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Music is in the Air and Spring’s on the Way (Promise) In Brief

Music is in the Air and Spring’s on the Way (Promise)

Music is in our name. It’s in our DNA. Our curators have made sure that we have a ton of great music coming up this spring, from Josh Ritter, Michael McDonald, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and Melissa Etheridge to name a few. It seems like every week we’re announcing new shows and they’re going on sale to our members…quickly. It is understandable that one might escape your notice (Pro-tip: sign up for our enews to get those announcements). Plus, we are fortunate that, in addition to our own programming, we have organizations that rent our spaces for their shows. Read More
The Best Seat in the House Music

The Best Seat in the House

For the past 10 years, I have had the distinct privilege of sitting in the best seat in the house for The Music Hall’s “Writers On A New England Stage” series. Well, to be accurate, I’ve been sitting in one of the three best seats in the house, up on stage, with the other guys in the house band for the series, Dreadnaught.* Read More
The Peter Squires Band Rocks Community Open House on June 27 Community

The Peter Squires Band Rocks Community Open House on June 27

On Saturday, June 27, The Music Hall is hosting its annual complimentary Open House for the Seacoast community. All events are free and will take place at The Music Hall’s two venues in downtown Portsmouth: The “American Treasure” Historic Theater on Chestnut Street and the chic modern Loft on Congress Street. People of all ages are invited to stop by the historic theater for a multimedia tour and/or a behind-the-scenes technology tour, and enjoy a 3 pm showing of the Disney family classic UP. Read More
Round Robin with guest curator Guy Capecelatro III Music

Round Robin with guest curator Guy Capecelatro III

Thing is, I’m lucky.  I’m lucky and I’m ever so appreciative. My friends are awesome and generous and wildly talented.  I make a lot of songs and am always enlisting folks to help realize them.  For my last album, North for the Winter 30 different musicians accompanied me and all brought their own unique sensibility. If you come and stay with us and there’s a spare 15 minutes before heading off to swim at a swimming hole, I might ask you to sing a little backing vocal up in the attic where I record. Sorry, I’m presumptuous that way. Sorry, as well, but I might ask you to sing about some unseemly topics. Thing is, you smash it. You make it so nice in a way I didn’t know it could be and take it on as though it were your own. Read More
Tales From The Music Hall Stage—From The Farthest Forests to Billy Bragg Music

Tales From The Music Hall Stage—From The Farthest Forests to Billy Bragg

By Peter Squires On April 21st, my band, The Farthest Forests, was lucky enough to perform at The Music Hall. As local musicians, this was a distinct honor – how many of us ever get the chance to perform for hundreds of people in such a beautiful, historic setting? What’s more, we had the honor of meeting and sharing the stage with the fantastic Felice Brothers and the otherworldly O’Death, and as part of the first ever Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival, we get to say we shared a place in history with the legendary Merle Haggard and Roseanne Cash. We are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to play a part in such a momentous occasion. Read More
Up-and-Coming Talents Flock to the Loft on Sunday for Round Robin In Brief

Up-and-Coming Talents Flock to the Loft on Sunday for Round Robin

By Kristina Le Dain Beaudett Calling all lovers of new music to the first ever Round Robin of the Singer Songwriter Festival! You’ll find it happening at The Music Hall Loft on Sunday, April 22nd. Emceed by Seacoast Media Group’s music critic Christopher Hislop, the Round Robin is a celebration of the vibrant Seacoast singer-songwriter scene. Local musicians will appear on stage for 15 minute slots. Read More

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