Weekly Entertainment Coverage 15-18 February: Where to find buzzing art, music and performance in and around Manchester

Ted Herbert

As always, this week’s live entertainment in and around Manchester is brought to you by A. Robert Dionne of Ted Herbert Music School and Rentals. Email your entertainment to rob@majestictheatre.net for consideration. Be sure to add your event to the InkLink Community Calendar for possible inclusion in WMNH 95.3’s live radio coverage (The Peter White Morning Show – “Entertainment World” airs Thursdays at 8 a.m.)

Featured Live Music

Thursday, February 15th

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See Peter Pappas at Shorty’s in Nashua on February 15th.

  • Charlie Chronopoulos/Lithermans Brewing Company (Concord)/5:30 p.m.
  • Chris Taylor/Fratello’s (Manchester)/5:30pm
  • Lewis Goodwin / Merrimack / 6 p.m.
  • Peter Pappas / Shorty’s (Nashua) / 6 p.m.
  • Dave Clark / Telly’s (Epping) / 7pm
  • Lou Antonucci / Bronze Door (Salem) / 7 p.m.
  • Wood, Wind & Whiskey / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • Come Down with Me, Abandoned Stand, Empty Hall / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 8pm

Friday, February 16th

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MaddI Ryan plays The Bonfire on February 16th.

  • John Chouinard / Gaucho’s (Manchester) / 6pm – (The same applies to Saturdays)
  • Chris Lester/Backyard Brewery (Manchester)/6pm
  • Clint Lapointe / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Joe McDonald / Coach Station (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Joe Winslow / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Tyler Levs / San Francisco Kitchen (Nashua) / 6:30 PM
  • Paul Nelson / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 6:30pm
  • Phil Jacques/Luna Bistro (Salem)/7 p.m.
  • Kitchen Party/Stumble Inn (Londonderry)/8pm
  • Rob & Jody / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Stranded Town / Driffield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • The Whole Loaf / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Brix’n Mortar/Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester)/9 p.m.
  • Maddi Ryan / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

Saturday, February 17th

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Kat Ivy performs at Wild Rover on February 17th.

  • Joel Begin / Downtown Farmers Market (Concord) / 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Ernesto Burden / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Kat Ivy / Wild Rover (Manchester) /17:00
  • Garrett Smith/Backyard Brewery (Manchester)/6 p.m.
  • Ked Budka / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • McMurphy/Henniker/6 p.m.
  • Justin Jordan / Coach Station (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Patrick Synan/Murphy’s (Bedford)/6pm
  • Paul Gormley / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6 p.m.
  • Kimayo/Chen Yang Li (bow)/7pm
  • Henry LaLiberte Band / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Unlisted / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Martin and Kelly / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • High Fidelity Sound System / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm

Sunday, February 18th

  • Nate Comp / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11 a.m.
  • Jonny Friday Duo / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 2pm

Be sure to check the venue’s website or social media for last minute changes Or check to see if there are tickets or admission requirements. Thanks to Notso Costley Productions and NH Music Collective for their support and listing of local live music.

Featured Arts & Entertainment

Click on the DIRECT/x links for official links to purchase tickets for each event.

Thursday, February 15th

CROCE PLAYS CROCE / Capitol Center (Concord) / 7 p.m.– direct/x

Multi-talented singer/songwriter AJ Croce hits the road again to celebrate two more of his father Jim Croce’s legendary albums: 1973’s Life and Times and his final albums, I Got A Name and You Don ‘t Mess” songs with Jim. Croce Plays Croce’s 50th anniversary show features the legendary band and a moving multimedia presentation, accompanied by Jim’s songs (including unforgettable hits on previous tours, “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)”, ” Time in a Bottle”, “Time in a Bottle”, “Time in a Bottle”). and others). Fan demand for more content, AJ’s friendship with the audience, players, and connection to his father’s timeless music inspired AJ to embark on the 50th Anniversary Tour in 2023. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

14th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm – direct/x

The 2024 New England Winter Blues Festival and Tour will be promoted simultaneously as the Gulf Coast Records Revue. Featuring four Gulf Coast recording artists/four of the blues world’s most ferocious and beloved guitarists. Popa Chubby, Albert Castiglia, Monster Mike Welch and Paul Size (and his band The Wicked Lo-Down) will bring true blues guitar music to the Rex Theater stage. Performer bio and more information: www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

Friday, February 16th

BEATING A DEAD HORSE / Majestic Theater (Manchester) / Until 18 February – direct/x

Comedy by Jenny Stafford / Steve and Marty Martin are two brothers who are about to close their failing pet funeral home “on a nice farm upstate with plenty of room to run around.” Until an eccentric And the wealthy old lady offers them a large sum of money for the funeral of her almost-dead racehorse, Sir Trotz. There’s just one problem: the horse doesn’t die. www.majestictheatre.net or (603)669-7469

