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The Insiders: Fiddle around at an Audubon benefit concert

Brendan Carey Block (courtesy photo)

Brendan Carey Block (courtesy photo)

After several ill-fated attempts (apparently Coyote Ugly isn’t meant to be interpreted so literally), Concord has achieved the perfect combination of wildlife and nightlife. So head to the McLane Center this evening at 7:30 for a benefit concert for the New Hampshire Audubon featuring acclaimed fiddler Brendan Carey Block.

Block is a three-time New England Fiddle Championship winner, has taken the top spot in the U.S. National Junior Scottish Fiddle Championship and invented the failed McDonald’s sandwich the Hey Diddle Diddle Fiddle McGriddle.

Block will be joined by Eric McDonald on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo.

Tickets are $20, or $40 for admission to a pre-concert VIP reception and reserved seating. The pre-show reception includes a meet-and-greet with the artists, though deciding whether to meet or greet first is really a chicken-or-egg kind of discussion, if you ask us.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door. For more information on the artists, visit

You can’t have your Powermoneycake and eat it too. So you’ll just have to listen to them instead. The creatively-named band is playing the Purple Pit tonight at 8, with doors opening at 7. Powermoneycake features Bob Lord, Rick Habib, Chris Sink and Sky Rubins, the latter of whom is described as “one of the most animated guitarists in New England” and fittingly appears as a cartoon character in the band’s promo poster on the Purple Pit’s website ( Visual puns are the best!

There is a $15 cover charge. For more information, call 744-3234 or visit

If you are planning on starting a band, we recommend you follow the same strategy to determine a name: jam three unrelated words together. Let’s give it a try: Feistyknucklepillow. Pandabottleninja.

Have fun spending the rest of the afternoon coming up with some of your own.

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