This weekend has some interesting counterpoints on Granite State concert stages.
Look for a good contrast in the Lakes Region at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford. First up, pop group Why Don’t We, which just released the come-hither tune “Come to Brazil” on stage at 7 p.m. today. (Tickets: $14.75-$74.95.)
A few days later, the venue gets a metal makeover when Alice Cooper and Halestorm share rock duties at 7 p.m. Sunday. (Tickets: $18.75-$99.50.) Info: banknhpavilion.com or 293-4700.
Go for another pair of opposites on the Seacoast. Guitar-wielding showman Ted Nugent, the “Cat Scratch Fever” shredder, takes over the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., at 8 p.m. today as part of The Music Made Me Do It Again Tour. (Tickets: $29-$79.)
On the other end of the spectrum, The Beach Boys will bring their harmonizing surf classics to the same venue for a 7:30 p.m. show Wednesday, Aug. 14. Tickets: $25 to $59. Info: casinoballroom.com or 929-4100.
Other tops picks for concerts throughout New Hampshire range from a cappella and jazz to folk and junk rock. Here’s a look:
Famed a cappella group Straight No Chaser, in the second of two shows at the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, at 7:30 p.m. today. The ensemble, whose latest album is “One Shot,” has collaborated with Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dolly Parton. Tickets: $44-$74. Info: themusichall.org or 436-2400.
John Gorka, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bass Hall in the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., Peterborough. Gorka, a singer and songwriter who over the years has collaborated with Nanci Griffith, Ani DiFranco, Patty Larkin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lucy Kaplansky, last year released his 15th album, “True in Time,” on the Red House label. Tickets: $28. Info: Monadnockcenter.org.
Recycled Percussion, stars of the “Chaos and Kindness” TV show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Claremont Opera House in City Hall, 58 Opera House Square. The “junk rock” band formed in Goffstown and went on to “America’s Got Talent” and Las Vegas residencies. Tickets: $34. Info: claremontoperahouse.info
Galactic, 7 p.m. Saturday, Prescott Park Arts Festival, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. The New Orleans progressive instrumental group is touring behind its new album, “Already Ready Already.” Texas artist Peter More, who just released the album “Beautiful Disrepair” (produced by Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen) and an EP called “Shoulder,” will open the show. Suggested donation of $8; premium seating at tables is $65. Info: prescottpark.org or 436-2848.
Also look for the Tommy Gallant Jazz Festival XXIV at noon Sunday with the Seacoast Big Band, Soggy Po Boys, Press Room Trio with Humphrey/Haas and Donna Byrne and Marshall Wood Quartet.
StickMen, 7 p.m. Friday, Jewel Music Venue, 61 Canal St., Manchester. The band features bassist Tony Levin (King Crimson), who has recorded and toured with Peter Gabriel Band, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Yes, Alice Cooper and Paul Simon; drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), who has performed with Mr. Mister, XTC, David Sylvian and The Rembrandts; and guitarist Markus Reuter, who is in the band Centrozoon, as well as the duo Tuner (with Mastelotto). Fire in the Field will open the show. Tickets: $40-$75. Info: 819-9336.
The Hot Sardines, 7:30 p.m. today, Kingswood Arts Center at Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, as part of the Great Waters Music Festival. The ensemble has performed at the Newport and Montreal jazz festivals, topped the iTunes Jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally, and released two albums on Universal Music Classics. Tickets: $25-$31. Info: greatwaters.org or 569-7710.
Dirk Quinn Band and The Gravel Project, 8 p.m. Friday, Spotlight Room at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. At the helm of this funk and jazz outfit, Quinn also has shared stages with Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Keller Williams, Booker T, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Tickets: $29. Info: palacetheatre.org or 668-5588.
Tab Benoit, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 Main St., Plymouth. The Cajun blues guitar master and singer launched the new label Whiskey Bayou Records and is pivotal in the Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Louisiana. Tickets: $42. Info: 536-2551 or flyingmonkeynh.com.
Parsonfield, 8 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. The folk-rock ensemble serves up energetic, indie-roots shows. Tickets: $15-$25. Info: 225-1111 or ccanh.com.
Sam Amidon, 8 p.m. Friday, Live at the Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. Amidon is an experimental folk musician who reworks traditional American ballads, hymns and work songs. His most recent album is 2017’s “The Following Mountain.” Tickets: $15. Info: 436-2400 or themusichall.org.
Rap rock band From Ashes to New, with guests Palisades, Awake at Last and Funeral Portrait, 6 p.m. Saturday, Granite State Music Hall, 546 Main St., Laconia. Tickets: $20. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The band released the album “The Future” in 2018.