A&E Weekend Top 10

18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic
18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: June 15-17, 2018

Father's Day falls this weekend and there's plenty for him to enjoy. It's still Motorcycle Week through Sunday, so if you haven't checked out the Lakes Region, take a ride and see what's happening in Laconia this weekend. New Hampshire is hosting a few good concerts this weekend, too. Don't worry if you have little ones, there is plenty of family fun taking place, with Sand Sculptors building their masterpieces at Hampton Beach, a farm celebrates their first Fairy Farm Festival and an International Children's Festival in Somersworth is also going on. We've got it all covered with a list of the Top 10 Things to Do in NH this weekend. Don't forget dad!

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Soul to Soul: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Soul to Soul: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Soul2Soul World Tour – which is approaching 1 million in attendance on its initial trek – has consistently stunned audiences across North America with its sharp production, deep catalog of hits, and McGraw & Hill's palpable chemistry. Tim McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US, making him the eighth best-selling artist, and the third best-selling country singer in America. McGraw had 11 consecutive albums debut at Number One on the Billboard albums charts. Twenty-three singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He has won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People's Choice Awards. And Faith Hill is no slouch in country music circles either. "Wild One" was the first single from her 1993 debut album. The song reached No. 1 on the country music chart. She's won Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Female Vocal Performance. Her second album, It Matters to Me (1995), surged to the top of the charts and cemented Hill's popularity among country fans. The title single remained the top-selling country single for the first six months of 1996. And that was just the beginning. Don't miss this dynamic and sexy couple perform at the SNHU Arena in Manchester this weekend.

Rock 'n' Ribfest 2018

All Weekend
The 2018 Rock 'n' Ribfest is being held this weekend on the grounds of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. Enjoy the best barbecue in New Hampshire with music and entertainment! New England's premier family event – one weekend only at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Proceeds at the Rotary Rock'n Ribfest go to support area non-profit organizations, so come on out and enjoy helping others. We're excited to welcome The Slakas, Gary Hoey, and Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing, to Rotary Rock'n Ribfest, 2018 to the Main Stage. Most events are held rain or shine. Admission is $10 at the gate. Children age 8 and under are free. Proceeds from the event will benefit more than 40 local, nonprofit organizations through Rotary Nashua West's annual giving program.

Poison, Cheap Trick, Pop Evil
Poison, Cheap Trick, Pop Evil

Friday, 7 p.m.
Headlining at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford this weekend is Poison with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil. Poison has sold over 30 million records worldwide and have sold 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The band became icons of the 1980s MTV era and have had widespread commercial success. The band's breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986 and they hit their peak with the second album, Open Up and Say... Ahh!, which became the band's most successful album, being certified 5x platinum in the US. The popularity continued into the new decade with their third consecutive multi-platinum selling album, Flesh & Blood. Since their debut in 1986, they have released seven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio. Cheap Trick is rock 'n' roll. With hits like "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," "The Flame" and "Dream Police," the band is one of the most well known acts in rock history. Rock band Pop Evil opens the show. Tickets are $35.75 - $85.75.

Melissa Etheridge - The Rock Show

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Melissa Etheridge, one of America's favorite singer-songwriters, a folk-rocker known for her mixture of confessional lyrics and whiskey-smoked vocals, comes to us touring behind her latest release, MEmphis Rock and Soul. This album honors the rich musical history of the legendary Stax Records and is her first recording since 2014's critically lauded This Is M.E. Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. She hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). That album featured the massive hits, "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. Tickets are $55 - $105.

2nd Annual Seacoast Food, Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Seacoast Food, Truck and Craft Beer Festival takes place this weekend on Market Street in downtown Somersworth. Featuring some of New England's most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites, and dozens of regional and national craft breweries, Food Truck Festivals of America will be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to NH at the 2nd Annual Seacoast Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival. Some of the trucks you can expect to see include Baby's Bonetown BBQ, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, Shuckin' Truck, Clyde's Cupcakes, Da Bomb Truck, TC Scoops, Riceburg Macarollin Food Truck, Texas Grace Kitchen, Urban Sugar Donuts and more. Tickets for general admission are $10 at the gate. Get your taste buds ready!

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