Concert takes aim at gun violence


Portsmouth is hosting the kick-off event for the nationwide Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. The Sound invited several of the performers in the show to explain why they are participating, and how the power of music can help effect change.

Top-10 things to do

Art, Music, Stage

Labor Day Weekend is expected to bring a record number of visitors to New Hampshire. But there are enough cool events happening for everyone to have a good time. Here are some of the most notable upcoming happenings.

Birdseye Lounge to close doors


Birdseye Lounge, a 200-plus capacity music and entertainment venue in downtown Portsmouth, will close in early September, the venue announced Monday.

Top-five things to do

Art, Music, Stage

It’s the last weekend of August, and as usual, there are plenty of music, theater, and art events coming up around the Seacoast. Here’s a handful of the highlights taking place between now and Sunday.

Rochester plans new arts center

Art, Music, Stage

The Rochester Performance & Arts Center will house a live performance space, art gallery, recording studios, classrooms, rehearsal space, and more, all in the heart of downtown Rochester.

Kenny Brothers Band

Band of brothers


Brothers Joe, Bill, and Taylor Kenny believe in the power of nature. The Stratham natives' debut album, “Walk in the Woods,” promotes an outdoor, carefree lifestyle channeled through relaxed, ’70s-inspired rock melodies and jammy guitar solos.

Seacoast entertainment roundup

Music, Stage

There are so many events and things to do on the Seacoast that sometimes it helps to have your options filtered down a bit. Here are some of the most notable events coming up this weekend and over the next week.

Congress of Sound returns


The seventh annual Seacoast Congress of Sound, featuring live music, art, and food, takes place Saturday at a new location, Rock Maple Woods in Strafford. Festival co-founder Stu Dias talks about this year's festivities.

Hip Hop Theater in Dover


Hip-hop collective Kingdom is fostering a more positive culture around the local hip-hop scene. They'll put on an all-ages show at The Strand in Dover on July 17.

Margo Price is the new voice of country


Nashville’s Margo Price is one of those singers who grabs you immediately upon first listen. While her voice harkens back to country legends like Tammy Wynette or Loretta Lynn, her bare, confessional lyrics place her at the forefront of today’s most poignant songwriters. The Sound caught up with her in advance of her sold-out show at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth.

Vundabar brings sludge pop to Portsmouth


Boston-based sludge-pop trio Vundabar is opening for And the Kids at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on July 1. We talked to front man Brandon Hagen about the band's evolution, touring in Europe, and New Hampshire's music scene.

Summer concerts on the Seacoast


Whether you’re hoping to enjoy some local music with food hot off the grill, or catch a nationally touring act in an intimate setting, or top off your concert-going experience with fireworks over the ocean, the Seacoast has an outdoor summer concert series for you.

Escondido heads to Port City


Jessica Maros, who makes up half of the Nashville-based alt-country duo Escondido, talks about the band's current tour, which brings them to 3S Artspace in Portsmouth next week.

CATA gives art students a voice


For students at the Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy in Dover, there are no lockers, teachers are viewed as friends instead of foes, and being in a rock band will get you credit toward graduation. But the charter school's budget is tight, and it's in the midst of a crucial fundraising drive.

The purple bus is calling us

Lifestyle, Music

If you live in the Seacoast, you’ve probably seen the purple bus. It belongs to Eli Elkus, singer and guitarist for local band People Like You. In the spring and summer, the bus has become a mobile landmark, seen frequently navigating downtown Portsmouth, cruising along the coast, or parked on the roadside.

Prescott Park’s summer concerts


With a diverse mix of new and returning acts, the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 2016 River House Restaurant Concert Series promises to attract big crowds to Portsmouth's waterside park this summer.

7 in Heaven: Rock Never Dies


Prince’s death on April 21 was the latest in a string of stunning deaths of musical icons over the last five months. The Sound reached out to people connected to the local music scene to briefly share their thoughts and remembrances on seven of the most notable stars we have lost.