23-26 June: Performing arts, music, shows and entertainment in and around Manchester


This week’s roundup 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 [email protected] for review. 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 8am)

Ariel Strasser and Ken Budka perform June 23 at The Foundry.


  • Ariel Strasser & Ken Budka / The Foundry (Manchester) / 5 p.m.
  • Doug Thompson / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30 p.m.
  • Chris Perkins / Cheers (Concorde) / 6 p.m.
  • Chris Taylor / Elm House of Pizza (Manchester) / 6 p.m.
  • Pete Massa / T-Bones (Bedford) / 7 p.m.

April Cushman performs June 24 at the Backyard Brewery.


  • Andrew Geano / Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (Manchester) / 5:30 p.m.
  • April Cushman / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • The Cohn Brothers / Murphy’s (Bedford) / 6 p.m.
  • Kimayo / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Mary Fagan / Shara Vineyards (Concord) / 6 p.m.
  • J-Lo Duo / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 8pm
  • Chris Powers Duo / Telly’s (Epping) / 8pm
  • Stone Temple Posers / Shaskeen (Manchester) / 9pm

Str8 Down will play Bonfire Country Bar on June 25th.


  • Jordan Quinn / The Hill Bar & Grill at McIntyre (Manchester) / 5:30 p.m.
  • Clint Lapointe / KC’s Rib Shack (Manchester) / 6:00 p.m.
  • Jonny Friday / Village Trestle (Goffstown) / 6pm
  • Paul Gormley / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 6 p.m.
  • These Guys / Derryfield (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Josh Foster / Chen Yang Li (Arc) / 7 p.m.
  • Str8 Down / Bonfire (Manchester) / 9pm
  • River Sang Wild / Strange Brew (Manchester) / 9pm

Liam Spain performs June 26 at To Share Brewing.


  • Chuck Alaimo / Firefly (Manchester) / 11am
  • Chris Lester / Concord Craft Brewing (Concord) / 2 p.m.
  • Liam Spain / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 3pm
  • KOHA / Stella Blu (Nashua) / 3 p.m.
  • Matt The Sax / Colby Hill Inn (Henniker) / 4:30 p.m.

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

Attend the last weekend of “Legally Blonde” at the Palace.

The Palace Theater

80 Hannover Street ~ www.palacetheatre.org (603)668-5588


A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the beloved film, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows Elle Woods’ transformation as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and explosive with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! Elle Woods seems to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get it back, Elle ingeniously manages to make her way to the prestigious law school. There, she struggles with her peers, her teachers and her ex. With the support of a few new friends, however, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

The Majestic Theater

880 Page Street ~ www.majestictheatre.net (603)669-7469

BIG – THE MUSICAL / July 8-17 (Derry Opera House)

The classic 1987 cinematic fantasy burst onto the stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. With a witty, moving and insightful book and a dazzling, energetic and heartfelt contemporary score. Josh Baskin is tired of being a clumsy kid. During a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine so that it becomes “great”. To his surprise, his wish is granted. After a naturally awkward start, Josh is forced to do “adult” things, like finding a job and a girlfriend. In the end, he discovers there’s so much more to being an adult than he bargained for and learns that we all have to grow up at our own pace, at our own pace.

HEARINGS: NUNSENSE / June 27 & 28e (Studio Theater)

Be part of the magic! With star tricks, tap dancing and ballet, an audience quiz and comedic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With over 5,000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages. Updated by the author with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements and a brand new song. More information: https://majestictheatre.net/education/nunsense-audition/

The Rex Theater

23 Amherst Street ~ www.rextheatre.org (603)668-5588

FNC at the Rex – Brian Glowacki & Friends / June 24e at 7:30 p.m.

Brian Glowacki’s comedy feels like home. His playful style and quirkiness quickly took him from a small-town clown to a nationwide crowd favorite. Brian’s likability on stage, coupled with sharp observations about life, quickly propelled him to one of the country’s top emerging talents. Brian is the opener for comedian Bob Marley’s national tour as well as headlining numerous clubs and festivals on his own. This year he is proud to add The Wilbur Theater Boston and The Laugh Factory Las Vegas to his schedule.


An intimate tribute concert featuring the hit music of Carole King. The show will highlight songs from Carole’s career with a focus on Carole’s 1971 solo album, Tapestry, which took her to the top. In a first for a female writer/artist, Tapestry spawned four GRAMMY Awards® – Record, Song and Album Of The Year as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance. You’ll hear all of your absolute favorites including You’ve Got A Friend, It’s Too Late, So Far Away and I Feel The Earth Move.


MARC COHN / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / June 25e

After winning a GRAMMY for his moving ballad “Walking in Memphis”, Marc Cohn has established himself as one of the most compelling singer-songwriters of this generation, combining the precision of a brilliant composer with the passion of a great soul man. He is a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth from his often romantic and drawn-from-life tales. Cohn followed his platinum debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which time TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt said, ” Marc is one of the most moving, talented artists I know, I love his songs, he’s an amazing singer and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he performs for. www.tupelomusichall.com

THEATER: The Bald Soprano / Hatbox Theater (Concord) / June 17-26

In The Bald Cantatrice, a classic of modern theatre, a clock strikes seventeen times for no apparent reason, the doorbell rings but there are no visitors and the bald soprano never changes her hairstyle. A hilarious and unique satire on the modern life of Eugène Ionesco, known as the father of the theater of the absurd, it is a theatrical experience in which non-sequences fly, people talk against the grain without going anywhere and the concept of time is activated in its head. This stimulating tour de force of linguistic acrobatics on modern communication (or lack thereof) is sure to delight.

Produced by the Community Players of Concord. www.hatboxnh.com

ART: New England Seasons: An Impressionistic View / NH Antique Co-op (Milford) / June 23-26

New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents New England Seasons: An Impressionistic View, an exhibition and sale of over 30 paintings that depict the landscapes and seascapes that attract artists and visitors to New England. Featured artists from the 19th century to the present day. www.nhantiquecoop.com


48e Annual Market Days, a FREE three-day street festival right on Main Street in downtown Concord, New Hampshire. There will be live entertainment, delicious food and fantastic shopping every day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Email your entertainment events to [email protected] for exam. Be sure to add your events to the InkLink 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 8am).


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