Feb 2-5 Entertainment Report: Lively arts, music, shows in and around Manchester

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This week’s round-up of fun in and around Manchester is brought to you by A. Robert Dionne of Ted Herbert Music School & Rentals. Email your entertainment to [email protected] for consideration. Be sure to add your events to the InkLink community calendar to be included in the live radio coverage on WMNH 95.3 (The Morning Show with Peter White – “World of Entertainment” LIVE every Thursday at 8 am)

Featuring LIVE MUSIC

Ruby Shabazz with Harry Borsch and Fee the Evolutionist Feb. 2 at the Currier Museum.


  • Ken Budka / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Ruby Shabazz and the Evolutionist Fee / Currier Museum (Manchester) / 5-8pm (Thursday Night Free)
  • Joanie Cicatelli / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30pm
  • Rebecca Turmel / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Dave Clark / Shorty’s (Nashua) / 6pm
  • Ralph Allen / Elm Pizza House (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Chad Lamarsh / Copper Door (Bedford) / 7pm
  • Jordan Quinn / Tortilla Flat (Merrimack) / 7pm
  • Steve Prisby / City Hall Pub (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Peter Higgins / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm

Rose Kula plays on February 3rd at Village Trestle.


  • Chris Lester / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Justin Jordan / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Tom Boisse / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Doug Thompson / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Rose Kula / Village Trestle (Goffstown) / 6pm
  • Sean Coleman / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm
  • Fuzzbox / Makris Lobster & Steak House (Concord) / 7:30pm
  • Eric Grant Band / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Swipe Right Duo / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Last Child Named / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • BJ Magoon & Driving Sideways / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Martin & Kelly / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

February 4 – Fox and Flamingos at Derryfield.


  • Andrew North / Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market (Concord) / 9am-12pm
  • Kevin Horan / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Sam Hammerman / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Dani Sven / The Hill Bar & Grille (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Charlie Chronopoulos / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 6pm
  • Malcolm Salls / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Andrew Geano / San Francisco Kitchen (Nashua) / 6:30pm
  • Alex Cohen / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • Rock Junkies / Lynn’s 102 Tavern (Hudson) / 8pm
  • Fox & The Flamingos / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Scalawag / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Wired For Sound / Shaskeen (Manchester) / 9pm

Mike Forgette and Brunch: All Together February 5. at the Goat / Manchester.


  • Brad Myrick / The Foundry (Manchester) / 10am
  • Mike Forgette / The Goat (Manchester) / 10am
  • Acoustic Sessions with Bob Pratte / Village Trestle (Goffstown) / 3:30pm

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

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YOUR COUNTRY / Hatbox Theater (Concord) / until February 19th

Play by William Ivers. The coveted Eadburg Art Endowment will now be awarded to one of three winners with three distinct artistic visions. Prof. Adley Schwartz has traditional views, Z-Jones believes that art is rebellion, while Joy wants her art to shout social messages. All three find themselves in the museum’s waiting room while the board makes its final decision. Their different perspectives grow when they realize that a lucrative grant will come with demands that may compromise their professional and ethical values. Watching (and arguing) from the ether is none other than Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Bob Ross. www.hatboxnh.com or (603)715-2315

BLUES BROTHERS – THE NEXT GENERATION / LaBelle Winery (Amherst) / 8pm

Join Jake and Elwood aka The Blues Brothers for an unforgettable night of blues. The Next Generation Blues Brothers is a 10-piece blues and soul band that plays tribute to the original Blues Brothers – Jake and Elwood. Since 1996, the Blues Brothers Next Generation have been entertaining New England with their high-profile tribute to the popular show that revitalized the R&B scene in the late ’70’s ​​and early ’80’s. Grab your shades, skinny ties and fedoras, and throw on your boogie shoes, because when the band starts rockin’, the joint starts rockin’! www.labellewinery.com or (603)672-9898.

VYNTYGE SKYNARD / LaBelle Winery (Derry) / 8pm

Lynyrd Skynyrd was the most formidable band to ever emerge from the South. Vyntyge Skynyrd honors and celebrates the band’s 1970s era by recreating this timeless piece of music as it was originally recorded and performed. They capture the fire and heart of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the soul of their fearless leader Ronnie Van Zane. You’ll be transported back to 1977 where you’ll hear all the old Skynyrd favorites like Sweet Home Alabama, Saturday Night Special, Gimme Three Steps, and of course you can scream “FREEBIRD” all you want because you’ll get it. ! www.labellewinery.com or (603)672-9898.


