Gilford, Plymouth and Keene
Here’s a look at our top three picks for good tunes in NH this weekendBy JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor June 20. 2018 1:32PM
This weekend is a great example of the range of musical styles continually coming through the Granite State. Let’s take a look at a trio of top concerts planned:
• Grammy Award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is out on tour in support of her album “Freedom Highway.
The album follows 2015’s “Tomorrow is My Turn,” and gives voice to African American history and struggle. A poignant example, the track “At Purchaser’s Option” is a protest song about an enslaved and worked woman whose owner offers her child for sale in an auction notice. In character, Giddens sings: “You can take my body, you can take my bones, you can take my blood, but not my soul.” After a spare instrumental string intro, Gidden’s vocals continually rise and fall, phrases thrown out and reeled in with a soft twang hooked by sharp edges.
She plays the Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Info: thecolonial.org or 352-2033.
• John Fogerty and ZZ Top team up on The Blues & Bayous Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bank New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford.
Fogerty, former frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival, hit the road in 2014 on his Songs from 1969 and More Tour, did a guest stint as a mentor on the ninth season of TV’s “The Voice,” and penned the autobiography “Fortunate Son: My Life My Music.”
ZZ Top accelerated through the ’80s with a blues-rock sound and hot rod-fueled attitude behind the classics “Gimme All Your Lovin,’” “Got Me Under Pressure,” “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”
Info: banknhpavilion.com or 293-4700.
• Eddie Montgomery takes the stage alone for a tour behind Montgomery Gentry’s new album, “Here’s To You.” The late Troy Gentry had completed studio work on the project when he died in a helicopter accident last year at age 50. What is now partly a tribute, the album originally was meant to mark the band’s 20th anniversary.
Over the years, Montgomery Gentry charted country classic including five No. 1 singles (“If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me”).
Montgomery will make a tour stop at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Info: 536-2551 or flyingmonkeynh.com.