Top 10 things to do: April 15-17

Music, Stage, Top Weekend Events
A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Enjoy some music, theater, and dancing this weekend on the Seacoast. Here are some highlights.

Seven Stages Shakespeare Co.: ‘Pericles’

Our favorite neighborhood Shakespeare troupe is back in action. Seven Stages Shakespeare Co. presents “Pericles” at the Wentworth-Gardner Historic Warehouse in Portsmouth from April 15-23. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are by donation, or $23 for a guaranteed seat. Learn more here.

Concerts at The Dance Hall

The Dance Hall in Kittery hosts two great shows this weekend. On Friday from 7:30-8:30 p.m., a local jazz quartet will accompany tap dancer Ayan Imai-Hall for an Evening of Jazz & Tap ($15). On Saturday from 7:30-9 p.m., Marc McElroy and Seth Warner will perform Neil Young’s classic album “Tonight’s the Night” ($15). Learn more here.

‘Once’ at the Seacoast Rep

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The Seacoast Repertory Theatre staged “Once” in 2019 to wide acclaim. Many of the original cast return to Portsmouth for a reprisal of the musical from April 14 to June 5. Show times are generally Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32-$52. Learn more here.

Tribute acts at the Rochester Opera House

The Rochester Opera House brings two tribute shows to the stage this weekend. Five-piece Prince tribute The Purple Xperience performs on Friday from 8-10 p.m. ($38-$42). Cover band Tragedy plays an All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond, including disco hits, soft-rock anthems, and party jams, on Saturday from 8-10 p.m. ($22-$26).

Concerts at The Stone Church

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The weekend is one long party at The Stone Church in Newmarket. On Friday at 9 p.m., extraordinary singer Adrienne Mack-Davis joins local funk band The Bulkheads, with support from Blanco ($12). On Saturday at 8 p.m., New Hampshire-based Grateful Dead tribute act the Not Fade Away Band returns ($15). Learn more here.

Country Nite at the Rockingham Ballroom

The Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket kicks off a monthly Country Nite series on Saturday from 7-11:30 p.m. The evening will include music and a line-dancing lesson provided by DJ Kathleen Croker of 603 Line Dance. Guests are invited to bring their own beer and pitch their country music requests. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

Steve Poltz at The Word Barn

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Canadian-American singer-songwriter Steve Poltz co-founded indie-rock band The Rugburns and collaborated on several songs with Jewel. But he’s also a prolific solo artist who released his latest album, “Stardust & Satellites,” in February. He’ll play The Word Barn in Exeter on Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Learn more here.

Kevin Nealon at The Music Hall

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Emmy-nominated actor, comedian, and author Kevin Nealon, known for his memorable roles on Showtime’s “Weeds” and as a long-time cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” returns to The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. for a stand-up set. New Hampshire native Jimmy Dunn opens. Tickets are $32. Learn more here.

Bonnie Raitt at the Casino Ballroom

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In a sign of the season, concerts are back at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, with Bonnie Raitt on stage Saturday at 8 p.m. A 10-time Grammy winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists and singers, Raitt is one of the most accomplished musicians on the planet. Tickets are $41-$91. Learn more here.

Live N’ Brilliant & Watts at The Press Room

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It’s been nearly a year since Watts played live in the Granite State, but that drought comes to an end on Saturday night at 8 p.m. when the regional rockers open a show at The Press Room in Portsmouth. Fellow rock band Liv N’ Brilliant, helmed by former Red Sky Mary singer Sam Vlasich, headlines. Tickets are $10-$15. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.