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Tuesday, March 1

The Music Hall Loft: New Programming Announced

Just Announced!

The Music Hall Loft
Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education
131 Congress Street, downtown Portsmouth, NH
opens April 2 with live radio broadcast

Expanded Programs Announced

Andre Dubus in author’s series; live radio broadcast with
top singer-songwriters including Patti Larkin;
Super Secret Project returns!

Tickets for April shows on sale
to members noon Saturday March 5
to public noon Saturday March 12

“A unique experience: a world-class modern, downtown 120-seat theater
offering the same high quality programs - with enhanced concessions at your seat-
in a more intimate space around the corner from the historic theater”
– Patricia Lynch, Executive Director



The Music Hall has just announced its lineup of top talent slated for its inaugural month at The Music Hall Loft, the modern 120-seat theater at 131 Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Opening night on Saturday April 2 will kick off a new signature series, Live@the Loft, a live radio show featuring singer-songwriters from around the nation and region, produced eight times a year in collaboration with New Hampshire Public Radio and sponsored by People’s United Bank. Hosted by music maven Bob Lord, four shows have already been scheduled for the month of April which include the indie rock Boston band, Buffalo Tom Saturday April 2; rising folk star from Vancouver Frazey Ford Saturday April 9;  Stew and the Negro Problem, the “hilarious and fascinating stage show” (Seattle Examiner) Saturday April 16; and folk urban pop diva Patty Larkin Saturday April 23.

Next up in April is the launch of Writers in the Loft with Andre Dubus III reading from his latest book, his memoir, Townie, on Wednesday April 13. Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor author series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft will feature best-selling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. Produced as a partnership between The Music Hall and RiverRun Bookstore with Presenting Sponsor Citizens Bank, the series will bring audiences today’s top writers, the best of fiction and nonfiction.

Rounding out the month will be a return visit Friday and Saturday April 29 and 30 from the viral video sensation, Super Secret Project, as part of Currents@the Loft, a curated series of music, spoken word, dance, comedy and integrated arts which aims to deepen audience experiences with top notch regional artists. Best known for its viral spoof of Empire State of Mind, Granite State of Mind brought Super Secret Project national acclaim.

According to Music Hall executive director Patricia Lynch, “The Music Hall Loft will offer patrons a unique experience: a world-class modern, downtown 120-seat theater offering the same high quality programs - and enhanced concessions at your seat – in a more intimate space around the corner from the historic theatre. These new signature series we’re launching in April at The Music Hall Loft will bring a new dynamism to Portsmouth’s cultural scene and further illuminate the city as a center for inspiration and entertainment in coastal New England.”

In addition to the shows listed below which go on sale March 5 to members and March 12 to the public, there will be a Community Open House Sunday April 10 from 2-8pm – see the listing below for this free admission event.

To purchase tickets for the Loft shows

Tickets for all April Loft shows go on sale to members noon Saturday March 5, 2011 and to the public at noon Saturday March 12. Tickets to all Loft events are sold at the Box Office located at the historic theatre at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online at tickets.themusichall.org.

About Membership and Early purchasing – Members get the best seats!

To become a member today and enjoy early ticket purchasing, call the Membership Office at 603-433-3100, ext. 3014 out the memberships page.
Member benefits apply to both the Historic Theater and The Music Hall Loft.