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MSD Entertainment & Activities

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

Stay tuned for our schedule…thanks to all who answered the call to performers.

The Chickenshack Bluegrass Band
11:30am – 12:15pm
Chickenshack 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. Chickenshack has enjoyed performing at music festivals and fairs around New England,and features Ellen Carslon on mandolin, Al Pratt on guitar, The Famous Old Time Dave Talmage on banjo, Paul Smith on fiddle, and Valerie Smith on bass and yodels…
For MSD 2024, they are happy to be joined by Fiddlers 3, a fiddle super group, with Mellissa Caron Kathy Sommer and our own Ellen Carlson on fiddle.

The Maine Marimba Ensemble
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Maine Marimba Ensemble performs complex polyrhythmic arrangements of traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on handcrafted marimbas.

TJ Wheeler & The Smokers
2:00pm – 2:45pm
TJ Wheeler & the Smokers featuring “Hatrack “Gallagher on Blues & Chromatic Harmonica.
Their 50th anniversary concert playing together!

Foreside Funk
3:15pm – 4:00Pm

Straight outta Kittery, Maine, this 11-member multigenerational band is a funk powerhouse that will make you move! Foreside Funk blends soulful melodies, tight rhythms, and sizzling horn sections, taking you on a journey back to funk’s golden era.
Inspired by legends like James Brown, Herbie Hancock, and Tower of Power, they mix classic funk, jazz and soul with fresh grooves from contemporary stars like Lettuce.

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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) may perform in the festival footprint 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…
Middle Street Baptist Church Pancake Breakfast
When: 7:30am – 11:30am
Where: 18 Court Street
Details: Click here.

Seacoast Eat Local’s Portsmouth Farmers’ Market
When: 8am – Noon
Where: 1 Junkins Avenue in the City Hall Parking Lot.

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