Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Ken Lelen presents “When Love Was Nifty,” vintage songs on vintage guitars

Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. — RANDOLPH — With catchy tunes, clever lyrics and amusing anecdotes, singer-guitarist Ken Lelen will remind folks “When Love Was Nifty” in his concert at Chandler Center for Arts in Randolph on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m.

His program celebrates love — lost, found, discarded or denied — with ragtime, jazz and swing tunes that evoke romantic trysts, summer flings, moonlit nights, heartthrobs and heartaches — tunes of an era when people dated, dined and danced to their favorite love songs.

For an authentic, back-in-the-day sound, Lelen will play vintage guitars from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Crafted by such venerable firms as Regal, Gibson, Martin and Weymann, they make music that’s striking for their tone, character and sustain without the use of pick-ups, gizmos or gimmicks.

“People of all ages love the songs and they’re pleasantly surprised by the robust sound and classy appeal of vintage guitars,” said Lelen, who has performed vintage music concerts across the East Coast for nearly two decades.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available at or by calling 802-728-6464 weekdays between 3 and 6 p.m.

Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.

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