Portsmouth, New Hampshire is brimming with creative energy and many well-known musical artists hail from this seacoast city.

Musicians of all kinds, including  punk rock, folk and heavy metal, lived in Portsmouth at some point in their lives. Some of them went on to super stardom, while others have carved out their own piece of success.

You might recognize some of these acts from past and present who have their roots on the New Hampshire Seacoast.

(Want to find some great local acts you can see right now? Here is a list of bands that play on the New Hampshire Seacoast.)