Concerts / Special Events 2015-2016

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The Chocolate Church Arts Center’s Performance Season!

September 2015 -June 2016.

Great line up of entertainment for the remainder of the season,

January-June 2016

Please phone our box office for inquiries and ticket orders. (207) 442-8455.

There is a $2 ticketing and handling fee.

THE HOWLIGANS (rock) kicks off the 2016 WINTER SHOWCASE SERIES dedicated to the best in local and regional musicians! January 8, 2016. 7:30pm. $10. Seats are limited. Curtis Room. Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

The Howligans are a four piece rock and roll band from Mid-Coast Maine. The music is full of driving rhythms and bass, soulful guitars and heart-felt lyrics by songwriter Michael Abbott, whose songs have been used by Nashville recording artists, and included in a major film score.

 

STEVE WATT (celtic), January 16, 2016. 7:30pm, is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Glasgow Scotland. Bringing together old Celtic songs and American blues with contemporary songwriting to make a new sound for a new audience. Steve’s show starts with acoustic guitar music, featuring the songs of Robert Burns and other traditional Scottish songs alongside his own songs.  Later on, it’s electric guitars when Steve will be joined by his band to close out the night.

$10. Seats are limited. Curtis Room. WINTER SHOWCASE SERIES dedicated to the best in local and regional musicians and is Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

 

LATE NIGHT TALES: A collection of true stories depicting moments in the dancers lives (dance). January 29-30, 2016 at 7pm; 31st at 2pm. $10 for ages 10-18 and $15 for adults.

The Resurgence Dance Company presents a collaborative of pieces to highlight the human spirit inspired by the Maya Angelou quote, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”  Come take an inside look at the performers in this raw performance – and find that you can relate to others more than you knew.

 

COLWELL BROTHERS (blues), February 6, 2016. 7:30pm, bring a unique brand of high energy electric Blues and R&B. Pat Colwell, rips it up on guitar and vocals while Bob Colwell brings down the house with his New Orleans flavored piano work and vocals extraordinaire.

$10. Seats are limited. Curtis Room. WINTER SHOWCASE SERIES dedicated to the best in local and regional musicians and is Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

 

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VIXENS & VALENTINES Burlesque Show!

February 13, 2016. $20 VIP seating; $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 

Heat up your Valentine weekend with a naughty night of burlesque danced by Red Hot & Ladylike and Bath’s own Wicked Burlesque dance troupes. Let the dancers take you on a provocative journey with a sexy show for adults leaving some things to the imagination!  Don’t miss the photo booth & silent auction to benefit Chocolate Church!  Adult beverages available. Doors Open at 7:30 and show at 8:30!!

 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016. 2pm. $15/$25 couple

Grab your Sweetie for an afternoon escape of romantic serenade of tunes celebrating love and friendship.  Croon to beloved torch songs. Enjoy timeless romantic songs performed by local favorites Andy Barber, Alison Lee Freeman, Liz & Chris Lannon, Martin Swinger, and special guests. Featuring Sean Fleming on piano. Please join us in the Curtis Room at the CCAC to raise awareness and funds for Hot Chocolate Jubilee VIX in 2017, a community variety show benefiting the CCAC. Dessert and beverages available.

 

TIM RICE (jazz/folk fusion) February 19, 2016. 7:30pm. With roots in many genre’s, Tim Rice’s performances are unique and enlivening. Rice has been a songwriter for over 40 years, bringing a soulful voice and smooth guitar stylings that make for a one-of-a-kind performance.  Tim will be playing songs from his upcoming CD ‘Pillars’ due out in 2016. Featuring opening artist CHRIS LaVANCHER.

$10. Seats are limited. Curtis Room. WINTER SHOWCASE SERIES dedicated to the best in local and regional musicians and is Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

 

VISITING MR. GREEN by Jeff Baron (theatre)

February 26-27, 7pm; Feb. 28, 2pm. $12 adv/$15 door

Find out what happens when young corporate executive Ross Gardiner is ordered to six months of weekly visits to Mr. Green, the man he almost hit with his car. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into a bittersweet drama. Staged in the Curtis Room and directed by Thom Watson.

 

HILTON PARK (American Folk), March 5, 2016. 7:30pm, is known in the Northeastern U.S. for earthy, emotionally expressive and superbly crafted Americana, Folk & Blues. Explore intimate musical textures with their sophomore release “Strings”, digging into the roots of American Blues, Folk Rock and Country, while maintaining a contemporary feel that is 100% Hilton Park.

$10. Seats are limited. Curtis Room. WINTER SHOWCASE SERIES dedicated to the best in local and regional musicians and is Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

 

TED DeMILLE (bluegrass), March 12, 2016. 7:30pm, is a talented singer-songwriter and contributing member of some of the best bluegrass bands in Maine including The Oakhurst Boys, North Star, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, Bits and Pieces, and most recently Cribstone Bridge.

