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Concerts / Special Events 2014-2015

JULY

SUMMER SATURDAYS MUSIC SERIES
Waterfront Park, Bath, 6-8pm. In case of rainy weather, concert will be held indoors at The Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street. Tickets: Free.

- Truth About Daisies (folkrock trio), July 12
- Mehuman Jonson Trio (R&B, rock, jazz), July 19
- An Evening With the Saltwater Hillbilly (tropical country and cowboy music), July 26

3RD FRIDAY CONCERT SERIES FEATURING BAND CILANTRO (folkrock duo)
July 18, 2014, 7:30pm

Showcasing the best of local talent, this concert features Band Cilantro, the happy blend of five lifelong musicians who deliver a fun and diverse listening experience. Opening acts are Randy Lindsey, noted for his unconventional songwriting style and contemplative themes; and Caroline Cotter, whose captivating voice and award-winning songwriting take you all over the world.Tickets: $10 General Admission.

AUGUST

SUMMER SATURDAYS MUSIC SERIES
Waterfront Park, Bath, 6-8pm. In case of rainy weather, concert will be held indoors at The Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street. Tickets: Free.

- Cilantro (folkrock duo), August 2
- Hollow Body Eclectic (original American rock), August 9
- Married with Chitlins (folk, country, bluegrass), August 16
- Lauren Crosby & Friends (rock and folk originals), August 23
- Love to Burn/Matt Newberg (original roots rock), August 30

SEPTEMBER

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.

3RD FRIDAY CONCERT SERIES FEATURING HOLLOW BODY ECLECTIC (original American rock)
September 19, 2014, 7:30pm

Showcasing the best of local talent, this concert features Hollow Body Eclectic. Opening the show is Carter Ruff. Tickets: $10 General Admission.

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.

OCTOBER

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.

3RD FRIDAY CONCERT SERIES FEATURING MAX ATER
October 17, 7:30pm

Showcasing the best of local talent, this concert features Max Ater. Opening the show: Montsweagers. Tickets: $10 General Admission.

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: $12 advance/$15 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.

NOVEMBER

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.

2015

THEATER PRODUCTION
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 27-30, 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.

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!


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