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The Insiders: Merrimack Music makes a Hasselhoffian return

Triumphant returns are always memorable. Just think how excited you were when David Hasselhoff returned from relative obscurity to sell Cumberland Farms coffee products. Wait, that’s still relative obscurity? Well, you know what we mean. Anyway, you can experience a triumphant return yourself this afternoon when Merrimack Music kicks off another series of concerts.

The shows, which take place over the four Sundays in March, begin today with Kenny Weiland and Brad Myrick at 3 p.m. and Diamond Joe at 4 p.m. This, and all Merrimack Music concerts, will take place in the Audi’s reception lobby. All the shows are free and highlight the performances of young New Hampshire musicians.

Weiland brings a diverse catalog to his show that includes plenty of jazz and swing-oriented tunes, but he also features what has been advertised as “twisted lounge humor,” which – spoiler alert – is something we can totally get behind. (Disclaimer: We won’t actually be standing behind Weiland during the show.) The members of Diamond Joe, meanwhile, dubbed themselves “the string bandits,” which either means they are making their way up the Eastern seaboard swiping all the guitar strings they can find, or they are just really good at playing instruments with strings.

Tickets are not required and seating is on a first-come basis, so get there early to secure your spot. Not too early, though; you can still sleep in.

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Also today, the GG Game Festival wraps up at NHTI after a weekend-long run. Board games, role-playing games, computer and console games are all represented. It’s free, open to the public and goes until 8 p.m.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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