Entertainment Highlights: From the Moody Blues to Wings
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Easter weekend and Passover week have made for a quiet entertainment schedule in the Upper Valley, yet the area’s performing arts venues will host shows from a former Moody Blues member, a collection of well-known Americana and roots music performers, and a fast-rising Nashville star.
First up is an 8 p.m. show tomorrow at Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction from Denny Laine, who first gained notice when he sang lead vocals on Go Now, one of The Moody Blues’ breakthrough songs. Laine went on to play an integral role in the band Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney in the 1970s, playing bass and guitar on many of the band’s signature songs. Tomorrow night, Laine will perform with backing band The Cryers ($25-$30).
∎ Fresh off the September release of their latest album, Love and Dirt , the Boston-based band Session Americana comes to Alumni Hall in Haverhill for a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday. Session Americana’s musicians use instruments such as an Estey organ, mandocello and kick drum as they put a folk-tinged touch on songs both classic and obscure, resulting in what’s been described as ”a freewheeling modern hootenanny.” The concert is the latest in the Bliss Tavern Music concert series at Alumni Hall, sponsored by the legendary singer (and Haverhill resident) Betty Johnson Gray ($20).
∎ Singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist Sarah Peacock had a busy year in 2012, making some 250 concert appearances and performing her song Hurricane , written in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to benefit storm victims, on the CBS Morning Show in New York. This year is shaping up to be an equally big year for Peacock, who released her new CD Albuquerque Sky last month and appears at Salt hill Pub in Newport at 9 p.m. Saturday.
∎ The Emerson String Quartet, named by Time Magazine as “America’s greatest quartet,” comes to Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts for a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Spaulding Auditorium. The group will explore the Romantic period, performing works by Dvorak, Schumann and Edvard Grieg ($17-$40).
Folk music fans in the Upper Valley have apperances from folk legends Peter Yarrow and Tom Rush to look forward to next weekend.
Known for his work with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary during the 1960s as well as his large body of solo work, Yarrow comes to the Claremont Opera House at 8 p.m. April 5. Through his touring, Yarrow has helped to keep the socially conscious songs of the ‘60s alive, and remains politically active, performing for protestors at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York in 2011. He’s also been active in anti-bullying efforts as the founder of Operation Respect, which teaches children to respect each others’ differences ($25).
Rush, who moved to Norwich several years ago, performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Rush celebrated his 50th year as a professional musician in December with a concert at Boston Symphony Hall, a far cry from the coffeehouses where he first performed folk music as a Harvard student. Over the last half-century, he’s won over legions of folk music fans with his original songs, as well as his renditions of songs by the likes of Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell. By creating the Club 47 concert series, Rush has played a role in helping folk artists like Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith and Alliso n Krauss launch their careers ($32, advance; $35, day of show).
∎ Fado, the emotional, often dramatic style of Portuguese music, is infused with new passion through the voice of singer Ana Moura, who comes to the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover one week from tonight. Having honed her talent in the fado houses of Lisbon, Moura has been making waves on the fado scene and beyond since releasing her debut album, Guarda-me a Vida na Mão , a decade ago. She’s since performed onstage with The Rolling Stones during their Lisbon concert and with Prince in Portugal. She works with producer Larry Klein, known for his work with Joni Mitchell, on her latest CD, Desfado , released last year ($17-$40).
The five-piece jam band Max Creek incorporates elements of classic rock, folk, jazz and reggae into their live show, which they’ll bring to Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction at 8 p.m. Saturday ($22).
Bar and Club Circuit
Jason Cann performs his weekly set at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor tonight at 6, and joins his band Wherehouse for a show at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon tomorrow at 9 p.m.
∎ Dave Bundza travels from Manchester to Lebanon for a show of modern and acoustic rock favorites at Salt hill Pub at 9 p.m. Saturday.
∎ Salt hill Pub in Newport hosts a show from Sean Wyatt at 8:30 tonight. The rock trio Baldilocks will perform at the pub at 9 p.m. tomorrow.
∎ Arthur James, winner of the Granite State Blues Challenge, comes to Salt hill Pub in Hanover for a show at 9 p.m. tomorrow. On Saturday, the Hanover funk band Green Room performs at the pub starting at 9 p.m.
∎ ∎Carlos Ocasio entertains diners at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover tomorrow, starting at 5 p.m.
∎ Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland has music from the dance band Dr. Burma tomorrow at 9 p.m.
∎ Bluegrass band Sweetgrass comes to The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont at 5 p.m. Sunday.
∎ Canoe Club in Hanover has music from jazz guitarist Billy Rosen tonight, the guitar duo of Putnam and Pirozzoli tomorrow, and pianist Jonathan Kaplan Saturday.
Open Mics, Jams
Seth Barbiero and Brian Warren host tonight’s open mic at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon, starting at 8.
∎ Chad Gibbs hosts Salt hill Pub in Hanover’s open mic at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
∎ Shepard’s Pie Restaurant on Route 4 in Quechee is the site of a Tuesday night open mic, starting at 6.
∎ The Colatina Exit in Bradford has an open mic on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
∎ There’s an open jam every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 at Tuck’s Rock Dojo in Etna.
∎ Wednesday night is open mic night at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland. It’s led by Gregory Brown and starts at 8:30.
∎ Anthony Furnari hosts an open mic at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Katie Beth Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-7 27-3242.