The Winter Warmer concert series, which benefits Seacoast bands, kicks off this weekend.

Top five things to do: Jan. 15-18

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

There’s lots of great celebratory music coming up this long weekend, and much of it can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of home. Here are some of the highlights.

Bob Farrell at the Franklin Gallery

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The Franklin Gallery, located at RiverStones Custom Framing in Rochester, has opened a new exhibit for the month of January, featuring work by local artist Bob Farrell. An abstract artist, Farrell creates oil and acrylic paintings, as well as pieces of art that incorporate less traditional materials such as tar, house paint, spray paint, and fabric pigments. The show can be viewed in person during regular gallery hours. For more information, click here.

A Night of JGB and Dead

NOTE: Both shows are now sold out.
A group of area musicians will play two sets of music by the Jerry Garcia Band and the Grateful Dead at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Saturday night. The band includes members of such tribute acts as Workin’ Dead, A Band Beyond Description, Stone Dead, Dead Sessions, and others. The early show is from 5-8 p.m. and the late show is from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets to the indoor, socially-distanced concerts are sold by the table.

Martin England & Jesse Dold

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As part of a new livestream series, the Continuum Arts Collective will present a free online concert featuring Martin England and Jesse Dold on Saturday at 3 p.m. England is president of the non-profit arts collective, which assists underserved young artists and musicians in New Hampshire and Maine. He and Dold are bandmates in local folk-rock group The Reconstructed. The series will feature music and interviews. Learn more here.

Winter Warmer: Soggy Po’ Boys

Soggy Po' Boys

The Winter Warmer music series kicks off this weekend with a concert featuring the Soggy Po’ Boys on Saturday at 8 p.m. Presented by the Seacoast Music Support group, the series will present 11 shows with a different local act every Saturday through March. The Po’ Boys are a New Orleans-flavored septet who perform a messy mix of jazz, funk, spirituals, and more. Tickets are $20 (season passes are available for $175). Learn more here.

‘House on Fire’ MLK Day Celebration

The 21st annual Set the House on Fire Gospel Concert will be streamed live from the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth on Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Produced by Jukwaa Mazoa, the free online concert celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This year, the event will be a collaboration between the Seacoast NAACP and the Rep’s Sol Series, along with the Green Acre Baha’i Center for Learning. For more information, click here.

See the full calendar for more local events.