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

Nikki Briar plays Bonfire Country Bar on November 23rd.


  • Chad Lamarsh / Copper Door (Bedford) / 4 p.m
  • Jodee Frawlee / Copper Door (Salem) / 4 p.m
  • Dave Zangi / Homestead (Merrimack) / 5:30 p.m
  • Jordan Quinn / Fratello’s (Manchester) / 5.30pm
  • 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 (London) / 7pm
  • Nikki Briar / Bonfire Country Bar (Manchester) / 9pm

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24uHappy Thanksgiving!

April Cushman plays Backyard Brewery 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 (London) / 6 p.m
  • Fox & The Flamingos / Derryfield (Manchester) / 8pm
  • Swipe Right Duo / Stumble Inn (London) / 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

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


  • Chris Torrey / Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market (Concord) / 9am-12pm
  • Paul Nelson / Great North Aleworks (Manchester) / 3pm
  • Ramez Gurung / To Share Brewing Company (Manchester) / 4pm
  • George Barber / The Wild Rover (Manchester) / 5pm
  • Sean Coleman / Fratello’s (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


  • 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 / 2 p.m

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





“A Christmas Carol”, now showing at The Palace until December 23rd. Courtesy photo

A CHRISTMAS CAROL / Palace Theater (Manchester) / until 23 Decemberrd

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

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FNC: JIM COLLITON & KAREN MORGAN / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 7.30pm

Jim Colliton is a confused middle-aged man who can include football games, school holidays and lunches in his comedic material based on his life as a dad and husband. Jim’s life stories for every man will bring the house down every time. Based in Boston, venues across the country brought Jim in to deliver funny, clean comedy.

Karen Morgan was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, but now calls Maine home. A former attorney, she began her comedy career as a finalist on Nickelodeon Television’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” Since then, he has appeared 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 television appearances include national comedy shows and commercials for companies such as Wal-Mart and Zyrtec. Karen’s clean shows at Performing Arts Centers across the country have made her a favorite with theater audiences. Still licensed to practice law in Maine and Georgia, Karen lives in Cumberland, Maine and misses Waffle House dearly. Ages 18+ or (603)668-5588

THE ENGLISH BEAT / Tupelo Music Hall (Derry) / 8 p.m

English Beat are a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound unlike any other. The band’s unique sound has allowed it to endure for almost three decades and attract fans, young and old, all over the world. The consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling continued to keep the Beat alive and kicking. Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public and songs from his new album ‘Here We Go Love’. or (603)437-5100

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

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

BLUES BROTHERS – THE NEXT GENERATION / Rex Theater (Manchester) / 19:30

‘We’re putting the band back together’ ‘We’re on a mission from God’

Blues Brothers Next Generation is New England’s premier showband. 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 paying tribute to the original Blues Brothers – Jake and Elwood. or (603)668-5588


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

This “mind-numbing, jaw-dropping, eye-opening” experience takes audiences on a tour of the impossible and the absurd. Using only the most ordinary objects, acclaimed actor, director, puppeteer, storyteller and award-winning performer Pinard brings the ordinary to life with the most amazing results. The only show of its kind in New England, audiences have traveled from all over New England and beyond to experience shenanigans, con artists, psychology, history, science, comedy, political adventures and more through the eyes of a “perceptive engineer’ in his quest to explore distortion and fraud. Audiences can expect a truly unique experience and insight into just how remarkable human perception and interpretation can be. or (603)715-2315

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GRANITE STATE RINGERS / LaBelle Winery (Amherst) / 2:30 p.m.

This performance by the talented rattlers will be a holiday performance to remember! The Granite State Ringers is an auditioned bell choir that performs throughout New Hampshire. This show presents the track ‘A Nutcracker Holiday’ for a magical holiday experience! Join us after the concert for the annual outdoor holiday tree lighting at LaBelle Winery in Amherst!



THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER / Majestic Theater (Derry) / December 9-11

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 a place in the Christmas pageants, the whole town panics. You’re not supposed to bite or smoke a cigar in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they sure have rewritten it! Soon everyone is calling on reluctant director Grace Bradley to call the whole thing off. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman children through new eyes in this dynamic musical adaptation of the funny and heartwarming classic celebration. or (603)669-7469

Be sure to visit THE WEEKEND, published every Thursday on Ink Link, for more popular events in town this weekend!


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