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The Samples perform at Newburyport Brewing Co. on Saturday.

Top 10 things to do: July 15-17

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Phew, there is a lot to do this weekend. Concerts, comedy, art, theater — you name it. Here are some highlights.

Music & poetry at The Word Barn Meadow

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The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter hosts two concerts and a poetry readying this weekend. On Friday from 7-9 p.m., Peter Muller & The Kindred Souls play a benefit show with the YellowHouse Blues Band and Meraki ($20). One-man band The Suitcase Junket returns for a performance on Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. ($22). Sunday brings a Silo Series poetry reading featuring Kyle Potvin, Kevin King, and Chris Locke from 4-5:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Happenings at Green Acre

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Green Acre: A Baha’i Center of Learning hosts two unique events in Eliot this weekend. A free listening party for “The Conversations We Should Be Having,” a new podcast with Black Lives Matter Seacoast co-founder Tanisha Johnson and Eliot police chief Elliott Moya, takes place Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. A Green Acre Picnic featuring an art show, historic tours, lawn games, and more takes place Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ($10-$15). Learn more here.

Concerts at (and near) The Dance Hall

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All-star local tribute band Powermoneycake will play music from throughout Steely Dan’s catalog at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. ($15). Then, on Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m., Dance Hall favorite the Soggy Po’ Boys take part in the venue’s Concerts by the Bridge series at John Paul Jones Park ($15). Learn more here.

Two solo acts at WSCA

Two regional solo acts will split the bill on the Button Factory Stage at WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio on Friday from 7:30-10 p.m. New England-based acoustic performer Sean McCarthy will be joined by Ryan Levasseur, a member of popular local rock bands New Norde and The Minus Scale. Tickets are $12-$15. Learn more here.

Concerts at The Stone Church

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Four shows in three days at The Stone Church in Newmarket! First up is the Dan Fallon Band, which hosts a dance party on Friday from 8-11 p.m. ($10). Illinois bluegrass greats The Way Down Wanderers play the outdoor stage with Sneaky Miles on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. ($20). Newmarket Night follows at 10 p.m. with Tower Brothers, Doug, and Proelium ($10). The Chickenshack Bluegrass Band performs Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ($17). Learn more here.

American Independence Festival

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The American Independence Festival in Exeter features military demonstrations, reenactments, an artisan village, fireworks, and more at the American Independence Museum on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ($5-$10). Concurrently, TEAM presents an Independence Jam with music, art, and food in Swasey Parkway from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Samples at Newburyport Brewing Co.


The band will be jamming and the suds will be flowing when iconic Boulder-based rock-reggae group The Samples takes the outdoor stage at Newburyport Brewing Co. on Saturday from 5-9 p.m. Maine’s own Jason Spooner Band opens. There will also be food trucks and lots of great beer. Tickets are $40-$45. Learn more here.

Jimmy Tingle at The Music Hall

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Comedian, commentator, and actor Jimmy Tingle, founder of Humor for Humanity, will be in Portsmouth for two stand-up performances at The Music Hall on Saturday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. The “Surgeon General of political humor” will riff on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the pandemic. Tickets are $30-$50. Learn more here.

Dustbowl Revival at Prescott Park

American roots orchestra Dustbowl Revival has performed thousands of shows in 10 countries over the last 13-plus years. The band will perform an energetic outdoor concert in Portsmouth on Sunday at 7 p.m. as part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s River House Restaurant Concert Series. Tickets are by donation. Learn more here.

Good Times Sunday at Book & Bar

Portsmouth Book & Bar hosts three great duos on Sunday at 7 p.m. Singer-songwriter and ukulele player Jocelyn Mackenzie will perform with Harry Bolles, while local icon Guy Capecelatro III offers a record-release performance with Mike Effenberger and a separate set with Charlotte Moroz. Tickets are $8. Learn more here.

BONUS: Jocelyn Mackenzie will also perform at The Grant Lot in Bath, Maine, with Tan Vampires front man Jake Mehrmann on Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.