$10. Seats are limited. Curtis Room. WINTER SHOWCASE SERIES dedicated to the best in local and regional musicians and is Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

 

LAUREN CROSBY & The GOLDEN OAK (folk), March 19, 2016. 7:30pm. GoldenOak was formed in the woods of Western Maine where their voices and instruments had space to carry. Since then they have spent their time playing music all across the Northeast to audiences of all shapes and sizes. GoldenOak brings together sounds from all different aspects of life, forming indie folk music that flows down the mountain, through the river, to the sea.

$10. Seats are limited. Curtis Room. WINTER SHOWCASE SERIES dedicated to the best in local and regional musicians and is Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

 

Save the Date: MUDBOOTS & BLACK TIE GALA! Saturday, April 2, 2016. Hyde School

Mud Boots & Pearls

Join Us! Celebrate mud season in style at this premiere fundraising event benefiting the Chocolate Church Arts Center. Like a harbinger of Spring, we look forward to dressing up for an evening of fine food and great entertainment. And, yes, we keep it real with Mudboots! 

 

 

 

VANDINI The MAGICIAN (family entertainment)

Saturday, April 23, 2016. 2pm. $10

Vandini the children’s magician has been performing comedy stage illusion shows in front of audiences within the US and Canada for over 35 years. Vandini will amaze you with magic, comedy, illusions and fun with audience participation and music.

 

WOMEN OF FOLK: THE NEW REVIVAL (folk)

Saturday, April 16, 2016. 7:30pm. $28 adv /$32 door

This show combines the vocals prowess of Lucy Wainwright Roche and Sloan Wainwright with stunning harmonies of EVA, an all female international harmony group. Stunning harmony singers and multi-instrumentalists form a powerhouse of styles all embedded in the roots of American music, from folk, blues, gospel and rock.

 

TIM SAMPLE (Maine Humorist and Comedian)

Friday, April 29. 7:30pm. $20 adv/ $24 door.

Tim Sample is probably Maine’s best known comedian. A great Maine humorist and comedian, author and illustrator. Maine humor and Yankee storytelling in the tradition of “Bert and I.”

 

KING LEAR by William Shakespeare (Theatre)

May 6-7/13-14, 2016 at 7pm; May 8 and 15, 2016 at 2pm. $12 advance/$15 door (plus $2 handling fee)

Many consider this tragedy to be one of Shakespeare’s finest. It is a timeless and intense exploration of powerful emotions driven by pride, blindness, and naivety played out in epic proportions through family dynamics, betrayal and the depths to which we can fall if we put illusion over truth. Directed by John Willey

 

JOHN GORKA (Contemporary American Folk)

Friday, May 20, 2016. 7:30pm. $25 advance/$30 door (plus $2 handling fee)

With a tangle of songs that emotionally connect us all and leave a tender trace, John Gorka stimulates the cerebrum, keeps our smiles agile and fit and reconnects us with what really matters most in music: honesty. His atmosphere allows for the listener to feel his individualized attention, his lyrical tenderness, his care for the guitar and his true presence.”

 

SCHOONER FARE (Maritime)

Saturday, June 4, 2016. 7:30pm. $22 advance/$25 door (plus $2 handling fee)

We are thrilled to welcome Steve and Chuck Romanoff who are regarded as the premier performing group of original and traditional maritime songs.

 

NORTH OF NASHVILLE (Country)
Friday, June 10, 2016. 7:30pm. $12 adv / $15 door.

New England Music Awards 2015 Country Act of the Year. Pursuing their passion for honky-tonk and the Highwaymen bandmates Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle cook up a rootsey country sound with an outlaw attitude.

 

ICYMI (in case you missed it) – These fabulous shows from September-December of our 2015-16 season!

BEAUTY & THE BEAST by Resurgence Dance Company (Dance)August 21-22, 28-29, 2015 at 7pm; August 30, 2015 at 2pm.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE (Theatre) Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 2015 at 7pm; Sept. 13 and 20, 2015 at 2pm.

SQUEEZEBOX STOMPERS (Roots mix of Cajun/Zydeco music) September 26, 2015. 7:30pm.

PATTY LARKIN (American Folk) Friday, October 2, 2015. 7:30pm.

PRETTY GIRLS SING SOPRANO (Folk) October 9, 2015. 7:30pm.

THE MALLETT BROTHERS (Contemporary Country) October 17, 2015. 7:30pm.

SQUID JIGGERS and Friends, HALLOWEEN MARITIME October 30, 2015. 7:30pm.

PAUL SULLIVAN Joins EUGENE FRIESEN (jazz/classical) November 14, 2015. 7:30pm.

COMEDY RELIEF 2015 benefiting The Bath Food Pantry November 21, 2015. 7:30pm.

A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS WITH PAT COLWELL & SOUL SENSATIONS November 28, 2015.

A VERY SLAMBOVIAN CHRISTMAS (folk rock) Friday, December 4, 2015. 7:30pm.

VOX NOVA Chamber Choir Christmas Show. December 11, 2015. 7:30pm

COIG Irish Christmas Show (Celtic) December 12, 2015. 7:30pm.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL- THE MUSICAL Dec. 17, 18 and 19, 2015 at 7pm; Dec. 19 and 20, 2015 at 2pm.

SING! It’s Christmas. 40th Anniversary of this beloved community sing-along. Dec. 21