Four Legendary Performances to Catch This June

Famous acts from every genre are coming to the Granite State



Catch John Mellencamp at the Bank of NH Pavilion on June 30.

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Hip arts fests like Peterborough's “The Thing in the Spring" can introduce you to the cutting edge of the arts, but if you're older-school, head to one of these four performances to catch acts with slightly more storied histories. No matter what genre you want to see, there’s a certified legend coming this month to a New Hampshire stage near you.

Comedy

Jay Leno, June 3, Portsmouth

The name Jay Leno is recognizable amongst millions, and his captivating comedy has been around for years. The Music Hall is hosting Leno’s exclusive tour on June 3, where he will display his world-renowned humor. It’s not every day that you can catch a late-night legend in the flesh in the middle of downtown Portsmouth, so this is one laughter-filled night not to be missed. themusichall.org


Dance

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour, June 7, Manchester

Riverdance has been an iconic production since its start in the early ’90s with Irish dancing champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley. Now, with a new traveling cast, Riverdance is refreshed, revitalized and hitting the road to celebrate two decades of Celtic creativity. The troupe will perform in more than 60 cities in the US alone, and, luckily for us, Manchester is one of them. snhuarena.com


Theatre

“The Rocky Horror Show," June 14-24, Meredith

Add a cult classic to your theatergoing bucket list with this off-color favorite. “Time Warp,” “Hot Patootie” and the rest of the movie-turned-musical’s soundtrack all appear in this season-opening production from Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s Professional Company. For the full Rocky Horror experience, head to the theater on June 17 for a traditional midnight performance. winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org


Music

John Mellencamp, June 30, Gilford

You’d think that more than 35 years in the music industry would make you want to slow down, but “slow” isn’t in John Cougar’s vocabulary. Alongside Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter, Mellencamp kicks off his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Summer Tour in Denver early this month, and he’s stopping at the Bank of NH Pavilion en route to his final stop in Queens, New York. banknhpavilion.com

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