Returning in 2020

The KeithFest committee has decided to forego a festival in 2018 and 2019, and will instead plan for a 2020 10th Anniversary festival. We will update this page with further details as they become available.

Scholarship Information

If interested in applying for a Keith Brabant Music Scholarship, please complete and return the application found here under the “Scholarship” tab.

2018 River Take Me Home Benefit Concert

We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Jay Nash and all the performers and planners of the 2018 River Take Me Home benefit concert held on July 5th at Bonnie Castle in Alexandria Bay. This was an amazing event with musicians who gave of their time and talents to create a joyous evening of amazing music and positive energy that was a pleasure to attend. The Keith Brabant Music Scholarship was one of 3 local beneficiaries of the proceeds from this event, the three being: River Community Wellness Program for Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans; Alliance for the Great Lakes; and the Keith Brabant Memorial Scholarship. We are very thankful for the donation of $3,565.41 made to Northern New York Community Foundation for the Keith Brabant Music Scholarship fund from the proceeds of this event.
Keith Brabant, a musician/composer born in Clayton, NY, believed that introducing children to music early in life, during their school years, was important for the appreciation of music throughout a person’s life. He also believed that financial constraints should not prevent interested young people from pursuing their musical dreams.
This scholarship has been created in honor of Keith, who died in 2010, at age 33, but left a wonderful legacy of music for all. During his life Keith worked constantly to develop his musical talent, here in the North Country as well as in Colorado and Washington State. He toured throughout the western states sharing his music; while always finding time to enjoy nature – hiking, biking, and skiing – and the people he met along the way. Keith taught many young people to appreciate the gift of music and with this scholarship we are helping many others to pursue their own musical goals, and ensure Keith’s legacy continues.