May 25-28 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 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.)


Caylin Costello plays My 25 at Firefly in Manchester.
  • Andrea Paquin / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Bella Perrotta / Copper Door (Salem) / 5pm
  • Caylin Costello / Firefly (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Jess Olson / T-Bones (Bedford) / 5pm
  • John Chouinard / Cactus Jack’s (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Alex Cormier / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Jordan Quinn / Shorty’s (Nashua) / 6pm
  • Ralph Allen / Cheers (Concord) / 6pm
  • 21st & 1st / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • The Latchkey Gang Band / City Hall Pub (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Jon Ross / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm


Eric Grant Band plays Bonfire Country Bar on May 26.
  • Scotty Cloutier / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Paul Lussier / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Pete Massa / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 6pm
  • Red Duo / Derryfield Deck (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Doug Thompson / Firefly (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Swipe Right Trio / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • The Drift Duo / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • The Slakas / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Eric Grant Band / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Gorilla Gang / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Matt Luneau / Gas Light Pub (Portsmouth) / 9:30pm


Catch The Regals May 27 at The Shaskeen.
  • Paul Driscoll / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 4pm
  • Chris Gardner / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Ken Budka / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Jeff Mrozek / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Paul Gormley / Homestead (Merrimack) / 7pm
  • Chris Taylor / Firefly (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Colin Hart / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Garrett Smith / Chen Yang Li (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Mike Barger & Janice Lee / Hopknot (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Mostly 90s / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • The Regals / Shaskeen (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Lexi James / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Night Train / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm

SUNDAY, MAY 28th  

Jasmine Mann will be singing her heart out at Cafe la Reine North on May 28.
  • Brad Myrick / The Foundry (Manchester) / 10am
  • Mike Forgette / The Goat (Manchester) / 10am
  • Jasmine Mann / Café La Reine North (Manchester) / 11am
  • Jim Dozet / Shoppers Pub (Manchester) / 1pm 
  • Tim Kierstead / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Charlie Chronopoulos / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 3pm
  • Upright Dogs / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 4pm
  • KOHA / 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. 

FRIDAY, MAY 26th         

ZACH NUGENT’S DEAD SET / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

It usually only takes one show to understand why Zach Nugent is one of the most sought-after guitarists in the live music scene. Since touring as de facto Garcia expert with Melvin Seals & JGB, he continues to build his dedicated following, putting together and leading multifaceted groups for special runs and festival appearances. Never one to shy away from new and challenging ideas, his performances promise intensity and beauty in the delivery of the music that he’s built a reputation with. or (603)225-1111

DUELING PIANOS / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Dueling Pianos of New Hampshire brings the fast-paced, request-driven fun of Dueling Pianos to the Granite State. Join us for a non-stop, high-energy show where YOU pick the set list! No musical style or genre is off limits, and no two shows are the same. Come be a part of it! or (603)437-5100

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. or (603)715-2315

SATURDAY, MAY 27th       

WONDERLAND / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / 11am and 3pm – DIRECT/x

Dimensions in Dance presents Wonderland, our 28th annual production on Saturday, May 27th at 11am and 3pm. This exciting production is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass and is told through dance, featuring original choreography in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, Pointe, and Lyrical. or (603)668-5588

LIVE AT THE FILLMORE / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8:00pm – DIRECT/x

Live at The Fillmore has become the most popular and best known tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band.  Great attention is paid to recreating the music with an unparalleled degree of authenticity.  The band has been chosen as featured performer on next year’s Time Life Southern Rock Cruise and received rave reviews for their Spring 2017 performance on national TV as part of Axs TV’s World’s Greatest Tribute Bands. or (603)437-5100


THE WILD WOMEN OF WINEDALE / Majestic Theatre (Manchester) / June 2-24 – DIRECT/x

This Jones Hope Wooten comedy is guaranteed to drive you wild with laughter—and motivate you to keep hounding the kids to please take that stack of quilts and Granny’s Christmas china! This joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching, comedy focuses on three women at crossroads in their lives. With equal doses of hilarity and heart, these extraordinary women come up with delightful and surprisingly unorthodox ways to clear the clutter from their lives, their homes and their relationships so they can move their lives forward. Together they prove it’s never too late to take another one of life’s paths for a grand new adventure. or (603)669-7469

IMPROVBOSTON / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / June 2nd at 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

This hilarious show unfolds before your eyes as everything is made up on the spot and performed in real time. The ImprovBoston Ensemble seamlessly integrates interactive improv games, scenes and skillful storytelling along with off-the-cuff music with “follow the fun” pacing into an unforgettable performance. This show has never been seen before and will never be seen again. The best part: it’s all inspired by the audience! or (603)668-5588


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. or (603)668-5588

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