MELROSE’S Howie Newman (right) was joined by his daughter, Jen, and granddaughter, Hannah, for a song at the June 23 Pantry of Hope fundraiser. Joe Kessler is on the fiddler.


MELROSE — The June 23 Pantry of Hope benefit concert by local duo Knock on Wood raised $1,060. It was hosted by the First Baptist Church of Melrose and drew a sizeable crowd on the church lawn.

The Pantry of Hope (, run by the First Baptist Church, provides food for needy families and individuals in the Melrose area.

This was the fourth annual community fundraiser by Knock Wood (, an acoustic folk-rock duo fronted by Melrose’s Howie Newman.

“It was a fun show and a great night,” said Newman. “It was nice to see the community come together to support the church’s food pantry and have an enjoyable evening together.”


A GOOD CROWD turned out to hear folk-rock duo Knock on Wood, featuring Melrose’s Howie Newman, at the June 23 Pantry of Hope fundraiser hosted by the First Baptist Church.