The Hippo


May 25, 2020








Pre-gobble wobble
Prepping for the holiday

By Michael Witthaus

 Depending on who you ask, the night before Thanksgiving is either the first- or second-busiest night of the year for many taverns. Whatever the ranking, most places offer more than most midweek nights. Called Friendsgiving by many, it’s a gathering of pals prior to heading home for the holiday. 

Here are a few locations offering a fun pre-Turkey Day night out this year.
3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, 766-3330) Jumbo Circus Peanuts perform a benefit show for Gather, a local organization fighting local hunger in many progressive ways including distribution, education and collaboration. They’re calling it “Thanksforgiving.” $13 at the door.
603 Bar & Lounge (368 Central Ave., Dover, 742-9283) At DJ B Money’s Birthday Bash, the house host for many nights of the week enjoys a double celebration.
Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) Thanksgiving Eve with Natalie Turgeon marks the return of the much-loved country and rock singer.
Area 23 (254 N. State St. Concord, 552-0137) Dr. Harp gets bluesy at a Capitol City haunt beloved for its selection of craft beer and tasty finger food.
Atkinson Resort and Country Club (85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, 362-8700) Peter Higgins, lead singer of soon-to-disband rockers Soundtrack to Monday, plays solo in Merrill’s Tavern.
Boston Billiard Club (55 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 943-5630) A Thanksgiving Eve Party is light on details, but this event happens every year.
Bridgewater Inn (367 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater, 744-3518) The Granite State edition of Shameless (one of many, apparently — it’s the “Springfield” of bands) plays rock covers.
British Beer Co. (103 Hanover St. at Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, 501-0515) Thanksgiving Eve with Ellis Falls, an acoustic duo acoustic leaning toward alt-rock, country and pop.
Bungalow (333 Valley St., Manchester, 792-1111) Church Tongue and Rainsound appear at a place gaining a reputation for multi-act hard-rock shows most nights of the week.
Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) The Guitar-a-oke & Cocktails live music sing-along is a regular feature here; it gets the pre-game treatment.
Coach Stop (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022) Johnny Angel is a solo acoustic guitar player who sings and plays a custom-made drum set with his feet. 
Common Man (88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088) Singer-songwriter Karen Grenier plays a warm mix of covers and originals.
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) It’s an extended night at the popular restaurant-bar: Chad Lamarsh plays a set at 3 p.m., followed by Clint Lapointe at 7 p.m.
Copper Door (41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033) Brad Bosse, the busiest musician in New Hampshire (and a two-time Best of Hippo winner), plays rock covers.
Country Spirit (262 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007) Beechwood is a well-loved blues rock band and a regular at this rustic restaurant-bar.
Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871) Ted Solovicos, a ubiquitous presence in the local music scene, plays covers.
Covered Bridge (16 Cedar St., Contoocook, 746-5191) Open Mic Night happens; it’s an institution at this riverside restaurant.
Crow’s Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) Bite the Bullet plays rock covers.
Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) Mugsy holds down the party; the rock cover band is a regular here.
Dolly Shakers (38 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 402-4179) Granite Street Rhythm plays funk, groove and soul covers.
• Dover Brickhouse (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) DJ Erich Kruger spins the tunes.
Element Lounge (1055 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2922) It’s another night of “Karaoke with George Cox – You Are the Star,” a low-risk chance to do your The Voice thing.
Falls Grill & Tavern (421 Central Ave., Dover, 749-0995) Rick Watson plays solo.
Fody’s (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) Joe McDonald and The Human’s Being (a great moniker for these times) hold down the party.
Fratellos (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022) Doug Thompson plays solo, with wine and Italian finger food.
Fratello’s Italian Grille (194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022) Ryan Williamson, a nominee at this year’s New England Music Awards, plays a mix of covers and originals.
Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) High-energy Americana rockers Wellfleet, one of the most popular bands on the Seacoast, continues its residency.
