Dec. 1-4: Entertainment Report: Lively arts, music, shows in and around Manchester

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Editor’s Note: The headline on this post has been corrected to reflect live music happening Dec. 1-4. We apologize for the editing error.

This week’s round-up of live entertainment in and around Manchester is brought to you by A. Robert Dionne of Ted Herbert Music School & Rentals. Email your entertainment events to 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 Morning Show with Peter White – “World of Entertainment” LIVE every Thursday at 8 a.m.)

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Kimayo performs Dec. 1 at They Foundry.


  • Kimayo / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Austin McCarthy / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Doug Thompson / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30pm
  • Chris Lester / Elm House of Pizza (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Jordan Quinn / Shorty’s (Nashua) / 6pm
  • 21st and 1st / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • John Chouinard / City Hall Pub (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Peter Higgins / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm

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Miketon & The Nightblinders will get you moving at The Shaskeen on Dec. 2.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd         

  • Chris Taylor / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm 
  • Chad Lamarsh / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 6pm
  • Marc Apostolides / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Justin Jordan / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • 603’s Duo / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Pete Peterson / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Stone Free / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • The Deviant Music / Chantilly’s (Hooksett) / 8pm
  • Miketon & The Nightblinders / Shaskeen (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Houston Bernard / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

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Amanda McCarthy plays at Over The Moon Farmstead in Pittsfield on Dec. 3.


  • Josh Foster / Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market (Concord) / 9am
  • Amanda McCarthy / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 2pm
  • Matt Litzinger / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Paul Nelson / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 4pm
  • D-Comp / Village Trestle (Goffstown) / 6pm
  • Dave Zangri / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Eric Marcs / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • Sold Out Show Band / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • The EXP Band / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Amorphous Band / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm

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Liam Spain will perform Dec. 4 at To Share Brewing.


  • Brad Myrick / The Foundry (Manchester) / 10am
  • Tyler Levs / Concord Craft Brewing (Concord) / 2pm
  • Karen Grenier / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 2pm
  • Liam Spain / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 4pm

Always be sure to check a venue’s website or social media for last-minute changes.



LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL / Capitol Center (Concord) / 8pm

Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde – The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power! The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and STILL the smartest person in the room. This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde – The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot. or (603)225-1111

POPA CHUBBY / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm

Twenty five years of hard-rocking blues. Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures. or (603)437-5100


A CHRISTMAS CAROL / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / through December 23rd 

Come celebrate the holiday season as the Palace Theatre tradition continues with Charles Dickens’ classic story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Known for his penny pinching ways, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on a snowy Christmas Eve. These ghostly visits reveal Scrooge’s past, present and future, filling him with new found hope and joy in the Christmas season! Filled with lively song and dance, special effects, professional actors and a live orchestra, this heartwarming tale will create family memories you will cherish forever. or (603)668-5588

FNC: JIM COLLITON & KAREN MORGAN / Paul Gilligan (Manchester) / 7:30pm

Paul Gilligan is one of the most requested comedians in Boston, bringing down the house with an attitude first developed as a high school class clown, and with material culled from his life as a blue-collar worker, husband and father. In addition to headlining in Boston clubs, golf tournaments, fundraisers, roasts, and other events, Gilligan has appeared on NESN’s Dirty Water TV and is a regular on the network’s Charlie Moore Outdoors with the Mad Fisherman. or (603)668-5588


SEAMUS EGAN CELTIC CHRISTMAS / Capitol Center (Concord) / 8pm

Celebrate a Celtic Christmas with the Seamus Egan Project. The Holiday Season is a time of ritual and tradition. It is a time of gathering with family and friends to renew our shared sense of community. Come celebrate this special time with the Seamus Egan project as they perform Celtic music and songs of the season. or (603)225-1111

MOONDANCE – A VAN MORRISON TRIBUTE / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm

Rock and roll doesn’t get any better than Van Morrison. Van the Man has done it all – from classic rockers like Brown Eyed Girl and Domino to legendary tunes like Tupelo Honey and Into The Mystic, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never failed to impress music lovers around the globe. Moondance is the ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other. You’ll hear classic tunes – Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Domino, It Stoned Me, Tupelo Honey, Wild Night, Into The Mystic, Caravan – just to name a few. The show is packed with one VM classic after the next. or (603)668-5588


AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS / Dana Center (Manchester) / 4pm

Menotti’s heartwarming family-friendly opera features professional opera singers and a full orchestra, in collaboration with faculty, students, and alumni. The timeless Christmas-time story of the three wise men is interwoven with themes of hope, wonder, and the miracle of the season. Reserve your tickets online or with a suggested donation at the door. Tickets will also be available at the door. Performance is under an hour long.

Pre-concert lecture on the opera will begin at 3:30 p.m. or at the door

GARY HOEY – HO! HO! HOEY! / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 7pm

Arguably one of the most popular New England holiday shows, this one will rock your jingle bells! Listen to the classic holiday songs we all know (and then some) with a rockin’ twist. This is going to be a blast and should really help you start the holiday season off right! With a collection of 21 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Whether he’s playing scorching originals or classic rock covers, his solos are thrilling and reminiscent of Clapton or Stevie Ray in their fiery youth. or (603)437-5100


THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER / Majestic Theatre (Derry) / December 9-11

Christmas will never be the same! The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to the Bradleys and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. or (603)669-7469

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


About this Author

A. Robert Dionne

A. Robert Dionne is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Majestic Theatre and Administrator to Ted Herbert Music School & Rentals. For over 90 combined years The Majestic and Ted Herbert’s has been providing arts opportunities, for all ages, ‘FOR AND BY THE COMMUNITY’.  Ted Herbert’s is excited to provide lessons for all instruments, all abilities, and all ages as well as quality rentals of band and orchestra instruments from their location at 880 Page Street in Manchester. More information at / or call (603)669-7469