Sky Show draws thousands for a day of music and a night of fireworks

Justin Spencer of Recycled Percussion was the driving force behind the revival of the Arms Park Sky Show, which drew thousands to Manchester city center on Saturday. Photo/Stacy Harrison

MANCHESTER, NH – It was clear from the huge turnout – and general good behavior – that Manchester was ready for a return to the Sky Show, a one-day music-centric event, which drew thousands to the Riverside Arms Park Saturday. After an absence of more than 10 years, the event was revived by Recycled Percussion, the popular local act who found their way to fame and a Vegas residency, thanks to a lift from America’s Got Talent he a dozen years ago.

The setting was perfect – the weather was idyllic and Arms Park, nestled next to the Merrimack River, provided an open canvas for the elaborate soundstage and vendors, who took over the park – which is primarily a car park.

Security was tight for the event, with a heavy police presence, and at one point the park reached capacity and revelers were asked to wait for people to leave before entering the park. Manchester Police reported via social media that it was a ‘safe and successful event’ and greeted the city with New Hampshire State Police, Hillsborough NH County Sheriff’s Office, American medical response, NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Manchesterr Fire department to assist with safety.

Justin Spencer, lead performer of Recycled Percussion, said he wanted to try and revive the Sky Show because he loved going to it when he was younger. He organized the bands, volunteers and sponsors for the event, including bringing in his friend and blues-rock guitarist Gary Hoey.

Other artists include Dancing Madly Backwards, Living on a Bad Name, Rag Dolls and Fighting Friday. The event ended with an Atlas fireworks show that organizers billed as “the greatest show in New Hampshire history.”

Photo gallery by Stacy Harrison


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