If the heart of The Press Room was its founder, Jay Smith, then live music has been its lifeblood. A half dozen regular series have ensured music would be coursing through these hallowed halls week-in and week-out, some for more than three decades. They continue today in that same spirit and with as much, if not more, vitality. If you’re a regular, thanks for coming out. If you haven’t been—or if it’s just been awhile—join us, you’re overdue.

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Karaoke Night Hosted By Agatha Crusty

Mondays, 8pm | Upstairs | Free | 21+

Ready to take your karaoke game to the next level? Head upstairs, hit the stage and belt it out under the bright lights. With more than thirty thousand songs, a pro sound system, and the randiest host in the Seacoast—Agatha Crusty—karaoke at The Press Room promises you a few minutes of fame and hours of fun. Most Monday nights starting at 8pm.

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The Larry Garland Jazz Jam

Tuesdays, 6pm to 9pm | Upstairs | Free

For more than forty years, pianist Larry Garland presided over The Press Room’s legendary Tuesday night jazz jam. Co-curated these days by Woody Allen and Chris Klaxton, the tradition lives on in the spirit of Garland, who always welcomed players of all ages and abilities to join in the freewheeling fun.

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Hoot Night

Tuesdays, 8:30pm to 11:30pm | Downstairs | Free

Hoot Night has been one 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 off old ones, or simply get yourself out in front of an audience.

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Game Night


Every First & Third Wednesday | 8pm | Upstairs | Free

Hosted by the gamemasters of Bartari, Game Night is your fix for the best in bits, boards, beers and bites around the Seacoast.

Whether you’re a hardcore gamer—or just want to think while you drink—everyone’s welcome upstairs on game night. We’ll have stacks of board games, card games, and video games on hand. Switch, WiiU, N64, SNES Classic, NES/SNES will be set up on the projector and screens around the room. And if you prefer analog, there’ll be Catan, Connect 4, chess, checkers and much more. Make friends, defeat enemies!

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Lonesome Lunch

Fridays, 1pm to 3pm | Downstairs | Free

For more than ten years now, folk and bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Old Time Dave Talmage has been joining us on Fridays for lunch, salting the room with good time tunes, and a sad song peppered in here and there.

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Anglo-Celtic Traditional Session

Sundays, 2pm to 5pm | Downstairs | Free

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. Lead a song, join in the choruses, or just enjoy.

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Sunday Night Jazz

Sundays, 6pm to 9pm | Upstairs | Ticketed

As legendary as The Press Room itself, Sunday Night Jazz has been a staple of the Seacoast jazz scene almost forty years. Born out of Press Room founder Jay Smith’s admiration for pianist Tommy Gallant, the weekly series boasted a house rhythm section of Gallant, Jim Howe, and Les Harris Sr. Across hundreds and hundreds of shows, the trio backed a rotating cast of local, regional, and nationally-recognized players.

For the past decade pianist Ryan Parker has carried the torch, bringing the storied tradition to a new generation of players and listeners, and showcasing some of the best jazz in the Seacoast. Current house band, featuring Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris. Jr., lays down the rhythm most evenings.