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May 29, 2020








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The Freese Brothers Big Band

The Freese Brothers Big Band has been playing swing and classic big band music for audiences around the region for more than three decades. This summer, they are playing at least 12 shows and are on the schedule for outdoor summer concert series in Manchester, Concord and Bow.
The band has 18 members: five saxophonists, four trombonists, four trumpeters, one drummer, one pianist, one bassist and two vocalists. Together, they recreate the music of the big band and jazz classics, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and the Dorsey Brothers. Though their shows consist of mainly covers, the band often plays the songs with new arrangements they wrote themselves.
David Tirrell-Wysocki plays tenor saxophone and serves as the show announcer. He said the free outdoor summer concerts usually draw a diverse, fun crowd.
“We see many generations,” he said. “There’s the grandparents who knew the tunes when they were famous the first time around, then the parents who grew up hearing their parents play them, and now the younger folks and kids. It’s a mix, and that makes it enjoyable for us.”
People often sing along, clap and dance at the shows. One reason the band performs at these free concerts, Tirrell-Wysocki said. is to preserve and give new life to the big band era of music, and seeing the audience interact and have fun gives their performance a good energy.
All members volunteer their time to play; the band uses its performance earnings to fund the Freese Brothers Big Band Scholarship Fund, which helps high school students participate in music programs and camps.
Tirrell-Wysocki said he hopes the community will take advantage of the free summer concerts offered.
“The [towns] are making an investment in the arts for the enjoyment of their residents,” he said, “so why not take advantage of that and come to a great setting, hear some music, pack a picnic, relax and forget about what’s bugging you?” 
For more information on the band and its complete schedule, visit 
’60s Invasion
Four-man Methuen-based cover band ’60s Invasion has been performing the music of the ’60s at various venues around New England for the last 20 years. This summer, they have 16 shows planned, including shows as part of the free outdoor summer concert series in Hampstead, Milford, Plaistow, Bedford, Concord, Nashua and Hampton Beach.
The band has a variety of segments they do in their concerts. This summer, you may see them dress up to imitate famous ’60s musicians, such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison or Bob Dylan. They may also do their “History of Rock” segment with information, trivia and music from 1910 to 1960, or “TV of the ’60s” with music and trivia from ’60s television shows. In their “Four Seasons” segment, the band plays ’60s hits related to winter, spring, summer and fall. Lastly, they may do tributes to music legends who have recently died, such as Paul Revere from Paul Revere and the Raiders, Leslie Gore, Percy Sledge and Ben E. King.
“We try to capture the essence of the original songs, but we also will sometimes break off to do something special and make it our own,” David Vose, the band’s musical director and drummer, said.
Vose said the band does not play in bars or clubs, but mostly the outdoor town-commons shows (in the summer). They like to provide a shorter, high-energy show as opposed to an ongoing, night-long show at a bar or club where the audience is not as engaged.  
“We look for audience participation,” Vose said, “and a lot of people [at the free outdoor shows] are enthusiastic. They listen and sing along and participate.”
In the towns where they play often, the crowds at ’60s Invasion’s shows have a large number of fans and people who are already familiar with the band. Vose said he hopes people will come out not only to the band’s show, but also to free outdoor summer concerts in general.
“If it’s in your town, it’s easy to go to, it’s free, it’s convenient,” he said. “Throw a couple lawn chairs in your car, sit back, enjoy the atmosphere of a summer night and listen to a good band. You can’t beat it.”
For more information on the band and its complete schedule, visit
The Cranks
Twins Connor and Haley Gowland started playing music together about eight years ago. Four years later, Haley, on lead guitar and vocals, and Connor, on drums, teamed with bassist Alex Markoski to form Massachusetts alternative rock band The Cranks.
This summer, the band is playing about 15 shows, including two in Nashua and one in Merrimack. They perform original music as well as covers. At the free outdoor concerts, they play mostly covers by bands like Coldplay, Weezer, Foster the People, Walk the Moon and Third Eye Blind.
“A lot of times, our fans come to [shows] we play in the clubs and places like that,” Haley Gowland said, “but on the commons we usually draw a good amount of new people, a mix of families, people our age, younger, just people looking to relax and have fun on a summer night.”
