle. Music and Readings with Alan Crane, George Koumantzelis, Colleen Nichols, and Meg Smith. Joined by special guests David Amram and Erik Deckers from the Kerouac Orlando Project. Hosted by John McDermott. 245 Central Street.

Friday, October 11

9:00 am: LHS Annual Poetry and Prose Competition. Lowell High School. Note: This is a Lowell High School event and not open to the public.

10:00 am: “Galloway to Walden Pond” Bus Tour Led by Richard Scott. A $10.00 donation requested. Departs from the LNHP Visitors Center. 246 Market Street. Reservations suggested. Call 978-970-5000.

11:30 am: Reality Alley Poetry Workshop II. Facilitated by Dan Bacon and Jim Dunn. The Old Worthen. 141 Worthen Street.

1:00 pm: Talking Jack. Hosted by Kurt Phaneuf. The ALL Gallery. 167 Market Street.

2:30 pm: Opening and Reception for Jonathan Collins Art Exhibit with Images of Kerouac. Pollard Library. 401 Merrimack Street.

3:30 PM: Orlando and Lowell—The Jack Kerouac Orlando Project. A Presentation by Erik Deckers from the Orlando Writers in Residence Community Room. Pollard Library. 401 Merrimack Street.

7:15 pm: Remembrances of Billy Koumantzelis and Al Hinkle. Hosted by Steve Edington.

8:30 pm: A Night of Jazz with the Legendary David Amram, and his band: Kevin Twigg on drums, Rene Hart on bass, and Adam Amram on Percussion. A Cover of $10.00 to support Lowell Celebrates Kerouac. 10:00pm: The Music of Mt. Pleasant. Zorba’s Music Hall. 437 Market Street.

Saturday, October 12

9:00 am: Commemorative at the Commemorative. French and Bridge Streets. Featuring a Traditional Jazz Funeral led by Ken Field and The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Jack Kerouac.

10:15 am: Bus Tour of the Kerouac Sites of Lowell. Led by Bill Walsh and Steve Edington. A $10.00 donation requested. Depart from the Commemorative. Reservations suggested. Call 978-970-5000.

10:15 am: Walking Tours of the Downtown Kerouac Sites. Led by Kurt Phaneuf. Donations gratefully accepted. Depart from the Commemorative.

11:00 am: Mercy Meal at Gallery Z. 167 Market Street.

12:30 pm: Cathy Cassady Presentation. Cathy will present a program about her parents Neal and Carolyn, and share some stories about what it was like growing up surrounded by prominent figures of the Beat Generation. Community Room of the Pollard Library. 401 Merrimack Street.

2:00 pm: Annual Parker/LCK Lecture. Nancy Fox: “Jack Kerouac: Fifty Years Later” Respondent: Erik Deckers. LNHP Visitors Center. 246 Market Street.

3:30 pm: Library Haunts and Hooky Tour. Led by Bill Walsh. Donations gratefully accepted. Pollard Memorial Library. 401 Merrimack Street.

4:00 pm: Annual Jack Kerouac Open Mic. Led by Cliff Whalen and Emceed by Dan Bacon. Upstairs at the Worthen. 141 Worthen Street.

6:00 pm: The Brian Hassett Road Show. Upstairs at the Old Worthen. 141 Market Street.

7:30 pm: Lowell’s Own Mike Dion with David Cleaves.

9:00 pm: Vance Gilbert Performance—Back by popular demand!

11:00: Mike Dion Band: An Evening with Daemon Chili: Live in Lowell. A cover of $20.00 to support Lowell Celebrates Kerouac. Zorba’s Music Hall. 437 Market Street.

Sunday, October 13

10:00 am: Mystic Jack Tour. Led by Bill Walsh. Donations gratefully accepted. St. Louis de France Church. 241 West 6th St.

1:30—4:00 pm: Annual Amram Jam. Downstairs at the Old Worthen. 141 Worthen Street.

5:30 pm: Music at Warp and Weft. Jen Beagen, Chris Ware, and John Cyr performing. Hosted by Dave Iverson. 197 Market Street.

6:00 pm: “Ghosts of the Pawtucketville Night” Tour. Led by Bill Walsh and Kurt Phaneuf. Cumnock Hall UML North Campus. 1 University Avenue.

8:00 pm: Paint Nite! Upstairs at the Old Worthen. 141 Worthen Street. $20.00 per person.

Monday, October 14

10:00 am: Kerouac’s Nashua Connection Van Tour. Led by Steve Edington. Donations gratefully accepted. Depart from the LNHP Visitors Center. Reservations suggested. Call 978-970-5000.

10:00 am: LCK Loop Tour. Led by Bill Walsh. Donations gratefully accepted. Departs from the Commemorative at French and Bridge Streets.

Last Call at the Worthen following the Loop Tour. Approximate starting time—2:00 pm. 141 Worthen Street.

Kerouac Opera: The premiere of a new opera based on the words of Jack Kerouac, in French and English will be held at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in collaboration with the UML College of Music. Time and venue TBD.

For updates check the LCK Website at: www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org.