Peterborough Concert Series to make long-awaited return

  • The Weight Band will kick off Peterborough Concert Series's return on Friday, Oct. 1. Photo by Nathan Ekis Photography—

  • The Pink Floyd Experience with Echoes of Floyd and Intergalactic Light Show take the stage on Oct. 23 as the Peterborough Concert Series returns to shows. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/29/2021 3:35:01 PM

Mike Chadinha still remembers the last show he put on indoors at the Peterborough Town House. It was Feb. 29, 2020 – Leap Year – and The Ghost of Paul Revere and Upstate took the stage.

At the time, the Peterborough Concert Series Facebook page was filled with information about upcoming shows – two in March, a pair in April and another in May. Things were really starting to click for the guys at ME Productions, as the series was gaining popularity. 

On March 10, 2020 the series had this post: “We are going to announce a bunch of awesome shows in the next coming weeks. Any guesses?” Two days later, the St. Patrick’s Celtic Bash planned for March 13 was canceled. And it was the first of many shows to be rescheduled, rescheduled again and ultimately canceled.

“It’s easy to pop into Peterborough and go to the Town House to see a show,” Chadinha said. “It was really going well before the pandemic.”

This Friday, the Peterborough Concert Series will make its much-anticipated return to the historic Town House for the first indoor show in just over 19 months.

Thus far, ME Productions, which Chadinha runs with Seth McNally, has announced five shows between October and December. The series return happens Friday, Oct. 1 with The Weight Band, followed three weeks later by The Pink Floyd Experience with Echoes of Floyd and Intergalactic Light Show on Oct. 23. Keller Williams takes the stage on Saturday, Nov. 13 with Gumboots: The Music of Paul Simon set for Saturday, Nov. 27. The final show on the schedule is A Celtic Christmas with ISHNA on Saturday, Dec. 18. 

Chadinha said the idea is to start off slow – put out a few show dates that will pique people’s interest and gauge the response.

“It will dictate itself with how sales go,” he said. “We wanted to dip our toes in, do a couple shows and see how it goes.”

So far, there seems to be a desire for indoor music as the days start to shorten and the temperature cools.

“It feels like there’s an interest,” Chadinha said. There are more shows in the works, but announcing three shows initially and slowly adding a few more seemed like the right way to go.

Having started Drive-In Live at the Cheshire Fairgrounds last summer for outdoor shows in response to the pandemic and then rebranding it to Northlands for the summer of 2021, Chadinha said it was a lot.

“It takes so much to do the Northlands thing, we didn’t know if we’d be able to come back and do it again,” he said. “But I just wanted to do it as a way to feel like the town is back.”

As Chadinha saw other indoor venues return, he felt like it was time to bring Peterborough Concert Series back. And the announced lineup is the perfect way to start.

“We wanted a balance of shows, people we had worked with who people enjoyed and someone new that would freshen it up,” he said.

Chadinha said they will follow all state and local guidelines as it pertains to COVID-19 precautions.

“And we’ll keep our eyes on everything and adjust if we need to,” he said.

His biggest fear? Watching the music industry come to a screeching halt once again.

“So we’re willing to do whatever we can to keep that from happening,” Chadinha said.

Tickets are on sale for all shows. Visit https:// www.facebook.com/peterboroughconcertseries for more info and to purchase tickets.




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