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Blues Music Award winner Vanessa Collier performs at Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club on Saturday.

Top five things to do: Jan. 14-16

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

In the midst of the latest Covid surge, a number of upcoming events have been canceled or postponed. It will be another tough season for local arts organizations, so show your support if you can. Here are some of the top happenings coming up this weekend.

Winter Music Series at The Governors’ Inn

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The Governors’ Inn in Rochester kicks off a Winter Music Series this weekend in its ballroom space. The opening shows feature crowd-pleasing cover band Matt and the Penders on Friday, followed by energetic rock cover band Bad Penny on Saturday. Both shows are from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $5. The series runs through April 2. Learn more here.

Two concerts at Jimmy’s

Two acclaimed acts take the stage at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth this weekend. Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson, a five-time Grammy nominee, performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. ($35-$65). Saxophonist and singer Vanessa Collier, a two-time Blues Music Award winner (and seven-time nominee), plays Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ($20-$45).

Run Through History at Strawbery Banke

Participants in the Run Through History can explore 260 years of architectural heritage in one half-kilometer loop. The all-ages event takes place Saturday from 1-2 p.m. on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum. Part of the “Wintertide Portsmouth” initiative, proceeds support the museum’s programs. Registration is $20. Learn more here.

Soggy Po’ Boys at The Dance Hall

The Soggy Po’ Boys celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Over the last decade, the New Orleans-inspired septet has earned a loyal following across the Seacoast. Though based in Dover, The Dance Hall in Kittery has been one of their favorite haunts. They’ll return on Saturday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

ClandesTide at The Stone Church

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Two popular local rock bands will be joining forces for a special concert at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Saturday at 9 p.m. ClandesTide is a combustible amalgamation of Clandestine and The Slack Tide Trio. Members of both groups will be intermingling on stage throughout the night. Tickets are $12-$15. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.