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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 Read More
2015- 2016 Season Curator’s Highlights Interviews

2015- 2016 Season Curator’s Highlights

Deputy Director of Programming & Performing Arts Curator Thérèse LaGamma joined The Music Hall in late 2004, after four years as the Performing Arts Manager at the Museum of Fine arts in Boston. Since then, she has helped to bring countless artists of all genres to the Historic Theater on Chestnut Street, from John Prine to Natalie Merchant and from Andrew Bird to Feist—and has also been instrumental in building the brand of the intimate Music Hall Loft. Since opening four years ago, the Loft has presented hot discovery acts, popular local bands, and genre-bending world music. Regina Baraban recently caught up with Thérèse to learn her backstory and get the scoop on what’s coming next. Read More Read More
A Mesmerizing, Cross-Cultural Mashup: Meklit Performs at The Loft Interviews

A Mesmerizing, Cross-Cultural Mashup: Meklit Performs at The Loft

We are so excited to be bringing the amazing, Ethiopian-born singer Meklit to The Music Hall Loft on Friday, January 17. Her unique sound has been likened to that of Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman. This January she will be touring the East Coast en route from NYC, where she has been invited by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (one of the country’s biggest performing arts conferences) to perform several shows around the city including Joe’s Pub and Winterjazzfest. Read More Read More
Social on the Seacoast: Portsmouth Rocks April 17 - 21 Music

Social on the Seacoast: Portsmouth Rocks April 17 – 21

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. . .) Read More Read More
Southside Johnny Rocks The Music Hall In Brief

Southside Johnny Rocks The Music Hall

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. Read More Read More

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