It’s another peak summer weekend here on the coast. Get out and enjoy the live music with a picnic dinner and some of our other quintessential summer traditions while you still can. Don’t miss this beautiful month of July.
The evening of music and conversation in Port Lucy is free
Part social event, part concert and part conversation, Port Lucy celebrates and connects women musicians, those in the music industry and their audiences. On Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m., there will be an evening of music and conversation with performers OOMPA, Boston-born poet, rapper and educator, and Briezy Jane, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and a panel of women in the arts and entertainment industries at 3S Arspace in Portsmouth. The evening is the second in a new quarterly series presented by 3S Artspace. The panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by creative strategist Courtney Daniel. Guest panelists include Rachael Pazdan, head of events at Rolling Stone, and Jess Page, co-founder of female-owned artist services firm Rareform. This event is free, but registration is required at 3sarts.org.
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Dover Community Band will perform
On Thursday, July 21, the Dover Community Band will perform at the Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park in Dover city center from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Dover Community Band is a traditional New England community band made up of volunteer musicians from around the world. the Dover region under the direction of Michèle Boulanger. The group’s repertoire includes a wide variety of music. The concert is free but donations to the Cochecho Arts Festival are accepted.
Music by the sea at Odiorne Point
The Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea concert series continues Thursday, July 21 at Odiorne Point State Park with Seacoast favorite Jumbo Circus Peanuts. The concerts take place under a tent on the lawn of the Seacoast Science Center, rain or shine. Bring a blanket or beach chair, pack a picnic, or buy dinner and drinks on site. Concert-goers can also enjoy the Centre’s exhibits free of charge with admission to the concert. The music starts at 6:00 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members; under 3 years old, free and available at seacoastsciencecenter.org.
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Diaspora Radio take on Sir Elton
Diaspora Radio will perform Elton John’s 1972 album Honky Chateau on Thursday, July 21 at 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m., at the Portsmouth Press Room. Tickets are $15 for this 21+ show and are available at pressroomnh.org.
This weekend at the Prescott Park Arts Festival
On Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m., the Prescott Park Arts Festival will present a concert by Deer Tick. Lightning Bug will open for them.
The Prescott Park Arts Festival will present three performances of “Footloose” this weekend – Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday there will be a performance of “James and The Giant Peach Jr.”
This week’s Monday night movie is “Moonrise Kingdom.”
Performances are free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per person at the door or online at prescottpark.org. Bring your own chair, blanket and dinner or you can reserve one from the festival online at prescottpark.org.
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The Soggy Po’ Boys headline the Cochecho Arts Festival
The Cochecho Arts Festival in Dover continues on Friday July 22 with the Seacoast Soggy Po’ Boys at the Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park in Dover. The show starts at 6:30 p.m., so bring your blanket, chair, and dinner to secure a spot. The concert is free, but donations are welcome. You can even buy a festival button for $10 to support the arts festival, get some perks, and wear it when attending festival events. Learn more at dovernh.org/cochecho-arts-festival.
Joe Perry Project at Hampton Beach Casino
The Joe Perry Project will perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. This is a seated show of more than 18 people. For tickets and more information, visit casinoballroom.com.
Bitter Pill at Music Hall Lounge
On Friday, July 22 at 8 p.m., Seacoast Bitter Pill will perform at the new Music Hall Lounge in Portsmouth. Tickets range from $28 to $38 depending on where you want to sit and are available at themusichall.org.
Stand-up comedy benefit at The Brook
Legendary Boston comedian Steve Sweeney will perform his stand-up comedy Friday, July 22 at The Brook to benefit Annie’s Angels Memorial Foundation. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the cash bar and special VIP dinner menu. Tickets are $25. The Brook is located at 319 New Zealand Road in Seabrook. For more information, visit anniesangels.org.
Jazz in the streets on Saturday
Jazz in the Streets will present Johanna Landis & Friends, with Johanna on piano and vocals and Charlie Jennison on piano and sax, on Saturday July 23 at the Vaughan Mall Stage just off the Worth car park in Portsmouth from 12.30pm to 2pm Jazz in the Street is free and open to the public. This is part of the Seacoast Jazz Society‘s triple mission: to increase enthusiasm for jazz, to support local musicians and to provide scholarships for young artists. More info at seacoastjazz.org/jazz-in-the-streets.
Next step in the summer on the street
The Summer in the Street musical series continues on Pleasant Street in Portsmouth with a free concert by TJ Wheeler & Friends on Saturday July 23 at 5.30pm. Pleasant Street from Porter Street to Market Square will be closed from 4 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Vehicular traffic and parking on this section of Pleasant Street will be prohibited. Bring your own chair, dinner and drinks (non-alcoholic). For more information visit proportsmouth.org.
Maine Open Farm Day in Kittery
Nestled in the heart of Kittery, opposite Shapleigh Middle School, something special is growing. Teams of farmers, dozens of volunteers and classes of students raise produce for restaurants and farmers’ markets, grow rows and rows of food to feed the community, and learn about birds, bees, beets and beans. Kittery Land Trust recently reached 75% of its $1.2 million campaign goal for Nooney Farm and will launch the final effort to raise the remaining $300,000 at the Maine Farm’s Open House on Sunday 24 July, when the community is invited to visit the farm from 10 a.m. at 15h. Visitors can explore the farm’s 30 acres, tour its gardens, watch woodworking and flower arranging demonstrations as well as children’s activities and market vendors. Check out the full schedule of events at kitterylandtrust.org.
Sundays in a row at the Dance Hall
The Annex Contemporary Dance Company will return to Dance Hall on Sunday, July 24 at 3 p.m. for Suite Sundays: Contemporary Chamber Ballet in collaboration with Aliento Chamber Players. Artistic Director Julie Hebb and Aliento chamber musicians led by Dorothy Braker will present an afternoon of live music and new contemporary ballet, featuring the works of Bach, Piazzolla, Gershwin and Camille Saint-Saëns in a chamber setting respondent. It will also include the premiere of an original Kalimba score by New York composer David Sannella, as well as a special performance of The Dying Swan by guest dance artist Naomi Sawyer.
Annex Contemporary Dance Company is the resident professional dance troupe at Dance Annex Studio in York, Maine. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at the door and available at thedancehallkittery.org/events.
The Sundays in the garden series continues
On Sunday, July 24, singer-songwriter Thea Hopkins, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, will perform at Hamilton House in South Berwick. Bring a blanket, chairs, and picnic basket for the concert, which runs from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are available online at historicnewengland.org or at the door. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $7 for youth. The concert is free for members of Historic New England. In the event of inclement weather, the Sundays in the Garden concerts will take place at the Patricia Baldwin Whipple Arts Center Theater at the Berwick Academy.
Marjorie Senet in the press room
On Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m., Marjorie Senet & The Broken Home Boys will perform upstairs at the Portsmouth Press Room. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 18+ show, which celebrates the release of their new album ‘Break The Habit’. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 the day of the show and available at pressroomnh.com.