EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 14, 2013

Editor's Picks: Entertainment and recreational highlights for the week of Feb. 14-20.

By Tracey Dee Rauh
Managing Editor

---- — Maroon 5 in concert

Three-time Grammy winners Maroon 5 head to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

This fabulous band known for hits including “Makes Me Wonder,” “If I Never See Your Face Again,” and “Misery” took listeners by storm in 2005, capturing the Grammy for “Best New Artist.” Today, they’ve sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, with releases going gold and platinum in over 35 countries.

Neon Trees and Owl City open the show, making for a very hot ticket.

The Verizon Wireless Arena is located at 555 Elm St. in Manchester, N.H. Tickets are $29.50, $49.50, and $79.50. Call 1-800-745–3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com, verizonwirelessarena.com.

Mardi Gras with

Rockin’ Ralph

Rockin’ Ralph and the Squeezebox Stompers will bring Mardi Gras to the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse in Byfield on Saturday, Feb. 6.

“Get ready to savor the sounds of Bourbon Street as this award-winning band brings the best Louisiana music you will hear in New England to our stage,” said Heidi Framm, representing the coffeehouse.

To help set the mood, the café will serve up the tastes of New Orleans with authentic gumbo and New Orleans beer, among other treats.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield. Doors open at 7:30, admission is $15 at the door. Food and beverage is available throughout the evening.

My funny day-after Valentine: An evening of stand-up laughs

Mike McDonald unleashes the funny at his 12th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza on Friday, Feb 15., at 8 p.m. at The Music Hall.

Cuzin’ Richard Entertainment Associates will feature McDonald along with headline funny men Paul D’Angelo, Robbie Printz, and George Hamm. Watch McDonald and his comedy ninjas throw powerhouse punchlines right to your funny bone. Tickets are $34 to $37 and sell out every year. Purchase tickets either by visiting The Music Hall website (http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/mike_mcdonalds_comedy_xxtravaganza1/), or by calling the The Music Hall box office at 603-436-2400.

A portion of proceedsfrom McDonald’s Comedy Xxtravaganza benefits The Green Alliance (http://www.greenalliance.biz/), and The Seacoast Food Pantry of New Hampshire (http://www.seacoastfamilyfoodpantry.org/), Two organizations serving our community.

For more information about Mike McDonald’s Comedy Xxtravaganza, call Richard Smith at Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates at (603) 436-8596 or email Richard at info@cuzinrichard.com.