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Summer @ The Music Hall 2010

Concerts, SummerFilm, Historic Tours, Founders Lobby Lounge!

The cool place to be on hot summer nights!

Intimately Yours: Herbie Hancock

Wednesday June 16, 2010 7:30pm

Tickets: $90; $75

A musician since the age of seven, Oscar-award-winning Hancock is known for breaking uncharted territory with his acoustic jazz styles. He recently celebrated his 35th year in the record business, and this June his fingers will be “dancing across the keyboard” here at The Music Hall, blending funk, jazz, and pure musical genius on stage. His accessible style and ability to fuse both electronic and acoustic jazz piano styles will be sure to please concert-goers of all ages.

“blessed with genius…brilliant.” – Rolling Stone

Intimately Yours: Afro-Cuban All Stars

Wednesday June 30, 2010 7:30pm

Tickets: $39; $28

This powerhouse 12-piece big band, led by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club member Juan de Marcos González, features many stars of the golden age of Cuban music. For more than a decade, the group has been responsible for stoking the worldwide infatuation with Cuban music.

“remarkable” – New York Times

Intimately Yours: Joan Armatrading

Sunday July 11, 2010

Tickets: $57; $45

Soul/folk/rock/sophisticated pop diva, Joan Armatrading brings her West Indies/Brit sensibility, distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship to her critically acclaimed career. Her hits have included “Love and Affection” “Down To Zero” while her last foray resulted in a Grammy nominated blues album, she’s touring behind her 20th -  and more pop oriented- album, This Charming Life.

“distinctive vocalist and lyricistÂ…her synthesis of folk, reggae, soul, and rock has made her a critical and cult favorite in America” – Rolling Stone

Intimately Yours: Jonny Lang

Thursday August 12, 2010

Tickets: $62; $49

Grammy Award winning blues guitarist/singer from Fargo, North Dakota, Jonny Lang makes his Music Hall debut touring behind his latest CD, Live at the Ryman, an electrifying live performance taped at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee (former home of the Grand Ole Opry). With the voice of an ancient bluesman, and extraordinary guitar playing, this 29-year old is a once-in-a-generation blues talent.

“Jonny Lang has the power to move the music into the next millennium by reaching the ears of a new generation.” – Luther Allison

To purchase concert tickets

Tickets for all four concerts can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online at


Cool films in the hot weeks of June, July, and August. The very best from independent and foreign cinema to the latest from Hollywood. It’s all presented in The Music Hall’s air conditioned restored historic auditorium on our enormous screen in glorious Dolby Digital Surround Sound.

To purchase SummerFilm tickets

SummerFilm tickets are $8.50 and go on sale mid-May at The Music Hall box office, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603.436.2400, or online at

The Founders Lobby Lounge

Open every Friday and Saturday evening from 5:30-midnight.

Historic Tours

Historic Tours of The Music Hall will be held every other Wednesday in the evening 5:30-6:30pm. June 9th, 23rd July 7th, 21st August 4th, 18th  Tour tickets are $6 ($5 member) and can be purchased day of tour at 28 Chestnut Street, in advance at , or through the box office at 603-436-2400.  Box office hours are noon-6:00pm Monday through Saturday.

About The Music Hall: An American Treasure for the Arts

The Music Hall is a nonprofit performing arts center that entertains 100,000 patrons, including 20,000 school children, annually with acclaimed film, music, theater, and dance performances. Its historic 900-seat theater, built in 1878, is the oldest in New Hampshire and designated an “American Treasure” by the U.S. Senate in the Save America’s Treasures Program administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service. Living out its mission to be an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community, The Music Hall presents diverse and relevant programming, including its signature series and innovative community outreach programs, and hosts numerous community fundraisers and celebrations for the benefit of more than 40 local nonprofits.  A cultural anchor in a thriving Seacoast economy, The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $5.5 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending. The Music Hall is a 501c3 tax exempt, fiscally responsible nonprofit organization, managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees. The historic hall is located in Portsmouth, the seaport city recently named a “Distinctive Destination” for 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the “20 Best Towns in America” by Outside magazine (July 2008). For more information about The Music Hall and its schedule of events, visit