Category Archives: Performance

A cappella brunch on February 26, 2023 in Exeter

We’re kicking off 2023 with a fun Sunday afternoon event at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery on Sunday February 26, to benefit Exeter Community Fridge.

Enjoy our harmonies and a light Sunday brunch while you peruse the art at this lively artist’s gallery. We’ll perform three or more 15-minute sets with breaks in between for brunch treats, socializing and art viewing. Come for a few minutes or come for the whole time!

Details:

Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery

120 Front St. Exeter NH

Sunday February 26, 12-2pm

$27 each person. Purchase tickets: Portsmouth NH Tickets | Art & A Capella Brunch to benefit Exeter Community Fridge

ABOUT EXETER COMMUNITY FRIDGE

Exeter Community Fridge is a community-driven project founded on the principle that access to nourishing food with dignity is a human right. The project provides the community with a means to share resources without judgment or expectations through shared use of a fridge and pantry that are stocked with meals, groceries, produce, and dry goods. The community is encouraged to take what they need and give what they can in order to help alleviate food insecurity and reduce food waste as well as foster mutual aid values.

Thank you for your support for this wonderful community-driven project.

Battle of the Blends in Lewiston November 5, 2022

We’ll be performing again at the Battle of Blends on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm. This will be our third appearance at this always sold-out a cappella event, hosted by the Maine Music Society. If you love a cappella, this is the place to be!

Join us along with Crosstones, Fermata NoWhere, Nor’easters Barbershop Chorus, Northern Pitch and the Maine Music Society Chamber Singers.

The concert is at the Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St in Lewiston, Maine. Tickets are $28, with reserved seating, and kids under 12 are free. Get your tickets here!

Join us at the Summer Concert series in Plaistow, Wednesday August 24

We’re excited to be performing as part of Summer Concerts at the PARC in Plaistow, NH on Wednesday August 24 from 6-8pm. We’ll be joined by Massachusetts based male a cappella group Tonehenge.

The PARC is located at 51 Old County Road (Carli’s Way) in Plaistow.  This outdoor venue has plenty of room to set up your blankets and chairs, with a concession stand, restrooms, and plenty of parking.  We’ll be closing out Plaistow Recreation’s concert series which takes place each Wednesday this summer starting June 22nd.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 3 p.m. online at www.Plaistow.com/Recreation so check before heading out if rain is in the forecast.

We will be hoping for excellent weather to close out the summer and look forward to being behind the microphones again and sharing our varied repertoire, including some new material! Hope to see you there!

Sing in the Spring! Sunday April 7 in Exeter, NH

Join us for Sing in the Spring!

We’ll be hosting a concert on Sunday afternoon April 7th at 3:30 pm.  The concert will take place at Christ Episcopal Church on Pine Street in Exeter, NH.

The concert is a fundraiser for HAVEN NH, the largest violence prevention and support services agency in New Hampshire. HAVEN is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention and improving the well-being of children and families. Preventing abuse and providing support for those impacted by domestic and sexual violence can lead to healthier and more secure children and adults. Please visit www.havennh.org for more information.

We’re excited to be joined by a cappella groups None of the Above and [mix]tape for the show.

None of the Above is an a cappella octet from Wellesley, MA that loves to perform a diverse repertoire of catchy pop tunes, finger snapping jazz standards, familiar folk songs and uplifting spirituals.  NOTA has performed all over New England. Visit their website at www.noneabove.org

None of the Above

None of the Above

[mix]tape began their a cappella journey in October of 2015, in the quaint, historic city of Dover NH. With a raggle-taggle bunch of folks with musical tastes spanning classical to early 20th Century jazz to modern radio hits, the members of the group remain true to their namesake.  Learn more at www.mixtapeacappella.com

[mix]tape

[mix]tape

Doors open for seating at 3:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Come to a great show for a great cause!

 

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Live Free & Sing with Porstmouth Pro Musica, Saturday January 26

We’re excited to be part of the second annual “Live Free & Sing“, an afternoon of a cappella hosted by Portsmouth Pro Musica (PPM). The performance takes place at Portsmouth’s St. John’s Episcopal Church on January 26, 2019, from 4 to 6 pm.

