Nov. 23-27: 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 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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Nikki Briar plays Bonfire Country Bar Nov. 23.


  • Chad Lamarsh / Copper Door (Bedford) / 4pm
  • Jodee Frawlee / Copper Door (Salem) / 4pm
  • Dave Zangi / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30pm
  • Jordan Quinn / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • D-Comp Trio / Derryfield (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Justin Cohn / Uno Pizzeria & Grill (Concord) / 6pm
  • KOHA / Stella Blu (Nashua) / 7pm
  • Small Town Stranded / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • Nikki Briar / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24thHappy Thanksgiving!

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April Cushman plays at the Backyard Brewery Nov .25.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th         

  • April Cushman / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Sam Hammerman / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Joanie Cicatelli / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Jeff Mrozek / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Fox & The Flamingos / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Swipe Right Duo / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Rockspring / Shaskeen (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Isaiah Bennett / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • 7 Day Weekend / The Goat (Manchester) / 9pm
  • The Gorilla Gang / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm

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Earlybirds can join Paul Nelson Nov. 26 at Great North Aleworks.


  • Chris Torrey / Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market (Concord) / 9am-12pm
  • Paul Nelson / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Ramez Gurung / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 4pm
  • George Barber / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Sean Coleman / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Chris Lester / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Dusty Gray Duo / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • The Far / The Goat (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Peter Poirier Band / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Granite Road / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm


  • Steve Prisby / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11am
  • Phil Jacques / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
  • Tom Boisse / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 2pm
  • Brad Myrick / Concord Craft Brewing (Concord / 2pm

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





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“A Christmas Carol,” now showing at The Palace through Dec. 23. Courtesy Photo

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 / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm

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. Based out of Boston, venue all over the country have brought Jim in to provide funny, clean comedy. 

Karen Morgan was born and raised in Athens, Georgia but now calls Maine home. A former trial attorney, she began her professional comedy career as a Finalist on Nickelodeon Television’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” Since then, she has performed in comedy clubs and theaters from New York to Hollywood. Karen has 2 comedy specials on Dry Bar Comedy and her CD “Mean Candy” can be heard on Sirius XM Radio. Her TV appearances include national comedy shows and ads for companies like Wal-Mart and Zyrtec. Karen’s clean shows in Performing Arts Centers around the country have made her a favorite among theater audiences. Still licensed to practice law in Maine and Georgia, Karen lives in Cumberland, Maine and misses Waffle House very much. Ages 18+ or (603)668-5588

THE ENGLISH BEAT / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm

The English Beat is a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other. The band’s unique sound has allowed it to endure for nearly three decades and appeal to fans, young and old, all over the world. Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public, and songs from his new album “Here We Go Love”. or (603)437-5100


A PIANO CHRISTMAS with ROBERT DIONNE / Majestic Theatre (Manchester) / November 26 at 7pm

Kick off the holiday season with us as Robert plays all of your Winter and Christmas classics and favorites, plus a few requests! A night of music and memories that will warm your heart as you sing-a-long, listen, or reminisce. Perfect for the whole family. or (603)669-7469 / Tickets are also available at the door. 

BLUES BROTHERS – THE NEXT GENERATION / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm

“We’re putting the Band Back Together”  “We’re on a mission from God”

Blues Brothers Next Generation is New England’s premier showband. Join Jake and Elwood aka The Blues Brothers for an unforgettable night of the blues. Blues Brothers the Next Generation are a 10-piece blues and soul band that plays homage to the original Blues Brothers – Jake and Elwood. or (603)668-5588


DISCOVERING MAGIC with ANDREW PINARD / Hatbox Theatre (Concord) / 2pm

This “mind-numbing, jaw-dropping, eye-opening” experience takes audiences on a guided tour of the impossible and the absurd. Using only the most ordinary of objects, accomplished actor, conjuror, puppeteer, storyteller, and award-winning performer Pinard brings the ordinary to life with the most surprising results. The only show of its kind in the New England, audiences have traveled from throughout New England and beyond to experience sleight of hand, con games, psychology, history, science, comedy, political spin, and more through the eyes of a “perceptual engineer” on his quest to explore distortion and guile. Audiences can expect a truly unique experience and insight into how remarkable human perception and interpretation can be. or (603)715-2315

GRANITE STATE RINGERS / LaBelle Winery (Amherst) / 2:30pm

This performance by the talented bell ringers will be a holiday show to remember! The Granite State Ringers is an auditioned handbell choir that performs across New Hampshire. This performance showcases the piece “A Nutcracker Holiday” for an enchanting holiday experience! Please join us after the concert for our Annual Outdoor Holiday Tree Lighting at LaBelle Winery in Amherst!   



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, published every Thursday in the Ink Link, 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