Back by popular demand! A complimentary two-night stay at one of the Seacoast’s most highly rated resorts, the luxe Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa, will be awarded to the lucky winner of a drawing in the month of June. All new members—OR current members who upgrade their membership this month—will automatically be entered into the drawing. Take advantage of this last chance to be entered into our final drawing for this promotion.
As an added incentive, the dollar amount of every new or upgraded membership will continue to be matched by an anonymous donor, making your contribution to The Music Hall and the vital arts community in Portsmouth even more valuable. We’re getting really close to meeting our match of $25,000 by the end our fiscal year, June 30th.
Located on the scenic coastline of New Castle, the historic Wentworth by the Sea reflects a storied New England history combined with elegant modern amenities. The newly opened Salt Kitchen & Bar features farm-to-table, seasonal cuisine served in several dining areas, including a lively chef’s bar, intimate dining enclaves, and a main dining room.
The lucky winner will receive a 2 night stay and breakfast (some restrictions apply). Congratulations to our May winner Laura Thomson!
Super Saturday is June 1. Tickets go on sale to members starting at 10am (phone & internet sales start at noon). Watch the video and see what The Music Hall Staff is excited about for the upcoming season!
Every spring for more than 20 years, local homeowners open their kitchen and dining spaces for The Music Hall’s always popular kitchen tour. This year, the tour is back in Portsmouth on May 4 to tour chic homes in the Mill Pond areas, allowing privileged peeks into some of the most dazzling, inspiring, and innovative kitchens in the region.
To get the inside scoop, I spoke with Dominique Jackson, Special Events Manager at The Music Hall:
RB: Sustainable design is a huge trend. How is it reflected in this year’s kitchens?
DJ: Several homes have green details in their kitchens, from energy efficient appliances to countertops made from recycled materials. One home is only 10 percent on the grid, with elements like solar heat that is stored in cement flooring and then slowly radiates back into the house. Sustainability is very important to The Music Hall, and we’re excited that these homes reflect initiatives we feel strongly about.
I love catching the big name acts that come to the Music Hall—who wouldn’t swoon to Al Green? But I get even more jazzed about seeing emerging talent push musical boundaries—known to music critics and fans but new to me—like the infectious, high-energy band David Wax Museum, who played to a sold-out house at the Loft on Sunday April 7.
And, as a writer, I hate to miss any of the Writers on a New England Stage or Writers in the Loft events. It’s fascinating to get a privileged peek inside the heads of these authors, each with a singular voice and point of view.
So it goes without saying that I’m excited about the expanded lineup of the Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter festival this year, starting with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with his book The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics on Wednesday, April 17; and ending with a double bill of Aimee Mann and Sharon Van Etten on Sunday, April 21. (All appendages crossed that Aimee and Sharon will decide to sing a song or two together for us. . .)
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes came into Portsmouth with one goal in mind: to bring the New Jersey rock to The Music Hall. Southside Johnny, who is sometimes referred to as the “Godfather of the New Jersey sound,” started playing just after 9 p.m. to a massive roar of applause. For over an hour and a half, Johnny & the Asbury Jukes rocked the crowd filling the Music Hall almost to its entirety. The fans sang along and clapped to every song, including their hit “I Don’t Want To Go Home.” The band also added a personal touch to their performance, interacting with the crowd during the entire show. The rock ‘n’ roll that echoed through The Music Hall was nostalgic for many people in the crowd, bringing them back to earlier days when they listened to Southside Johnny (and similarly Bruce Springsteen). The fantastic performance by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes was felt all throughout downtown Portsmouth – something that is always welcome.
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