Nov. 16-19 Weekly Entertainment Report: Lively arts, music, shows in and around Manchester

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As always 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.)

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



Caylin Costello plays Tortilla Flat on Nov. 16.
  • Bella Perotta / T-Bones (Salem) / 5pm
  • Joel Begin / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Jack Plante / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Joanie Cicatelli / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30pm
  • Caylin Costello / Tortilla Flat (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Mikey G / Common Man (Windham) / 6pm
  • Freddie Catalfo / Shorty’s (Nashua) / 6pm
  • Chad Lamarsh / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • Jon Paul Royer / Copper Door (Salem) / 7pm
  • Jordan Quinn / Copper Door (Bedford) / 7pm
  • Tim Theriault / Telly’s (Epping) / 7pm
  • Lisa Marie / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm


Liz Ridgely plays Copper Door Sept. 17.
  • Acoustic Open Mic with Alli Beaudry / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Jessica Olson / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Joe McDonald / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Liz Ridgely / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Kimayo / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Ken Budka / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • The Regular Gents / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 6:30pm
  • Rebecca Turmel / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm
  • All That 90’s / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Phil Maurice / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Kool Keith / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Amorphous Band / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm


Lexi James performs Nov. 18 at Bonfire Country Bar.
  • Mary Fagan / Winter Farmers Market (Concord) / 9am-12pm
  • Paul Nelson / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 4pm
  • Lewis Goodwin / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Upright Dogs / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Dani Sven / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 6pm
  • Tyler Levs / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Paul Lussier / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Chad Verbeck / Hop Knot (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Andrew Paquin / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm
  • Down By Ten / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Evanoff / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Wiki 3 / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Lexi James / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm


  • Steve Prisby / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
  • Rob Dumais / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11am

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 and the NH Music Collective for your support and listings of LOCAL LIVE MUSIC.  


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



LoVeSeXy features a “true to the record” vocal performance and an honest representation of PRINCE’s beloved music, high-level musicianship & his amazing connection with the audience. LoVeSeXy performs a wide range of songs including all of PRINCE’s greatest hits, from his early years and throughout his long career! or (603)671-9898

NDLOVU YOUTH CHOIR / Capitol Center (Concord) / 7pm – DIRECT/x

Ndlovu Youth Choir’s unique musical arrangements, powerhouse vocals, irresistibly combined with mesmerizing choreography and infectious energy have inspired millions across the globe. The choir’s repertoire is an exciting mix of traditional South African genres with pop, rock, jazz and EDM. Their intention to create a fresh and original sound is evident in their ability to take internationally well-known songs like Toto’s Africa, Kygo’s Higher Love, U2’s Beautiful Day and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You and move them into an exciting new territory. or (603)225-1111

THE NUTCRACKER / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / through November 19thDIRECT/x

Enjoy the magic and beauty of a timeless classic this holiday season as Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater performs The Nutcracker, based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The show opens in a 19th Century home in Germany, where a special Christmas gift is given from a mysterious and loving uncle to his young and curious niece Clara. With delicate costumes and engaging and vivid imagery, Clara’s dream comes to life onstage at the historic Palace Theatre.  This holiday classic is a tradition for the whole family to enjoy.  where classically tinged rock intersects with pop. or (603)668-5588


IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS, & OTHER PEOPLE (THAT SHOULD BE SHOT) / Majestic Theatre (Manchester) / through November 19 – DIRECTx

A comedy by Steve Franco / It is 6pm and the Douglas family is busily preparing for their annual Christmas Eve dinner. After robbing a neighborhood liquor store, high strung and irritable Tony, and his dim-witted side-kick Vinny, find themselves in need of a hide-out. A comic treasure that is sure to leave you in stitches while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. or (603)669-7469

SPENCER AND THE WALRUS / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Spencer and the Walrus is a band of Portland, ME based musicians who come together through a shared love of Beatles music. The Walrus celebrates the music of The Beatles with as much reverence and enthusiasm as possible, while leaning into in to the power of the live performance. They do not dress up and impersonate The Beatles. This show is a joy for people aged 0 to 100. No wigs, no accents, and just a little bit too loud. or (603)225-1111

AN EVENING WITH JEFF “SKUNK” BAXTER / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

Join us for an amazing evening of songs and stories with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, a Steely Dan founding member and a former member of The Doobie Bros. or (603)668-5588

PANORAMA and BIKINI WHALE / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Two bands playing tributes to The Cars and The B-52’s. Panorama is 5 musicians from the Boston area dedicated to reliving the Magic of the CARS – skillfully recreating the arrangements with passion and accuracy, and performing with a multi-media show that transports the audience back to the time when spinning LP’s ruled the airwaves and new wave rock music shook the concert halls with excitement. Bikini Whale formed in 2011, with their first performance intended as a “one-time thing” for a Halloween show.  It went over so well that ever since – they have paid tribute to a band that has influenced countless weirdos and eccentrics for decades. or (603)437-5100

THE SOUND OF MUSIC / City Auditorium (Concord) / through November 19thDIRECT/x

Presented by The Community Players of Concord / The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulante who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision. 

LUNGS / Hatbox Theatre (Concord) / through November 19thDIRECT/x

Presented by Bolt Cutter Productions / Lungs, written by Duncan Macmillan, is a bracing two-person drama about a couple deciding whether or not to have a child in the age of climate collapse. Hyperminimalist in style, the show features just two actors on a bare stage, inviting audiences to focus on the kinetic dialogue and pure emotion of the performers. With a whiplash-fast speed and a devastating conclusion, Lungs will leave you gasping for breath long after the lights go out. NOTE: This production contains adult themes and language. or (603)715-2315


SPECTACLE LIVE LAUGHS / Center for the Arts (Nashua) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

The best in local comedy. Chris Zito is a speaker, radio and podcast host, an actor, and a comedian.  

Steve Bjork is a polished veteran of the highly competitive Boston comedy scene with crisscrossing tours of the country under his belt. Mike Koutrobis has been entertaining audiences as a stand-up comedian for over twenty years. or (800)657-8774

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

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


JIM BRICKMAN: HITS LIVE and  A LITTLE BIT OF CHRISTMAS / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 2pm – DIRECT/x

Jim Brickman is the best-selling solo pianist of our time, earning 21 number-one albums, 32 Top 20 radio hits, and two Grammy nominations. His first album was 1995’s “No Words,” and he’s gone on to sell eight million albums worldwide. He’s written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 23rd season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show: “The Jim Brickman Show.” 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