The Cranks have gained recognition throughout New England. Last year, Connor and Haley, 20, and Alex, 19, received the RADAR Award for under 21 rising artists in New England. Also last year, they opened for the Paramore and Fall Out Boy show on Meadowbrook Pavilion’s Magic Hat stage.
Haley said in some ways,  she enjoys the atmosphere of the free outdoor summer concerts as opposed to the indoor clubs.
“We can get comfy with the crowd, and it’s more relaxed” she said. “The clubs can be intense, but at the summer outdoor shows, everyone’s just looking to have a good time, and it’s nice to fit into that easygoing vibe, [as opposed to] the energetic scene of a club.”
The Cranks are also recording artists and will be promoting their new EP, Cute Hat, on their summer tour. People should expect an upbeat, high-energy show and prepare to rock out.
“That’s what summer is all about,” Haley said. “Being outside and listening to good music.”
Summer Music Festivals 10 outdoor shows you won’t want to miss
Thing in the Spring
What: Four-day, fan-built festival focused on indie rock and eclectica 
Where: Various locations in Peterborough
When: Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, June 14
Tickets: $50 for all-event pass, individual shows $10-$15 at
Details: Created by a record store owner tired of traveling far from his hometown to see favorite bands, the event is about discovery – even if many names on the bill are unfamiliar, bands like the Captain Beefheart-inspired Curse Purse, Mirah and Mail the Horse are worth checking out.
Watch for: Rough Francis, a Vermont hardcore rap headlining the big 12-6 Saturday show
Granite State Music Festival
What: Two days featuring cream of the region’s musical crop, anchored by national headliners. 
Where: Kiwanis Waterfront Park, 15 Loudon Road, Concord
When: Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21
Tickets: $40 for two-day pass at Kids under 10 get in free.
Details: Amy Helm and American Idol hero Alex Preston top a well-curated lineup including NEMA winners Pat & the Hats, We Were Astronauts and Dusty Gray Band; Best in NH band Gretchen & the Pickpockets and Maine roots heroes The Mallett Brothers Band add luster to the fourth annual event.
Watch for: Ben Knight – young, kinetic singer/pianist leads high-energy band
New England Country Music Festival
What: America’s heartland hits the Seacoast, starring Small Town Girl Kellie Pickler 
Where: Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth
When: Saturday, July 11 
Tickets: $40 before June 11; $45 after at ($50/gate)
Details: Nine acts in one day, led by Pickler, who released a new single June 1, the romantic rocker “Feeling Tonight.” Supporting talent includes Native Run, Leah Turner (“Take The Keys”), Charles Esten and Blaire Hanks, along with talented locals like North of Nashville.
Watch for: Guitar-charged duo Ryan Brooks Kelly & Jilly Martin
Camp n Jam VI
What: A new tradition: all the local music you can handle and s’mores
Where: Harmony Stage at Rock Maple Woods, 664 First Crown Point Road, Strafford
When: Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12
Tickets: $45 at
Details: Taking Shaskeen, Penuche’s, Stone Church and True Brew to the woods with favorite local performers including Van Burens, Ghost Dinner Band, Amulus, Rippin E Brakes, The Romano Project and more to be announced. Admission includes camping; ages 16 and under admitted free.
Watch for: Pat & the Hats, who debuted here in 2013 and stole the show
Rock’n Ribfest
What: Eat to the beat with three days of food, fun and music 
Where: Anheuser-Busch, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
When: Friday, June 19, Saturday, June 20,  and Sunday, June 21
Tickets: $7 at ($10/gate)
Details: While New Hampshire’s official State Barbecue Championship is the main attraction, a bevy of great regional bands cover the “rock’n” side of this event – The Fools (“Psycho Chicken”), Gary Hoey, country heroes Eric Grant Band and throwbacks Psychedelic Relics and Pop Farmers.
Watch for: The Slakas, a favorite fun time cover band closing out Sunday
Spectral Fest
What: Get groovy at this 3-day music, arts, yoga and transformational workshop festival 
Where: Page Farm, 46 Sand Hill Road, Croydon
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 17-19
Tickets: $95 ($50/day pass) at
Details: 27 bands and 19 DJs (so far) provide the music on multiple stages at this bucolic site. Featured bands include Roots of Creation, Wobblesauce, Chromatropic, The Hornitz and Dead tribute acts Garcia Project and Fennario. On the EDM side, Skytree and Psymbionic are among the names.
