A look at some of the best NH concerts this season

June 13. 2018 2:05PM

Take a listen to some of the best concerts of the 2018 summer season in New Hampshire:

• Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Saturday at the SNHU Arena, 500 Elm St., Manchester.

The country pair’s Soul2Soul World Tour, which is approaching 1 million in attendance on its initial trek — has consistently stunned audiences across North America with its sharp production, deep catalog of hits, and the husband and wife duo’s palpable chemistry. The set features hits that go back to the late ‘90s and several duos they have performed together, including, “Like We Never Loved At All,” “Let’s Make Love,” “Angry All the Time” and “It’s Your Love.”

Tickets for this two-for-one concert are $69.50 to $138. Info: snhuarena.com or (800) 745-3000.
Melissa Etheridge is touring behind her latest release, “Memphis Rock and Soul.” 

• An Evening with Melissa Etheridge: Sunday at the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. 

She is one of America’s favorite singer-songwriters, a folk rocker known for her mixture of confessional lyrics and whiskey-smoked vocals. She’s touring behind her latest release, “Memphis Rock and Soul,” which honors the rich musical history of the legendary Stax Records and is her first recording since 2014’s critically lauded “This Is M.E.” release.

Etheridge blasted her way through the top of the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her self-titled debut album. She hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, 1993’s “Yes I Am.” That album featured the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” and she hasn’t stopped since. 

Tickets are $55 to $105. Info: themusichall.org or 436-2400.

• Montgomery Gentry: Saturday, June 23, at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, 39 Main St., Plymouth. 

If you like country music, this historic show is sure to bring tears to your eyes; you decide whether they are tears of joy or heartache. On Sept. 8, 2017, Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash at the age of 50. 

Originally conceived to mark Montgomery Gentry’s 20th anniversary, the pair was to celebrate their dynamic new album “Here’s To You.” 

But Eddie Montgomery is taking the stage without Gentry. The collection serves as a reminder of the iconic pair’s powerful presence and also points to a fruitful future for Eddie Montgomery and the Montgomery Gentry brand. The album’s title, “Here’s To You,” is both a tribute to Gentry and to the band’s rabid fans. 

With the release of “Here’s To You,” the band’s legacy remains solidly intact. 

This year’s tour marks the next chapter for the kindred spirits who pledged to continue their musical journey and put their friendship first no matter what.

Tickets to the show are $49-$59. Info: flyingmonkeynh.com or 536-2551.

• An Evening with YES! 50 Years: Wednesday, July 11, at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton.

Yes will commemorate the half century that has passed since the band’s self-titled debut album with a tour that includes 30 dates and counting. Yes has released 21 studio albums and two live albums in five decades and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. They are considered one of the best bands in the history of progressive rock. 

You might know them for their No. 1 single “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” or other hit singles like “Leave It” and “Love Will Find a Way.” Go see the band that VH1 considers one of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Tickets are $25 - $79. Info: casinoballroom.com or 929-4100.

Loverboy is still “Working for the Weekend” with a string of signature '80s tunes that also includes the pop-rock anthem “Turn Me Loose” and the ballad “Almost Paradise.”

• Loverboy: Sunday, July 22, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon. 

This is a special Pre-Race Show at the racetrack’s frontstretch stage prior to the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race.

Cue the red leather pants, bandannas as head bands, big rock sound and high-energy live shows.

Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multiplatinum plaques. That includes the 4-million-selling “Get Lucky” and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s “Keep It Up” and 1985’s “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It.” 

Loverboy’s string of hits includes “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It,” “This Could Be The Night,” “Hot Girls In Love,” “The Kid Is Hot Tonite,” “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes,” “Queen Of The Broken Hearts,” and the anthem “Working For The Weekend.”

Info: 783-4931 or nhms.com.

• Brit Floyd: The Pink Floyd tribute show will be at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Sunday, July 29.

If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, you’ll find it a bit difficult to attend a show since they haven’t performed in many years. That’s where tribute bands come in, and Pink Floyd offers some of the best. 

Brit Floyd formed in the United Kingdom in 2011. It was started by musical director, guitarist, and singer Damian Darlington, who had previously been part of the Australian Pink Floyd Show. 

It goes without saying that the band tries to recreate the sound and elements of a Pink Floyd show. They have developed quite the following, so if you want to test the waters, check out this intimate show at Hampton Beach and see what the fuss is all about. They aren’t considered the World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show for nothing.

Tickets are $25 to $65. Info: casinoballroom.com or 929-4100.

• The Revolution 3 Tour with Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult: Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Bank of NH Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford.

This is THE triple bill of the summer, and it’s a triple-headlining tour, too. That means the headliner will change from show to show, and we’re thrilled about that because it’s hard to say who should be on top of this one. 

STP is sporting a new singer, but a sound that has not skipped one single beat.

There are three completely different sounds between the groups, but hey, who are we to judge who opens for whom? It’s still a great mix, and most music fans will be brought back to three different eras in music.

So get on your festival shirt and head to Gilford; this is where the rockers will be. 

Tickets are $29.75 to $145.75. Info: banknhpavilion.com or 293-4700.

• Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and New Breed Brass Band, along with special guests Cyril Neville and Walter Wolfman Washington: Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton.

As the story goes, Trombone Shorty, a native of New Orleans, received his nickname because he played a rather large trombone during brass parades and second lines during his youth.

Shorty was much smaller than the instrument he was playing, but he had a big sound. At the age of 4, he also appeared on stage with Bo Diddley at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. By 6, he was already a band leader. 

His story was part of a story line in the HBO Series “Tremé,” the name of the neighborhood in New Orleans where he grew up. If you love the sound of New Orleans jazz, here’s your chance to hear it live from some of the most talented artists to come from the Crescent City, including the renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Tickets are $45 to $50. Info: casinoballroom.com or 020-4100.

• Godsmack with Shinedown: Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Bank of NH Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford.

We need to tip our caps to some local boys — Godsmack — whose future was uncertain not too long ago. They had a secret though, and it was released on April 27, 2018. “When Legends Rise” is their seventh studio album, and one that pulls the band in a more hard-rock direction from what was considered heavy metal.

The single “Bulletproof” was released ahead of the album this past February and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. That was followed by “When Legends Rise,” which was used as a theme song for WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble event.

Sully Erna has long wanted to go back to a more hard rock sound or, as he described it, “vintage classic Godsmack.” It strips away some of the bitterness, anger and aggression of the band in their youth. They are rising from the ashes with this one. 

Teaming up with Shinedown isn’t much of a stretch, since their music will gel perfectly with the new direction Sully and company hope to find on the road. With songs like “45,” “Second Chance,” and their remake of Lynryd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” in their catalog, you’ll hear some gems in their set. 

Info: banknhpavilion.com or 293-4700.

For more picks for summer fun, visit newhampshire.com.


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