By Rick Koster Day staff writer Well, as of 9:55 p.m. Sunday night, inside the Knickerbocker Music Center in Westerly, there were no scientists or skeptics in sight. Instead, as a houseful of happy fans bellowed lustily along with Keen through his set-ending anthem, Sherry the waitress was still driving a brand-new Benz and martyred bad-boy Sonny was still on Death Row. That's what Keen and his band bring, night after night, song after indelible song.
If you know Keen's work — and his insanely good band — you've already got your tickets for Sunday's concert at the Knickerbocker Music Center in Westerly, RI. If you're not particularly familiar, get to the show. Over the course of two dazzling hours, you'll become a fan for life.
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