June 8-11 Entertainment Report: Lively arts, music, shows 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.)

Featured LIVE MUSIC:

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Gypsy Wild Duo at Derryfield June 8.


  • Chris Perkins / Firefly (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Ken Budka / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Chris Fraga / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • D-Comp / Village Trestle (Goffstown) / 6pm
  • Dave Clark / Tortilla Flat (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Doug Mitchell / KC’s Rib Shack (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Sean Coleman / Cactus Jack’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • John Chouinard / Copper Door (Bedford) / 6pm
  • Gypsy Wild Duo / Derryfield Deck (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Brad Myrick / San Francisco Kitchen (Nashua) / 6:30pm


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Wiki3 plays Strange Brew on June 9.
  • Chris Gardner / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • J-Lo Duo / KC’s Rib Shack (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Peter Miles / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Benjamin Harris / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 6:30pm
  • Radio Daze / Gas Light Deck (Portsmouth) / 7pm
  • Chris Taylor / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm
  • Amanda Dane Band / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Swipe Right Band / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Tim Theriault / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Wiki 3 / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm


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Kevin Horan plays Great North Aleworks June 10.
  • Kevin Horan / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 4pm
  • Alex Cormier / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Paul Nelson / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Clint Lapointe / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Paul Gormley / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Joe McDonald / KCs Rib Shack (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Liz Ridgely / Firefly (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Paul Driscoll / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Garrett Smith / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Mikey G. / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • MB Padfield / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Tootie Pa & His Big Fine Thang / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Neon Rodeo / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Whatsername / Peddler’s Daughter (Nashua) / 9:30pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 11th   

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Catch Charlie Chronopoulos at Cafe la Reine on June 11.
  • Charlie Chronopoulos / Café La Reine North End (Manchester) / 11am
  • Rob Dumais / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
  • Phil Jacques / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11am
  • Matt Bergeron / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Lewis Goodwin / Cheers (Concord) / 5pm

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. Thank you to Notso Costley Productions, NH Music Collective, and Bea’s Band List for your support and listings of LOCAL LIVE MUSIC.  


Click on DIRECT/x link for the official link to purchase tickets for each event. 


DEBBIE GIBSON / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30 pm – DIRECT/x

Debbie Gibson is hitting the road on her ‘The Body Remembers Encore’ for a series of U.S. dates this Spring and Summer. The immense love around her critically acclaimed album ‘The Body Remembers‘ and last year’s headlining tour, inspired Ms. Gibson to keep the celebration going in 2023. In 2021, Gibson released her long-awaited 10th studio album ‘The Body Remembers’ – her first pop record in 20 years, marking a new chapter for Gibson on her own label Stargirl Records. It is filled with a mix of modern pop hooks and upbeat club bangers along with melodic “newstalgic” tracks that pay homage to her earlier music. ‘The Body Remembers’ represents all things Debbie: empowerment, living your best life, and staying #EternallyElectric. www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

FRIDAY, JUNE 9th          

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / through June 11thDIRECT/x

Presented by Theatre Kapow / Based on the acclaimed book by Cheryl Strayed, Beautiful Things follows Sugar, an online advice columnist who uses her personal experiences to help the real-life readers who pour their hearts out to her. Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. Tissues recommended. Visit website for content transparency. www.tkapow.com or (603)225-1111

TUPELO NIGHT OF COMEDY / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Featuring Mike Koutrobis, Dan Crohn, and Jen Howell. www.tupelomusichall.com or (603)437-5100

PAT METHENY SIDE-EYE / Nashua Center for the Arts / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Pat Metheny is launching a new playing environment called “Side-Eye” for this upcoming season. Pat explains “I wanted to create an ongoing setting to feature a rotating cast of new and upcoming musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way.” Pat continues “From my earliest days in Kansas City onward, I was the beneficiary of so many older musicians giving me a platform to develop my thing through the prism of their experience and the particular demands of what their music implied. I have been feeling like I wanted to have a specific platform to focus on some of the many younger musicians I have enjoyed recently who I have felt some kind of a kinship with.” https://nashuacenterforthearts.com/ or 800-657-8774

FNC: JIM COLLITON WITH CHRIS D. / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30 pm – DIRECT/x

Jim Colliton is a confused middle-age man who can spin soccer games, school drop offs and lunches into his comedy material based around his life as a dad and husband. Jim’s every man life stories will bring down the house every time. Chris Dimitrakopoulos aka Chris D. aka O.B.C.T. is a Greek-American comedian and amateur rapper from Peabody, MA. With his blend of jokes about his quirky, immigrant family and his unique perspective on the world around him, Chris is quickly becoming one of the nation’s rising, young talents. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / through June 25 – DIRECT/x

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most enduring shows of all time and reimagines the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and his coat of many colors.  This is a sung-through musical comedy with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Based on the Bible’s book of Genesis and originating from a cantata written for a school choir, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a much-loved family classic. www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? / Hatbox Theatre (Concord) / through June 11 DIRECT/x

A play by Edward Albee / Produced by Not Too Loud Productions / It’s after two o’clock in the morning. George, a professor, and his wife Martha have had a drink, or more. They’re stumbling home from a Faculty mixer on a quaint little New England college campus – just another night. Just the two of them – off to bed. Well, maybe a night cap. And, don’t forget the guests. We don’t want to forget the guests. All American Nick, the newest faculty member in the Math Department (or was it Biology?) and his sweet little unassuming slim hipped wife, Honey, have been invited for drinks. At 2am. It’s just a couple of drinks and some games… What could go wrong? After a round of Get the Guests, Humiliate the Host, and Hump the Hostess, it’s time to play Bringing up Baby. And that is where it really, really starts to go wrong for George and Martha. www.hatboxnh.com or (603)715-2315


FOREVER SIMON & GARFUNKEL / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30 pm – DIRECT/x

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a concert journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and even some of Paul Simon’s solo career. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

BROKEN ARROW / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8 pm – DIRECT/x

Broken Arrow performs the music of Neil Young, featuring both the rockin’ electric Crazy Horse tunes and the more acoustic, pedal steel-driven country rock material. The band delivers these classic songs faithfully while taking them out on some jamming excursions and tastefully tweaking some of the arrangements. Joe Mass nails the Neil vocals perfectly and the harmonies are spot on. These guys always have audiences on their feet singing along and demanding encores at every show. www.tupelomusichall.com or (603)437-5100

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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