Concerts / Special Events 2014-2015
SQUEEZEBOX STOMPERS (Cajun, zydeco)
September 6, 2014, 7:30pm
Veteran performers of Roadhouse Roots music, Squeezebox Stompers deliver a unique mix of Cajun, zydeco, Celtic, country, Delta blues, swamp ballads, and jazz. “The band ranges through styles, writers, and performances that will leave your head spinning in the most delicious way” (Rambles Magazine). Don’t miss this foot stomping, two-stepping musical trip to the Bayou! Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door.
JEN CHAPIN TRIO (urban folk soul)
September 13, 2014, 7:30pm
Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk soul — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant … soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful … worth savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe). Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door.
DAVE MALLETT (folk)
September 20, 2014, 7:30pm
Singer-songwriter David Mallett is one of America’s true original troubadours. In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic Garden Song ["Inch by Inch, Row by Row"] and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Chocolate Church. Tickets: $22 advance/$25 door.
THE COWSILLS TRIO (classic folk)
September 27, 2014, 7:30pm
The Cowsills, who began as four brothers playing Beatles music, grew to enjoy great success during the late ’60s and into the very early ’70 not only with their music but for their guest appearances on television shows and even hosting their own TV special. This talented family was the inspiration for the Partridge Family! This family band will conjure loving memories of their music and the era. Tickets: $32 advance/$35 door.
PAT COLWELL & THE SOUL SENSATIONS (Motown, soul)
October 11, 2014, 7:30pm
These musicians will bring down the house with a powerful mix of Motown/ Memphis Soul Music. They return by popular demand. This is a 100% Old School R&B Revue complete with female backup singers, a full horn section, and a show that that will knock your socks off! Their numerous CDs also provide a wealth of original R&B music to their sets. Tickets: $12 advance/$14 door.
VANCE GILBERT (folk)
October 24, 2014, 7:30pm
Vance Gilbert is an American folk singer/songwriter. He started as a jazz singer, switched to folk music, became a regular on the open mike circuit in Boston and toured with Shawn Colvin. From the sounds of Motown, through the R&B of Al Green to classic Joni Mitchell and Shawn Colvin…He makes each and every tune sound fresh and new. Tickets: $18 advance/$22 door.
MURDER AND MYSTERY THEATER
October 25, 2014, 6:00-9:00pm
Don’t miss the fun! The evening begins with a cocktail reception and continues through a dinner of intrigue, entertainment and humor. Enjoy dinner with interactive theater as a mystery is solved. Last year this evening sold out. Get your tickets early because you never know who will be “bumped off” before dessert. (Not included in season ticket price.)Tickets: $45 for dinner and theater.
CELEBRATE VETERANS CONCERT
November 1, 2014
In honor of Veterans Day, the Chocolate Church will present a concert to entertain and honor men and women of the armed services.
NORTH OF NASHVILLE (country)
November 7, 2014, 7:30pm
North of Nashville is a driving and authentic taste of heartland music stripped of glitz and delivered with a truckload of adrenaline. The Maine-based outlaw country rockers have fleshed out a style and sound not to be missed. Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door.
MELISSA MANCHESTER (adult contemporary)
November 8, 2014, 7:30pm
Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Manchester’s music has served to establish her as a compelling singer/songwriter. Her debut releases Home To Myself and Bright Eyes positioned her as a dynamic new talent, and Melissa launched the smash hit single “Midnight Blue”. Melissa and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the radio classic “Whenever I Call You Friend”, and her songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson, Cleo Laine, Barbara Cook and Mel Torme, among many others. Her international hits “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud” were written for her by her friend and frequent collaborator Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch and the late Peter Allen. Tickets: $55 advance/$60 door.
DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS (folk jazz)
November 15, 2014, 7:30pm
Dan Hicks is an American singer-songwriter who combines cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music in his sound. He is perhaps best known for the songs “I Scare Myself” and “Canned Music.” As a singer-songwriter, he is truly an American original. Since the early 1960s, Hicks has deftly blended elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk and Country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes calls “Folk Jazz.” The lyrics of his songs range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch. Dan’s irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid-back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit will make most who listen fans for life. He’s a snappy dresser, too. Tickets: $25 advance/$28 door.
CÒIG IRISH CHRISTMAS
December 5, 2014
CÒIG (“Ko-ig”. Gaelic for ’5′) is an exciting ensemble consisting of five solo acts, and is one of Cape Breton’s most captivating young bands. Proving to be a serious force to be reckoned with in the traditional music scene with their driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, Còig is a treat for the ears of every audience they meet. Tickets: . $18 advance/$20 door.
NEWPOLI: ITALIAN CHRISTMAS!
December 13, 2014
Newpoli is a group of exceptionally talented musicians who specialize in Southern Italian Folk Music, mainly from the regions of Campania and Puglia. Their music is an exciting journey through time, culture and musical styles. Tickets: $20 advance/$25 door.
HOLIDAY THEATER PRODUCTION
December 17-21, 2014
January, 2015. Date to be confirmed.
weekends of January 30, 31, February 1 and February 7, 8, 9, 2015
THE FOGCUTTERS with Lyle Divinsky (big band, swing)
March 7, 2015, 7:30pm
Voted Best Jazz Act in New England for 2014 at The New England Music Awards, Best Jazz Act for 2012 and 2013, and Best Live Act for 2013 at the Portland Phoenix Music Awards, The Fogcutters have been electrifying audiences in Maine with a brand-new take on what a “big band” is and can be. The Fogcutters combine their own unique blend of funk, rock, afro-cuban, and hip-hop with traditional sounds. One thing is for sure: You will never forget a Fogcutters show! Tickets: $25 advance/$28 door.
HOT CHOCOLATE JUBILEE! Premier Talent Showcase
March 27-29, 2015
THEATER PRODUCTION: 35th Anniversary of STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
April 10-13 and 18-20, 2015
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR (rock)
May 2, 2015, 7:30pm
Livingston Taylor, the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh, recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. From top-40 hits (“I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running”) to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes, and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. Tickets: $30 advance/$32 door.
May 8, 2015, 7:30pm
Singer-songwriter and storyteller Slaid Cleaves, a Maine native who now resides in Texas, is known for his earthy, captivating narratives, catchy melodies, and warm, smoky voice. Cleaves’ songs are “alternately powerful and smart — and often both. With as good a claim as anyone else to the title of Best Songwriter Ever To Come Out Of Maine, Cleaves just keeps getting better and better at what he does.” (Portland Phoenix) Tickets: $25 advance/$30 door
RUSTIC OVERTONES (rock, jazz, funk)
May 15, 2015, 7:30pm
Rustic Overtones is a seven-piece band hailing from Portland, ME where they have been pioneers in the New England scene for the past twenty years. Famous for putting on powerhouse live performances, their distinctive blend of rock, soul and funk has earned them unanimous critical acclaim and a legion of loyal supporters. This special concert will be acoustic with string quartet accompaniment. Tickets: $22 advance/$25 door
MORE TO COME: December Holiday Shows plus Schooner Fare, Ellis Paul, Shemekia Copeland and more!