Watch for: The $89 VIP upgrade adds lounge access, hot showers and free beer. 
Mahadin Festival 
What: Bob Marley’s disciples gather to play roots and reggae, with national and regional acts
Where: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Gilford
When: Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21
Tickets: $25-$49 at
Details: NYC based Dirty Heads top a bill with jammy Aussie John Butler Trio, Soja playing pop-inflected reggae and Jamaican/American Fear Nuttin Band, mixing hip-hop, hardcore and metal into their rock steady beat. Local artists include Hilton Park and Todo Bien.
Watch for: Superfrog, a Seacoast jam band with a solid new album.
Soul Fest
What: New England’s largest Christian music festival featuring the genre’s biggest names
Where: Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford
When: Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 6-8
Tickets: $115 multi-day; $45 single day (youth/senior discounts available) at
Details: Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Family Force 5 and Sanctus Real are among the faith-based favorites performing at this Lakes Region event, which is devoted to more than music. There are workshops, spoken word events, and daily worship services. 
Watch for: EDM crew Rapture Ruckus host Friday’s Late Night Dance Party
Lowell Folk Festival
What: Folk traditions from around the world converge for this long-running event. 
Where: Various locations in downtown Lowell, Mass.
When: Friday through Sunday, July 24-26
Tickets: Free, but donations encouraged – see
Details: Not fedora-wearing shoegazer folk music, but rich international tradition. Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra, China’s Ann Yao Trio, legendary gospel group The Fairfield Four and New Orleans-based Original Pinettes Brass Band are among the performers.
Watch for: Cambalache, East Los Angeles based a Chicano-Jarocho group
Keene Music Festival
What: All-day, all-out music blast playing out on 10 stages 
Where: Downtown Keene
When: Saturday, Sept. 5 
Tickets: Free
Details: The lineup is still under construction; it will include every genre under the sun — even a symphony! — on a dozen or so stages donated by local businesses. It’s a great opportunity for bands to get recognition and move merchandise, and an even better way to partake in some great musical grazing.
Watch for: City Tire Stage — if history is an indication, it will again rock hard
— Michael Witthaus
Big names at big venues Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook 
72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford
The 20th season opens June 12 with The Avett Brothers and John Prine playing Americana. There’s a mix of classic and modern rock this summer, with Bryan Adams June 20, Def Leppard/Styx July 7, and Scorpions/Queensrÿche Sept. 13 for the former and Breaking Benjamin July 26 and Incubus/Deftones Aug. 1 for the latter. As with past seasons, country is well represented, led by world beater Luke Bryan’s three-night run in mid-July. For spice, try teen sensation R5 July 16, pop pair Christina Perri and Colbie Callait July 31, or the venue’s first ever stage production, Oz With Orchestra July 27. For a full lineup, visit, or check the Hippo Summer Guide at (it’s the May 21 issue) or at
Lowell Summer Music Series 
40 French St., Lowell, Mass.
Guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd and indie darling Ani DiFranco provide a one-two opening punch on June 19 and June 20. Mike Gordon of Phish plays solo June 26, and there are roots music shows from The Wood Brothers July 9, Chris Robinson Brotherhood July 17 and Warren Haynes Aug. 15. Lake Street Dive, who made a big splash last year, appear Aug. 28, with Melissa Etheridge closing out the season Aug. 29. Want classic rock? Try Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo July 10, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam July 18 or Tower of Power July 30. Other highlights are Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave Aug. 18 and a John Hiatt/Taj Mahal double bill Aug. 27. Visit the website for all events, showtimes and ticket prices.

Music Alfresco
10 shows you won’t want to miss Plus, your guide to free outdoor music

By Angie Sykeny

 You don’t have to dish out the big bucks to enjoy live music this summer. These outdoor summer concert series are completely free — just bring a blanket or lawn chair and get ready to rock out. Or chill out. With concerts happening nearly every day of the week, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to sing along with a cover band, discover new local talent, or just spend some time outside, these outdoor concerts will keep you jammin’ all summer long. 

