The Music Hall Lounge Announces First Series of Music, Comedy and Author Events


The Music Hall announces the first set of upcoming shows at its newly renovated venue, The Music Hall Lounge. Formerly named The Loft, The Lounge kicks off its first month this summer featuring local legends, award-winning bands, best-selling authors, comedians and rising stars. Exciting new musicians, comedians and authors will visit the venue for the first time, while Darlingside, Séan McCann, Bitter Pill, Peter Mulvey and many more will return to the updated space which offers a fun nightclub vibe , flexible seating and audio and video capabilities.

The Music Hall Lounge offers an open-air cabaret-style layout that can accommodate up to 100 people. Guests can enjoy a full bar and food service. The venue features a stage visible from the street, welcoming passers-by to view the action inside. The Music Hall is working with Market Street Architects, Studio KL, Chinburg Properties, Creative Office Resources, Brown & Company Design and Reuter Associates LLC on the project. Construction is almost complete.

The nonprofit organization is currently planning soft openings in June, with shows opening in July 2022. Tickets are on sale now for the first set of shows.

The next set of shows will be announced later in May. For the most up-to-date information on events, construction and news, visit

Announced during the first programming round:


Pat McGann

Thu 7 July

Pat McGann is quickly becoming one of comedy’s sharpest stand-ups as Sebastian Maniscalco’s opening act.



Fri, July 8

The “exquisitely arranged, literary-minded baroque folk-pop” (NPR) group with a dynamic presence.


Tom Perrotta with Tracy Flick Can’t Win

Tue 12 July

Election character Reese Witherspoon returns in the best-selling author’s latest novel.


Sean McCann

Wed 13 July

Founder of the iconic group Great Big Sea, Séan McCann presents his frenzied new album.


Bitter pill

Fri 22 July

Bitter Pill’s “rhythm and bluegrass” music is a dark, anachronistic twist on folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly and country.


Peter Mulvey and Mark Erelli

Thu 28 July

Two veteran singer-songwriters bring together decades on the road and unrestricted American art.



Sat 30 July

The multi-layered string duo’s original cinematic folk songs are dreamy and dramatic.


Adam Ray

Sun Aug 7

You know this comedian from Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, The Heat, and more!

The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring entertainment from around the world at two theaters on its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus: The Historic Theater, a historic Victorian theater from 1878, designated a U.S. Treasure for the arts through the National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures Program; and the intimate Music Hall Lounge around the corner, named “Best Performing Arts Venue” by Yankee Magazine.

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