The Hippo


Nov 27, 2015








Shake a pre-Turkey Day tail feather


The night before Thanksgiving is a magnet for nightlife denizens. Before a day of hearth and home, the busiest bar night of the year means lots of live music and merriment. Here are some area happenings.

3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, 766-3330) Support a good cause at Hip-Hop To Help New Hampshire Food Bank, featuring Bugout of Granite State, Cody Pope, Ape the Grim and special guests. Admission is $8 ($6 for members) or one non-perishable food item.
AJ's Sports Bar (11 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 718-1102) Point of Entry, who enjoy using the acronym POE, kick off the weekend with rock covers.
Birdseye Lounge (41 Vaughan Mall, Portsmouth, 766-3333) The region’s most versatile and ubiquitous fiddler ,Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki, performs with his trio, mixing Celtic and contemporary for a lively evening.
Blue Mermaid Island Grille (409 The Hill, Portsmouth, 427-2583) Brothers Sam & Joe Harding co-host open-mike night; for this intimate Seacoast pub, it’s usually one of the busiest evenings of the year.
Boston Billiard Club (55 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 943-5630) Chuck & John perform a live acoustic set undoubtedly punctuated by the crack of pool balls.
Canoe Club (27 S. Main St., Hanover, 643-9660) Venerable guitarist Ed Eastridge provides soothing accompanying sound at this sumptuous supper club.
Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) Energetic Amesbury quartet Higher Ground performs rock, funk and dance music.
Common Man (88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088) Singer-songwriter Karen Grenier has a deep catalog of tunes ranging from heartfelt and romantic originals to covers of John Prine, Yes and Leonard Cohen.
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) Brad Bosse, an area favorite with a crowded show calendar, performs solo in the bar.
Cork n' Keg (4 Essex Drive, Raymond, 244-1573) Enjoy country-flavored music with Brandon Lepere, a singer-songwriter with Nashville connections and a songbook of covers and originals.
Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871) The regular Charlie Chronopoulos Jam features the regional favorite and a changing cast of friends sitting in.
• Covered Bridge (Cedar Street, Contoocook, 746-5191) Don Bartenstein is gleefully stuck in the 1980s; his solo set includes acoustic pop and folk classics with a few original offerings.
Crow's Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) Enjoy Top 40 rock, funk and country covers with Bite the Bullet, whose four seasoned musicians each have over 25 years of playing live.
Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) Local favorite Chad LaMarsh Band brings its summer boat cruise party indoors, playing rock covers and originals.
Dolphin Striker (15 Bow St., Portsmouth, 431-5222) With a new solo album from bandleader Dave Gerard, it’s been a busy year for Truffle, playing a full-band acoustic set.
Dover Brick House (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) DJ Erich Kruger spins tunes; the Maine-born emcee is a 25-year veteran and Brick House mainstay.
Drae (14 E Broadway, Derry, 216-2713) Brian House plays solo.
Drynk (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) Homecoming with DJ Shawn White, Chris Drake and Jason Spivak. Hosted by Joseph O'Dell.
Element Lounge (1055 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2922) Bag Night & Jammin' with George Cox is a regular favorite at this downtown watering hole.
• Fat Belly's (2 Bow St., Portsmouth, 610-4227) DJ Cootz is the house music specialist at this corner nightclub and restaurant.
Fody's Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) The DJ Mark Allen Pre-Thanksgiving Party should be lively and crowded.
Fratello's (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022) Justin Cohn blends elements of folk, rock, pop and soul into songs about love, truth and heartache.
• Fratello's Italian Grille (194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022) Bob Rutherford plays acoustic covers.
Fury's Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) Red Sky Mary continues its Wednesday residency. The rock quartet has played many big stages in 2015.
Giuseppe's Ristorante (312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-3313) Paul Luff plays guitar from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by DJ dancing downstairs in the Grotto.
Hermanos (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669) Paul Lovely plays guitar and sings solo while patrons enjoy margaritas and Mexican food.
• Holy Grail (64 Main St., Epping, 679-9559) Peter James Gang, led by the hirsute singer-guitarist, performs in the converted church.
Holy Grail of the Lakes (12 Veterans Square, Laconia, 737-3000) Unda Radar Duo is the first pre-Turkey Day performer ever at this venue, which opened earlier in 2015.
Homestead (641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022) Chris Lester takes a break from Monkeys with Hammers and the occasional Sully Erna gig to play solo.
