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For more than forty years, pianist Larry Garland presided over The Press Room’s legendary Tuesday night jazz jam. The tradition lives on in the spirit of Garland, who always welcomed players of all ages and abilities to join in the freewheeling fun.
Hoot Night has been of the Seacoast’s most popular open mic nights since our doors first opened in 1976. Hosted by a rotating cast of notable musicians, Hoot Night is your opportunity to work out new songs, dust of old ones, or simply perform in front of an audience.
The Seventh Annual Glenn Wixson Family Holiday Extravaganza live The Press Room!
Folk and bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Old Time Dave Talmage joins us every Friday downstairs for lunch, salting the room with good time tunes, and a sad song peppered in here and there.
This acoustic sextet from Upstate New York is a sonic whirlwind of foot-stomping Americana, complete with mandolin, cajon, upright bass, and guitar led by a soaring harmonic trio of powerhouse female vocalists.
The Press Room Shanty, Forebitter, and Foc’s’l Ballad Singaround makes the downstairs' “rafters roar” with songs embracing Portsmouth’s maritime heritage—songs of fishing, whaling, shipwreck, and naval battle; songs of trade, clipper races, and sailors’ pursuits on ship and shore.
Although she has been compared to icons like Carole King and Nina Simone, Erin Costelo’s fifth studio album, Sweet Marie, cements her status as an utterly inimitable voice in Americana music.
The Jazz Institute at PMAC is the premiere jazz education program on the Seacoast. Join the ensembles of The Jazz Institute, both youth and adult, as they present their first concert of the holiday season!
Now held Sunday afternoons, the weekly Anglo-Celtic traditional folk/roots session has been a Press Room tradition since 1982. The singers and musicians embrace the songs and tunes of the folklore and musical heritage of England, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as songs of the sea, humorous English Music Hall songs, and the occasional old timey or bluegrass melody. All are welcomed to lead a song or join us in the choruses.
Back by popular demand is Ryan Parker’s Big Band Christmas Gala Concert!