Concord Public Library’s Live Music on the Lawn 
Head to Prince Street for these free shows put on by the library. The street will be closed to traffic and have local food vendors, making it a block party-like atmosphere. Chill out on the lawn and enjoy the local musicians, from an all-women ukulele band to Parker Academy’s rock ensemble. 
Where: Prince Street, from the Green Street intersection to the City Auditorium and Library parking lot
When: Tuesdays, 6 p.m., June 16, June 30, and Aug. 11, and Wednesday, July 29, 6 p.m. 
June 16: Occasional Piracy (Parker Academy rock/pop ensemble) 
June 30: Odds Bodkin (storyteller, guitarist and harpist) 
July 29: NH Ukeladies (ukulele group) 
Aug. 11: Whit Symmes Trio (jazz)
New Boston Summer Concert Series
From big band to bluegrass, New Boston has a variety of shows lined up for summer. Bring a blanket or chair and head to the commons, where the bands will be playing in the gazebo. You can also grab some dinner while you’re there; the Recreation Department will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill. 
Where: Town Common gazebo, 7 Meetinghouse Hill Road
When: Every other Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., June 30 through Aug. 25
June 30: Freese Brothers Big Band 
July 14: Brickyard Blues (blues/R&B)
July 28: The Mirage Band (variety)
Aug. 11: Hickory Horned Devils (bluegrass/Americana)
Aug. 25: Karen Morgan and Pony Express (country) 
Presidential Oaks Summer Concerts on the Green (Concord)
Presidential Oaks retirement community will have a free concert, open to the public, every other week on the lawn. Shows feature jazz, big band and doo-wop groups. Popcorn and bottled water will be available. There is some seating provided, but it is very limited, so you should plan to bring a blanket or lawn chair.    
Where: Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant St.
When: Every other Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., June 30 through Aug. 25 
June 30: Fountain Square (Dixieland/jazz)
July 14: East Bay Jazz (pop/R&B) 
July 28: Bedford Big Band 
Aug. 11: The Freese Brothers Big Band 
Aug. 25: Concord Coachmen (doo-wop) 
Amherst Tuesday Concerts on the Green
Bring the family for a summer evening on the Green. Amherst has shows every Tuesday starting in July, including a Beatles tribute band, a doo-wop quintet and a show just for kids. Food vendors will be on site for the duration of the show. Be sure to get there early if you want a good spot — the Recreation Department said these shows can draw up to 200 people. 
Where: Amherst Village Green, 2 Main St.
When: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.. July 7 through Aug. 25  
July 7: Studio 2 (Beatles tribute)
July 14: Robert Allwarden and Friends
July 21: Amherst Town Band 
July 28: The Bel Aires (doo-wop)
Aug. 4 (6 to 7 p.m.): UNH's Little Red Wagon Performing Company: Puppet Show "What's the comOCEAN?" (children’s entertainment) 
Aug. 11: FolkSoul Band (Americana/jam) 
Aug. 18: Amherst Town Band 
Aug. 25: Back to School Event (TBA)
Meetinghouse Park Summer Concert Series (Hampstead)
Hampstead has a variety of acts coming to Meetinghouse Park this summer, including bluegrass, oldies, gospel music and more. The series kicks off with a children’s music show on June 23. July 28 will be the Meetinghouse Park Summer Concert Series’ 10th anniversary celebration and “beach party” with Jimmy Buffet tribute band Parrotbeach, so everyone is invited to wear Jimmy Buffet-esque attire and bring beach props. Donations for military support at the concerts will be accepted. 
Where: Meetinghouse Park, 11 Main St. 
When: Tuesdays, 6 p.m., June 23 through Aug. 18 
June 23 (5:30 p.m.): Steve Blunt (children’s music) followed by Curt Bessette & Jenn Kurtz (folk duo)
June 30: “An Evening of Patriotic Music,” featuring the Interfaith Choir and the Windham Concert Band 
July 7: EC & The Moonshiners (bluegrass)
July 14: ’60s Invasion (’60s covers) 
July 21: Love Dogs (swing/R&B) 
July 28: Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffet tribute) 
Aug. 4: Lee Lewis & the Doo-Wop Allstars  (oldies/doo-wop)
Aug. 11: MARK209 (gospel) 
Aug. 18 (5:30 p.m.): Atomic Raygun (Rockabilly) and The Shana Stack Band (country) 
Henniker Summer Concert Series 
Henniker has concerts every Tuesday throughout the summer at the community park. The shows are free, but donations are accepted. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the sounds of jazz, Americana, gospel, doo-wop and more. 
