Fill your ears with live music this weekend. We’ve got folk, rock, jazz, blues, country, classical — you name it. Here are some highlights, all happening in outdoor, socially-distanced settings.
The Honey Bees at The Stone Church
The Honey Bees are led by singer Mary Fagan and feature guitarist Chris O’Neill and upright bassist Jock Irvine. The local trio plays a mix of Fagan’s originals and covers by a variety of artists, including the genres of Western swing, ’30s jazz, and Americana. They’ll play an outdoor show at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are sold by the table: $25 for a table of four, or $30 for a table of six. Learn more here.
Three PopUp NH concerts
It’s a packed weekend of live outdoor music at PopUp NH in Portsmouth. R.I.-based rockers The Silks take the stage on Friday, Sept. 18, from 8-10 p.m. ($40 for a two-top table; $80 for a four-top). Local instrumentalist and composer Chris Klaxton plays a matinee on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 1-3 p.m. ($20 two-top; $40 four-top). And Maine’s country-rockers The Mallett Brothers Band perform Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8-10 p.m. ($50 two-top; $100 four-top).
Fall Equinox Fest 2020
On Saturday, Sept. 19, Exeter will hold its first big outdoor event since the pandemic began. The sixth annual Fall Equinox Fest takes place in Swasey Parkway from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Presented by TEAM (Town Exeter Arts Music), the festival features live music, artist vendors, local food, dance performance, and more. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family. Guests are encouraged to book tickets in advance. Learn more here.
Dinty Child & The Lucky Ones
Boston-based folk musician Dinty Child is best known as a member of Session Americana. But he’s recently put together his own band, The Lucky Ones, featuring Mark Erelli on guitar, Zachariah Hickman on bass, and Mike Calabrese (of Lake Street Dive) on drums. They’ve released an album, and they’ll play live at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here.
Classical concerts in Kittery
The Dance Hall is bringing two great classical acts to outdoor venues in Kittery. Cellist, singer, and composer Mike Block, a former member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, plays on the lawn of the Kittery Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 3-4 p.m. ($20). The Aliento Chamber Players, featuring three violins, two violas, and a cello, perform works by Mozart and Brahms at John Paul Jones Park on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 3-4 p.m. ($15).
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