Elvis Room 20: A Retrospective presented by 3S Artspace

3S Artspace and Elvis Room friends and family celebrate the Elvis Room and its legacy, 20 years after closing its doors.

The Elvis Room name is still overheard in conversations in Portsmouth even though it was only open for six years and closed in 1999. Why? The series Elvis Room 20: A Retrospective will illuminate and celebrate how a tiny odd-ball coffee house transformed into a live music mini nova, forever remaining in the hearts of many in our Seacoast community.

With acts ranging from Elliot Smith to The Donnas, the Elvis Room was Portsmouth’s version of Rathskeller or CBGBs. It was also where burgeoning local bands like Thanks to Gravity, Fly Spinach Fly, The Queers, and The Bruisers got their start. It was a platform for so many to share their art.

Elvis Room 20: A Retrospective will return Portsmouth to its weird and alternative glory days of the 1990s. #joinus in October as we celebrate the art and music for which the Elvis Room was the life spring. Visitors will be transported back in time to get a glimpse of life for many teenagers in the pre-internet era, and former Elvis Room patrons will have the chance to revisit an important, transformative time in Portsmouth, and in their own lives.

Elvis Room 20: A Retrospective also allows the community to pay tribute to Dawn Marie Pierre, the caring and creative co-owner who passed away in April as she was helping to create and plan this series.


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Schedule of events for Elvis Room 20: A Retrospective presented by 3S Artspace:
  • Elvis Room 20: The Queers w/ The Cretins & Laramie Dean
    Saturday, October 5
    Click for tickets.
  • Elvis Room 20: Fly Spinach Fly and Heavens to Murgatroid (2nd night - SOLD OUT)
    Thursday, October 24
    Click for tickets.
  • Elvis Room 20: Fly Spinach Fly and Heavens to Murgatroid (SOLD OUT)
    Friday, October 25


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    Visit elvisroom.com for additional Elvis Room related events (not presented by 3S) in October.

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