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May 31, 2020








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Ring it in
New Year’s Eve music and comedy events

By Michael Witthaus

 There’s plenty to do this New Year’s Eve, from the low-key to the high life. Here’s a list of options across the party spectrum. Enjoy laughs, loud music, smooth jazz or just chill. Make it a happy 2018.

Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) 8:30 p.m. A welcome return from local favorite Natalie Turgeon Band, playing country, rock and pop. $10 per ticket, with a gala buffet $22.99. 
American Legion Post No. 47 (551 Foundry St., Rollinsford, 742-5833) 7:30 p.m.Acoustic Radio plays its third annual bash, with Old Rail Pizza providing the food and a prime rib dinner special available for $20. Tickets are $12. 
American Legion Post No. 70 (169 Walton Road, Seabrook, 474-2430) 8 p.m. Ghost Riderz play classic rock and oldies, with food and party favors provided. $20 per person.
Area 23 (State Street, Concord, 881-9060) 8 p.m. At the New Year’s Eve Jam, celebrate 2018 and community in a unique way. Bring an instrument or just your voice and embrace the chaos of the season.
Ashworth by the Sea (295 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, 926-6762) 7 p.m. Live band at 9 p.m. after dinner in the newly renovated Grand Ballroom. The event features hors d’oeuvres and cash bar reception until 8 p.m. When the ball drops, there’s a fireworks display; Champagne breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day.
Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564) 8 p.m. Ring in 2018 American style with the Red, White and Blues Band. Free buffet and Champagne toast at midnight; no cover. 
Backyard Brewery (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545) 8 p.m. Nicole Knox Murphy rings in 2018 with country, rock and more at this newly opened brew pub in The Yard Restaurant.
Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001) 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve Bags & Bubbles event at $40 a person offers chocolate bags adorned with sparklers and cheers to the new year with two glasses of Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne and elegant dessert choices.
• Blue Mermaid Island Grill (10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, Maine, 207-703-2754) 8 p.m. Now located across the water from its old Portsmouth location. Boom Lava returns for a Funky Reggae Party with funk, hip-hop and rhymes. $5 cover.
Blue Ocean Music Hall (4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, Mass., 462-5888) A fun-tastic New Year’s Eve celebration with The Fools and Psychedelic Relics, with optional dinner buffet, Champagne toast, party favors and midnight balloon drop. Dinner and show $90; show only $26.
Bonfire (950 Elm St., Manchester, 663-7678) 9 p.m. At their first First Night party, southern Maine band Country Roads play modern country covers from Kenny, Jason, Blake and Dierks.
Bridgewater Inn (367 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater, 744-3518) 9 p.m. Midnight Crisis plays downstairs with a DJ in the upstairs lounge; party hats and tiaras, noisemakers, beads, glow bracelets and Champagne toast. Tickets are $15; event and all you can eat prime rib buffet, $30. 
Buckey’s (240 Governor Wentworth Highway, Moultonborough, 476-5485) Red Hat Band returns for a New Year’s Eve event that’s become a tradition.
Bungalow (333 Valley St., Manchester, 792-1110) 8 p.m. Hip-hop into 2018 with Kdaver, American Lowlives, Kazkit Tha Monsta, Skero, Half-Lit Syndicate, Livid and Lone. $10 for the all-ages show; $18 includes a copy of Kdaver’s Rotten Robbie CD.
• Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) 8 p.m. Doubleshot Boston and Bite The Bullet ring it in with rock; dinner and breakfast buffet, party hats, horns and all the bosses’ trinkets and shenanigans are included in the $40 cover. 
City Sports Grille (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656) Vital Signs play live music. $5 each for just the band. Family New Year’s Eve party from 4 to 6 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. at $64.95 per lane. Large pizza, soft drinks, rentals, music laser light show and noisemakers included. 
Coach Stop (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022) 6 p.m. Steve Tolley performs an early set.
Common Man (88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088) 6 p.m. Karen Grenier mixes originals with an extensive catalog of cover tunes.
• Concord Holiday Inn (172 Main St., Concord, 224-9534) Comedians Steve Guilmette and Nick Lavallee bring the laughs, with DJ dancing after at $84 per person, $168 per couple. Admission includes a three-course dinner.
Common Man Ashland (60 Main St., Ashland, 968-7030) 6 p.m. Get the night started with Chris White solo acoustic.
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) 6 p.m. Haley & Connor Gowland play in this popular restaurant-bar.
Copper Door (41 S Broadway, Salem, 458-2033) 6 p.m. Rick Watson is the first New Year’s Eve performer at this newly opened location.
Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871) 7 p.m. Kim Riley and Tom Davis play music until 11 p.m.
CR’s (287 Exeter Road, Hampton, 929-7972) 7 p.m. Steve Sibulkin performs an early set. 
Crow’s Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) 8 p.m. Casual Gravity, playing covers ranging from Metallica and Iron Maiden to ’80s hair bands like Motley Crue and Poison and pop acts like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha. 
Daniels Hall (186 Old Turnpike Road, Nottingham, 942-8525) 8 p.m. At a DJ dance party it’s a fun inexpensive night ($15) — bring your own liquor and party favors. Includes a free buffet.
Davignon Snowshoe Club (218 Wilson St., Manchester, 623-8239) 8 p.m. Higher Ground Band plays at this members only club.
Curlie’s Comedy Club (12 Union St., Rochester, 507-1354) 8 p.m. Jay Grove tells jokes at his newly opened comedy-only club.
• Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) 7 p.m. Mugsy rocks the party. $10 a ticket includes admission to see the band, Champagne toast at midnight and party favors.
• Dolly Shakers (38 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 577-1718) 8 p.m. Celebrate 2018 with Hiram, DJ Klow and Jay Samurai spinning hip-hop, trap, dubstep and house at the downtown Nashua restaurant-bar.
• Dolphin Striker (15 Bow St., Portsmouth, 431-5222) 6 p.m. Michael Troy entertains, with a $50 three-course dinner available and a toast at midnight.
• Dover Brickhouse (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) 9 p.m. Big Time VIPs plays favorites from the last six decades at this no-cover New Year’s Eve bash.
• Ellacoya Barn (2667 Lakeshore Road, Gilford, 293-8700) 5 p.m. Paul Warnick returns; there’s a $35 four-course dinner, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. seatings. 
• Falls Grill & Tavern (421 Central Ave., Dover, 749-0995) 8 p.m. Gabby Martin plays. She’s an acoustic folk-rock singer and songwriter, heavily influenced by All Sons and Daughters, Brooke Fraser and Sarah McLachlan.
• Fireside Inn (25 Airport Road, West Lebanon, 298-5900) Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 like it was ... uh, 1985, at ’80s Prom Night with Conniption Fits. Dinner and show is $84; it’s $135 for all that and overnight accommodations.
• Flight Center (97 Main St., Nashua, 417-6184) 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with a $100 prize to the top entry. The “flight” in the name refers to beer, with a few barrel-aged offerings promised to properly usher in 2018.
Flying Monkey Movie House (39 Main St., Plymouth, 536-2551) 8 p.m. Grateful Dub Night with two sets from headliners Roots of Creation with special guest Zach Nugent of Melvin Seals & JGB. $20 per ticket.
Fody’s (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) 6:30 p.m. Prohibition Party with throwback cocktails, food specials and live music by Joe MacDonald early followed by The Humans Being from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Fratello’s (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022) 8 p.m. Dueling Pianos bash with dinner served. See for details.
Fratello’s Italian Grille (194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022) 6 p.m. Mark Huzar plays an early New Year’s Eve set.
Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) 8 p.m. Jammy band Superfrog performs; they’ve been happily filling the air in the Northeast since 2006. 
Gary’s (38 Milton Road, Rochester, 335-4279) 8 p.m. Dance in the new year with Aunt Peg. $15 per person; two for $25. Party favors and Champagne toast at midnight, with free ride home in Rochester. Dinner specials include prime rib and chicken cordon bleu.
Giuseppe’s (312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-3313) 7 p.m. Andre Balazs featured on guitar and vocals early, DJ Ryan provides dancing music later, with party favors and midnight toast (advance tickets $10).
Goosefeathers Pub (Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury, 763-3500) 5 p.m. Ring in the new year Sunapee-style, with The Pub open until 8 p.m. and fireworks beginning at 9 p.m. on Eggbeater. There will be a DJ playing music to add to the party.
Governor’s Inn (78 Wakefield St., Rochester, 332-0107) 8 p.m. Comedy Ball with Boston comedian Carl Yard. Prime rib buffet, comedy and dancing into the new year. Tickets are $70 including tax and gratuity.
Gunstock Mountain Resort (719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, 293-4341) 8 p.m. Amanda McCarthy performs, with all you can ski after 3 p.m. $60 adults, $48 for youth and seniors. Buffet dinner in the Pistol Pub at 6 p.m. followed by s’mores at the Fire Ring and midnight mountainside fireworks.
• Haluwa Lounge (100 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 883-6662) Fatha Groove plays with a dinner buffet from 4 to 10 p.m. No cover, Champagne toast.
