The sweet sounds of summer
ParentingNH's 2019 guide to family-friendly summer concerts and concert series
No matter where you live or where you are traveling to in New Hampshire, you won’t be far from a concert or concert series. There’s a full docket of musical performances for kids and families in all genres scheduled throughout the summer. This is a great time and opportunity to see some very talented musicians and bands. Bonus: Many concerts are free to attend making it a perfect (and economical) outing for your family. Just bring a cooler and a blanket.
Free summer music performances
UNHM Summer Music Series for kids
UNH Manchester invites children and their families to laugh and learn at the Summer Music Series. Thanks to the the Frederick Smyth Trust, all shows are free and open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited. Register at www.manchester.unh.edu/summermusic.
- July 11: Little Red Wagon-Cleo’s Egyptian Tale, 10 a.m.
- July 12: Steve Blunt & Friends, featuring Marty Kelley, 10 a.m.
- July 18: Judy Pancoast and the Judy Crew, 10 a.m.
- July 19: Keith Munslow, 1 p.m.
- July 26: Lindsay Aucella and Her Puppet Pals, 10 a.m.
Bedford’s Family Concerts in the Park
Head to Bedford Village Common Park on Wednesdays from July 10-Aug. 21. Shows start at 6 p.m. Bring your coolers, dinner and a blanket. If it’s raining, make your way to Town Hall.
- July 10: Tremolo Brothers
- July 17: 2KeyLa (jazz)
- July 24: Windham Swing Band
- July 31: Bel Airs (doo wop)
- Aug. 7: Sixties Invasion (1960s)
- Aug. 14: Bryan Conway (1950s-90s)
- Aug. 21: Hickory Horned Devils (bluegrass and Americana)
Henniker’s Summer Concert Series
Bring a chair or a blanket and picnic supper and join neighbors and friends at this community-building event. The free concerts are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Rain location: community center. For more information, go to www.henniker.org
- June 18: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers (boogie/blues)
- June 25: Studio Two (Beatles cover band)
- July 2: Newmont Military Band
- July 9: Twangtown Paramours (acoustic Americana/folk)
- July 16: Canyon Run (country/Americana)
- July 23: Blacklite Band (classic rock)
- July 30: Just Because (acoustic Americana)
- Aug. 6: Off the Cuff (semi-acoustic instrumental and vocal quartet)
- Aug. 13: Tattoo (jazz, Motown, Cajun)
- Aug. 20: Nick’s Other Band (Top 40)
Nashua SummerFun 2019
As part of its annual SummerFun series, concerts are Tuesdays at Greeley Park at 7 p.m.; and at the Nashua Public Library Plaza on Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 7 p.m. through August. All genres — from swing to jazz to classical — are represented. Don’t miss the Veronica Robles Mariachi Band on June 27, the Compaq Big Band on July 18, the Catfish-Howl Zydeco Band on July 30, and many more.
For full concert and SummerFun schedule, go to www.nashua.gov.
Summer in the Street in Portsmouth
Summer in the Street is in its 16th year. Pleasant Street from Porter Street to Market Square closes from 5 to 9 p.m. on designated Saturdays. For more information, go to www.proportsmouth.org.
- June 29: Seacoast Wind Ensemble
- July 6: Women Who Rock
- July 13: Jeff Warner & Great Bay Sailor (maritime, folk, Americana and Celtic)
- July 20: T.J Wheeler & Friends (blues)
- July 27: Seacoast Wind Ensemble
Exeter’s Summer Concert Series
Sing, dance, and have fun. For more than 30 years, Exeter’s series has showcased a variety of music genres. All concerts are at 6 p.m. at the Swasey Pavilion, 316 Water St.
