Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Entertainment Report: Lively arts, music, shows in and around Manchester




April Cushman plays at The Foundry on Aug. 31. Photo/Anna Madsen

  • April Cushman / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Caylin Costello / Firefly (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Pete Massa / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 5pm
  • TMFI / Derryfield Deck (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Casey Roop / Pressed Café (Bedford) / 6pm
  • Dave Clark / Cheers (Concord) / 6pm
  • Jake Bartolin / Cactus Jack’s (Manchester) / 6pm
  • KOHA / Tortilla Flat (Merrimack) / 6pm
  • Ramez Gurung / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 6:30pm
  • Outliers Trio / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • 21st & 1st / Telly’s (Epping) / 7pm
  • Lisa Marie / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 8pm


Liz Ridgely plays Firefly Sept. 1.

  • Doug Thompson / The Hill Bar & Grill (Bedford) / 5:30pm
  • Patrick Synan / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 6pm
  • Tom Boisse / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Justin Cohn / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Liz Ridgely / Firefly (Manchester) / 6pm
  • George Barber / KC’s Rib Shack (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Scott King / San Francisco Kitchen (Nashua) / 6:30pm
  • Marianne Toilet & The Runs / Shaskeen Irish Pub (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Last Kid Picked / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Swipe Right Trio / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Radio Daze / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Pete Poirier / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Amanda Dane Band / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 9:30pm
  • Slim Volume / Area 23 (Concord) / 9:30pm


Ramez Mataz performs Sept. 2 at the Hill Bar & Grill.

  • Brooks Hubbard / The Goat (Manchester) / 10am
  • Slack Tide / Pipe Dream Brewing (Londonderry) / 1pm
  • Upright Dogs / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 4pm
  • Ralph Allen / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Sam Hammerman / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 5pm
  • Ramez Mataz / The Hill Bar & Grille (Manchester) / 5:30pm
  • Mikey G / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Matt Bergeron / KC’s Rib Shack (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Mark Lapointe / Firefly (Manchester) / 6pm
  • John Chouinard / Gaucho’s (Manchester) / 6pm – FRIDAY AS WELL
  • Andrea Paquin / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • The Slakas / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Heartbeat City / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Alex Roy Band / Murphy’s (Manchester) / 9:30pm


Matt Litzinger
Matt Litzinger performs Sept. 3 at Shoppers Pub.

  • Brad Myrick / The Foundry (Manchester) / 10am
  • Chuck Alaimo / Firefly (Manchester) / 11am
  • Phil Jacques / Copper Door (Bedford) 11am
  • Steve Prisby / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
  • Matt Litzinger / Shoppers Pub (Manchester) / 1pm
  • Whiskey 6 / Old School Bar & Grill (Windham) / 2pm
  • Dillan Welch / The Goat (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Lilly Innella / Luna Bistro (Salem) / 4pm
  • Chad Lamarsh / Derryfield Deck (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Clint Lapointe / Cheers (Concord) / 5pm
  • Dave Zangri / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 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. 

QUIET RIOT / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / September 2nd / 8pm – DIRECT/x

QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop chart at #1 on Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health. or (603)437-5100

PHIL VASSAR / Center for the Arts (Nashua) / September 7th / 8pm – DIRECT/x

Phil Vassar is an artist, songwriter, entertainer, and 2x ASCAP Songwriter of the Year with 10 No. 1 singles and 27 Top 40 hits, including: “Carlene”, “In Real Love”, “Little Rodeo”, “For A Little While”, “Right on the Money”, “Six Pack Summer’, “Last Day of My Life”, “American Soul”, “American Child”, “Bye Bye”, “My Next Thirty Years, “I’m Alright”, “That’s When I Love You”, “Love is a Beautiful Thing”, “Just Another Day in Paradise”, & many more. His “Songs From the Cellar” just wrapped season 3 and is airing nationally on Circle Network.. or 800-657-8774

FNC: Tony Deyo / Rex Theatre / September 8th / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

Tony Deyo is a stand-up comedian known most notably for his sharp, quick material and near-perfect comedic timing almost certainly gained from his years as a professional symphony musician. New York City’s Village Voice calls him “one of the tightest joke writers in the business.” or (603)668-5588

STAGE STRUCK / Hatbox Theatre (Concord) / September 8-24 – DIRECT/x

From acclaimed playwright Simon Gray and directed by stage veteran Gary comes the most twisted, unpredictable thriller you may ever see. Robert Simon was formerly a first-rate stage manager in London’s West End theatres and provincial touring companies. Now, he keeps house for his famous actress-wife Anne O’Neill. He also amuses himself with multiple dalliances when Anne is away. Unfortunately, Robert’s thoroughly delightful lifestyle is upended by the intervention of Anne’s therapist. Now, threatened with the loss of his home and marriage, Robert plans a violent revenge on his wife and her therapist utilizing the skills he acquired in his previous profession. But theater is all artifice. Nothing is as it seems. And if you think you know what’s coming next, just wait a minute. or (603)715-2315

THE WIZARD OF OZ / Palace Theatre (Manchester) / September 8-24 – DIRECT/x

Follow the Yellow Brick Road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. This timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide. or (603)668-5588 

AMERICAN ELTON / Rex Theatre (Manchester) / 7:30pm – DIRECT/x

From Americas Got Talent , Legends in Concert, for over 15 years and more than 3000 performances as a professional vocalist/pianist Bill Connors has perfected the art of portraying Sir Elton John. The mannerisms, voice inflections and nuances and style are carefully recreated. His show also features what can’t be learned by impersonators: that uncanny resemblance to Captain Fantastic. The costumes, the color, the fabulous showmanship, time tested hit songs and audience interaction are all here, making American Elton the hottest ticket in town. or (603)668-5588


The mission of the Manchester Citywide Arts Festival is to offer unique and meaningful points of connection between the greater Manchester community, local artists and creative small businesses. We accomplish this through a program of diverse and accessible events that span a broad range of media and experiences, from theater to fine art, to literature, comedy, music, dance and more! or (603)668-5588

GREAT GATSBY! / Majestic Theatre (Manchester) / September 22 &23 – DIRECT/x

Join us Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd at Majestic Studio Theatre for our 18th Annual Auction & Performance Fundraiser! Performances by Majestic’s Adult, Teen, & Youth Actors, Ted Herbert Faculty & Students, and Special Guests. Silent Auctions featuring tickets and passes to art and cultural venues, electronics, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, artwork and more! There’s something for everyone! Special theme raffles, and refreshments each evening. (603)669-7469

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


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