Headliners (700 Elm St., Manchester, 988-3673) 7 p.m. One of the year’s biggest parties has four comics, Paul Landwehr, EJ Edmonds, Matt Barry and Mike Donovan, in two rooms, with Dueling Pianos in another, along with food, drink and dancing. Full range of packages starting at $30.
Hermanos (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669) 6 p.m. Paul Lovely plays a jazz-infused mix of covers and originals.
Homestead (641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022) 6 p.m. Brad Bosse plays an early set.
Inn at Newfound Lake (100 Mayhew Turnpike, Bristol, 744-9111) 7 p.m. Kevin T Norris plays jazz with Lincoln Hubley, singer Nicole Caramanica, Mark Rasmussen and Kevin Belz.
Jade Dragon (515 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-2280) 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve party with DJ Mike Kelly.
Latchkey (41 Vaughan Mall, Portsmouth, 766-3333) 8 p.m. Celebrating the first year of this Portsmouth speakeasy-themed bar with a Great Gatsby party featuring music from Nate Bash Band.
Manchvegas (50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677) 6 p.m. A free New Year’s Eve party with Fighting Friday on the stage playing rock, and DJ Thomas Dimitri spinning between breaks. There’s a special dinner menu available (including regular event menu) along with dinner-for-two packages. 
Martingale Wharf (99 Bow St., Portsmouth, 431-0901) 8 p.m. Rhythm Method performs.
• Mountain View Grand Resort (10 Mountain View Road, Whitefield, 827-2100) 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve Gala in the Crystal Ballroom includes cocktail reception and dinner, followed by music and dancing by Greg Goodwin and his band, with Champagne toast and fireworks display. $120 per person (gala 16 and up only).
Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) 8 p.m. Take 4 promises a raucous First Night party.
Murphy’s Taproom & Carriage House (393 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5875) 7 p.m. Chad LaMarsh Band plays at this restaurant’s first ever New Year’s party. $75 per ticket includes sumptuous food selection.
Newburyport Brewing Co. (4 New Pasture Road, Newburyport, Mass., 668-1088) 8 p.m. Freevolt plays, with all guests receiving a Champagne flute full of Green Head IPA for a toast at the midnight hour, snacks and a pint glass specially created for the event. $25 per ticket.
Nibblesworth (409 The Hill, Portsmouth, 427-8022) 7 p.m. Pork Low Mainers perform at the restaurant-bar opened in the former Blue Mermaid location.
O’Shea’s (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7089) 7 p.m. It’s a potluck new year with drinks, cigars and open-mike music; bring a dish to share.
• Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588) Recycled Percussion is again home for the holidays; ring in 2018 with junk rock. Two shows, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Paradise North (583 DW Highway, Merrimack, 262-5886) Appetizers 6-7 p.m., dinner 7-8 p.m., live entertainment and dancing until 1 a.m. with Champagne toast at midnight. $35 per person. Cash bar.
• Pasta Loft (241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270) 8 p.m. Beloved cover band The Slakas plays a New Year’s party.
Pat’s Peak Ski Area (686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 728-7732) 6 p.m. A reprise of Party & POP (skiing) family celebration with dancing to The McMurphys, a comedy show, fireworks and lots of food. Party and POP $50 to $90, party only $35 to $70, POP only $41.
Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) 8 p.m. DJ Music at the infamous No Hassle No Frills Party. Party favors, Champagne toast at midnight and photo booth.
Penuche’s Ale House (6 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-9833) 8 p.m. BandBand parties in the basement bar.
Penuche’s Music Hall (1087 Elm St., Manchester, 206-5599) 8 p.m. Outta Bounds performs with a Champagne toast when the ball drops, along with games and prizes all night long.
Pipe Dream Brewing (40 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751) Joe Sambo & the Goons rock the first New Year’s Eve party at this brew pub.
Pit Road Lounge (388 Loudon Road, Concord, 226-0533) 8 p.m. DJ Meeks performs at a party with a $20 cover that includes midnight Champagne toast and party favors.
Pitman’s Freight Room (94 New Salem St., Laconia, 527-0043) 7 p.m. Racky Thomas Blues Band plays at this popular BYOB Lakes Region haven for original music. $45 tickets include live music, dancing and delightful hors d’oeuvres.
Polish American Citizen’s Club (138-142 Main St., Claremont, 542-9832) Roadhouse, NightCap and Resonance rock a New Year’s Eve party at this members-only club; it’s a public event, $10 per ticket.
Portsmouth Book & Bar (40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, 427-9197) 9 p.m. People Like You perform. $5 tickets.
• Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St., Portsmouth, 430-9122) A triple treat, with the elegant and swanky Gatsby Party ($60 each) upstairs. Tickets include plenty of party favors, passed hors d’oeuvres, a Champagne toast and a late night buffet. Brian Walker plays in the Grille and Ty Openshaw in the Pizza Pub.
Radisson Inn (11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, 888-9970) Comedy from Tom Hayes and Dennis Fogg, with dinner, show and dancing packages available starting at $50.
Ri Ra (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) 8 p.m. A hodgepodge at the Irish bar, with high-energy rock band Red Sky Mary playing a Great Gatsby party.
Racks (20 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-2406) 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve Bash with Stumpy Joe Band.
• River Casino (53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060) 8 p.m. Casino offers a view of the Times Square ball drop on 41 big screens and three giant projection TVs. Toast the new year with free Champagne.
• Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200) 8 p.m. $25 per ticket for a fantastic evening of original roots music featuring Say Darling, led by Grammy nominated singer Celia Woodsmith and ace guitarist Chris Hersch, along with the multitalented Dan Blakeslee. Top pick.
Rudi’s (20 High St., Portsmouth, 430-7834) 7 p.m. PJ Donahue plays.
Saddle Up Saloon (92 Route 125, Kingston, 369-6962) 8 p.m. Walkin’ the Line twangs up First Night at this country-themed bar.
• Salt hill Pub Lebanon (2 W. Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) 8 p.m. Party Crashers return for another NYE bash.
• Salt hill Pub Newport (58 Main St., Newport, 863-7774) 8 p.m. Flew-Z are perennial First Night favorites here.
• Salt hill Pub West Lebanon (5 Airport Road, West Lebanon, 298-5566) 8 p.m. The Tricksters play the first ever NYE party at the Irish pub chain’s new location.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) 9 p.m. Lock The Doors Bash is reprised with limited $65 tickets covering a food buffet, midnight Champagne toast, giveaways, DJ Myth spinning and open bar. The club will be closed to anyone without tickets (21+ only).
• Sheraton Hotel (250 Market St., Portsmouth, 431-2300) It’s comedy — early 7 p.m. show $25, late 9 p.m. show $35 with Dave Russo, host Steve Scarfo and Dan Crohn. Tickets at 
• Skinny Pancake (3 Lebanon St., Hanover, 540-0131) 8 p.m. Toast plays.
• Spare Time (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656) 10 p.m. Bowling, pizza, music and more. $99.95 per lane. 
• SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000) Monarchs game at 6 p.m.
• Stella Blu (70 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 578-5557) 8 p.m. ’80s dance party.
• Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) 9 p.m. DeadBeat New Year’s Eve with cover band.
• Strange Brew (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) 8 p.m. Howard Randall & Friends perform.
• Strand Ballroom (20 Third St., Dover, 343-1899) 7 p.m. New Year’s Tease with Boston Beau Tease Burlesque
• Stumble Inn (20 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-3210) 8 p.m. Exp Band. 
Tandy’s (1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614) 7th annual Black & White Party with DJ Iceman in the main bar from 10 p.m. into the new year, with Grand Buffet 6 to 9 p.m. $75 per couple. VIP admission includes three cocktails, $25, and standard admission is $10. Countdown party starts at 9 p.m.
• Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St, Portsmouth, 427-8645) 8 p.m. Beneath the Sheets gets down and dirty in the basement music space, while great beer flows on both floors.
• Tilted Kilt (345  Amherst St., Nashua, 204-5531) 8 p.m. Ice lounge, Jägermeister shot girls, ice luge and giveaways and prizes.
• Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St., Derry, 437-5100) 8 p.m. Overdrive Horns play with a four-course dinner beforehand for $59; show only is $35, and all tickets include a Champagne toast.
Union Coffee (42 South St., Milford, 554-8879) 8 p.m. NYE with Burr.
• Victory Club (111 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-9753) 8 p.m. Texas Pete is a country/southern rock band from southern Maine and New Hampshire playing at this private club.
• Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) 8 p.m. Manchuka breaks out the funky horns for a New Year’s bash.
• Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) 8 p.m. Rustic Overtones should pack the place.
Wentworth by the Sea (588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322) A Night in Havana features Latin dancing, Cuban-themed drinks and more. Four-course dinner and open bar until midnight, $180 per person.
Whiskey’s 20 (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) 8 p.m. DJs Jason Spivak vs. Shawn White, Chris Drake and DJ EP. $10 with VIP packages starting at $200.
Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) 9 p.m. DJ Ron spins, Champagne toast at midnight, and sampling of Captain Morgan and Crown Royal as 2018 approaches; there’s no cover charge. 

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