Entertainment coverage April 4-7: Manchester and surrounding areas bustling with art, music and performance

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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, April 4th

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Liz Ridgely performs Fratello’s “April 4”.

  • Kimayo/Lithermans Brewing Company (Concord)/5:30 p.m.
  • Liz Ridgely/Fratello’s (Manchester)/5:30pm
  • Sean Coleman/Homestead (Merrimack)/5:30 PM
  • Ralph Allen / Merrimack / 6 p.m.
  • Richard Wallace / Shorty’s (Nashua) / 6 p.m.
  • Eddie Sands / Copper Door (Salem) / 7 p.m.
  • Tim Theriault / Telly’s (Epping) / 7pm

Friday, April 5th

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  • Hank Osborne / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Tyler Levs / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • David Corson / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Ken Budka/Murphy’s (Bedford)/6 p.m.
  • Mark Apostolides/Homestead (Merrimack)/6 p.m.
  • Kevin Madden Orchestra/To Share Brewing Company (Manchester)/6:30pm
  • Phil Jacques/Luna Bistro (Salem)/7 p.m.
  • John Chouinard / N’awlins (Concord) / 7 p.m.
  • Dancing Backwards Crazy / Driffield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Sidewayz LA/Stumble Inn (Londonderry)/8 p.m.
  • Frank Morey/Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester)/8pm
  • Emo Night: Pop Punk / Shaskeen Irish Bar (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Phil Maurice / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • The Fox and the Flamingo / The Peddler’s Daughter (Nashua) / 9:30 pm

Saturday, April 6th

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See Ralph Allen perform at Wild Rover on April 6th.

  • Peter Higgins/Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester)/4pm – 25th Anniversary! (music all night long)
  • Lucas Gallo/Great North Aleworks (Manchester)/4pm
  • Ordinary Man / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Justin Cohn / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Paul Lussier / Coach Station (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Ralph Allen/The Wild Rover (Manchester)/6pm
  • Rebecca Turmel/Murphy’s (Bedford)/6 p.m.
  • Clint Lapointe/Backyard Brewery (Manchester)/6 p.m.
  • Chris Lester / Chen Yang Li (bow) / 7 p.m.
  • Marianne Toilet and The Runs / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Brian Johnson / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Heart Beat City / Driffield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Country Roads / Campfire Country Pub (Manchester) / 9pm
  • No more blues tomorrow / The Hawker’s Daughter (Nashua) / 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 7th

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  • Marc Apostolides / Bronze Gate (Bedford) / 11 am
  • Nate Comp / Bronze Gate (Salem) / 11 AM
  • Chad Lamarsh/Stumble Inn (Londonderry)/2 p.m.
  • Robert Dion / Public Library (Bedford) / 2:30 PM
  • Steve Baker/Luna Bistro (Salem)/4 p.m.
  • John Chouinard / CR’s (Hampton) / 4 p.m.

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, April 4th

Robert Frost: The Poetry Business / Stockbridge Theater (Derry) 7:00pm – direct/x

The perfect marriage between a revered American poet (Teacher Pinkerton) and a beloved actor, Emmy winner (NYPD Blue) and Tony Award nominee Gordon Clapp Starring as Robert Frost in AM Dolan’s Robert Frost: The Poem. Frost’s endless pursuit of expressing life through metaphor and encouraging readers to find their own meaning in life is perfectly captured through intimate moments between actors and audiences in Frost’s timeless classics such as “Mending the Wall,” ” The Road Not Taken” and “Stop in the Woods.” www.stockbridgetheatre.showare.com (603)437-5210

CLUB D’ELF / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 7:30 pm – direct/x

For twenty-five years, Club d’Elf has been helping audiences forget the passage of time with their mesmerizing blend of traditional Moroccan music and electronic dub funk. Each performance at Club d’Elf features a different lineup of the jazz, DJ, rock and world music world’s most creative improvisers from Boston, New York and beyond. The band’s musical style is extremely broad, including jazz, hip-hop, electronic music, progressive, progressive rock and dub. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

Remembering Gene Wilder / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7pm – direct/x

Gene Wilder is a prolific actor and screenwriter, known for his roles in The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Silver Streak, The Frisco Kid He is best known for his lovable roles in classic films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This documentary reveals detailed insights into his life and career through rare, never-before-seen home videos and unforgettable scenes from our favorite Gene Wilder films. Guest appearances include Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, Carol Kane and Harry Connick Jr.th The annual Jewish film festival will be presented virtually at various venues until April 14th. www.rextheatre.org

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT / Tupelo Music Hall (Delhi) / 8pm – direct/x

