Explore Monadnock Local Music This Weekend

There is quite the lineup of music available this weekend – 45 different listings on the calendar from Thursday – Sunday to date!  Here are some suggestions for you to explore and discover local musicians – those who call the Monadnock region their home and contribute to the vibrancy of southwestern New Hampshire.


Northern Stone is at Marty’s of Mason from 7-10.  With temperatures anticipated in the upper 70’s, it will be a fine night for pairing some of your favorite tunes with dinner from the grill, a beer or some ice cream.


Alouette Iselin is the featured performer at the Hancock Cabaret Depot; she will perform as a soloist as well as with the Solstice Sisters. This Open Stage features a who’s-who of local performers, including Volk Volkersz, Rick Beausoleil, Kim Wallach, and, Doug Farrell.   Music starts at 7:30.

Murphy’s Blues returns to Mole Hill Theatre for a fun-filled evening of rock, blues, and soul originals and covers.  If you have never been to Mole Hill, this would be a great introduction – a factory converted into an arts space with a welcoming and funky ambiance. BYOB and snacks ; $12 cover.

The Grumbling Rustics – Tim Mowry on mandolin and guitar and Steve Jones on guitar and banjo – accompany a mighty tasty menu at the Monadnock Inn in Jaffrey with Americana and Celtic music. Reservations recommended.

Punk rockers Zombie Beatdown kick off their Summer Festival Series at Railroad Square.  They are loud, they are fun, and they are committed to bringing live, local music to Keene.  Stop in at Local Burger for a bite while you are at it.


The Flight Deck in Keene hosts Rick and the Redhead – Rick and Diane Ammons – who cover popular music – pop, rock, blues, jazz and country. Located at the Dillant Hopkins Airport, the Flight Deck hosts live local music on Saturday nights beginning at 7:00PM.

The Kingsnakes play for the last show of the Open Door Coffeehouse this season.  Covering songs from the 20’s – 40’s, the quintet’s musicality and banter make for a unique and delightful show. There are opening acts that begin at 7:00 and the intermission features a make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae.

Senie Hunt wows his audience with his unique, self-taught approach to guitar that combines percussion technique from his birthplace Sierra Leone.  He plays at Harlow’s in Peterborough beginning at 8:30.


Animaterra is a women’s chorus who performs songs from around the world with infectious joy.  Their annual spring concert is “We Are One: Folk Songs from Around The World”.  They perform at 4:00 at the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough. Suggested donation$10 – $15. (They perform the same concert Saturday night at the Unitarian Church on Central Square in Keene).

Cooper’s Hill Pub in Peterborough hosts a semi-monthly session of Irish music hosted by Jack Perron, Randy Miller, and Roger Kahle.  The music starts at 2:00.  Best bring your appetite – the restaurant featured locally sourced ingredients (including meats!) deliciously prepared.

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