Where: Angela Robinson Bandstand, in the park in front of the Henniker Community Center, 57 Main St. 
When: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., June 16 through Aug. 18 
June 16: Fountain Square Ramblers (Dixieland/jazz)
June 23: Swing Rocket (jazz)
June 30: The 39th Army Band (NH Army National Guard)
July 7: Rosemary's Baby Blues (blues)
July 15: Twangtown Paramours (Americana)
July 21: Funky Divas of Gospel (gospel) 
July 28: Club Soda Band (variety) 
Aug. 4: Karen Morgan & Pony Express (country)
Aug. 11: The Bel Aires (doo-wop)
Aug. 18: Nick's Other Band (dance) 
Milford Summer Concert Series
If you’re walking by Emerson Park on a Wednesday night, you may hear some familiar tunes. This summer’s lineup includes a ’60s cover band, Beatles tribute band and an all-era cover band. The series kicks off with a Fourth of July show at Keyes Park Stage, featuring country/folk band Oxford & Clark and friends.
Where: Emerson Park
When: Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., July 4 through Aug. 26
July 4 (8 p.m., Keyes Park Stage): Oxford & Clark and friends (country/folk) 
July 8: ’60s Invasion (’60s cover band)
July 15: Bedford Big Band 
July 22: Tom Foolery Band (cover band)
July 29: Amoskeag Strummers (Americana)
Aug. 5: Studio Two (Beatles tribute)
Aug. 12: The Temple Band (town band)
Aug. 19: The Tropical Sensations (steel drum band)
Aug. 26: The Shana Stack Band (country)
Pelham Concerts on the Village Green
Enjoy a free concert on Pelham’s Village Green this summer. 
Where: Village Green, in front of the Pelham Public Library
When: Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19 
June 24: Windham Community Bands 
July 8: 4EverFab (Beatles tribute band)
July 22: Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley (children’s music) 
Aug. 5: The Boys of Rockingham (country) 
Aug. 19: Brandy Band (variety)
Londonderry Concerts on the Commons 
Londonderry has a variety of performers coming to the commons this year, from the local 20-piece Bedford Big Band to the nationally known recording artists Ken Yates and Brian Dunne. Jazz, blues, funk, rock — each week is something different. Food vendors will be on site as well as an ice cream truck for the kids. 
Where: Town commons, corner of Mammoth Road and Pillsbury Road. 
When: Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., now through Aug. 5, no concert on July 1
June 17: Evan Goodrow (jazz/blues)
June 24: Manchuka (funk)
July 8: HELP! (Beatles tribute) 
July 15: Ken Yates and Brian Dunne (pop/rock)
July 22: The Bedford Big Band (big band)
July 29: The Jandee Lee Porter Band (folk/rock)
Aug. 5: Brian Templeton (blues/R&B) 
Merrimack Summer Concert Series
Pack up your blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the park. This summer’s series has shows the whole family can enjoy, including oldies, a Beatles tribute, Irish folk music and two children’s shows. Celebrate the Fourth of July with a special patriotic show by the Merrimack Concert Association on Friday, July 3. 
Where: Abbie Griffin Park, adjacent to the Town Hall at 6 Baboosic Lake Road
When: Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., June 17 through Aug. 5, and Friday, July 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
June 17: Studio Two (Beatles tribute)
June 24: Toe Jam Puppet Band (children’s)
July 3: Merrimack Concert Association (patriotic & marches)
July 8: The Cranks (indie rock)
July 15: Crab Shack Band (rock/R&B)
July 22: The Reminisants (oldies)
July 29: Boxty (Irish folk)
Aug. 5: Annie & The Natural Wonder Band (children’s music) 
Smyth Public Library Summer Music Series (Candia) 
The library has family-friendly shows happening weekly in July and August. The series kicks off with a children’s concert by storyteller, guitarist and harpist Odds Bodkin. Also on the schedule are country and blues bands, an Irish balladeer and a classical guitarist. Note that Aug. 12 will be an interactive magic show by Norman Ng. 