THE LADIES OF TELEPHONE / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm

With two of the best rock guitarists in the world: GE Smith (Hall & Oats / Bob Dylan & the SNL Band), Jim Weider (The Band & Levon Helm Band), this is definitely a historic night of Blues & Roots Rock. & Roll. Playing songs from Roy Buchanan, Richard Young, Neil Young, Jimmy Reed, Steve Winwood, Sam Cooke and more! www.tupelomusichall.com or (603)437-5100

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THE NEW PIANO MEN / Palace Theater (Manchester) / LAST WEEKEND!

As the timeless music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Freddie Mercury reunites, All the New Piano Men will introduce new piano greats to the Palace Theater stage and dance in the aisles. Featuring a live band, top singers, and dancers straight from New York City, the offerings at these parties are nothing short of stellar. An original musical production by Artistic Director Carl Rajotte, this timeless musical is brought back to the stage right before your eyes, something you won’t want to miss! www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

FNC DAVE RUSSO & FRIENDS / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm

Recently named the “Best Male Comic” in the city by the Boston Examiner, Dave Russo has been a mainstay of Boston comedy for the past fifteen years. As host of NESN’s Dirty Water TV, he produces regular comedy series, in addition to reporting on the best of Boston’s nightlife. He has appeared on E! TV series “Entertainment”, NBC’s “The Today Show,” FOX 25 with Gene Lavanchy, “The Phantom Gourmet,” and was hand-picked by the producer of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” to perform on NESN’s Comedy All-Stars. Dave was recently featured on BostonGlobe.com’s “Boston, A Comedy Capital” panel, where he participated in a discussion of the history and future of Boston comedy. You can hear him every Friday on 980 WCAP. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR / Dana Center at Saint Anselm’s (Manchester) / 7:30pm

With more than 50 years of making music, Livingston Taylor’s repertoire is endless with songs ranging from his top 40 hits to tender ballads to Gershwin. His depth of technical knowledge runs counter to the personal stories, anecdotes and front-porch empathy he carries through his shows. Get ready for a cozy evening of storytelling and song. www.tickets.anselm.edu or (603)641-7700


ELVIS NIGHT / Majestic Theater (Manchester) / 7pm

Join us for “All Things Elvis” in this musical revue featuring 16 talented local artists performing songs recorded by Elvis throughout his career! www.majestictheatre.net or (603)669-7469

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ROB SCHNEIDER / Capitol Center (Concord) / Saturday, February 4th at 8 pm

Rob Schneider is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. Comedian and veteran of NBC’s award-winning Saturday night sketch show, Schneider has gone on to a successful career in film, television and continues his extensive headlining tour. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

PANORAMA – SOUL MUSIC / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm

A night of 70’s and 80’s classic hits. The music of CARS needs no introduction. Their music sounds as fresh today as it did when it was first released. Panorama is five talented musicians from the Boston metro area dedicated to bringing back the Magic of CARS LIVE!, – expertly re-editing the arrangements with love and precision, and playing with a multi-media show that transports the audience back to the era of LP’s. he dominated the airwaves and new rock music rocked concert halls with excitement. Trade in and get ready to rock it! Let’s drive home. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588


O-TOWN / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 7pm

The story of O-Town began in 1999 with “Making the Band”, and the label manager, producer, songwriter and rapper, Diddy, finally took over. The group’s first two full-length albums included the #1 singles, “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing” and the Top 40 hit “We Fit Together.” “All or Nothing” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2001 Radio Music Awards. In 2013 O-Town released Lines & Circles and the EP Part 1 arrived in 2017 and included “Blank Space”. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

ARTalk with TIM PORTLOCK / Currier Museum of Art (Manchester) / 2pm

The Currier Museum of Art presents a talk by artist Tim Portlock, who is participating in the exhibition “State of the Art 2020: Find”, on view now through February 12. Using 3D modeling software, Tim Portlock creates urban environments. Often incorporating real landmarks, his work comments on wealth inequality, natural disaster response, and urbanization. Portlock’s new media approach provides a contemporary take on 19th century American naturalism. Portlock will discuss Manchester-specific work commissioned by the Currier Museum. www.currier.org

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


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