Sept. 28-Oct. 1 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.)

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



Halley Neal performs Sept. 28 at The Currier.
  • Halley Neal with Pretty Saro / Currier (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Mikey G / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Chris Taylor / T-Bones (Concord) / 5pm
  • Johnny Angel / T-Bones (Hudson) / 5pm
  • Jordan Quinn / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Dave Clark / Cheers (Concord) / 6pm
  • Lewis Goodwin / Tortilla Flat (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Brad Myrick / San Francisco Kitchen (Nashua) / 6:30pm
  • 21st and 1st / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • The Latchkey Gang Band / City Hall Pub (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Social Assassins / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 8pm
  • The 603’s / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm


Chase Clark plays Bonfire Sept. 29.
  • Lou Antonucci / Firefly (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Ryan Williamson / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 5pm
  • Peter Pappas / The Hill Bar & Grille (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Jeff Mrozek / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Open Mic with Alli Beaudry / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Rebecca Turmel / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Sam Hammerman / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Ken Budka / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm
  • Jimmy’s Down / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Mugshot Monday Band / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Chase Clark / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Johnny and the Two Timers / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm


Kimayo performs Sept. 30 at San Francisco Kitchen in Nashua.
  • Robyn V Group – Motley Muttfest / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 12-5pm
  • Jae Mannion / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 1pm
  • Jessica Olson / Firefly (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Joannie Cicatelli / The Hill Bar & Grille (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • John Chouinard / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Ralph Allen / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Senie Hunt / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Kimayo / San Francisco Kitchen (Nashua) / 6:30pm
  • Kevin Horan / Hop Knot (Manchester) / 7pm
  • Phil Jacques / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm
  • Chris Lester / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • Nostalgia Lane / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Shana Stack Band / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm


Lilly Innella performs Oct. 1 at Copper Door.
  • Chuck Alaimo / Firefly (Manchester) / 11am
  • Lilly Innella / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11am
  • Steve Prisby / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
  • DJ Sway Dai / Shoppers Pub (Manchester) / 11:30am
  • D-Comp – Oktoberfest / KC’s Rib Shack (Manchester) / 1pm
  • Decatur Creek / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 6pm

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. 


LIVING ON A BAD NAME / LaBelle Winery (Derry) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

You’ll hear all your Bon Jovi favorites including “You Give Love a Band Name”, “Shot Through the Heart”, “It’s My Life”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Living on a Prayer” and more. Living On A Bad Name is the only Bon Jovi tribute band chosen to replace the real Bon Jovi in concert. The musicianship and chemistry of this band has to be seen & heard to be believed! or (603)672-9898

TEXAS FLOOD / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Tommy Katona and Texas Flood have become one of the premier blues bands in all of North Texas. Evolving from the original tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood pays tribute to the legends as well as the future of the blues through their own music and style. With an in-your-face show and raw high energy playing Tommy Katona takes the listener on a journey through the blues. or (603)225-1111

AMERICAN GIRL LIVE! / Capitol Center (Concord) / 7pm – DIRECT/x

As the first stop on their International Tour, this new show brings your favorite American Girl characters to life in a brand-new pop concert experience! Featuring fan favorites throughout the decades—including Claudie from the 1920s; Melody from the ’60s; Julie from the ’70s; Courtney from the ’80s; and Nicki from the late ’90s—performed by a live cast, this show is filled with music, high energy dancing, and lots of surprises as our American Girl characters come together to find confidence and kindness and learn about the power of friendship. or (603)225-1111


RUDDIGORE “The Witch’s Curse” / Unitarian Universalist Church (Concord) / through October 1stDIRECT/x

Presented by the Concord Light Opera Company. A Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta. The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama — the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse; and so forth. Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out. 

MAGIC ROCKS! ILLUSIONIST LEON ETIENNE / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

You’ve seen him on America’s Got Talent, Jimmy Fallon, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us! Illusionist Leon Etienne rocks venues around the world with his jaw-dropping, critically acclaimed hit show, Magic Rocks! Witness this family friendly illusion spectacular featuring the world’s best grand illusions, award-winning sleight of hand, and hilarious comedy, in an immersive experience that brings joy, laughter, and wonder when the world needs it most! or (603)668-5588 

ROBERT DUBAC’S THE BOOK OF MORON / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

A fast-paced hilarious production that combines satire and theatre into what is being described by critics as: “Razor-sharp!” “Laugh Out Loud!” “Provocative!” “Thought Provoking!” “Brilliant!” and “A Thinking Man’s One Man Show!” The late Garry Shandling called it, “The funniest show you will ever think at!” and Dana Carvey from SNL declares, “If funny were a religion, Bob is nothing short of a miracle!” or (603)668-5588

HAND TO GOD / Hatbox Theatre (Concord) / through October 15thDIRECT/x

by Robert Askins; presented by Actors Coop Theatre. After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us. CONTENT WARNING or (603)715-2315


UPTOWN BOYS – NEW YORK STATE OF MIND / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / 2pm and 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

A Broadway-style, musical revue, concert experience that marries the iconic songbook of Billy Joel with the energy and excitement of Broadway and New York City. Each concert experience is an opportunity for the boys to connect with audiences and share their personal stories of life, love, and making it in New York City. Timeless nostalgia, a great American songbook, and a creative team of Broadway veterans are a recipe for success for audiences and presenters alike! or (603)668-5588

MACY GRAY / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Forever full of ear-tugging/eye-popping surprises, ever-eclectic singer/songwriter and actress Macy Gray returns in top form with an inspired new 11-song Moonslice Records album – The Reset – and within a fresh new presentation – fronting her own band, The California Jet Club. The Reset reveals 360 degrees of Macy Gray at her lyrically introspective and vocally exuberant best. or (603)437-5100

THE MALLET BROTHERS BAND / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock and roll / Americana / country band from Maine. Their busy tour schedule since forming in 2009 has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds. or (603)668-5588


The most innovative and unique show celebrating the works of the Beatles. This amazing band perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience! This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. Every show is different, every show is interactive, and every show proves that the Beatles music truly is the soundtrack to our lives! or (603)437-5210



Majestic Theatre’s 2023/24 has been announced and tickets are available starting October 3rd. 2023/24 SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS are also on sale and feature the best deal in NH theatre. or (603)669-7469


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