Where: Outside the library, 55 High St.
July 1: Little Heroes: He and She (children’s music by Odds Bodkin)
July 8: Nicole Murphy (country)
July 15: Twangtown Paramours (country/folk)
July 22: Peter Fletcher (classical guitarist)
July 29: Heather Creek Music (blues)
Aug. 5:  Paul Carroll (Irish balladeer)
Aug. 12: Norman Ng (magician)
Aug. 19: Bedford Big Band 
Plaistow Summer Concert Series 
Find a spot on the Green and enjoy these free summer shows put on by Plaistow. The schedule includes jazz, R&B, gospel musicians and more. Sing along with the Beatles tribute band 4EverFab, ’60s cover band ’60s Invasion or variety cover band Cover Story. 
Where: On the Town Hall Green, Main Street
When: Wednesdays, 6 p.m., June 24 through Aug. 26 
June 26: 4EverFab (Beatles tribute)
July 1: Volare Jazz Band
July 8: Cover Story (cover band)
July 15: Smoothies (jazz/R&B) 
July 22: Community Band
July 29: ’60s Invasion (’60s cover band) 
Aug. 5: New Legacy Swing Band 
Aug. 12: B Street Bombers (rock/R&B) 
Aug. 19: MARK209 (gospel) 
Aug. 26: Tow Towler Band (rock/folk) 
Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series (Salem) 
Head to family park and playground Field of Dreams for Salem’s summer concerts, happening every Thursday starting in July. This year’s lineup includes jazz, blues, rock and R&B performers. Also on the schedule is a Saturday afternoon show by Beatles tribute band 4EverFab. A 50/50 raffle is held at each concert to support park maintenance. 
Where: 48 Geremonty Drive
When: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., July 9 through Aug. 20, and Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m. 
July 9: Brandy (variety)
July 16: The Volare Jazz Band
July 18: 4EverFab (Beatles tribute)
July 23: B Street Bombers (R&B/rock)
July 30: George Williams Band (blues/rock)
Aug. 6: Salem Boyz (rock)
Aug. 13: Sonic Boomers (acoustic duo)
Aug. 20: Chris White Band (rock) 
Intown Manchester’s TD Bank 
Concerts in the Park
Head to Veterans Park for Intown Manchester’s free summer concerts, part of the annual Summer Fest program. This year’s shows include country, big band, rock music and more. The series ends on Saturday, Aug. 8, with the “Livin’ Free Fest,” featuring performances by three bands. There will be food vendors and children’s activities at the park during the shows.  
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 889 Elm St.
When: Thursdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., July 9 through Aug. 6, and Saturdays, Aug. 1, 6 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 8, 4 to 9:30 p.m. 
July 9: The Freese Brothers Big Band
July 16: Manchuka (funk)
July 23: Houston Bernard Band (country)
July 30: 39th Army Band (NH Army National Guard) 
Aug. 1: The Air Force Strings (U.S. Air Force string ensemble)
Aug. 6: Incadence (cover band)
Aug. 8: “Livin’ Free Fest” featuring Entrain (rock), The Adam Ezra Group (rock) and Roots of Creation (reggae/rock) 
Exeter Summer Concert in the Park Series
Head to Swasey Parkway Thursday nights and enjoy live music by the Squamscott River. This series mixes it up each week with shows by bluegrass, R&B, country, blues and cover bands. The Recreation Department said people should plan on a big crowd and get there early for country group The Shana Stack Band, which was awarded Band of the Year at the 2015 New England Music Awards. 
Where: Swasey Parkway
When: Thursdays, 6 p.m., June 18 through July 30
June 18: Funky Divas (bluegrass/soul)
June 25: Honey Train (R&B/dance)
July 2: The Shana Stack Band (country) 
July 9: Club Soda Band (variety) 
July 16: Cover Story (cover band) 
July 18: Mellow Yellow (’60s & ’70s covers) (fireworks at 8:45 p.m.) 