- June 20: Gretchen and the Pickpockets (blend of genres)
- June 27: Cold Engines (soul, R&B and rock)
- July 11: Groove Lounge (acoustic)
- July 13: Whiskey Horse (rocking country)
- July 18: Driving Force (classic rock)
- July 25: Dan Walker & Co. (acoustic folk rock pop and blues soul)
- Aug. 1: Blue Heartache (country)
- Aug. 8: Wheel of Awesomeness (trivia/game show, music and comedy)
- Aug. 15: The Reminisants (1950s-90s)
Newmarket Summer Concert Series
This outdoor concert series runs on Tuesdays nights from 6-8 p.m. at Schanda Park on Water Street. For more information, go to www.newmarketrec.org
- July 2: GRANITE PLANET
- July 9: Jake Davis & the Whiskey Stones
- July 16: TRUFFLE
- July 23: Amanda Dane Band
- July 30: Boston Accents
- Aug 6: Newmarket’s Got Talent
- Aug 13: Soggy Po Boys
- Aug 20: Chippy & the YaYas
Kids Koncerts in Somersworth
The annual Kids’ Koncert series takes place each Wednesday at the Somersworth High Football Field from 6-7 p.m. Bring a meal or purchase a ‘meal deal’ from the take out area (you can find hot dogs, chips, soda, ice cream, popcorn and water). For more information, go to www.nhfestivals.org
- July 10: Wayne from Maine
- July 17: Mr. Harley
- July 24: Tricky Dick the Magician
- July 31: Steve Blunt and Friends
- August 7: Wildlife Encounters
Sea Shell Stage
Every night during the summer there is entertainment on the Sea Shell Stage in Hampton Beach. The series includes more than 80 shows featuring music from the 1950s and beyond in all music genres. Two shows each night: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Don’t forget your dancing shoes. Highlights include Country Music Week, July 7-11 and the Hampton Beach Talent Competition, Aug. 23-25. For complete schedule, go to www.hamptonbeach.org.
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Front Porch Concert Series in Lebanon
The series showcases national and Grammy-nominated artists. Bring family, friends and your dinner to the free shows at Colburn Park in Lebanon on Thursdays, June 20-Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. (except on July 4 when there are two shows). For more information and specific rain locations, go to www.lebanonnh.gov. Looking for kids’ entertainment? Shows are Thursdays at noon.
- June 20: Eli Paperboy Reed (soul)
- June 27: Revenants (Americana)
- July 4: The Flames (cover band), 5 p.m.; Hayley Jane & The Primates, 7:30 p.m. (rock/soul)
- July 11: Laura Orshaw & The New Velvet Band (bluegrass)
- July 18: Bassel & The Supernaturals (soul)
- July 25: Michael Vincent Band
- Aug. 1: Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads (Reggae)
- Aug. 8: Marc Berger (American roots)
- Aug. 15: The Cerny Brothers (rock)
Sounds on the Souhegan in Milford
Milford Recreation hosts all-ages shows at Emerson Park on Wednesdays, June 26-Aug. 21. If it rains, concerts will be at the Town Hall auditorium. Shows are 7-8:30 p.m. (except July 4). For more information, go to www.milfordrec.com.
- June 26: Canyon Run Country Band
- July 4: Familiar Echoes with Rob Oxford (country/folk) — 8 p.m. on the Keyes
- July 10: Rockin Daddies (1950s/60s)
- July 17: Amherst Town Band
- July 24: Knock on Wood (acoustic folk rock)
- July 31: Stan Jr. Legends Tribute
- Aug. 7: Temple Town Band
- Aug. 14: Blacklite Band (classic rock)
- Aug. 21: Studio Two (Beatles cover band)
Recycled Percussion, June 29
New Hampshire’s Recycled Percussion returns to the Flying Monkey in Plymouth for two shows on June 29. Don’t miss this “rock down memory lane” packed full of surprises and crowd favorites in a turbo-charged performance. Relive the journey of the local boys that took their bucket-banging high school act all the way to Las Vegas. Shows are 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. www.flyingmonkeynh.com
Kidz Bop World Tour, July 6
The Kidz Bop World Tour is headed to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, a 9,000-seat amphitheater on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford. On July 6, Kidz Bop will take to the stage to perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits. www.banknhpavilion.com.
Soulfest, Aug. 1-3
SoulFest, celebrating music, love and action, takes place in Gilford at Gunstock Mountain Resort Aug 1-3. Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering 8,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers. As New England’s largest Christian music festival, SoulFest has become a summer staple. www.thesoulfest.com