Billed as the largest outdoor blues festival in the Granite State, the White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival takes over a 72-acre pasture in the Pemigewasset River Valley in Thornton this weekend.
Friday’s entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with Soul Box, followed by the Danielle Nicole Band and headliner JP Soars and The Red Hots. Saturday’s lineup starts at 11 a.m. with Kat Riggins and Blues Revival, followed by Chris Beard, the Blackburn Brothers, Joanna Connor, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats and headliner Walter Trout, with special guest Gary Hoey. Fireworks will light up the night at 10 p.m. Sunday’s music gets started at 11 a.m. with Alexis P. Suter, followed by Jumping Johnny Sansone, The Proven Ones, and Elvin Bishop and the Big Fun Trio.
In honor of the seminal 1969 Woodstock music festival on a dairy farm in New York, the White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival has added a costume contest. Fair-goers are encouraged to think hippie by wearing flowers, tie-dye or peace signs. The crowd will choose the winners before Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio set. A weekend pass is $75. There is no fee for children younger than 12 when accompanied by a parent. Info: 726-3867 or whitemountainboogie.com. Use 2010 Route 175 for GPS coordinates.
Robert Earl Keen, who debuted in 1984 with “No Kinda Dancer” and has gone on to release 18 more albums, plays the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth at 7:30 p.m. today. The singer and songwriter in 2015 was named the first recipient of BMI’s Troubadour Award. Tickets: $39 to $49. Info: 536-2551 or www.flyingmonkeyNH.com.
KC & the Sunshine Band, which put the boogie in dance-floor anthems “Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s the Way (I Like It),” take over the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Ave., at 8 p.m. today. Harry Wayne Casey is still at the helm of the infectiously upbeat groove. Tickets: $27 to $81. Info: casinoballroom.com or 929-4100.
John Mayall, the Godfather of British blues, comes to the Rochester Opera House (above City Hall), 31 Wakefield St., for an 8 p.m. show Friday. The Blues Hall of Fame inductee this year released the album “Nobody told Me,” which features guest guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray, Todd Rundgren, Alex Lifeson and Steven Van Zandt. Tickets: $31-$51. Info: rochesteroperahouse.com or 335-1991.
Squeeze, The Difford and Tilbrook Songbook” tour sold out its 8 p.m. show tonight at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, but there’s another chance to catch the show. A second show has been added, this one at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook formed Squeeze in 1973 in South London and have been the evolving band’s constants over the years as songwriters, guitarists and vocalists. Squeeze is best known for the tunes “Tempted,” “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell),” "Hourglass" and “Black Coffee in Bed.” Tickets: $85-$100. Info: 437-5200 or tupelomusichall.com.
Two Grammy-nominated duos from opposite ends of the music spectrum are headed to the Lakes Region. First up, Daryl Hall and John Oates, the hit-making duo behind a string of pop hits including “She’s Gone,” “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do), Maneater” and “Out of Touch,” will play the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford at 7 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday at 7 p.m. the venue gives way to a darker force with the “Twins of Evil” hard rockers Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson on the Hell Never Dies tour. With guttural songs like “Dead Girl Superstar,” “Scum of the Earth” and his rendition of “Helter Skelter,” Zombie also is a horror film director with credits including “1000 Corpses” and the forthcoming “3 from Hell” movie. Fellow shock rocker Manson has brought his own brand of disturbing imagery and distortion to “The Dope Show,” “The Beautiful People” and a twisted version of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Tickets: 293-4700 or banknhpavilion.com.
Looking ahead, Wallis Bird, a Berlin, Germany-based Irish musician with awards and five albums to her credit, plays the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Bird’s unusual back story is that she lost all the fingers on one hand in a bizarre lawnmower accident as a baby. Most were saved, but she did lose one. Still, she picked up the guitar as a child, flipping it upside down to strum with her damaged hand. Tickets: $15-$25. Info: ccanh.com or 225-1111.