July 23: Groove Lounge (pop/R&B) 
July 30: Wooden Eye (blues/country)
Concord Summer Concert Series 
Stop by Eagle Square in downtown Concord for these free Thursday night shows. The series kicks off July 9 with local blues artist Delanie Pickering and ends Aug. 13 with ’60s cover band ’60s Invasion. 
Where: Eagle Square, Concord
When: Thursdays, 7 p.m., July 9 through July 30, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m.   
July 9: Delanie Pickering (blues)
July 16: Club Soda (variety)
July 23: Freese Brothers Big Band
July 30: 39th Army Band (NH Army National Guard)
Aug. 4: Nevers’ Band (concert band)
Aug. 13: ’60s Invasion (’60s cover band)
Nashua Public Library’s Summer Concerts on the Plaza 
Weekly in July, the library will host a free concert outside. The lineup features music with Cuban and Cajun roots, jazz, folk and covers. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening on the plaza. 
Where: Library plaza, 2 Court St. 
When: Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., July 1 through July 30 
July 1: The Last Duo (’60s and ’70s covers)
July 9: The Makanda Project (jazz)
July 16: Los Sugar Kings (Cuban roots, rock/reggae)
July 23: Ari and Mia (folk/jazz)
July 30: Boogaloo Swamis (Cajun Zydeco/Americana)
Portsmouth Summer in the Street
Downtown streets are closed to traffic and become venues for live music, dance and theater performances for Pro Portsmouth’s Summer in the Street series. Bring a blanket or chair, camp out in the street and enjoy the show. This year’s lineup includes various artists, a night of just children’s entertainment and a night of all female artists. 
Where: Pleasant Street between Porter Street and Market Square
When: Saturdays, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 27 through Aug. 1
June 27: Jeff Warner, Bruce McIntyre and Friends (folk)
July 4: Salt River (folk) & Wooden Eye (blues/country)  
July 11: Kids in the Street! featuring UNH Little Red Wagon, Mary Kaye and The Seacoast Civic Dance Co. (children’s entertainment)
July 18: Cormac McCarthy (folk) & MaineSqueeze (accordion ensemble) 
July 25: TJ Wheeler & Friends (jazz/blues)
Aug. 1: “Women Who Rock!” (show featuring several female artists)
Contoocook Farmers Market Music Series
Enjoy free live music while you shop around the Contoocook Farmers Market. Musicians will play in the gazebo near the market for most of the time the market is going on. Featured acts include blues, jazz, folk, rock music and more.  
Where: Gazebo behind the market, Contoocook Railroad Depot, 896 Main St. 
When: Saturdays, during the market hours, 9 a.m. to noon, June 13 through Oct. 10 
June 13: Delanie Pickering (blues)
June 20: Brad Myrick (acoustic/rock) 
June 27: Mike Morris (folk)
July 4: TBD
July 11: Arabalon drum group
July 18: Timothy Gurshin (singer/songwriter/acoustic)
July 25: Jimmy Howe (jazz) 
Aug. 1: Brad Bosse (acoustic/rock)
Aug. 8: Don Bartenstein (acoustic/rock)
Aug. 15: Rob Wolfe (jazz guitarist)
Aug. 22: Brad Myrick (acoustic/rock) 
Aug. 29: Mikey G (rock)
Sept. 5: Eugene Durkee III (Irish music)
Bow Rotary Club Summer Concert Series
Make your way to the Bow town gazebo for these free summer concerts. Music styles represented this year include Celtic, bluegrass, folk and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the shows. 
Where: Town gazebo, corner of Bow Logging Hill and Knox Road, 
When: Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m., July 5 through Aug. 9
July 5: The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio (Celtic fiddle) 
July 12: The Mary McGuire Band (Bluegrass/Folk)
July 19: BHS Interact Club Arts Festival (more info TBA)
July 26: Concord Coachmen/Laconia Chordsmen (men’s harmony group)
Aug. 2: The Mink Hills Band (bluegrass/folk)
Aug. 9: The Freese Brothers Big Band 
Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series (Manchester)
Stark Park has a full summer of weekly concerts planned. The series kicks off with the Freese Brothers Big Band on June 28 and continues through the end of August. Shows this year include three big band groups, as well as rock, country, jazz artists and more. 
Where: Stark Park, 89 Park Ave.
