Boz Scaggs, The Secret Sisters, Kristin Hersh and More Added to The Music Hall's 2015 Lineup
The Music Hall has announced nine new shows to its already robust and diverse lineup. New shows include Music Hall fan favorite Boz Scaggs, prolific post-punk pioneer Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), and popular country music singers The Secret Sisters.
2014/2015 Calendar of Shows On Sale to Members Now:
The District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series
Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Loft
Unadorned guitars and voices, blended, with well-placed piano, percussion, sax, trumpet, and trombone, create Luluc's signature sound. Their beautiful, slow-burning melodies and delicate harmonies, this Australian indie folk music duo have amassed a stable of high powered fans such as Lucinda Williams and the head of NPR music Bob Boilen. Their enchanting sound makes it easy to see why they are performing everywhere from SXSW to The Newport Folk Festival.
National Theater of London HD Broadcast Series:
A View From the Bridge
Sunday, May 17, 2015 in the Loft
Don't miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic's 'magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold' production of A View from the Bridge - the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent's top theatre pick of 2014.
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie's jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret - one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller's tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London's West End by National Theatre Live.
National Theater of London HD Broadcast Series
The Hard Problem
Sunday, May 31, 2015 in the Loft
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).
Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is 'the hard problem' which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.
Live @ the Loft
Martha Redbone Roots Project
Friday, June 12, 2015 in the Loft
Martha Redbone's music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk, and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. Her sound is influenced by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky, and then beyond to Brooklyn's Dodge City-esque mean streets.
District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series
The Secret Sisters
Thursday, June 18, 2015 in the Loft
The Secret Sisters are an American traditional country music duo, consisting of vocalists Laura and Lydia Rogers. The duo's sound has been compared to such artists as The Everly Brothers. Their love of music comes from growing up with a zeal for country music while learning to harmonize through singing a cappella at their hometown church in Florence, Alabama-located just outside of the legendary music mecca Muscle Shoals. Their second full-length album, Put Your Needle Down, produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, embraces a myriad of styles and focuses on original songwriting. They return to The Music Hall aft
District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series
Saturday, June 27, 2015 in the Loft
This prolific American singer-songwriter and a post-punk pioneer is the founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Throwing Muses. From that launching pad, Kristin Hersh also performs and records as a solo artist and with her hardcore punk-influenced power trio 50 Foot Wave. Known for creative chord chemistry, hypnotic sonic treatments, and a vocal style ranging from softly melodic singing to impassioned screaming, her signature contributions to popular music include addressing the complexities of marriage and motherhood through impressionistic, sometimes hallucinatory lyrics about everyday feelings and varying mental states. Last year, Penguin Books released her memoir Rat Girl to critical acclaim.
Live @ the Loft
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances that cross genre and musical borders. Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are immigrant children who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what the LA Times has called a "uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock ... Live, they're magnetic."
Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Historic Theater
Tickets: $48; $65, $89
The iconic rock legend brings his unique blend of blues, R&B, rock, and jazz to the stage in support of his new album, A Fool To Care. Throughout his career Scaggs' unique voice and trademark sound make plain his abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music. His long and storied career began in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording, Boz. Scaggs quickly developed into an iconic singer songwriter, cutting his teeth playing with Steve Miller on several highly successful projects and honing his rock and R&B chops working with the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman. In 1976 he hit it big, achieving multi-platinum success with his album Silk Degrees and its follow ups. Scaggs continued on a lauded and multi-genre musical journey with successes in film soundtracks, as well as touring worldwide with his band.
Live @ the Loft
Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars
Thursday, September 3, 2015 in the Loft
These singers and musicians have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war, to enflame the passions of fans across the globe with uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy! The group is a potent example of the redeeming power of music, and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, the All-Stars have matured into one of Africa's top acts.
The Music Hall Presents the Ogunquit Playhouse Production of
White Christmas The Musical
Wednesday, December 9, through Sunday, December 20, 2015
Tickets start at $30
Continuing the great partnership between the two historic theaters, The Music Hall will present the Ogunquit Playhouse production of The Irving Berlin classic White Christmas. The musical will be on stage just in time for the holidays from December 9 to 20 in the heart of historic downtown as part of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, these showbiz buddies follow two beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including "Sisters", "Count Your Blessing Instead of Sheep", "Happy Holidays" and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas."
PLUS, MORE ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS TO COME:
Don't miss the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival April 16-18, featuring The Juliana Hatfield Three, Buffalo Tom, Citizen Cope, and William Fitzsimmons!
Additionally, the wildly popular Met @ The Music Hall returns with an exciting and diverse lineup of operas for the 2015-2016 season, broadcast live in spectacular HD in the historic theater on Chestnut Street.. More information, titles, and showtimes will be announced in mid-April.
For more information on all shows, films, and events, go to www.TheMusicHall.org/calendar.
First Saturdays for Members and Ticket Purchasing - Special ticket on-sales, early-bird box office hours, and merchandise discounts are on tap the first Saturday of every month! On Saturday, April 4 the Box Office at the Historic Theater will open at 10am for walk up sales, and at noon, online and phone sales begin. Tickets go on sale to non-members at noon, Saturday, April 18. Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or on our website www.TheMusicHall.org
About Membership and Early Purchasing - To become a member today and enjoy early ticket purchasing, call our Membership Manager, Lorianne, at 603-766-2176 or go online to our http://www.themusichall.org/support_us/memberships.
About The Music Hall - The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service's Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
With acclaimed signature series like Writers on a New England Stage -- a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio -- and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.
This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth's biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.
Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partners. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region's center for the performing arts, literature and education...easy to get to, impossible to forget.
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