With summer temperatures in the forecast this weekend, many events are starting to shift outside. Here are some of the top happenings on the Seacoast.
Jason Spooner Band at Newburyport Brewing
Portland, Maine-based favorite the Jason Spooner Band (above) will play foot-stomping indie rock in the beer garden at Newburyport Brewing Co. on Friday from 6-9 p.m. ($10). And, local soul singer Evan Goodrow kicks off the new weekly Soul Sundays series in the beer garden on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. ($10). Learn more here.
Jazz, classical, and soul at The Dance Hall
The Dance Hall in Kittery is hosting a diverse array of concerts this weekend. The Stan Strickland/Josh Rosen Quartet plays a jazz show with guest Jason Anick on Friday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Local soul favorites the Soggy Po’ Boys follow on Saturday from 7:30-9 p.m. The Aliento Chamber Players present “A French Conversation Among Friends” with the Essex Piano Trio on Sunday from 3-4 p.m. Tickets to each show are $15. Learn more here.
‘Children of the Grim’ at The Players’ Ring
Local band Bitter Pill returns to The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth with “Children of the Grim,” a neo-gothic staging of original and traditional children’s tales and nursery rhymes, from May 13 to June 5. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$28. Learn more here.
‘An Inspector Calls’ at NH Theatre Project
Following a young woman’s suicide, an investigator interrogates a respected British family about their possible roles. New Hampshire Theatre Project’s staging of “An Inspector Calls” runs through May 22 in Portsmouth. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. and Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $26-$30. Learn more here.
Concerts at The Word Barn Meadow
The music moves outside at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter this weekend. Fiddlers Three celebrates the release of their new album during a co-bill concert with guest High Range on Friday from 8-9:30 p.m. ($25). Canadian-American singer-songwriter Ana Egge (above) follows on Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. ($20). Learn more here.
All Them Witches at 3S Artspace
Nashville-based psychedelic rockers All Them Witches have embarked on a unique project, releasing one new track every month across 2022, and concluding with one extra for a “Baker’s Dozen.” Five months into that project, they’ll perform live at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25. Learn more here.
Concerts at The Stone Church
It will be a weekend of funk, soul, and folk at The Stone Church in Newmarket. On Friday at 9 p.m., local band Trade celebrates Stevie Wonder’s birthday with a concert of covers ($12). On Saturday from 6-8 p.m., singer-songwriter Sarah Siskind (above) joins Two Bird Stone for an evening of Modern Appalachia ($15). Learn more here.
Rockingham Groove at The Rockingham Ballroom
Local band The Rockingham Groove is a 15-piece rhythm and blues orchestra that plays soul, funk, and rock songs that span more than six decades. They’ll bring their swinging, big-brassy, R&B sound to The Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket on Saturday from 8-11 p.m. for their first show of 2022. Tickets are $20-$22. Learn more here.
Dub Apocalypse at The Press Room
Instrumental dub-reggae band Dub Apocalypse has become a regional favorite in the greater Boston area. The group’s members have toured internationally and worked with a variety of major acts. The Boston Music Award winners will perform at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. Learn more here.
Spring Poetry Reading at The Word Barn
For the next installment of the Silo Series, The Word Barn will host a Spring Poetry Reading featuring three accomplished poets. Kate Hanson Foster of Groton, Erica Plouffe Lazure of Exeter, and Lily Greenberg of Portland will share their work on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation. Learn more here.
See the full calendar for more local events.