Prosecution Witness/City Auditorium (Concord)/ direct/x

By Agatha Christie / Hosted by Concord Community Players. Leonard Wall is accused of murdering a wealthy widow. The stakes are high with shocking witness statements, impassioned outbursts in the dock and one young man’s fight to escape the executioner’s noose. Considered one of Christie’s finest dramas, this suspenseful thriller keeps the audience guessing until the very end. If the prosecution witness is missed, it will definitely constitute a crime. Come and see what one London reviewer called “a guilty pleasure from a good night out”. www.communityplayersofconcord.org

Valentine’s Day Piano Duel / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm – direct/x

What are Dueling Pianos? The Duel Piano Show is an interactive, request-driven sing-along show in which two piano players sit across from each other and swap songs. For this show, you can request as many love songs as you want. Dueling pianos are used by spectators for the dueling portion of the show. There were two grand pianos in the center of the stage and a group of talented pianists who seemed to know every song ever written. Every show is different as there are requirements and you or a friend may even be called on stage for some humorous fun and some memorable YouTube moments. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

ON THE EXHALE / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / Ends February 18th – direct/x

PRESENTED BY THEATER KAPOW / When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the weapons used to commit the crime, and becomes inextricably linked to life and death. The hand is attracted by the irresistible feeling of power generated in the hand. Examining a uniquely American crisis, she began to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we are all part of the problem. This is the New Hampshire premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s gripping drama, which takes you into the heat of our nation’s most pressing debates. *Content Transparency: Exploring gun violence and parental grief. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

SHADES OF BUBLE / Palace Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm – direct/x

Shades of Bublé: A Tribute to Michael Bublé celebrates multiple grooves by performing his incredible catalog while adding sensational three-part harmonies popularized by those famous “guys” The ongoing career of Lemmy Award-winning recording artist Michael Bublé. Offering a setlist consisting exclusively of songs recorded or performed live by Michael Bublé, this world-class show respects but does not imitate the sophistication, vintage style and high energy that Bublé himself brings to concerts. fun while attracting new listeners. www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

Saturday, February 17th

BLUES BROTHERS THE NEXT GENERATION / Tupelo Music Hall (Delhi) / 8pm – direct/x (Same goes for Friday at 8pm)

Since 1996, Blues Brothers the Next Generation has been entertaining New England audiences with an energetic tribute to the legendary band that reinvigorated the R&B scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Grab your sunglasses, skinny tie and fedora and put on your boogie shoes because when the band starts rocking out, the joints start rocking! You don’t want to be left out of this party. If you can’t find a partner, just get a wooden chair! www.tupelomusichall.com or (603)437-5100

Musical Cooking Class with the Squid Sisters / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 2pm and 7:30pm – direct/x

The Calamari sisters are local celebrities in Brooklyn, New York, as singing and dancing stars and cooking stars on the public cable television cooking show MANGIA ITALIANO. During this rare event, Delfina and Carmela used their culinary expertise to spread their unique brand of Italian teaching to the masses. With stunning musical numbers, hilarious family anecdotes, and a little help from a few of you, these sisters will give you a cooking lesson you’ll never forget. Get ready to laugh until your sides ache. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

GIMME GIMME DISCO / Art Center (Nashua) / 8:30pm – direct/x

Calling all dancing queens! here we go again! If you can’t get enough ABBA, then we’ve got you covered. We are a DJ based dance party playing all your favorite ABBA hits, as well as many other disco hits from the 70s and 80s such as The Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Cher (disco attire is encouraged). So dear darling, take a chance and you will dance all night long. Grab your tickets, bring your friends and have the best night of your life! www.nashuacenterforhearts.com or 800-657-8774

Frank Santos Jr. – The R-rated Hypnotist / Palace Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm – direct/x

You’ll be surprised when you, your friends, or strangers in the room become the star of the show as hypnotist/comedian Frank Santos Jr. makes them believe they are singers, dancers, and more. This is a show where the audience becomes the show. His performances are endlessly varied and cater to every appetite. It’s a hilarious, energetic, and unique show you’ll never forget! www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

Sunday, February 18th

NSQUARED – Continuation of love! / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 4pm – direct/x

Dance Fundraiser/Continuation of Love extends the Valentine’s Day theme into the weekend. Join NSquared Dance as we dive into the many layers and spirals of love through dance! This fundraising show was filled with vignettes that showed the audience what NSquared is capable of! Join them for dining, a silent auction, and incredible dancing! www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

Be sure to visit THE WEEKENDER for more great events in town this weekend!

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