Feb. 8-11 Weekly Entertainment Report: Where to find 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 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.)


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Catch Ryan Williamson at Litherman’s Brewing Company on Feb. 8.


  • Doug Thompson / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30pm
  • Ralph Allen / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Ryan Williamson / Litherman’s Brewing Company (Concord) / 5:30pm
  • Chris Powers / Tortilla Flat (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Peter Pappas / Shorty’s (Nashua) / 6pm
  • Chris Lester / Copper Door (Bedford) / 7pm
  • Jordan Quinn/ Copper Door (Salem) / 7pm
  • Freddie Catalfo / Telly’s (Epping) / 7pm
  • Roc n Ron Duo / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm

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Emily’s Garage Band won’t disappoint Feb. 9 if you make it to the Derryfield in Manchester.


  • Jamie Hughes / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 6pm
  • Joanie Cicatelli / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • John Chouinard / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Marc Apostolides / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Tyler Levs / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Paul Driscoll / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Emily’s Garage Band / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Redemption Trio / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • The Ride / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Peter Higgins / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Standard Tuning / Angel City Music Hall (Manchester) / 9pm (no cover before 9pm)
  • Lamont Smooth / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Nate Ramos / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

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Scott King will be rocking the house at San Francisco Kitchen in Nashua on Feb. 10.


  • Cat Faulkner Duo / Winter Farmers Marker (Concord) / 9am-12pm
  • Mary Fagan / Farmer’s Market (Contoocook) / 9am-12pm
  • Casey Roop / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Lucas Gallo / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Bella Perrotta / The Hill Bar & Grille (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • The 603’s / Pat’s Peak (Henniker) / 6pm
  • Ryan Williamson / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Dan Fallon / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Paul Lussier / Coach Stop (Londonderry) / 6pm
  • Richard Wallace / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 6pm
  • Scott King / San Francisco Kitchen (Nashua) / 6:30pm
  • Mikey G / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • Justin Jordan / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 7pm
  • Chad Lamarsh Band / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Eric Grant Band / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Ken Clark Organ Trio / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm


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Chad Lamarsh would love to see you at Stumble In on Feb. 11.
  • Marc Apostolides / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11am
  • Steve Aubert / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
  • Chad Lamarsh / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 3pm

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. 


FNC: AL PARK with SPECIAL GUEST / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

Al Park has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. He won both the Boston Comedy Festival and Cleveland Comedy Festival competitions and was a finalist in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. In 2019, he was invited to perform at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY. Named Boston’s Best Comedian by Improper Bostonian magazine, Park mixes sharp observation and cultural satire with plenty of self-deprecation for a unique, authentic comic voice. His standup can be heard on Audible.com, and he made his television debut on FOX TV’s “Laughs”. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

GENTICORUM / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

With Juno and ADISQ nominations, and four Canadian Folk Music Awards, GENTICORUM is one of the leading groups in Quebec’s traditional music scene. Pascal Gemme (fiddle) and Yann Falquet (guitar), the two founding members of the trio are also individually recognized for their solid contribution to the traditional music scene. They’re joined by multi-instrumentalist and composer Nicholas Williams (flute, accordion); the pleasure these three musicians have in playing and creating together is palpable, both on stage and on record. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

DANCING QUEENS / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / through February 11 – DIRECT/x

Come experience the glitter and glamour of the 70’s Disco Age. This show highlights a time when Swedish disco group ABBA ruled the music world. ABBA’s music has stood the test of time, entertaining all generations. You will be singing along and dancing in the aisles! “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life!” www.palacetheatre.org or (603)668-5588


MARDI GRAS WITH THE PO BOYS / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

The Po Boys formed in 2012 to shake the walls of a local club on a Fat Tuesday but have honed their sound and become more than a Mardi Gras centerpiece. Exploring the vast musical traditions of New Orleans and expanding their repertoire to look beyond NOLA jazz, the band includes traditional Caribbean tunes (it’s been said that New Orleans is the northernmost city in the Caribbean), as well as Meters funk, soul, and brass band/street beat music. www.rextheatre.org or (603)668-5588

LOTUS LAND / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm – DIRECT/x (Friday at 8pm as well)

With an unparalleled performance, The American RUSH Tribute Lotus Land brings the force of live Rush to life on stage.  Enjoyed by die-hard Rush fans, musicians, and casual music listeners alike, the Lotus Land experience has been heralded as the ultimate celebration of RUSH’s musical craftsmanship and spirited performances.  With the true set up and sound of the Canadian power trio, Lotus Land delivers the thrill that people expect when they see RUSH in concert.  Their performances have wowed sold-out houses in premiere concert venues and their fan base continues to grow nationally and internationally. www.tupelomusichall.com or (603)437-5100


AARON VALENTINE PARTY / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 11am – DIRECT/x

Get ready to dance and burn some calories to prepare for all that Valentine’s Day chocolate coming your way with Mr. Aaron for a party that’s fun for the whole family! Hosted by Mr. Aaron at the BNH Stage, we’ll get down to his kid-friendly pop and dance hits! It’s Mr. Aaron’s signature interactive musical fun—Valentine’s Day style. Let’s get ready to groove! This family Valentine’s Day party runs 90 minutes. It’s geared toward kids ages 2-10 and their families, at kid-friendly volume. There will be snacks and drinks available. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE! / Capitol Center – Chubb Theatre (Concord) / 2pm – DIRECT/x

Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111

SWIFT ME AWAY / Bank of NH Stage (Concord) / 8pm – DIRECT/x

SWIFT Me Away is a Taylor Swift Valentines Dance Party! Celebrate your Lover Era this Valentine’s Day by bringing the people who make your heart burst! Our Taylor-made dance party is for gals, guys, and Swifites in between to share in their love of the one and only songwriter.After all, who is more qualified to make us feel love, heartbreak, and revenge in a single night? All are welcome!

NOTE: Taylor Swift will not be there. www.ccanh.com or (603)225-1111


BEATING A DEAD HORSE / Majestic Theatre (Manchester) / February 16-18 – DIRECT/x

Steve and Marty Martin are two brothers on the brink of closing their failing pet funeral home, “A Nice Farm Upstate with Plenty of Room to Run Around.” That is, until an eccentric, rich old lady offers them a fortune for the funeral of her nearly dead racehorse, Sir Trots-A-Lot. There’s only one problem: the horse won’t die. www.majestictheatre.net or (603)669-7469

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 www.tedherbert.com / www.majestictheatre.net or call (603)669-7469