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King Kyote will perform at PopUP NH in Portsmouth on Sunday night.

Top five things to do: Aug. 28-30

Music, Stage, Top Five Things to Do
A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Lots of live music and theater is coming up this weekend, most of it taking place outdoors. Here are some of the highlights. (Fingers crossed for only light rain on Saturday!)

Three Days of Live Music at PopUp NH

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UPDATE: The King Kyote show has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 30, from 6-9 p.m.

Boy, does PopUp NH have a diverse lineup of great music scheduled in downtown Portsmouth. On Friday, Aug. 28, from 8-10 p.m., local hip-hop collective Kingdom takes the stage with DJ Chad Banks. On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 7-10 p.m., nationally-touring roots-rocker King Kyote performs with Troy Ramey. And on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 1-3 p.m., the New Hampshire chapter of Opera on Tap presents classical vocal music. Tickets are sold by the table.

Mark Erelli at The Word Barn Meadow

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After several postponements, folk musician and multi-instrumentalist Mark Erelli will introduce local fans to his brand new album during a pair of outdoor performances at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter on Friday, Aug. 28. The early show runs from 5-7 p.m., and the late show follows from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $25. As an added bonus, The Word Barn Meadow is now offering fresh eats from Ohana Kitchen at all events. Click the links to order in advance.

‘The Roar of the Greasepaint’ at the Rep

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The Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth is offering a hybrid of live performances and a livestream option for its production of “The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd.” On stage Aug. 27 through Sept. 20, the show features beloved music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Show times this weekend are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$48. Learn more here.

SNHUGFEST 2020 at Henry Law Park

Weather permitting, the Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group will present its fifth annual uke extravaganza on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Henry Law Park in Dover. There will be live music by local acts, picnicking on the lawn, vendors, raffles, and more. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Ukulele Kids Club, which provides music therapy and instruments to hospitalized children. Learn more here.

Green Heron w/ OldHat Stringband Duo

A double dose of local folk duos is on tap at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6-9 p.m. Performing outside in the beer garden are Green Heron (Betsy and Scott Heron) and the Oldhat Stringband Duo (Steve and Whitney Roy). Both acts play old-time folk, bluegrass, and country accompanied by a variety of acoustic string instruments. Tickets are sold by the table, with four seats available for $30 or six for $40. Learn more here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.