Jan. 5-8 Entertainment Report: Lively arts, music, shows in and around Manchester

Jan. 5-8 Entertainment Report: Lively arts, music, shows in and around Manchester

This week’s roundup of live entertainment in and around Manchester is brought to you by A. Robert Dionne of Ted Herbert Music School & Rentals. Email your entertaining events to [email protected] for consideration. Be sure to add your events to the InkLink community calendar for possible inclusion in the live radio report on WMNH 95.3 (The Breakfast Show with Peter White – “World of Entertainment” LIVE every Thursday at 8 am) MUSIC LIVE Featured Night Comp plays City Hall Pub January 5th.


Paul Driscoll / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5:00 pm Jeff Mrozek / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5:30 pm Lou Antonucci / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30 pm Clint Lapointe / Elm House of Pizza (Manchester) / 6:00 pm Chad Lamarsh / Bedford) / 7pm Chris Lester / Copper Door (Salem) / 7pm Justin Jordan / Tortilla Flat (Merrimack) / 7pm Nate Comp / City Hall Pub (Manchester) / 7pm Ralph Allen / Telly’s (Epping ) / 8pm Joanie Cicatelli January 6 at Home in Merrimack.


Joanie Cicatelli / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm Rebecca Turmel / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm Karen Grenier / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm Jodee Frawlee / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm Eric Grant BandM / Derryfield / Restaurant 8pm. Peterson Family Affair / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm Swipe Right Trio / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm Deviant Music / Chantilly Restaurant & Pub (Hoksett) / 8pm Help Out / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / Time 21:00 Bad Editions Isaiah Bennett Bar (Manchester) / 21:00 Eric Marcs / The Goat (Manchester) / 21:00 The Cosmic Factory, The Faith Ann Band, Out of Water / Shaskeen Pub (Manchester) / 21:30 Fatbunny at Bonfire Country Bar June 24.


Sam Hammerman / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 17:00 Amanda Adams / The Foundry (Manchester) / 18:00 Brad Myrick / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 18:00 Charlie Chronopoulos / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 18:00 00 Tylercoitchen Levs / San Francis Nashua) / 6:30pm Malcolm Salls / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7:00pm Dancing Crazy Backwards / Derryfield Restaurant (Manchester) / 8:00pm Long Autumn / Shaskeen Pub (Manchester) / 9pm FatBunny / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm Frankie Boy & the Blues Express / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm Phil Jacques performs January 8th at WHYM Brewery in Hampton.


Steve Prisby / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11 a.m. Phil Jacques / WHYM Brewery (Hampton) / 1 p.m.

Always be sure to check a venue’s website or social media for last-minute changes or to see if there are ticket or admission requirements.



NASHVILLE NEWCOMERS – Tim Dugger & Lauren Davidson / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 8:00 p.m.

Curb Records / MCC recording artist, Country Music singer/songwriter and Alabama native Tim Dugger was raised on NASCAR racing, Gospel singing and classic Country music. He developed a true love for songwriting and storytelling during summers spent at his local music store jamming with bluegrass pickers. Country Music Association (CMA) artist and Grammy Recording Academy member Lauren Davidson is unusual, inimitable and unforgettable. Mixing the New York City vibe with the rich tones of Contemporary Country Music, she has created a genre all her own, and audiences and critics just can’t get enough. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

RECYCLED PERCUSSIONS / Palace Theater (Manchester) / until 7 January

You may have seen them impress the judges on America’s Got Talent, or even seen them perform in Las Vegas or maybe as they opened the 2017 Super Bowl or on their Emmy Award winning TV show “Chaos & Kindness”! Maybe, just maybe, you’re one of the few who haven’t seen this fantastic show. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, a show with recycled percussion always rocks! Don’t miss this show packed full of surprises and crowd favorites in an incredible turbo performance. Be a part of a special show that took these guys all the way to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas! www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

PIANO DUELING / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 7:00 p.m

A fundraiser for the Londonderry High School Trip to Washington DC. www.tupelomusicall.com or (603)437-5100

