Three arts and entertainment organizations are collaborating to present a benefit concert series, All Together Now: A Benefit for the Music Lover in Us All. All Together Now was created by The Music Hall, Prescott Park Arts Festival, and 3S Artspace to welcome the community back to live music as the Seacoast warms up for summer programming.
The pandemic has heavily impacted all three organizations, from outright closures and cancellations to limited capacities and scarce touring artists, and continues to impact current conditions. In order for Portsmouth to come back strong, the three organizations are collaborating for the first time ever to lead the way.
“I hope this collaboration is a signal of future collaborations for organizations across the city. As three women in leadership, two of us new to our positions, it’s been amazing to find that community in one another—a chance for us to share, rejoice, commiserate, and have supportive sounding boards. It’s a new day and Portsmouth is a special place. We want to set a tone of coming together—there is a real healing in that and I think given the last 12 months, we all need a little healing,” said Courtney Perkins, Executive Director of Prescott Park Arts Festival.
As The Music Hall had success securing emergency support through the State of NH Live Venue Relief Fund and has been able to hold in-person, indoor events, this series will benefit and raise funds for Prescott Park Arts Festival and 3S Artspace as the pandemic continues to affect all the arts organizations and economic status of the Seacoast.
“The conversation about collaboration began with a desire to do something in Q1 or Q2, knowing that we would likely be dark and quiet. When the idea of an outdoor event in the winter was tabled, Tina Sawtelle offered The Music Hall as the venue for a collaborative fundraiser. What evolved is a celebration of musicians that have played at each of our venues, reminding audiences of both great times past and awesome times to come,” said Beth Falconer, Executive Director of 3S Artspace.
“The Music Hall staff and board are thrilled to be working with 3S Artspace and Prescott Park Arts Festival, two outstanding, like-minded organizations, to share in our love of music and community but more importantly, to help one another out when times are tough. From day one, this endeavor has been 100% a collaborative effort from all three organizations. You won’t want to miss a single one of the three shows we have lined up!” said Tina Sawtelle, Executive Director of The Music Hall.
The show line-up features:
Zachary Williams: Fri., May 14 • 6 & 8pm
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Zachary Williams is an accomplished singer-songwriter, widely known as the frontman for Americana band The Lone Bellow.
Rachael & Vilray: Sat., May 22 • 6 & 8pm
Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive and guitarist-singer-composer Vilray bring their jazz, old vinyl duo to Portsmouth.
Son Little: Fri., June 11 • 6 & 8pm
Bluesy chords, Latin rhythm, classic soul, and old-school R&B come together with Son Little’s raw, raspy vocals and instrumental virtuosity.
The shows will be located in The Music Hall’s spacious Historic Theater with a new HVAC system to allow all three organizations to operate safely. Ticket prices are $25, $40, and $60, with an additional donation included in the $40 and $60 price points. For tickets, visit http://www.themusichall.org or call The Music Hall Box Office 603-436-2400.
About 3S Artspace
Through the unique lens of contemporary arts experiences, 3S Artspace invites divergent perspectives and encourages lively discourse centered around issues of today. 3S is dedicated to cultivating an informal space that celebrates curiosity, creativity, and community. We’re located at 319 Vaughan Street, a short walk from Market Square in downtown Portsmouth, NH.
Web: www.3sarts.org | Facebook: /3sartspace | Instagram: @3sartspace
About Prescott Park Arts Festival
For 44 years, Prescott Park Arts Festival has served the Seacoast community with family-friendly entertainment, inspiring artistic offerings, providing a public place to gather and share unique experiences. In an idyllic natural setting along the Piscataqua River in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, the Festival presents more than 90 arts events to nearly 250,000 people each season including a film series, music festivals and concerts, food festivals, dance, children’s events and the signature summer musical. Accessibility is deeply rooted in the Festival’s values and we proudly have a suggested donation model to ensure that everyone has access to these diverse, family-focused performances.
Web: www.prescottpark.org | Facebook: /prescottparkartsfestival | Instagram: @prescottparkartsfest
About The Music Hall
The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus—one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named “best performing arts venue” by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | Instagram: @musichallnh | YouTube: /musichallnh