One Night of Queen
One Night of Queen kicks off the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom's 2018 season on Friday night. courtesy photo

Top five things to do: March 30-April 1

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

A plethora of local, regional, and national acts are performing live music at Seacoast venues over Easter weekend, highlighted by the first shows of the year at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. We’ve got some of the top concerts listed below, along with art and poetry.

Glass Ceiling: Limitless View

Glass Ceiling: Limitless View

The New Hampshire chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art has partnered with 3S Artspace to present a juried exhibition featuring work by 13 artists selected from 80 submitters. “Glass Ceiling: Limitless View” reflects contemporary artists’ thoughts on society’s notion of gender. The opening reception is Friday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m., at the 3S gallery in Portsmouth. Show curator Bethany Engstrom will discuss the exhibit, and many of the featured artists will be on hand. Learn more here.

Words to Melt Away Winter

Lee Ann Dalton, Matt W. Miller, Gabrielle Calvocoressi

There are still some patches of dirty snow on the ground, but The Word Barn in Exeter is offering “Words to Melt Away Winter.” Three poets will read in the Silo Series on Friday, March 30, from 7-9 p.m. Readers include New Hampshire resident Lee Ann Dalton, Phillips Exeter Academy teacher Matt W. Miller, and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, who visits from North Carolina. All three have been widely published and received awards. There’s a $5 suggested donation; learn more here.

A mixed bill at Sue’s

Ape the Grim

An exceptionally diverse selection of local and regional acts are sharing the bill at Sue’s in Rollinsford on Friday, March 30, from 8-11 p.m. The lineup includes Seacoast hip-hop ensemble Ape the Grim, Dover-based “dreamo supergroup” Peacham, Manchester-based rap outfit Homie Juan Kenobie, and the brand new Salisbury, Mass.-based rock band Lightsleeper. Seth on Gray Street plays host, with additional music from DJ Myth. There is a $5 to $10 suggested donation; for more information, click here.

Opening weekend at the Ballroom

The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom will rock you, beginning with One Night of Queen on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. The performance by tribute act Garry Mullen and The Works kicks off the Ballroom’s 2018 season with a two-hour concert featuring all the glitzy operatics you’d expect at a Queen concert. The season continues the following night with a sold-out performance from country star Billy Currington. Tickets to One Night of Queen are $19-$39; learn more here.

Rock ’n’ roll at the Church


Regional pop-punk and garage-rock will be on display at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m., when four New England bands take the stage. On the bill are local power-pop favorites The Connection, Boston-based rockers Watts, Portland-based all-female quartet Tiger Bomb, and brand new group Wizardess, featuring Seacoast troubadours Jon McCormack (of Fly Spinach Fly and Museum of Science) and Stu Dias (of Soggy Po’ Boys and others). Tickets are $12; learn more here.

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