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MSD Entertainment & Activities

On the Pleasant Street Stage…
Hosted By WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio

The Chickenshack Bluegrass Band
11:30am – 12:15pm
The Chickenshack Bluegrass Band is a dynamic bluegrass band with influences from  classic rock, country and beyond. With five lead singers and some high-octane harmonies, each song is entertaining and different from the song before it. The Band Comprises of: Guest Musician Scott Heron from Green Heron on mandolin, vocals, Paul Smith on fiddle, vocals, Al Pratt on guitar, vocals, Tim Hedlund on banjo, vocals, and, Val Smith on upright bass, vocals AND yodels

The Maine Marimba Ensemble
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Maine Marimba Ensemble returns to Market Square Day! This talented group performs complex polyrhythmic arrangements of traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on handcrafted marimbas…and they sound great!

Vital Tones
2:00 – 2:45
Vital Tones is a mosaic of unique melodies, creative harmonies, and soul-filling lyrics.  With a blend of covers and original music, Chris Guzakowski, Stefanie Guzakowski, and Julie Alexander bring an array of vocals ranging from mellow to mighty, and from silky to sultry.  They deliver a mixture of indie rock and Americana music that leaves listeners longing for more.

TJ Wheeler & the Smokers with Hatrack Gallagher
3:15 – 4:00
TJ Wheeler met Pat “Hatrack” Gallagher at a bar gig on Bainbridge Island, WA. in the summer of 1973. Over the next 5 decades they have played together, either as a duo, or with their full band all across the USA & Canada. They always pay homage to the Black American Ancestors of Blues like Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Peg Leg Sam, Furry Lewis & Bukka White. Their Jazz influences range from Louis Armstrong, Bllie Holiday, Joe Pass, to Toots Thielman. This concert with their full band celebrates their 50th anniversary.

Please Note: All MSD performances (music, dance, etc.) are scheduled on the Pleasant Street Stage – please respect our plan and refrain from setting up in other areas within the event footprint (refer to Event Map). Only contracted artists and those with insurance and permission (Booth Spaces) can perform during MSD.

Another Reminder: All Sidewalks in the Festival footprint must remain open/clear for pedestrian access. This relates to all MSD Vendors and Downtown Businesses – racks, tents, tables, power cords, portable amplifiers, supplies cannot be on the sidewalk.

Other Things of Note Taking Place…

57th Middle Street Baptist Church Pancake Breakfast!

18 Court Street, Portsmouth
7:30am – 11:30am – Rain or Shine
For all details, click here.

Seacoast Eat Local’s Portsmouth Farmers’ Market takes place from 8am – Noon at 1 Junkins Avenue in the City Hall Parking Lot.

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