This summer, save some cash and some time by checking out a concert that's local. There are a slew of venues in the region offering summer lineups including big names as well as up-and-comers. Here's a look at 10 North of Boston spots to see live music this summer.
Tupelo Music Hall
Location: 2 Young Road, Londonderry, N.H.
The lowdown: The Tupelo's lineup is mainly folk music, including traditional and contemporary artists. The venue has an intimate setting with table seating and food available.
Summer highlights: Charlie Farren on Saturday, May 19; Rickie Lee Jones on Thursday, June 21; Johnny A on Friday, June 29; Johnny Winter on Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25.
Bonus: Tickets to most shows are $20.
For more: Call 603-437-5100 or visit www.tupelohall.com.
The Music Hall
Location: 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H.
The lowdown: The Music Hall's "Intimately Yours" concert series offers audiences an up-close listen in a historic hall. The venue, built in 1878, is the oldest theater in New Hampshire. Recent performers include everyone from Ziggy Marley to up-and-coming country/pop artist Brandi Carlile.
Summer highlights: Tony winner Patti LuPone performs on Friday, May 18; and Dr. John on Sunday, May 20.
For more: Call 603-436-2400 or visit www.themusichall.org.
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Location: 1 Market Square, Newburyport
The lowdown: The Firehouse brings folk, rock, and pop artists from around the region to a historic waterfront theater in downtown Newburyport.
Summer highlights: Classical guitarist Brad Richter performs on Wednesday May 9; country, pop, and jazz singer Meg Rayne on Tuesday, May 15; pop/country singer/songwriter Maia Sharp, who's written songs for Bonnie Raitt, performs on Sunday, June 3.