Nite Roundup

• Smart Rock: Pete Townshend once wrote, “You can dance while your knowledge is growing.” That’s the idea behind the Rock to Educate benefit show, which raises money for school music programs. The local show features Keep Me Conscious, Sleep Alive, Streamline, Living Syndication, Kinetic Theory, Blind Assumption and DJ Vicious. Attend the Rock to Educate Spotlight Show on Friday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St. in Manchester. Tickets cost $10; it’s 21+, ID required; more

• White Mountain Boogie: During a long weekend of blues music, Elvin Bishop, an original member of Paul Butterfield’s band, performs Saturday with famous progeny John Lee Hooker Jr. and Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of guitarist Albert Brooks. Sunday’s eclectic bill includes piano phenom Eden Brent and singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster. The Boogie ’N Blues Festival runs Friday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 22, in a meadow located between Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain in North Thornton. Single-day ($25) and weekend ($45) tickets are available

• Aqua top: Though it’s unlikely that Steven Tyler or J. Lo will sit on the judge’s panel, 15 local hopefuls will compete in Liquid Planet Water Park’s Planet Idol finale, the culmination of a month-long regional competition with a top cash prize of $1,000. Judging by the enthusiastic response to this, the sing-off’s first year, it could well become a tradition. Attend the finale on Saturday, Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m. at Liquid Planet Water Park, 46 Route 27, in Candia. Attendance is free with admission.

• Al fresco: An outdoor music festival in Temple welcomes a varied array of local bands, with rockers Raising Scarlet, American Mixer playing reggae, the Boston-based Dirty Mac Blues Band and folkie Chris Horn playing solo. The all-day event closes with Rindge bluegrass band Hot Mustard. Admission is free, but bring a non-perishable item for the local food pantry. Attend the Temple Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Town Common, Route 45 in Temple; call 878-1479 for more.

• Original voices: The latest entry into the local original music scene is the Jam Factory, located adjacent to Raxx Billiards in downtown Manchester. Two energetic bands — 23 Riddles and Porter — will perform Saturday night, with an opening set from acoustic guitarist Chris Emery. On Sunday, singer/songwriter Tanjoura Davis appears at a regular third Sunday event. See 23 Riddles, Porter and Chris Emery on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. (21+); see Tajoura Davis on Sunday at 1 p.m. (18+) at the Jam Factory, 1211 Elm St. in Manchester. For info go

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