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Top five things to do: July 12-14

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Fill your weekend itinerary with local music and outdoor celebration. Here are some highlights coming to Seacoast spots.

Loading Dock Concert Series

Soggy Po' Boys

The Loading Dock Concert Series kicks off for the season on Friday, July 12, at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. A PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop performance begins at 5:30 p.m., with local favorites the Soggy Po’ Boys following from 7-9 p.m. There is a $5-$10 suggested donation for each show; the outdoor concert series continues every Friday through August. Stick around this Friday to catch indie icons Deerhoof with opener Blank Spell inside 3S at 9 p.m.; tickets are $17-$20.

Triple-bill show at The Stone Church


Three well-established regional acts with hundreds of combined gigs under their belts will take the stage at The Stone Church in Newmarket for a New England showcase on Friday, July 12, at 9 p.m. Included on the bill are five-piece folk-rock and alt-country band The Nightblinders, Providence-based rock and “swamp Yankee blues” band Cactus Attack, and Boston-based singer-songwriter Matt Charette with his band, The Truer Sound. Tickets are $6-$8; for more information, click here.

American Independence Festival

The American Independence Museum in Exeter presents its annual American Independence Festival on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spread around the museum grounds and along Swasey Parkway there will be traditional music, food trucks, historic encampments and reenactments, colonial games, an artisans’ village, and museum tours at the Ladd-Gilman House. Plus, Cisco Brewers will be serving Independence Ale in Folsom Tavern and the adjoining beer garden. Admission is $5-$10; for more information, click here.

Kate Bush Day/Beyoncé’s Lemonade

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Two separate events in Somersworth on Saturday, July 13, will celebrate two different international pop icons. From 10-11:30 a.m., Teatotaller presents its fourth annual Kate Bush Day. Fans will gather downtown to re-create the music video for Bush’s late-’70s hit, “Wuthering Heights,” with a choreographed dance performance. Then, from 6-10 p.m., Feminist Oasis will host a screening of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” at The Hall at Great Falls. There will be a post-film panel discussion and dance party. Tickets are $30-$35.

Green Heron Album Release Party

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Local folk duo Green Heron will unveil its second record, “New Pair of Shoes,” on the Button Factory stage at WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio on Saturday, July 13, from 7-10 p.m. The duo consists of Betsy Heron on fiddle and banjo and Scott Heron on guitar and banjo, with both sharing vocal duties. The new album, originally recorded for the RPM Challenge, follows their 2018 debut, “Folk Heroes.” Tickets are $8-$10; for more information, click here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.