Live Free and Sing on Saturday January 25th

What better way to enter 2020 than with an afternoon of awesome acapella? Won’t you join Portsmouth Pro Musica on Saturday, January 25th at 4pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth? The Afternotes had a blast performing at last year’s event and this year will surely be just as much fun!

Portsmouth Pro Musica is proud to present the third annual Live Free and Sing a cappella festival. This year’s event will feature performances by six amazing seacoast groups – The Overtones, UNH’s Not Too Sharp, The Afternotes, Berwick Academy’s The Hilltoppers, RMS5 and the Stairwells.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased on the Portsmouth Pro Musica website or at the door. Last year’s event was nearly sold out so advance purchases (buy online here) are recommended. Hope to see you there!

The Afternotes performing at the 2019 Live Free & Sing Festival
The Afternotes performing at the 2019 Live Free and Sing festival

The Afternotes Holiday Performances 2019

It may only be November, but it’s never too early to get ready to feel the spirit of the holidays! We’ll be performing throughout the holiday season and we’re busy preparing a set of music that is sure to make you want to break out the mistletoe and hang up your wreaths. 

You’ll hear old favorites like “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland”, classic hymns like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night”, as well as seriously fun oldies like “Marshmallow World”.  We’ll have you singing along for sure!

Our first show will be at The Rye Public Library on Wednesday December 4th starting at 6:30. This performance is free and open to the public. The library is located at 581 Washington Rd in Rye, New Hampshire.

We’ll entertain during dinnertime at On The Marsh Bistro as part of the PRELUDE holiday celebration in Kennebunk, Maine on Saturday December 7th. Dinner reservations are suggested!

A third Christmas appearance will be at The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth as part of their famous Candlelight Stroll on Saturday December 21st starting at 7:30. Visit their website for  ticketing information.

We hope to see you in December!

The Afternotes at On the Marsh Bistro

The Afternotes at On the Marsh Bistro, 2018

 

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!

 

We’re five years old!

This spring marks our fifth year as The Afternotes! We were featured in the Portsmouth Herald/Seacoast Online back in March.  As reported we’ve been busy learning new material and planning for our first recording!  Read the article here.

 

 

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