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

Nikki Briar plays Bonfire Country Bar November 23.

Wednesday, November 23rd

  • Chad Lamarsh / Copper Door (Bedford) / 4 p.m
  • Jodie Frawley / The Copper Door (Salem) / 1 p.m
  • Dave Zangi / Homestead (Merrimack) / 1 p.m. 5:30
  • Jordan Quinn / Fratello (Manchester) / p.m. 5:30
  • D-Comp Trio / Derryfield (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Justin Cohn / Uno Pizzeria & Grill (Concord) / 6pm
  • KOHA / Stella Blu (Nashua) / 7pm
  • Small Town Stranded / Stumble Inn (Londonderry) / 7pm
  • Nikki Briar / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

Thursday 24 NovemberthHappy Thanksgiving!

April Cushman plays November 25 at Backyard Brewery.

Friday, 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
  • Gorilla Gang / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm

Earlybirds can join Paul Nelson on November 26 at Great North Aleworks.

Saturday 26 Novemberth

  • Chris Torrey / Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market (Concord) / 10 a.m. 9-p.m. 12
  • Paul Nelson / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Ramez Gurung / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 4pm
  • George Barber / Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Sean Coleman / Fratello (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Chris Lester / Backyard Brewery (Manchester) / 6pm
  • Dusty Gray Duo / Chen Yang Li (Bow) / 7pm
  • The Far / The Goat (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Peter Poirier Band / Strange Brew Tavern (Manchester) / 9pm
  • Granite Road / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

Sunday, November 27th

  • Steve Prisby / Copper Door (Bedford) / 11am
  • Phil Jacques / Copper Door (Salem) / 11am
  • Tom Boisse / Over The Moon Farmstead (Pittsfield) / 2pm
  • Brad Myrick / Concord Craft Brewing (Concord / 2pm

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

Arts and Entertainment:

Thursday 24 Novemberth

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25th

“A Christmas Carol” is showing at the Palace now through December 23. Photo courtesy of

A Christmas Carol / Palace Theater (Manchester) / Until 23 Decrd

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Come celebrate the holidays as the Palace Theater tradition continues with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Famous for his penny-pinching ways, three ghosts visit Scrooge on a snowy Christmas Eve. These ghostly journeys reveal Scrooge’s past, present and future, filling him with new hope and joy this Christmas season! Filled with live song and dance, special effects, professional actors and a live orchestra, this heartwarming story will create family memories you’ll cherish forever. or (603)668-5588

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

Jim Colliton is a confused middle-aged man who can turn football games, school skipping and lunch into comedic material based around his life as a father and husband. Jim’s everyman life stories will always bring the house down. Out of Boston, the country-wide venue brought in Jim to provide hilarious, 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 “Finding America’s Funniest Mom.” 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 Serious XM Radio. Her television appearances include national comedy shows and commercials for companies such as Wal-Mart and Zyrtec. Karen’s immaculate performances at performing arts centers across the country have made her a favorite among theater audiences. Still licensed to practice law in Maine and Georgia, Karen lives in Cumberland, Maine and misses Waffle House. Age 18+ or (603)668-5588

English Beat / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8pm

English Beat is a band with a dynamic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other. The band’s unique sound has allowed them to endure for nearly three decades and appeal to fans young and old around the world. Dave Wakelin is a showman who has managed to keep The Beat alive and strong. Dave is touring the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing songs from The Beat, the general public and his new album “Here We Go Love”. or (603)437-5100

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Saturday 26 Novemberth

A Piano Christmas with Robert Dion / Majestic Theater (Manchester) / November 26 at 7pm

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

Blues Brothers – The Next Generation / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 5pm 7:30

“We’re getting 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 an unforgettable night of blues. Blues Brothers The Next Generation is a 10-piece blues and soul band playing tribute to the original Blues Brothers – Jake and Elwood. or (603)668-5588

Sunday, November 27th

Discovering Magic with ANDREW PINARD / Hatbox Theater (Concord) / 2pm

This “mind-numbing, jaw-dropping, eye-opening” experience takes audiences on a guided tour of the impossible and the absurd. Using only the most ordinary objects, a talented actor, voice actor, puppeteer, storyteller and award-winning performer, Pinard brings the ordinary to life with the most surprising results. The only show of its kind in New England, audiences from all over New England and beyond experience sleight of hand, mock games, psychology, history, science, comedy, political spin and more “through the eyes of a visionary engineer. On his quest to explore distortion and fraud. Audiences can expect a truly unique experience and an insight into how great human perception and interpretation are. or (603)715-2315

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

This performance by talented bell ringers will be a holiday show to remember! The Granite State Ringers is an auditioned handbell choir that performs throughout New Hampshire. This performance showcases part of “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!


Upcoming Events:

The Best Christmas Concert Ever / Majestic Theater (Derry) / 9-11 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 demand parts of the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There shouldn’t be any biting or cigar smoking in Bethlehem, and even if these kids have never heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to scrap the whole thing. It’s up to the Bradleys and Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman children through new eyes in this uplifting musical adaptation of the funny and poignant holiday classic. or (603)669-7469

Be sure to visit The WEEKENDER, published every Thursday on Ink Link, for more featured events out of town and about town this weekend!


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