23-27 Nov: Vibrant arts, music, shows and entertainment in and around Manchester

Nikki Briar is playing at Bonfire Country Bar on November 23rd.


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

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBERthHappy Thanksgiving!

April Cushman is playing at the Backyard Brewery on November 25th.


  • April Cushman / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Sam Hammerman / The Foundry (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Joanie Cicatelli / Homestead (Merrimack) / 6 p.m
  • 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

Early risers can join Paul Nelson on November 26th at the Great North Aleworks.


  • Chris Torrey / Downtown (Concord) Winter Farmers’ Market / 9am-12pm
  • Paul Nelson / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Ramez Gurung / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 4pm
  • George Barber / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5 p.m
  • Sean Coleman / Fratellos (Manchester) / 6 p.m
  • Chris Lester / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Dusty Gray Duo / Chen Yang Li (bow) / 7 p.m
  • 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) / 11 p.m
  • Phil Jacques / Copper Door (Salem) / 11 p.m
  • Tom Boisse / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 2 p.m
  • Brad Myrick / Concord Craft Brewing (Concord / 2 p.m

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





‘A Christmas Carol’, which can be seen at The Palace now until December 23. Courtesy of the photo

A CHRISTMAS CAROL / Palace Theater (Manchester) / until December 23approx

Celebrate the holiday season as the Palace Theater tradition continues with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Known for his thrift, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on a snowy Christmas Eve. These haunted visits reveal Scrooge’s past, present and future and fill him with newfound hope and joy this holiday season! Filled with lively song and dance, special effects, professional actors and a live orchestra, this heartwarming story will create family memories you will cherish forever. www.palacetheatre.org or (603) 668-5588

FNC: JIM COLLITON & KAREN MORGAN / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7:30pm

Jim Colliton is a confused middle-aged man who can incorporate football games, school breaks and lunches into his comedy material based on his life as a father and husband. Jim’s life stories for each man will bring the house down every time. Based in Boston, venues across the country have brought Jim to provide fun, 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 commercials for companies like Wal-Mart and Zyrtec. Karen’s clean shows at performing arts centers across the country have made her a favorite of theater audiences. Karen is still licensed to practice law in Maine and Georgia but lives in Cumberland, Maine and misses Waffle House dearly. Age 18+ www.rextheatre.org 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 an incomparable sound. The band’s unique sound has enabled it to last for nearly three decades, appealing to fans young and old around the world. Dave Wakeling, the consummate showman that he is, has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. Dave continues to tour as The English Beat with an amazing all star ska backing band playing all the hits from The Beat, General Public and songs from his new album Here We Go Love. www.tupelomusichall.com or (603) 437-5100


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

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

BLUES BROTHERS – THE NEXT GENERATION / Rex Theater (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 show band. Join Jake and Elwood aka The Blues Brothers for a night of blues to remember. Blues Brothers the Next Generation are a 10-piece blues and soul band that plays a tribute to the original Blues Brothers – Jake and Elwood. www.rextheatre.org or (603) 668-5588


DISCOVERING MAGIC with ANDREW PINARD / Hatbox Theater (Concord) / 2 p.m

This “mind-numbing, breathtaking, eye-opening” experience takes audiences on a guided tour of the impossible and absurd. Accomplished actor, summoner, puppeteer, storyteller, and award-winning performer, Pinard uses only the most ordinary objects and brings the ordinary to life with the most surprising results. The only show of its kind in New England, audiences have traveled from across New England and beyond to experience sleight of hand, deceit, psychology, history, science, comedy, political twists and more through the eyes of a “perceptual engineer” on his quest for distortion and cunning. Audiences can expect a truly unique experience and a glimpse into remarkable human perception and interpretation. www.hatboxnh.com or (603) 715-2315

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

This performance by the talented bell ringer will be a holiday show to remember! The Granite State Ringers are an audition handbell choir that performs throughout New Hampshire. This performance presents the play “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!



BEST CHRISTMAS PARADE EVER / Majestic Theater (Derry) / 9-11 Oct. December

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 claim a role in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Biting or cigar smoking isn’t supposed to be in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never heard the Christmas story, they definitely have a rewrite! Soon everyone is demanding that reluctant director Grace Bradley cancel the whole thing. It’s up to the Bradleys and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman children with new eyes in this upbeat musical adaptation of the funny and touching Christmas classic. www.majestictheatre.net or (603) 669-7469

Be sure to check out The WEEKENDER, published in Ink Link every Thursday, for more events in and around the city this weekend!


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