ONE: One of the Merrimack Valley’s signature summer events is the Newburyport BluesCruise, which is kicking off its next season on Friday with some “N’awlins” flair as Louisiana born and bred artists Henri Smith and Amadee Castenell bring the real deal spirit, sounds and “flavors” of the city. The ship sets sail from Newburyport Waterfront Park at 7 p.m.
TWO: Few bands capture the sound of summer quite as well as reggae-tinged pop-punk outfit 311, who are coming to the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this Friday at 7:30 p.m. This show is part of their Unity Tour 2017, on which they share billing with New Politics and The Skints.
THREE: Legendary singer, songwriter and pianist Randy Newman scored his way into the hearts of countless millennials with the 1995 soundtrack to the original “Toy Story,” but even if you didn’t grow up with “You Got a Friend in Me,” you may have heard his work in countless other places — including one of his ten solo albums. Catch him performing his classic tracks live at Boarding House Park on Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series.
FOUR: Falcon fans — and no, we’re not talking about the football team from Atlanta — should head to Churchill’s Garden Center in Exeter, N.H. this Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a professional guest falconer will give a Falconry Demonstration with a number of different birds of prey.
FIVE: Masterpiece Hair Studio and Mill City Mambo are teaming up once again to offer Lowell Salsa in the Park at North Common Amphitheater. This “dancing under the stars” event is for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, and will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
SIX: The eponymous guitarist of The Bobby Keyes Trio loves blending American music that runs the gamut of origins and traditions, inclduing rhythm and blues, country, jazz, rock, pop and swing. Catch his band’s eclectic show at the Maudslay Arts Center as part of their Summer Concert Series on Saturday at 7 p.m.
SEVEN: Carve out a nice spot on Salisbury Beach for a few hours on Saturday evening to take advantage of their special Free Concert and Fireworks night. James Montgomery will be the performer starting at 7:30 p.m. this time.
EIGHT: Hampton Beach has a series of Sea Shell Stage Nightly Shows (try saying that five times fast!) that run through the summer, and this Sunday it’s Living On a Bad Name‘s turn to take the stage. As you might expect from their tongue-in-cheek name, they’re a Bon Jovi cover band — catch them at 7 p.m. and/or 8:30 p.m.