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Tuesday, May 1

5 Shows Just Announced. On Sale This Friday!

Five New July Shows on Sale
Concerts. Comics. Celebrated authors – in two theaters!

Live @ The Loft: The Sweetback Sisters (7/13)
Intimately Yours: Vaud & the Villains (7/14)
Writers in the Loft: Deborah Harkness (7/19)
Hilarity: Super Secret Project (7/20, 21)
Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Cleave (7/25)

Tickets on sale to members noon Friday, May 4
to non-members noon Friday, May 18

The Music Hall, the region’s center for performing arts, has just announced five new shows in July. New this year, programming at The Music Hall will run year round to include music, comedy, and literary events throughout the summer in addition to its regular film showings. Tickets for the five just announced shows go on sale to Music Hall members at noon, Friday, May 4, and to non-members at noon, Friday, May 18.

The latest music on the way will include The Sweetback Sisters (7/13), a self-dubbed “renegade retroband that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” appearing as part of Live @ The Loft and Vaud & the Villains (7/14), mining the rich soil of the American Songbook - roots, traditional jazz, revival music, parlour music, gospel, zydeco, folk, coming to the Historic Theater as part of the Intimately Yours series. Writers will also join us both in the Loft and the Historic Theater. Deborah Harkness (7/19) comes to Writers in the Loft with Shadow of Night, the much anticipated sequel to her bestselling novel, A Discovery of Witches. Writers on a New England Stage series brings Chris Cleave (7/25), author of the #1 bestseller Little Bee and hailed as “one of the luminaries of modern fiction” with his new novel, Gold. Finally, for some midsummer Hilarity, check out Super Secret Project (7/20), returning with its “multi-media fused comedy rap show thingy” featuring classics and their latest material.

According to Therese LaGamma, Deputy Director of Programming, “The Summer is for laughing, singing, dancing, listening and watching when you’re at The Music Hall. Be prepared to enjoy the wit and charm of Nellie McKay, the yodeling of the Sweetback Sisters along with our member’s appreciation night with Vaud & The Villains. These are just a few of the many things coming our way this summer in our two venues. Hope to see you here!”

Also coming up in May and June
Summer is on the way, but don’t forget about these other great shows coming to The Music Hall: May kicks off with Writers on a New England Stage: Erik Larson (5/8); Ben Baldwin + The Big Note (5/12); An Evening with Dan Brown (5/18); KidsRULE!: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players (5/20); and Writers on a New England Stage: Anna Quindlen (5/23). In June, Hilarity @ The Music Hall: Irish Comedy Tour (6/1, 2); Miss Richfield 1981 (6/9, 7/1 & 8/5); Writers in the Loft: Alison Bechdel (6/14); Intimately Yours: Preservation Hall Jazz Band (6/15); Writers on a New England Stage: Joan Didion (6/16); Live @ the Loft: Nellie McKay (6/23); Writers in the Loft: Elin Hilderbrand (6/26); Live at the Loft: Jim’s Big Ego (6/29); and Intimately Yours: Billy Bragg (6/30).

More live shows and films announced throughout the season
Watch for new shows to be announced throughout the year in all our signature series: Intimately Yours concerts, Writers on a New England Stage and Writers in the Loft,  and the new Hilarity@TheMusicHall comedy series. Extraordinary Cinema is programmed monthly, including Film Matters and Wildcard Movies. Watch for announcements about new lineups from Met@The Music Hall and the National Theatre of London HD Broadcast Series.

Tickets for five just announced shows
Tickets for these five new additions to the 2011-2012 season go on sale to Music Hall members at noon, Friday, May 4, and to non-members at noon, Friday, May 18. Tickets for shows at both the Historic Theater and The Music Hall Loft can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or on our website http://www.themusichall.org

About Membership and Early Purchasing
To become a member today and enjoy early ticket purchasing, call the Membership Office at 603-433-3100, ext. 3014 or go online at http://www.themusichall.org

Season Sponsor

The River House


********************2012-2013 Season Additions**********************

LIVE @ THE LOFT: THE SWEETBACK SISTERS
Friday, July 13 • 7pm & 9pm • Loft
Tickets: $26 includes a house beverage: coffee, tea, soda, beer or wine
On sale to members: noon Friday May 4
On sale to non-members: noon Friday May 18

Crowds go wild for the Sweetback Sisters’ raucous stage shows. A self-dubbed “renegade retroband that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” the group’s precise harmonies recall the best of country music.

“This sextet definitely has some warped records in their jukebox, quick to dive into hardwestern barn burners as much as classic yodeling.” - The Village Voice

Series sponsor: WOKQ + the Shark

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INTIMATELY YOURS: VAUD & THE VILLAINS
Saturday, July 14 • 8pm• Historic Theater
Member Appreciation Night – members’ only price: $10
Tickets: $10 for members; $25 public
On sale to members: noon Friday May 4
On sale to non-members: noon Friday May 18

With echoes of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Vaud & the Villains mine the rich soil of the American songbook - roots, traditional jazz, revival music, parlour music, gospel, zydeco, folk… but they are more than a genre-bending musical/concert haymaker punch. The band is at once seedy and inspiring… gritty and sublime.

“Sultry ballads, steamy solos, seductive dancers.” – LA Buzz

Series Sponsors: The Red Door; 92.5 The River

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WRITERS IN THE LOFT: DEBORAH HARKNESS
Thursday, July 19 • 7pm • Loft
Book: Shadow of the Night
Ticket package: $43, $40 members. Includes reserved seat, book ($28.95), bar beverage; author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet.
On sale to members: noon Friday May 4
On sale to non-members: noon Friday May 18

A Discovery of Witches, her debut novel, was a huge bestseller, residing on the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks. It’s being published in 34 countries. The sequel Shadow of Night, which she is bringing to the Loft, is much anticipated – the Wall Street Journal picked Deb’s series as one of the biggest vying to be the next Harry Potter.

Series Sponsor: Citizens Bank
Companion Bookstore: RiverRun in Portsmouth

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HILARITY: SUPER SECRET PROJECT
Friday, July 20 • 7pm & 9pm, Saturday, July 21 • 7pm • Loft
Tickets: $21
On sale to members: noon Friday May 4
On sale to non-members: noon Friday May 18

Super Secret Project returns with its “multi-media fused comedy rap show thingy” featuring classics and their latest material. With over 7 million views on YouTube, the self-described “comedy trio hell-bent on conquering the internet” is known for such viral videos as Granite State of Mind, Realistic Love Song, and Titletown (Boston Sports Fan Anthem).
*For mature audiences

Series sponsor: WHEB

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WRITERS ON A NEW ENGLAND STAGE: CHRIS CLEAVE
Wednesday, July 25 • 7:30pm • Historic Theater
Book: Gold ($27 hardcover, $24.30 in advance with voucher)
Tickets: $13, $11 members
On sale to members: noon Friday May 4
On sale to non-members: noon Friday May 18

The author of the #1 bestseller Little Bee joins us with his new novel, Gold. With his astonishing previous work, Chris Cleave was hailed “one of the luminaries of modern fiction.” Again, he paints a portrait of our highly charged modern world, set in London during the 2012 Olympics and illuminated by the complex friendship of rival women athletes. Don’t miss hearing from this remarkable British author.

“An audacious, provocative voice.”—The New York Times Book Review

In Partnership with: New Hampshire Public Radio, Yankee Magazine
Companion Bookstore: RiverRun in Portsmouth
Series Sponsors: RMC Research, Auger Building Company, Inc.

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