November 25, 2010


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By Michael Witthaus

Make it a double: Two bands that borrow Manchester’s modern moniker perform consecutive day-after-Thanksgiving shows in a popular downtown gathering place. Never in Vegas plays Friday, and Vegas Temper, who recently released a new song that’s received local radio airplay, stops by Saturday to keep the long weekend party going. See Never in Vegas on Friday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. and Vegas Temper on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. at the Black Brimmer, 1087 Elm St. in Manchester. For more, go to

• Jimi jam: Erick Preston and Purple Haze take their Hendrix very seriously, performing a different show of the guitar god’s music every time they play. Had he not succumbed to a drug overdose in 1970, Jimi would have turned 68 this Saturday. In tribute, the band plays a pre-Hendrix birthday bash — wonder if they’ll give “Happy Birthday to You” the “Star Spangled Banner” treatment. See Erick Preston and Purple Haze on Friday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. at Slammers, 547 Donald St. in Bedford. Call 668-2120.

Funk me on the water: Seacoast-based Boom Lava lays down roots, rhythm, funk and soul in a bucolic setting. The band is named for its eruptive sound and has a reputation for taking familiar songs and reshaping them in often unconventional ways, along with well-crafted originals. With the frequent injection of front man Nils Crusberg’s saxophone, the band can really bounce. See Boom Lava on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. at Rick’s at Pond View, 92 Route 125 in Kingston. See

That kind of girl: The Hush Hush Sweet Harlot series continues with singer/songwriter Heather Maloney, performing a balance of upbeat and plaintive music that appeals to fans of Paula Cole, Joni Mitchell and Beth Orton. Last year’s Cozy Razor’s Edge is a taut, layered work with a big sound. See Heather Maloney, appearing with Caravan of Thieves, on Monday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. at Red Door Lounge, 107 State St. in Portsmouth. Go to

Shake a feather: Lose the tryptophan funk with a double bill featuring Rustic Overtones, a band well known for excursions into jazz-informed rock and soul. Last year, the group released its first album in almost a decade; The New Way Out also featured an altered lineup and reshaped musical vision. See Rustic Overtones and Sea Captains on Friday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. at the Dover Brickhouse, 2 Orchard St., Dover. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 day of show at