Performing groups include: the Afternotes, a multi-generational female group of UNH alumnae (that’s us!); UNH’s Not Too Sharp; The Hilltoppers, which originated from the music program at Berwick Academy; The Stairwells, who had their origins in the early 1990’s at Traip Academy in Kittery; RMS 5, from the Rock My Soul Gospel Choir; and The Overtones, from Portsmouth Pro Musica. These groups perform pieces from many traditions, from pop to rock, to doo-wop and blues, gospel and roots, and show tunes.

PPM vice-president John Rice, also a member of the Overtones, designed this afternoon to showcase the region’s talents. He cited the diversity of the music as something “that’s both fun and entertaining to watch,” and is enthusiastic about the expected turnout, saying, “Last year’s concert was very well-received, and we can expect an even better response this year.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door or on-line at http://portsmouthpromusica.org/latest-ppm-news/live-free-sing/.
Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.

Hope to see you there!

Chili Cook Off Fundraiser, Saturday Dec 8 2018 in East Kingston

We’ll be part of the entertainment line up at the East Kingston Elementary School Chili Cook Off Fundraiser, taking place on Saturday December 8th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 5 Andrews Lane in Kingston, NH.

We’ll be taking the stage at around 4pm and singing a mix of holiday tunes along with a few from our regular repertoire.

Only $5.00 per adult, $2.00 per child; $15.00 max for a family. Each adult will receive five tickets to vote for your favorite chili.

Chili and a cappella! What a combo! We hope to see you there!

 

December 16: Join us at the Rye Public Library for some Holiday Cheer!

Want to hear those sleigh bells jingling? Join us at 1pm on on Saturday December 16th, for a performance at the Rye Public Library in Rye, NH.  We’ll be performing a set of all your favorite holiday tunes! This performance is free and open to the public.

The Rye Public Library is located on 581 Washington Road, in Rye, NH.  Hope to see you there!

http://ryepubliclibrary.org/2017/11/holiday-music-with-the-afternotes/

 

November 4: We’ll be at the Battle of the Blends in Lewiston, Maine

This will be our second year at the Battle of the Blends, an annual gathering of a cappella groups hosted by the Maine Music Society!

Groups from around New England donate their talent to present a variety of a cappella music, ranging from madrigals to modern jazz and pop, in support of the Maine Music Society.

This event takes place at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston, Maine on Saturday November 4th at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $25 general admission, children under 12, $12.  Tickets available online here.

October 18: Join us at the Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House event

On Wednesday October 18th we’ll be providing musical entertainment at the Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House’s Sweet Mystery Dessert Tasting event.  This benefit is from 6-8pm at the Dover Elks Lodge at 282 Durham Road in Dover, NH.

Support a worthy cause, enjoy some delicious desserts and a mystery box raffle, along with a cappella music.  And, you may learn a little about beat-boxing too!

Tickets are $20 each, $25 at the door.  Ticket information is available on the event website or Facebook Event page.

Hyder House

Hyder House

September 9th: An Evening of A Cappella in Kittery, ME

We’ll be back at The Kittery Dance Hall on Saturday, September 9th, at 7:30pm, performing an amazing evening of a cappella with The Stairwells!

Tickets are $15 at the door, or $12 in advance, and can be purchased online here.  ** This show sold out last time so we highly suggest purchasing your tickets in advance! **

We’ll be singing some new songs you may not have heard yet, and we’ve also got some new members we’d love for you to meet!

The Kittery Dance Hall is located at 7 Walker Street in Kittery, Maine. We can’t wait to see you there!


The Stairwells evolved from an eight-week a cappella class at Traip Academy in Kittery in the early 90’s. At the close of the session, they wanted more and Instructor/music director Ben Baldwin felt the same. They continued rehearsals each week for many years and after a brief hiatus, re-formed in 2010 and continue to sing a repertoire  of songs from Rockin’ Gospel to Doo Wop at weddings, fairs, libraries, and multiple large community events.

stairwells

The Stairwells