Concerts / Special Events 2014-2015

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The Chocolate Church Arts Center’s

performance season is September-June.

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

Check out these performances – and the shows that began to season in 2014.



January 17 and 18, 2015, 7:00pm

Witness an original tale of a young woman that decides to take a stand against an unjust government. Fea will dare to leave her job in The Palace, say good-bye to her sister, and risk everything to find a fulfilling path. The Queen has people looking out for her, and discovers Fea’s plans to join the Rebel Army. Sending a powerful assassin after Fea and her compatriots, The Queen continues on with her experimental human testing, knowing that the Rebels won’t be a problem for long.Set in a dystopian future, lines will divide even those in The Palace, preparing everyone for the imminent battle between good and evil. Meet a cast of characters that includes a blissfully ignorant King, a naïve intern, and a mad scientist. Their stories are told through contemporary dance, electronica music, and acting, and will keep you wondering: Who will win in the end? Tickets: $20 advance/$25 door

SCHOONER FARE (maritime folk)
January 24, 2015, 7:30pm

Schooner Fare has won unanimous critical praise for captivating harmonies and winning stage presence. In addition to their numerous original songs on both contemporary and traditional themes, the band also writes and performs topical songs, country ballads and maritime masterpieces that have made their name synonymous with the “Down East” style. Consummate entertainers, Chuck and Steve Romanoff’s energetic concerts are laced with a Maine brand of universal humor. Tickets: $22 advance/$25 door

7:30pm January 30, 31 and Feb 6, 7; 2pm Feb 1, 8, 2015

No scenery. No props. Just the story of the play, written by Lewis John Carlino, about a 20-year-old Telemachus Clay who leaves his small home town in the East and travels to Hollywood seeking his fortune as a writer. He finds little but cynicism and corruption there and his script, a Utopian fantasy about humans creating a new and better world, is roundly rejected. He returns home, battered but still optimistic, to the girl and child he left behind, intent on making a better world instead of just writing about it. Directed by Howard Waxman. Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:30-9:30pm

Features favorite performers from Hot Chocolate Jubilees singing romantic songs as a fundraiser for this year’s HCJ VII. Tickets: $15/2 for $25

March 6, 2015, 7:30pm

Natives Are Restless, a collaboration of songwriters and musicians, gather once again to present their favorite tunes in this modern-day hootenanny. Everyone loves this show, which has become a much-anticipated “Cabin Fever Reliever” at the Chocolate Church. Shake off the winter blues with these local musical luminaries! Tickets: $12

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

JUBILEE RIOTS (formerly ENTER THE HAGGIS) (celtic-roots rock reinvented)
March 13, 2015, 7:30pm

Toronto roots rock band Jubilee Riots (formerly Enter the Haggis)  has evolved from wildly popular local band to established international touring act, with a sound that lies somewhere between the fiercely creative and contemporary soundscapes of Radiohead, and the heartfelt story telling and infectious grooves of The Band. It?s this uncompromising commitment to their music and fans that has seen the band garner top ten charting positions on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes. Tickets: $26 advance/$30 door

RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND (folk, blues, funk, Americana)
March 21, 2015, 7:30pm

Montbleau’s transcendent songcraft and powerful, uplifting voice can tackle intense topics just as easily as expressing life’s simple, everyday joys.  Like an intense, slow-burning wildfire, Montbleau connects with a generation of fans who have been along for his rise. Tickets: $20 advance/$25 door

HOT CHOCOLATE JUBILEE! Premier Talent Showcase
7:00pm March 26, 27 & 28; 2:00pm March 29, 2015

Premier variety show of the region featuring music and singing and dance to the theme: “Show of All Seasons.” Don’t miss this entertainment experience. This is a fundraising event for the Chocolate Church Arts Center. Tickets: $15


April 20-24, 2015. 9am-3pm

This 5-day program will introduce participants to singing, dancing, and acting to develop interest and affirm aptitude. The week culminates in a talent showcase and includes elements of visual arts, as well. Limited to 30 participants. Cost: $125

PAULA COLE (adult contemporary)
April 25, 2015. 7:30pm

Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Tickets: $35 advance/$40 door

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

SOJOURN (rock)
May 29, 2015, 7:30pm

The musicians of Sojourn span two decades in age, but all share a love of the timeless music of The Moody Blues. From “Nights In White Satin” to “Your Wildest Dreams”, Sojourn successfully recreates the classic sounds that made The Moody Blues music so unique and instantly identifiable. Come and let Sojourn take you on a timeless flight, through the music and the sounds of The Moody Blues! Tickets: $10 advance/$14 door

CARLOS CALVO (folk /acoustic rock)
June 6, 2015, 7:30pm

Carlos Calvo injects folk music with something it has been missing: virtuoso guitar playing. His original music features his warm, resonant voice, soulful lyrics and lush guitar peppered with flamenco riffs. He has fronted successful bands that toured with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Porter. Tickets: $10 advance/$14 door

June 12, 2015, 7:30pm

The Honey Dewdrops blend new Americana with traditional folks music to create inspired songs that are rooted in the experience and lives of people. Their original songs shine with energy and emotion through intimate performances with a handful acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies. Tickets: $17 advance/$20 door

June 13, 2015, 7:30pm

As a member of the renowned musical trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow has earned many gold and platinum albums, has been awarded numerous Grammy Awards, and nominated for several more. His musical creativity has always gone hand in hand with his commitment to social justice and equity in society. And today, he’s reaching a whole new generation with his music and advocacy. Meet-And-Greet available. Tickets: $32 advance/$35 door

Did you miss these shows of 2014?


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

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 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

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

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: $50 for dinner and theater


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 & THE  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.

Adrien Reju is a special treat and is opening for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Rejue has her own brand of indie-folk-­retro-rock with a mesmerizing live performance that draws in audiences with her strong, clear Patsy Cline-esque voice and old-soul quality songs with contemporary hooks. Tickets: $25 advance/$28 door


November 29, 2014, 7:30pm. Old Fashioned Christmas begins with the western swing style of Sonny Perry. If you love Johnny Cash, you will enjoy Sonny who has performed on the Grand Ol’ Opry stage. The Nashville North Band consists of musicians of diverse backgrounds who play for the love of the music. This concert will combine some Christmas favorites with other country tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door



December 5, 2014, 7:30pm. 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

December 13, 2014, 7:30pm. 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: “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol”
December 18-20, 2014, 7:00pm. December 21, 2014, 2:00pm. Enjoy the fun twist to the old Dickens’ story of Scrooge played by fairy tale characters!  Scrooge is, of course, the Big Bad Wolf. There are the three little pigs, Mary had a little lamb, Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose and many, many more. Holiday entertainment for the family! Tickets: $10

December 22, 2014, 7:00pm. Annual community sing-along. Tickets: FREE!