Karma Hookah & Cigar Bar (Elm St., Manchester, 647-6653) DJ Midas and Friends entertain — the dean of Manchester dance music is a fixture in this smoker’s haven.
Killarney's Irish Pub (9 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 888-1551) Kieran McNally is a solo favorite at this hotel-ensconced Celtic-themed bar.
Lakes Region Casino (1265 Laconia Road, Belmont, 267-7778) Eric Grant Band promises an epic Turkey Eve bash with country favorites appealing to fans of Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney.
Lilac City Grille (103 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-3984) Ladies Night with Tim Theriault is a regular feature, turned up to 11 by the singer -songwriter for a T-Day pre-party.
Club ManchVegas (50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677) Last Kid Picked is now in its third decade of playing rock covers. The Sunapee-region band never disappoints.
Murphy's Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Boston-based cover band Molly Maguires perform upbeat and memorable rock/alt-rock hits. 
O'Shea's (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7089) Jenni Lynn’ Band promises a big party — several sets with bands and people it’s played with, followed by its own set to close out the night.
Patrick's (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) Ladies Night with DJ Megan and live music from Cody James is a regular midweek feature given a cranberry hue for this evening.
Penuche's (96 Hanover St., Manchester, 626-9830) Lichen plays its annual Grateful Dead-infused show in downtown Manchester, always a fun night.
Pitman's Freight Room (94 New Salem St., Laconia, 527-0043) Annie and the Orphans feature rock ’n’ roll music from the Fabulous ’50s and British Invasion of the ’60s.
Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St., Portsmouth, 430-9122) Brett Wilson performs solo, though the Roots of Creation leader has lots of friends who might drop by.
Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186) The Jon King Band is joined by Alligator Wine for a celebratory evening at a Seacoast institution whose music stage went dark over the summer.
Queen's Pub (641 Elm St., Manchester, 622-2979) The new Brit-themed corner bar welcomes Express Revival, a Lakes Region Americana band heading south for a pair of shows (they’re also at Queen’s Pub on Friday).
Radloff's (38 N. Main St., Rochester, 948-1073) Tony Santesse hosts the regular Ladies Night at this well-rounded venue (there’s a cigar bar nestled inside).
Red Door (107 State St., Portsmouth, 373-6827) Ladies Night with Evaredy, a Boston-based DJ with a big following at this little upstairs bar with comfy couches and amazing cocktails.
Ri Ra Irish Pub (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) Erin's Guild plays real Irish music, the reason the trio is a regular midweek attraction at this oh-so Emerald Isle bar.
Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200) Open Mic for Original Music Only is a five-year tradition at this restaurant bar, which features a classy collection of regional and national talent most nights of the week.
Rudi's (20 High St., Portsmouth, 430-7834) Dimitri, a Seacoast musical institution, plays solo piano amidst the fine dining and fabulous cocktails.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) Aldous Collins Band brings its unique brand of rugged soul to a favorite downtown haunt, an annual tradition.
Sonny's Tavern (83 Washington St., Dover, 742-4226) has live music, but you’ll need to call to find out the specific details.
Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) David Rousseau holds court at this blues-leaning bar with a well-rounded beer and food menu.
The Local (2 E. Main St., Warner, 456-6066) Enjoy Songs With Molly, featuring Molly Cloutier on lead vocals, playing rock covers.
Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St., Portsmouth, 427-8645) Jamsterdam is a high-energy rock band that specializes in upbeat covers, rap mash-ups and catchy originals.
Tin Roof Tavern (333 Valley St., Manchester, 792-1110) DJ Vicious continues his regular residency with dance music and a high-energy party vibe at this steampunk club.
Toll Booth Tavern (740 2nd NH Turnpike North, Francestown, 588-1800) Dance Hall Epidemic is a favorite at this pub, even more so on T-Day Eve.
Tortilla Flat (594 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-1693) Amanda McCarthy mixes heartfelt original songs with an eclectic selection of covers.
True Brew Barista (3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776) Pat and the Hats lead one of the region’s best parties with help from Rocking Horse Studio leader Brian Coombes, Joey Pierog of Four Legged Faithful and too many other friends to name.
Turismo (55 Henniker St., Hillsborough, 680-4440) Bad Intentions promises to provide a preemptive tryptophan remedy along with upbeat rock covers.
Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Thanksgiving Eve is a tradition at this roadhouse, with  inspired blues rock from the Bruce Marshall Group anchoring the festivities.
Zaboo (24 Depot St., Manchester, 782-8489) There’s dance music with guest DJs at this downtown bar and restaurant. 

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