A&E Weekend Top 10


Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: April 28-30, 2017

We took the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend and dropped them here so you can pick your plans. You can choose from outdoor events like Discover Wild NH Day in Concord or head back indoors for a home show, a comedy show, a music show or a theatrical performance. Enjoy!

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Eric Church

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Country music's Eric Church will bring the “Holdin' My Own Tour” to SNHU Arena in Manchester this weekend. For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between. In an effort to ensure his core fans get great tickets at face value, Church is revamping the pre-sale and on-sale process to eliminate scalpers from the equation. By doing this – investing time and energy to create a more efficient and balanced model – the Church team is not only communicating directly to the fans the best source for face value tickets, but also building a model that protects fans and can be adopted by the industry as a whole. Don't miss him when he hits the stage in Manchester; it's a show you won't forget. Tickets are $91.

Discover Wild NH Day

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Discover Wild NH Day at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department grounds in Concord this weekend. See K-9 demonstrations, challenge yourself by learning fly tying, and try your hand at casting, archery and B-B Gun shooting. Browse educational exhibits presented by environmental and conservation organizations from throughout the state. See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Watch retriever dogs in action. Get creative with hands-on craft activities for the kids. Plus, check out the latest hunting and fishing gear and gadgets. Admission is free. Bring the whole family!

Kathy Griffin

Saturday, 7 p.m.
From penning New York Times bestselling books to filling the country's biggest concert halls on her comedy tours, Griffin has cemented herself as one of the most powerful figures in comedy. Unfiltered, unafraid, and utterly hilarious - she is a must-see for any stand-up fan. This two-time Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. Kathy is touring in support of her recently released – and much anticipated – second book, Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index. The book is an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she's met over the years and the outrageous, charming and sometimes-bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them. 2016's Like A Boss Tour stopped in 80 cities from coast to coast and will join us for one night only. Tickets are $65-$78.

Peter Wolf

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Bluesy Rock n' Roller Peter Wolf is best known for his stretch as the front man with long-time band the J. Geils Blues Band, where he was known for his stage antics and quick wit. After seeing the J. Geils Band in concert for the first time Wolf immediately joined the band and became not only the leader of the group but also handled much of the group's business affairs. The band soon became well known for their vivacious and exciting live performances. With the recent passing of J. Geils, this intimate show at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth will reinvigorate fans who have been saddened the death of a legend. Tickets are $39+.

Motor Booty Affair

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Disco sound! Disco lights! Disco club! The four out-of this-world jive-talkin' funkateers of Motor Booty Affair bring their 70's extravaganza of groove, style and attitude back to the Rochester Opera House stage for a seventh season. Dance to the hits of The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores and many, many more of your favorites. And don't leave your dancing shoes behind; there's plenty of space to get funky. The four out-of this-world jive-talkin' funkateers of Motor Booty Affair bring their 70's extravaganza of groove, style and attitude back to our stage for a seventh season. Afros, bell bottoms and platform shoes… wear them… if you dare! Dance to the hits of The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores and many, many more of your favorites. Tickets are $14.

Home Free

Friday, 8 p.m.
When country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's The Sing-Off, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career. For the five country stars from Minnesota, it was a culmination of almost ten years of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. Crashing the world music scene in the past three years, Home Free is bringing new music, new production and more country favorites as they tour the nation. The 5-man band, known for their show-stopping performances, mixing their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor, is becoming a household name for peppering Nashville country standards with country-dipped pop hits. Join Home Free at the Capitol Center for the Arts for an exciting night of music, an entertaining journey of the a cappella craze sweeping the nation. Tickets are $27-$44.50.

Get the Led Out

Friday, 7:30 p.m. (Lebanon Opera House),
Saturday, 8 p.m. (Hampton Beach Casino)

We just can't get enough of this tribute band. Get the Led Out, who will perform two shows this weekend, one at the Lebanon Opera House and the other at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, is passionate about their love of the music of Led Zeppelin. And it shows. They have become known as "The American Led Zeppelin." It's been their mission to bring the studio recordings of "the mighty Zep" to life on the big concert stage. This is not an impersonator act but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history! They sold out two shows at Hampton Beach last year. Start off your year with a great show! Tickets are $25-$45 at the Lebanon Opera House) and $26 in advance and $31 the day of the show at the Casino Ballroom.

Candide

Saturday, 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 3 p.m.

Voltaire's Candide is a satirical story in which the characters, regardless of social or financial status, suffer unimaginable adversity. Don't miss one of two performances at the Dana Center in Manchester this weekend. Just when it appears all will be well, even more horrible things happen! Through comedy and Bernstein's fantastic music, Candide suggests that we must not passively accept the world as it is in the belief that all is for the best. We must actively, physically work to make our garden grow. It's the best of all possible worlds. Tickets are $20-$25 and free for students in grades K-12.

Badfinger's 'Straight Up'

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
It's the 45th anniversary of Badfinger's 1972 classic album "Straight Up." To celebrate, original band member Joey Molland and his dynamic band brings to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, a complete performance of the album, and recreates several of Badfinger's other legendary songs. This is the first time that this classic British Rock band appears at this venue. Badfinger, one of the original signings to the Beatles' Apple Records label, had their first hit single with a Paul McCartney – penned song, "Come and Get It," which went to #7 in the U.S. charts. Badfinger followed this hit with their own compositions “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” and "Baby Blue." Tickets are $22.

Lakes Region Home Show

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Break out of hibernation, folks! The Lakes Region Home Show will bring more than 70 Home Improvement experts to the Laconia Ice Arena to help you plan, or simply give you great ideas for any project you have in mind. The expo will feature the latest in home improvement products and experts from home builders and landscapers to replacement windows to pools and generators. Tickets are $5.

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