The Hippo


Apr 25, 2019








Mudhook performs at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival. Courtesy photo.

Want more tribute bands?

If you’re interested in Dark Star Orchestra, check out some of the other Grateful Dead tribute bands playing this fall, like Fennario on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Shaskeen Pub in Manchester; The Garcia Project, also on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Rochester Opera House; Not Fade Away with shows on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Shakin It Trading Post in Hooksett, Thursday, Oct. 20, at Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth and Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Shaskeen; The Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band (not tribute bands, but playing a special tribute show) on Sunday, Oct. 23, at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; and Deadbeat on Friday, Oct. 28, at Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua.
If the Grateful Dead isn’t your thing, check out ABBA tribute Arrival From Sweden at The Flying Monkey on Friday, Sept. 30, Beatles tribute 1964 The Tribute on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry or Bee Gees tribute Stayin’ Alive on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Live Shows


23. Don’t miss folk legend Gordon Lightfoot, performing at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. as part of his cross-country U.S. tour “Gordon Lightfoot in Concert: The Legend Lives On….” The tour marks his 50th year as a musician and will feature his well-known hits like “Sundown” and “Carefree Highway” as well as some deep album cuts and personal anecdotes about his music career. Tickets range from $49.25 to $79.25. Visit

24. The 3rd Annual Hilltop City Bluegrass Festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Pavilion at Somersworth High School (11 Memorial Drive, Somersworth). The one-day, family-friendly festival attracts hundreds of music lovers from around New England and beyond. This year’s lineup includes four New England bands: Zink & Company, Lonely Heartstring Band, Blistered Fingers and The Zolla Boys. Along with the music, the event features a beer tent, arts and crafts vendors, local food specialties and official Hilltop Bluegrass Festival T-shirts for sale. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the gate; kids under age 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Visit
25. The Dropkick Murphys are headlining the Irish Festival at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook (72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford) on Saturday, Sept. 17. The festival has a full schedule of musical performances, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with a special acoustic performance by Ken and Tim of the Dropkick Murphys, and ending at 11 p.m. with an acoustic set by The House on Cliff. The Dropkick Murphys will take the stage at 9 p.m. Other performers include The Pourmen, Jesse Ahearn & The Roots Rock Rebel Revue, Old Brigade, Blood or Whiskey From Dublin, and James Fearnley of The Pogues. In addition to the music, the event features a midway with Irish-themed games and activities, and eight bouts of professional boxing from 2:45 to 7:45 p.m., with headliners Mark DeLuca and Spike O’Sullivan. Tickets range from $29.75 to $49.75. Visit
26. The sound of shanties and other traditional seafaring songs will be heard at Portsmouth’s downtown pubs, cafes, churches and streets during the 17th annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, happening Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25. This year’s performers include 10-year veterans of the festival Great Bay Sailor, the all-female ensemble London Julie returning for their fifth year, multi-instrumentalist Emery Hutchins and many more. There will also be open-sing sessions where attendees can learn some nautical tunes and sing along. Visit for a full schedule of festival events.
27. Catch seven-time Grammy winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood as she stops at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) during her 2016 arena tour, “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. Hear songs from Underwood’s new and fifth studio album, Storyteller, and performances by special guests Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. Tickets cost $49.50 and $79.50. Visit
28. Music icons Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire are hitting the road together once again for their “Heart and Soul Tour 3.0” and will share the stage at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50 to $125. Visit
29. Grammy-winning folk duo Indigo Girls perform at Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The duo, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, have been performing for 25 years and have 12 studio albums to their name with classic singles like “Galileo,” “Shame on You” and “Closer to Fine.” Singer-songwriter Becky Warren will open. Tickets cost $45. Visit
30. Blues rock legend and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller and his band will be at the Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach) on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. The Steve Miller Band was a key figure in the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s and has since released 18 studio albums, which feature huge hits like “The Joker,” “Rock’n Me,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Fly Like an Eagle.” Tickets for this general-admission show cost $62. Visit
31. See the critically acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra at Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Dark Star has been recreating the Grateful Dead concert experience for nearly 17 years, drawing from the legendary rock band’s extensive catalogue developed over 30 years of touring. Tickets for this general-admission show cost $29.50 in advance or $35 at the door. Visit 

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