rhapsody in black
The Dance Hall presents music from Najee Brown's 'Rhapsody in Black' on Saturday.

Top five things to do: Feb. 11-13

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

Despite some rain Friday morning, it should be a dry weekend with lots of fun stuff to do. Here are some highlights.

Session Americana at The Word Barn

session americana

Boston-based folk-rock collective Session Americana has become a regional favorite largely on the prowess of their unpredictable live performances, which have the feel of an old-time hootenanny, complete with vintage instruments. They’ll play at The Word Barn in Exeter on Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Learn more here.

Comedy and music at The Music Hall

mike mcdonald comedy extravaganza

There’s much ado at The Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend. On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Mike McDonald’s annual Comedy Extravaganza returns, featuring Paul Gilligan, Corey Rodgrigues, Maya Manion, and Chris D. ($25-$42). On Sunday at 8 p.m., Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive and guitarist-composer Vilray take the stage ($35-$45).

Three concerts at The Stone Church

It’s another weekend of nonstop music at The Stone Church in Newmarket. On Friday at 9 p.m., local indie-folk favorites Sneaky Miles headline with guests Blanco ($12). On Saturday at 7:15 p.m., former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford and his band join Boston’s Fire in the Field for a benefit show ($60). On Sunday from 5-7 p.m., blues guitar rules the room when the Gabe Stillman Band shares the stage with Anson Funderburgh ($20). Learn more here.

Music and a musical at The Dance Hall

aliento chamber players

There are two special events at The Dance Hall in Kittery this weekend. On Friday from 7:30-8:30 p.m., playwright Najee Brown shares music from his new play “Rhapsody in Black,” about pioneering musician and actor Hazel Scott ($20). On Sunday from 3-4 p.m., the Aliento Chamber Players kick off their new Suite Sunday Series with a presentation of “From Paris with Love,” featuring romantic works for cello and piano ($15). Learn more here.

Dreadnaught at The Press Room

dreadnaught band

Local progressive rock juggernauts Dreadnaught, who have been rocking Seacoast stages for over a quarter-century now, unveil their new album “Northern Burner” with a release show at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Saturday at 8 p.m. Christopher Cote’s local band Almanac Mountain opens. Tickets are $7-$10. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.