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.
EVERY WEEK AT THE PRESS ROOM
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.
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.
HOSTED BY BARTARI
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!
HOSTED BY JOSH DAY
Every First Thursday | 8pm | Upstairs | Ticketed
Seacoast-based comedian and host Josh Day (opened for Dave Attell, Gilbert Gottfried, Drew Lynch, Sirius/XM, Vermont Comedy Club, Producer of Stone Church Comedy Series) will be bringing the best in local and regional talent to The Press Room stage for lots of laughs and guaranteed good times.
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.
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.