FRI 1/20 7:30PM


One Night, Three Bands!

Muddy Ruckus is an Americana-rock duo from Portland, Maine. The stripped down power duo features guitarist Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl. The band blends roots guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase trim kit and is known for a full rock band sound, despite being a duo. They season their music with the salt of the eastern old ports, back road electric grooves, and the mud of the Mississippi River where Flaherty grew up. The New York Music Daily calls Muddy Ruckus "Darkly Inventive Americana". In April 2016, Muddy Ruckus was awarded "Best in State of Maine" by the New England Music Awards.

Swampy, dirty, gritty, gorgeous? A little dark, a little light and a wonderful balance make this band one to watch in the next year. - Red Line Roots

Wise Old Moon has been showcasing their distinct brand of twang-infused indie roots/rock since early 2013 when frontman Connor Zane Millican returned from traveling the open roads of the American West after leaving his hometown of Hartford, CT at a young age. Upon his arrival to New England, Millican set out to form a band that would pay homage to the long-standing tradition of folk and Americana music while breathing new life into the genre with a high-octane live energy and a unique brand of songwriting inspired by the desert plains and mountain ranges of the Midwest.

Jonathan Blakeslee & the Look Backs hail from Eliot, Maine and the Seacoast of New Hampshire. Their music has been tagged joyful rock, taking inspiration from indie, roots, surf and garage rock. The band emerged from a surf instrumental project called Tiger Belly, with a tight rhythm section and Jonathan's Fender Jazzmaster guitar lines. The new band adds Blakeslee's vocal tunes with songs about rejection, shopping, noodles and other themes. With drummer Eben Hearn, bassist Zach Smith (Jan 20 show w/ Marc McElroy on bass).



SAT 1/21 8:00PM


Get your dancing shoes out, The Soggy Po boys are back! This New Orleans flavored octet is one of our favorite bands! Come to listen, come to dance.

With a repertoire of New Orleans standards, spirituals, contemporary music, and swing tunes, the Po Boys offer a lively blend of fun and insanity.

The Soggy Po Boys are:

Eric Klaxton-Saxophone

Zach Lange-Trumpet

Nick Mainella-Saxophone

Mike Effenberger-Piano

Stu Dias-Guitar and Vocals

Brett Gallo-Drums

Nicholas Phaneuf-Bass



FRI 1/27 7:30PM


Erica Brown and The Bluegrass Connection is a five piece band featuring some of the finest musicians in New England. They incorporate music from the traditional bluegrass repertoire, French Canadian fiddle music as well as original songs.

Erica Brown started playing the fiddle at the age of six and has been performing since the age of nine, traveling throughout New England, Canada and Louisiana. She has won numerous fiddle contests in New England as well as Canada. Erica was the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship in 2006 and is now recognized as a Master of Traditional Fiddling by the Maine Arts Commission. Erica brings a special energy and style to the Maine music scene. Her band, The Bluegrass Connection, is comprised of some of the finest musicians in New England. Matt Shipman on guitar, Steve Roy on mandolin, Read McNamara on banjo and Ken Taylor on bass. Performance highlights include opening for Grammy Award winning country music superstar, Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy Award winning bluegrass performer, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

$16/advance $20/door  BUY TICKETS


FRI 2/3 7:30PM



Circulus and the Dance Hall present an exploratory evening of music and dance with Jonny Peiffer’s Sojoy and choreographer Sarah Duclos in the premier performance of WANDERKOOKS FIELD NOTES: AN EXPEDITION IN 3 PARTS.

Sojoy’s bandleader Jonny Peiffer began the Wanderkook Project in February of 2007 with artist Dean Diggins. The work chronicles the adventures of Oliver Z. Wanderkook and his discovery of 9 tribes in a strange new land. Peiffer’s original score, and Diggins’s original illustrations, have informed the work of choreographer Sarah Duclos as she recreates the Dances of the Tribes, with the help of dancer Jessica Soucy.

WANDERKOOKS FIELD NOTES: AN EXPEDITION IN 3 PARTS is a work-in-progress series inviting audiences to experience and participate in the development of THE WANDERKOOK PROJECT. Later this spring, Circulus will present FIELD NOTES on WORDS at the Word Barn in Exeter, and FIELD NOTES on DISCOVERY, a community-based open-air audience immersion. The series will culminate with Wanderkook: The Adventures of Oliver Z. at West End Studio Theatre June 16-25, co-produced by New Hampshire Theatre Project.

$12/advance  $15/door  BUY TICKETS


SAT 2/4 8:00PM


Gary Sredzienski and The Serfs are a regular feature at the Dance Hall with rollicking all-ages dance parties. On Saturday, Feb 4 at 8PM they return to warm up the weekend with their accordion driven ethnic, instrumental rock, extreme polka.

Gary Sredzienski & The Serfs have been delighting audiences for 20 years with their unique blend of instruments and musical genres. One of the earliest objectives of the band was to elevate the much maligned image of the piano accordion. The Serfs draw from a wide variety of traditional world music styles and its own compositions to cross boundaries and elevate the accordions image to a diverse multicultural vocalist.

$12/advance $15/door  BUY TICKETS