DISNEY ON ICE – FIND YOUR HERO / SNHU Arena (Manchester) / until January 8

Get ready to discover the hero in all of us when Disney On Ice returns with a magical adventure for the whole family, audiences will discover what it really means to be a hero as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends from the entire Disney Kingdom comes together to take families on a journey through eternity Discover that courage, determination and heart are all part of the hero in you with lovable characters and cutting-edge figure skating, eye-catching costumes and stunning sets. Innovative lighting, exciting special effects, high jumps and breathtaking skating make Disney On Ice Find Your Hero presents an experience the whole family will cherish forever! https://www.ticketmaster.com


SCENE CHANGES / Hatbox Theater (Concord) / until January 22

Written by local playwright Don Tongue and produced by New World Theatre.

“It’s a traveling Broadway show, a theatrical purgatory, and the only reason any of us are here is because we didn’t get to play a part in a production without wheels!” So explains Samantha Wheelwright, a former British star of stage and film whose fluctuating career has landed her the role of Mrs Cratchit in a traveling production of A Christmas Carol. Her co-star who plays Bob Cratchit has taken ill and is in the hospital in Burlington, VT. When the show arrives in Concord NH, the producer is forced to hire a new local actor. Enter Matthew Simmons, whose presence creates an unlikely pairing that immediately erupts into a colossal clash of wills as star-struck youthful enthusiasm crashes into cynical midlife realism—and the scene changes. This show contains adult language. www.hatboxnh.com or (603)715-2315

DREW DUNN & FRIENDS / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7.30pm

New England’s hottest youth comics with NH’s Drew Dunn! Drew Dunn started performing comedy at the age of 21 and hasn’t looked back since. This NH based comic quickly established himself as one of the fastest growing comedians in the country with his quick wit and unique perspective. He has appeared at comedy festivals across the country, including Johnny Carson’s Great American Comedy Festival, and was named Best of Fest at the 2017 Burbank Comedy Festival. www.rextheatre.org or (603 )668-5588


FOLLOW THE LED / Capitol Center (Concord) / 8:00 p.m

Get The Led Out – A Celebration of “The Mighty Zep” is a group of professional musicians who are passionate about their love for the music of Led Zeppelin. It has been their mission to bring the studio recordings of “The Mighty Zep” to the big concert stage. This is not an impersonation act, but rather a group of musicians who were originally fans, trying to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history! www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111


Born near the Atlantic shores of New Hampshire’s Seashore, Idlewild was formed to celebrate and pay tribute to American southern rock powerhouse, The Allman Brothers Band. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588


PIZZASTOCK 6.5 / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 1 p.m

This battle of the bands style competition will feature the four previous winners of these music shows that highlight local teenagers and young adults. Their passion for music and helping others shines through in every performance. With the bands Fourth Degree, Crescendo’s Gate, Cozy Throne and Second to Last Minute. Participating band information can be found on various social media and music streaming apps. The Jason R Flood Memorial was created as a way for the Flood family to connect with local youth and honor the memory of their son Jason. “Our mission is to increase awareness and the ability to reach out when the warning signs are spotted. Partnering with mental health providers and organizations helps us build leadership and trust in our young audience, allowing them to speak up and erase the stigma of mental health issues. “Pizzastock” is our trademark that we use for our fundraising events. These events were organized to give Jason’s friends an opportunity to remember him, spreading the message that “You are not alone”. We encourage our talented participants to meet, share and discuss their passion. The performers range in age from high school to youth. Their professionalism, desire to help and be part of their community is impressive. More information about the Jason R Flood Memorial can be found on our Facebook page or www.Pizzastock.org.” Tickets for this event at www.tupelomusicall.com or (603)437-5100


CATS: YOUNG ACTOR’S EDITION / Majestic Theater (Derry) / 27-29 January 2023

A short adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, specially adapted for young actors. Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot / CATS is set in a larger-than-life litter playground and is alive with purr-effect cats, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Skimbleshanks and Grizabella. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one, they tell their stories to the amusement of the Old Law, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a life completely new Jellicle. Presented by The Majestic Academy Youth & Teens. www.majestictheatre.net or (603)669-7469

Be sure to visit WEEKENDER for more popular events out and about town this weekend!

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