May



SAT  5/27  8:00pm

Swing into Summer with The Hadacol Bouncers

The Hadacol Bouncers return to The Dance Hall to play the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and more. The music is a grooving hybrid of traditional New Orleans hot jazz and stride piano boogie. The group is led by Peter Dunphy on banjo, tenor guitar, and vocals and Tom Whitehead on piano and National steel guitar. The band features Bill Rayne on trombone and vocals, Nat Balch on clarinet, Ray Sapirstein on cornet, Tom Wilbur on tuba, and Don Whitney on drums. The music is seriously infectious and demands motion...so don't miss it!


Free Swing dance lesson at 7:30pm

Jen & Ray of Lindy Maine have been Lindy Hopping for a combined 26 years. They currently teach regular Swing Dance classes in Biddeford. Jen also teaches tap and joins forces with Portland Swing Project to teach Lindy classes in Portland, ME.


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June


FRI  6/2  8:00pm

Francine Reed

Born in Chicago and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Francine Reed has had a passion for singing since her early childhood. She began singing professionally with her family's gospel group when she was five. "I always say I was born singing," Reed has said in a biographical release. "I can still remember my first performance when I was a 3-year-old in my aunt's church. I used to listen to rehearsals with her gospel choir and I'd sing 'I Wanna See Jesus' in front of the congregation...It's a natural, God-given talent."


After marrying young, the everyday struggles of life kept Reed from pursuing her dream of singing full-time until her children were older. Fortunately, she was able to sing in local jazz clubs and at various functions in Phoenix. She became known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence, and delivered an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, and R&B. She was often the opening act for such headliners as Miles Davis, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and the Crusaders.


In 1985, friends introduced Reed to Lyle Lovett, who was searching for a female singer for his new band. Lovett was still a struggling, virtually unknown performer when they began their association, but as his star rose, Reed became an integral part of his show. Reed began touring with Lovett and his Large Band as a background vocalist, and also often performed duets with the country musician. She was featured with Lovett on several albums, and appeared with him on television shows such as "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show," and "Regis and Kathy Lee." READ MORE

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SAT  6/3  8:00pm

Qaawsan Contemporary String Duo

Qawsaan (two bows) is a contemporary string duo hailing from the Middle East featuring the violin and the cello in an approach that has never been heard before.


Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash and Iraqi/Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq are graduates of Berklee College of Music and have been playing together for more than 10 years! They have toured the world together, playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles and right now, as a duo.


Their aim is to use the exciting combination of violin/cello and combine different styles of music, shattering stylistic stereotypes through improvisation, original compositions and arrangements.


''Bringing Layth and Naseem together on stage results in a passionate performance that combines deep musical traditional influenced by Arabic and Western classical music and contemporary jazz, in an association which highlights their unique instrumental skills. Their music is an exceptional experience for any listener.'' (Berklee Mediterranean Institute)

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SUN  6/4  3:00pm

Get Cozy w The PSO: Seacoast Flute Ensemble


Since its inception in 2012, the Seacoast Flute Ensemble has performed at many local events and as an outreach arm of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.

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