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May 6, 2007

Sounds of summer: 10 places to check out concerts North of Boston

Summer is the ultimate concert season - it's sunny, it's warm, it's light out late. But as you're thinking about all the shows you want to see this summer, you may start to realize that going to a concert can be a costly, time-consuming endeavor.

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.

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