When: Sundays, 2 p.m., June 28 through Aug. 30
June 28: Freese Brothers Big Band 
July 5: Big Legacy Big Band 
July 12: Transistors (’60s cover band) 
July 19: Jimmy Lehoux (country)
July 26: Strafford Wind Symphony
Aug. 2: High Range (folk/bluegrass)
Aug. 9: Tradition
Aug. 16: Annie & the Orphans (rock)
Aug. 23: Wolverine Jazz Band 
Aug. 30: Compaq Big Band 
Hampton Beach Sea Shell Stage Series 
Hampton Beach hosts over 100 shows at its seaside Sea Shell Stage each summer, with two shows daily through September. The lineup includes a variety of music genres, but primarily rock ‘n’ roll, with country music every Thursday. The Stage seats around 1,000 people but can fill up fast on certain nights, so bring a blanket or chair just in case. On the last weekend in August, the shows will be Hampton Beach’s annual talent competition, where selected musical performers compete for cash prizes. Every Wednesday, there are fireworks following the concerts. 
Where: Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach 
When: Daily, 7 to 8 p.m., and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., now through Sept. 7. 
A different band or artist daily.
Country music every Thursday. 
Fireworks every Wednesday.
Aug. 29, 30, 31: Hampton Beach Talent competition 
Various days
Bedford Concerts in the Park & Family Cultural Series
Bedford’s concert series has two parts. Tuesday shows are part of the Family Cultural Series and include all family-friendly entertainment and children’s music. On Thursdays, local bands perform in the Gazebo. Find a spot on the Commons and enjoy  tunes from the New Hampshire National Guard band the 39th Army Band, classic rock band King Chrome and more. 
Where: Tuesday shows are held on the performance stage at the pool complex at 20 County Road. Thursday shows are held at Market Basket Gazebo in Village Common Park, just east of the intersection of Route 101 and Bell Hill Road. 
When: Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., June 16 through June 30, and Thursdays, 6 p.m., June 25 through July 30
June 16: Ben Rudnick & Friends (children’s music) 
June 23: 4EverFab (Beatles tribute)
June 25: Manchester Community School Concert
June 30: UNH’s Little Red Wagon Performing Company: Puppet Show “What’s the comOCEAN?” (children’s entertainment) 
July 2: 39th Army Band (NH Army National Guard)
July 9: ’60s Invasion (’60s cover band)
July 16: The Temple Band (town band) 
July 23: Rob Oxford (Americana) 
July 30: King Chrome (classic rock) 
Nashua SummerFun Concert Series 
Nashua has a full summer of concerts planned as part of its SummerFun program. At least one show takes place every week at the Bandshell. Most of the performers are town bands, but there is rock, Irish, folk, children’s music and more planned. The series kicks off on June 15 with Beatles tribute band Studio Two. 
Where: Greeley Park Bandshell, 100 Concord St. 
When: Various days, June 15 through Aug. 25 
June 15, 7 p.m.: Studio Two (Beatles tribute)
June 16, 7 p.m.: Shannachie (Irish music)
June 17, 7 p.m.: Hollis Town Band 
June 19, 6 p.m.: The Bel Aires (doo-wop)
June 22, 7 p.m.: Alumni Band 
June 25, 7 p.m.: Amoskeag Band 
July 1, 7 p.m.: Raymond St. Klezmer (folk)
July 7, 7 p.m.: The Cranks (indie rock)
July 13, 7 p.m.: American Legion Band 
July 20, 7 p.m.: Windham Concert Band
July 23, 7 p.m.: Yankee Brass Music
July 24, 7 p.m.: ’60s Invasion 
July 27, 7 p.m.: Windham Swing Band 
July 28, 7 p.m.: The Cranks (indie rock) 
Aug. 3, 7 p.m.: American Legion Band 
Aug. 10, 6 p.m.: Marcus Gale (children’s)
Aug. 11, 7 p.m.: Shannachie (Irish music) 
Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Ukulele Festival 
Aug. 17, 7 p.m.: Grupo Fantasia (Latin) 
Aug. 19, 7 p.m.: Granite Statesmen (men’s harmony group) 
Aug. 25, 7 p.m.: Amherst Town Band 
As seen in the June 11, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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