July 7-10: Lively arts, music, shows and entertainment in and around Manchester

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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 rob@majestictheatre.net 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.)

Tim Kierstead performs July 12 at The Foundry

Tim Kierstead / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
Phil Jacques / KC’s Rib Shack (Manchester) / 5pm
George Barber / Firefly (Manchester) / 6pm
Chris Cavanaugh / T-Bones (Hudson) / 7pm
Jess Olson Duo / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm

Kimayo peforms July 8 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium

Clint Lapointe / The Hill Bar & Grill (Manchester) / 5:30pm
Kimayo / Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (Manchester) / 5:30pm
Mikey G / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
Decatur Creek / Shara Vineyards (Concord) / 6pm
Marc Apostolides / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
Upright Dogs / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 6:30pm
Mo Bounce / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
Chase Clark / Bonfire (Manchester) / 9pm

Dave Mattacks & Friends play the Strange Brew on July 9.

Mary Fagan / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 2pm
Paul Nelson / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 4pm
Jordan & Clint / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 6pm
Jeff Mrozek / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
John Chouinard / Gaucho’s (Manchester) / 6pm
Paul Gormley / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
Liz Ridgely / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
Dave Mattacks & Friends / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm

The Love Dogs will perform July 10 at Stark Park as part of their summer music series.

Steve Aubert / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
The Love Dogs / Stark Park Summer Series (Manchester) / 2pm
Mark Lapointe / Elm House of Pizza (Manchester) / 2pm
Dani Sven / Stella Blu (Nashua) / 3pm
Sean Coleman / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm

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

Comedian Jimmy Cash & Friends will do their best to bust your gut July 8 at Rex Theatre’s Friday Night Comedy.

The Rex Theatre
23 Amherst Street ~ www.rextheatre.org (603)668-5588

FNC at the Rex – Jimmy Cash & Friends / July 8th at 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy draws from his experience as a father of a teenage daughter, an uncertain amount of stepchildren, sobriety and 18 years as a public school janitor. Cash can be seen performing stand-up at night as way to stay grounded. He has worked with some of the biggest acts in comedy and currently opens for comedian Bob Marley.

He is the recent winner of Last Comix Standing 2021, held at Mohegan Sun.

The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover Street ~ www.palacetheatre.org (603)668-5588

  • WIZARD OF OZ / July 12-15
  • RAPUNZEL / July 19-22
  • PETER PAN / July 26-29

The Majestic Theatre
880 Page Street ~ www.majestictheatre.net (603)669-7469

From left, Zakaria Tber as Josh Baskin and Bruce Williams as George Macmillan.

BIG – THE MUSICAL / July 8-17 (Derry Opera House)
The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable theatrical experience. Featuring a witty, moving, and insightful book and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score. Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become “big.” To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do “adult” things, like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end, he discovers that there’s much more to being an adult than he bargained for and learns that we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

NUNSENSE / August 12-21 (Studio Theatre)
Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth-grade production of “Grease.” Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. Updated by the author with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements, and a brand new song.


MUSIC: STEVE BLUNT / Manchester City Library (Manchester) / July 7th at 6 p.m.
For over 20 years Steve has been teaching and performing for kids & families, with this simple message: Music is fun—and it’s something everyone can do! He believes that music helps grow happy, healthy kids and stronger communities. Steve’s concerts include fun, upbeat songs that tickle the funny bone, warm the heart, and delight the imagination—with lots of audience participation.

FESTIVAL: HILLSBORO SUMMER FEST / Grimes Field (Hillsboro) / July 7-10
4-Day Summer Festival and family favorite for over 25 years, Hillsboro Summerfest brings visitors from all over New England with the best from Miller Amusements, food trucks, and one of the greatest Firework shows around. They pride themselves on including a wide variety for all to enjoy and maintaining a fun atmosphere for not only attendees, but vendor success! www.hillsborosummerfest.com
ART: ART WALK HAVERHILL 2022 / Downtown Haverhill (MA) / July 9th from 3-7pm
The Haverhill Art Walk is an outdoor and indoor event occurring on the second Saturday of the month from June to October, 3-7 pm. Art Walk highlights local businesses, forgotten alleyways, and underutilized spaces with Plein air painting, exhibitions, demonstrations, and music performances. www.creativehaverhill.org/haverhill-art-walk

MUSIC: BEGINNINGS / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / July 8th
Beginnings formed in 2002 as a musical tribute to the super-group Chicago. The band makes its home in the New York City metro area and regularly performs for highly enthusiastic and loyal audiences all over the United States. Beginnings performs accurate versions of Chicago’s classic chart-smashing hits (and even a few rare gems) from across their fifty-plus-year songbook. Fueled by world-class musicianship and a passion for performance, the band is a live music experience not to be missed. The group’s love of the music and their fans makes for an outstanding and electrifying show every time. Come see the band live, and they promise to “Make You Smile”! www.tupelomusichall.com

Email your entertainment events to rob@majestictheatre.net for consideration. Be sure to add your events to the InkLink 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.).

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 www.tedherbert.com / www.majestictheatre.net or call (603)669-7469