Praised by The New York Times for his “true originality,” Rufus Wainwright has become one of the greatest male singers, songwriters and composers of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter has released ten studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums to date, including the Grammy-nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.

www.tupelomusichall.com or (603)437-5100

Friday, April 5th

FNC: DREW DUNN & FRIENDS / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm – direct/x

Drew Dunn started doing comedy at the age of 21 and never looked back. The New Hampshire-based comedian has quickly become one of the fastest-rising comedians in the United States with his wit and unique perspective. He has appeared at comedy festivals across the country, including the Johnny Carson Great American Comedy Festival, and was named “Best of Comedy Festival” at the 2017 Burbank Comedy Festival. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588 – Tickets are limited

American Spirit Orchestra / Capitol Center (Concord) / 8m – direct/x

The American Spirit Orchestra’s concert format typically consists of 16 to 20 orchestra members from around the world, an accompanist, and an African drummer. Since its founding in 1995, the singers have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire, from hymns to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers that highlight the black experience. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

Saturday, April 6th

Shoeless Nation / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm – direct/x

No Shoes Nation Band’s six talented musicians pay tribute to Kenny Chesney’s incredible Billboard chart-topping hits from his best-selling album, Kenny Chesney’s performance is recreated, playing the music you know and love. They bring the thrill and excitement of a Kenny Chesney concert with the same musical talent that drives Kenny Chesney to sell-out stadiums across the country. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

Alive – Bee Night / Palace Theater (Manchester) / 2pm and 7:30pm – direct/x

Enjoy the Night Fever with Stayin’ Alive: The World’s First Tribute to the Bee Gees! Your favorite Bee Gees hits “You Should Be Dancing” are performed perfectly on stage, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Jive Talkin’,” “More Than a Woman” and “I Started a Joke.” www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

PRACHER LAWSON / Arts Center (Nashua) / 8 p.m.– direct/x

Preacher Lawson was born in Portland, Oregon, but spent much of his adolescence in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved 20 times before he was 10 years old, but if you asked him what city he was from, he would say Orlando, Florida, because that’s where he grew up as a comedian. Lawson is best known for her role in Season 12 of NBC’s hit series America’s Got Talent (2017), where she made it to the final round. Based on his performance in Season 12, Lawson was invited to compete on America’s Got Talent: The Championship (2019) and Britain’s Got Talent: The Championship (2019), where he advanced to the finals after receiving the most fan votes. www.nashuacenterforhearts.com or 800-657-8774

Sunday, April 7th

Robert Dion Piano Cabaret / Public Library (Bedford) / April 7, 2:30 pm – free events

Part of the 2023/24 Sunday Concert and Cookie Series, taking place in the McAllaster Room. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Bedford Library at halftime. Join Robert Dionne for his popular interactive piano/vocal cabaret show; at this invitation-only event, you can listen to music and sing along from an audience-created song list. It is recommended to book in advance. Register here (www.bedfordnhlibrary.org)

BONJOUR BUTTERFLY / Palace Theater (Manchester) / 1pm and 4pm – direct/x

Join the Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet as they bring this childhood favorite to life in this magical ballet. Fancy Nancy is furious that she can’t attend her best friend Bree’s butterfly-themed birthday party, but her family’s outing might be enough to make her feel a little better. The Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet will also perform Hans Christian Andersen’s classic “The Princess and the Pea.” This performance is suitable for children and young ballet dancers of all ages. www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

Beijing Acrobats/Arts Center (Nashua)/4 p.m.– direct/x

Over the past thirty-two years, “Beijing Acrobatics” has redefined audiences’ perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring routines on rickety chair pagodas and showcase their technical prowess in the arts of stunt biking, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaults and gymnastics. They challenge the limits of human ability, defying gravity with stunning twists, agility and control. Beijing’s acrobats are often accompanied by live musicians skilled in playing traditional Chinese instruments; historic Chinese music is combined with high-tech special effects and stunning acrobatics to create a lively entertainment extravaganza that represents the Chinese Carnival. A festive occasion. www.nashuacenterforhearts.com or 800-657-8774

Upcoming events

The Birthday Club / Majestic Theater (Manchester) / 12-14 April – direct/x

Five women come together to celebrate a birthday, each with their own story, drinking, celebrating, commiserating and supporting each other as they discuss marriage, work, divorce, parenthood and children while solving the world’s problems. One by one, they revealed their personal, work and family problems, and Vodka caused a stir when one admitted she was dating another’s husband. The question is: will the Birthday Club continue to exist, or will Rule #5 end it for good? www.majestictheatre.net or (603)669-7469

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

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