sunny war
The extraordinary Sunny War plays The Word Barn Meadow on Saturday.

Top five things to do: July 23-25

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Much music and theater will fill Seacoast venues this weekend. Here are some highlights.

Concerts at The Word Barn Meadow

sierra ferrell word barn

The Word Barn brings two more talented acts to its cozy meadow in Exeter this weekend. First up on Friday is mesmerizing country singer and string picker Sierra Ferrell, who will share songs from her new album, due out next month. The late show is sold out but there are still tickets for her 4 p.m. set ($20). Then on Saturday, L.A.-based street singer, guitarist, and roots songwriter Sunny War takes the stage from 7-8:30 p.m. ($20).

Concerts at The Stone Church

vapors of morphine

The Stone Church’s weekend lineup is not to be missed. Vapors of Morphine, a band founded by the surviving members of Morphine, takes the outdoor stage in Newmarket on Friday from 6-9 p.m. ($30). Mass.-based psychedelic jam band The New Motif plays a set on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. ($20). On Sunday, Americana artist Dean Harlem plays with his trio from 3-5 p.m. ($12), and folk harmonizers Lula Wiles play from 6-8 p.m. ($30).

‘Cabaret’ at the Seacoast Rep

cabaret seacoast rep

On stage now at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth is Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret.” The provocative show follows an American writer who falls in love with a cabaret performer in bohemian Berlin during the rise of the Nazis. The production runs through Sept. 5; show times are 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-$50. Learn more here.

Jonny Peiffer Organ Quartet at PMAC

jonny peiffer

Local drummer Jonny Peiffer brings his all-star organ quartet to the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center for a performance under the tent on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. The group is led by Peiffer, who highlights music originally composed for his jazz bands Sojoy and Weird Turn Pro. Also featured in the lineup are Mike Effenberger on Hammond B3 organ, Peter Herman on guitar, and Duncan Hardy on alto sax. Tickets are $5-$10. Learn more here.

Django by the Sea Gypsy Jazz

jason anick

Django by the Sea Gypsy Jazz has become a beloved recurring event on the Seacoast. The Jason Anick Trio (Anick on violin, Max O’Rourke on guitar, and Greg Loughman on bass) will be joined by pianist Matt DeChamplain as they pay tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Part of The Dance Hall’s Concerts by the Bridge series, the show is at John Paul Jones Park in Kittery on Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.