Giuseppe’s (312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-3313) Paul Luff plays solo.
• Harlow’s (3 School St., Peterborough, 924-6365) Thanksgiving Eve Party features no music, but plenty of fun.
Harold Square (226 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-7144) Houdana the Magician performs tableside tricks, a new addition to the restaurant.
Hermanos (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669) Mike Walsh plays amidst the margaritas and Mexican food at this popular place.
Holy Grail (64 Main St., Epping, 679-9559) Singer-guitarist Tequila Jim plays good-time covers; he may be joined by musical partner Super Cindy.
Homestead (641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022) Sean Coleman plays solo; this guy’s a fantastic guitarist and a go-to for many area venues.
Jewel (61 Canal St., Manchester, 819-9336) It’s an all EDM show with Shlump, Of The Trees, Ludge and Hiram dropping the beat all night long.
Lilac City Grille (103 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-3984) Tim Theriault is a regional institution who’s played with Sully Erna and others; this is his regular Wednesday gig.
Martingale Wharf (99 Bow St., Portsmouth, 431-0901) North Shore rock trio Rule of 3 performs covers.
Murphy’s Taproom & Carriage House (393 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5975) Josh Logan, a local hero and finalist on The Voice a few years back, returns with musical partner Olivia Henken for a $10 cover event.
Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Take 4 plays rock covers, offering music of all kinds from the ’50s, up to the most current songs on the radio. 
• Pasta Loft (220 E. Main St., Milford, 672-2270) Morning Wood plays rock covers for the evening crowd.
Patricks (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) Cody James holds down his weekly Ladies Night event with rock and country covers.
• Penuche’s Music Hall (1087 Elm St., Manchester, 206-5599) Zero to Sixty covers everything from Eagle-Eye Cherry to Sponge, with an emphasis on ’90s alt-rock.
• Portsmouth Gas Light Co. (64 Market St., Portsmouth, 430-9122) Two rooms offer music at this multilevel downtown restaurant-pizzeria, Amanda Dane in the Grill and Sam Robbins in the Pizza Pub.
Racks (20 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-2406) Spare Change plays rock covers.
• Ri Ra (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) Erin’s Guild returns for its weekly night of traditional Irish music.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) DJ Myth runs the party, with comedy in the back room taking the week off.
• Skinny Pancake (3 Lebanon St., Hanover, 277-9115) Bow Thayer is a Vermont music legend and a frequent guest at this hybrid creperie and craft beer bar.
Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) Prom Queen, hot off a London-Glasgow hop, plays New Hampshire for one night only, promising cinematic throwback songs of love and death, often mashed together.
Strange Brew (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) David Rousseau plays rock and blues covers at this popular downtown tap room and restaurant.
Taverne on the Square (2 Pleasant St., Claremont, 287-4416) Mark & Deb Bond perform a mix of covers and selections from their new album, One Less Glass.
Telly’s (235 Calef Highway, Epping, 679-8225) At Telly’s Karaoke Party, sing along to your favorites.
The Local (2 E. Main St., Warner, 456-6066) Songs With Molly performs; this female-fronted cover band is among the most popular at this restaurant and bar, which has a great local beer selection.
Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St., Portsmouth, 427-8645) Legends of Summer plays downstairs. 
Toll Booth Tavern (740 2nd NH Turnpike N., Francestown, 588-1800) Northern Stone plays an assorted mix of 1960s rock ’n’ roll covers and current hits.
• True Brew (3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776) Friendsgiving with Pat and the Hats and friends is fast becoming a Capitol City tradition, with anyone likely to stop by and sit in. 
• Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Bruce Marshall Group returns. The blues rockers are an annual attraction at this bend-in-the-road bar and restaurant.
• Whiskey Barrel (546 Main St., Laconia, 527-8210) Jodie Cunningham Band plays country rock covers, with one or two originals sneaking in occasionally. 
• Wolfeboro Inn (90 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, 569-3016) A Get Basted Pre-T-Day Party offers mirth if not live music.
• Whiskey’s 20 (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251) Dance the night away at this upscale downtown watering hole at Homecoming with DJ Cootz & DJ EP. 

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