mission / about


The Junk Kitchen Concert Series produces thematic musical performances around creative concepts and social issues. Using music as a medium for dialogue, the series fosters interaction between audience members, musicians, and local organizations.

about the Junk Kitchen

Ben Dicke and Esther Viola Kurtz founded The Junk Kitchen Concert Series in 2012 in order to attract broader audiences to improvised and composed music. By pairing diverse topics with eclectic musical material, the series relates music back to everyday life. A cast of innovative musicians hosts each show, encouraging audience participation and engagement with topical issues. The conceptual themes range from the serious to the absurd, addressing everything from the artistic relevance of smooth jazz, or the threat of global water scarcity, to the musical virtues of the Chickadee.