Lonestar is Featured Entertainment at Lancaster Fair

The Lancaster Fair proudly presents Lonestar — the featured entertainment on Saturday night, September 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

For more than 20 years Lonestar has logged countless miles touring throughout the world, released several Platinum-selling albums and ten No. 1 singles, earned ACM and CMA awards and inspired rave reviews as far away as London, where The Guardian proclaimed them exemplars of “country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music.”

Yet all roads lead back to Nashville, where lead singer/guitarist Richie McDonald, lead guitarist/singer Michael Britt, keyboardist/guitarist/singer Dean Sams and drummer Keech Rainwater wrote and rehearsed songs for their tenth album, Never Enders, each one crafted impeccably yet as raw and soulful as all four members’ Texas honky-tonk roots.

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved ten #1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and their crossover smash “Amazed” (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983’s “Islands in the Stream”, to top both charts). The band’s awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award), and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year. With over a 100 dates worldwide per year, they are celebrating over 20 years together. Lonestar’s highly anticipated CD, Never Enders, features ten new original Lonestar songs that bring the band’s trademark sound into the contemporary arena.

Rising Appalachia in Concert at The Colonial Theatre

Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.

Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously. It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.

The Colonial Theatre Presents: Rickie Lee Jones

Named as one of the 30 greatest women in rock, Rickie Lee Jones has been hard to classify ever since she came on the scene with the instant classic “Chuck E.’s in Love” in 1979. Jones began her career in the pop realm, but in her 15 albums, she has experimented fearlessly with her sound and persona. She’s performed straight jazz, blues, synth pop, new wave rock, pop covers, trip-hop, gospel, ambitious singer-songwriter music, and more, putting her unique spin on each style. Each new round of music-making activity by Rickie Lee Jones is different. Her live concerts have almost without exception been unforgettable experiences over her more than 30 years of performing. Her artistry is brilliantly underlined with her latest album KICKS which spans two decades (50s–70s) of pop, rock and jazz, presenting her unique and sophisticated interpretations of songs that were pivotal to her musical journey.

The Parker Hill Road Band in Concert at the Tillotson Center

Parker Hill Road is a five piece acoustic Bluegrass band that has been performing professionally in the New England area for over two decades. The band’s repertoire ranges from traditional Bluegrass to modern pop tunes performed in the Bluegrass tradition.

Admission $10/Students $5.

Acoustic Blues with Claude Bourbon at Medallion Opera House

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarist’s influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician: Paco De Lucia; Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O’Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose Barrense Dias and many more.

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…” -Altadena News, USA

More information about Claude at:
Claude Bourbon, progressive blues

St. Kieran Arts Center Presents: New Repertory Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet

Now in its fourth decade, New Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of the Boston area’s premiere theater companies. Celebrated for electrifying, compelling, and poignant productions, New Rep plays reflect our world and community, and regularly explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives, here and now. New Rep shows are provocative, intelligent, and entertaining.

This classic story of Romeo & Juliet introduces the ancient feud between two powerful families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The hatred of the warring families is so devastating and so ingrained that the children of these bitter rivals must hide their love from the world and sacrifice the acceptance of their families for each other.

Romeo and Juliet uncovers layers of human emotion— love, hate, loyalty, and vengeance— that confront every generation and that continue to touch our hearts 400 years after Shakespeare put pen to paper.

Tickets for this event are $18 at the door, $15 in advance, $12 with a support series membership and FREE with a performance series membership. Tickets available at the arts center office (155 Street, Berlin, NH), by phone, online until 3 days prior to the show (for a small fee) at www.stkieranarts.org or at the door the evening of the show.

Lucas Hall and Jennifer Lafleur — Photo by Richard Feldman

POSTPONED — The Business of Tourism: NH Grand Reimagined

The Business of Tourism: NH Grand Reimagined event on March 30 at the Maplewood, co-sponsored by WREN’s NH Grand program and Bethlehem Reimagined, has been postponed and will be rescheduled sometime in May. Please contact Pam Sullivan at [email protected] if you have questions.

During these challenging times, WREN is committed to fulfilling its mission of supporting better lives and livelihoods, enhancing the vitality of Bethlehem’s Main Street and supporting economic development in the region through this difficult period. We are working with local, state, and federal officials to monitor the developing coronavirus situation and keeping the health and wellbeing of our customers, employees, business and community members as our top priority.

The HUB and Gallery at WREN will remain open until further notice. We recognize that many individuals may not have adequate Internet access and are being forced to work or study remotely. The HUB will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday until further notice. We are implementing CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing, practicing social distancing techniques, and asking individuals who are sick not to come to the HUB. For more information about the HUB go to https://wrenworks.org/the-hub/.

The Marketplace at WREN will close on Friday, March 20, for an indefinite period and the store will reopen later this spring. All classes, workshops and events scheduled through April 12 are suspended.



WREN, NH Grand, and Bethlehem Reimagined invite you to join us on March 30 for NH Grand Reimagined, a free informational tourism event at the historic Maplewood Golf Course in Bethlehem, NH.

Commissioner Taylor Caswell will be giving a presentation on the “Business of Tourism” in New Hampshire. Following his presentation, WREN’s Executive Director, Pam Sullivan, will provide updates on the reimagined NH Grand Program and how it has evolved to become a program of WREN. Light refreshments and a cash bar available.

Register Here

Studio Two Beatles Tribute Band at Littleton Opera House

Studio Two is a headlining Beatles tribute band that focuses on the most exciting, energetic period of The Beatles — the early years (1962-1966). Choosing from a catalog of songs from their club and touring performances, Studio Two captures all of the excitement and danceable ’50s and ’60s Rock ‘n’ Roll songs The Beatles helped popularize. All of this is done in period correct attire and equipment. You will be transported in time!

“Best Tribute Band” ~ Editors of NH Magazine

“Studio Two are one of the most exciting Beatle bands out there today” ~ Cha Chi Host of Breakfast With The Beatles

“Voted Number One Beatles Tribute show in New England” ~ 100.7 WZLX

Tickets: $15 all seats

CANCELLED – Cabin Fever Night with “The Logger”


The 4th Annual Cabin Fever Night at the Lancaster Town Hall will feature comedian Rusty DeWees, aka “The Logger,” in a sure to be hilarious and entertaining presentation.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 each. To purchase go to www.northcountrycharteracademy.com or call (603) 444-1535.

Proceeds benefit the North Country Charter Academy Scholarship & Student Activities and Advancement Fund. Sponsored by NCCA and David B. Stickney, Sr., Associate Broker with RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty.