Concerts / Special Events 2016-2017

MUSIC: Folk – Country – Celtic – Rock

THEATRE: Musical – Comedy – Classic

It all adds up to the 2016-17 Performance Season

at The Chocolate Church Arts Center

September 2016 -June 2017.

Season Sponsors: Bath Savings Institution, Jorgensen Landscaping, Seaflower Garden & Design


Gilbert & Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE  (theatre)

September 9-10, 16-17 at 7pm; 2pm September 11, 18. $12 adv/$15 door.PP image

Ahoy Matey! Don’t miss this nonstop fantastical story filled with adventure, rollicking pirates, kidnappings, misunderstandings, forgiveness and love. Timeless musical theatre directed by Wayne Otto.


ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS (original rock musical)

September 30 & October 1 at 7:30pm; October 2 at 2pm. $18 adv/$22 door.

This the premier performance of a new rock opera by award winning songwriters Peter Alexander and Johannah Harkness, the cornerstones of Maine-based Hollowbody Electric Band. The stage production will feature a chorus of 16+ voices under the direction of Shannon Chase, director of the highly acclaimed choral group Vox Nova Chamber Choir


CASTLEBAY (celtic)

Friday, October 7, 2016. 7:30. $12 adv/$15 door.

We are thrilled to welcome back Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee who musically weave together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands. Their concerts feature poignant ballads sung in Lane’s ethereal soprano and Gosbee’s rich baritone interspersed with joyous dance tunes played on Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle.


MRS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON: An Afternoon with Margaret Chase Smith (theatre)

marg chase smith show picture-1 copyOctober 9, 2016 at 2pm. $18adv/$20 door

This one-woman play is an intimate and fascinating look at the life and times of Margaret Chase Smith, told in her own words and in the words of the people closest to her. Senator Smith, a Maine native, was the first woman elected to both the House and the Senate, and the first senator to speak out publicly against Senator Joe McCarthy. Written by Linda Britt and starring Sally Jones. Presented in partnership with the Cosmopolitan Club of Bath. 


IVORY&GOLD® (instrumental piano & flute)

October 15, 2016 at 7:30pm. $15 adv/$18 door.

The duo, consisting of Anne Barnhart on flute and vocals with Jeff Barnhart on piano and vocals, celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. The Barnharts’ versatility and rapport create an incomparable listening experience for all ages and in all settings. 



October 30, 2016 at 7:30pm. $20 adv/$24 door.

Who better to spend Halloween with than The Grand Slambovians?! Get dressed up to party down with a fantastic quartet that’s a little Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa mixed with a little Neil Young and Bob Dylan, tied together with some slide mandolin. Sponsored by Jorgensen’s Landscaping.


JOAN OSBORNE ACOUSTIC DUO Featuring Keith Cotton (alternative rock) joan-osborne-2014-650x400

November 4, 2016 at 7:30pm. $30 adv / $35 door.

This is a one of a kind performance by singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy nominee. Fresh off the release of her eigth album “Love and Hate”, this gritty blues, alternative rock performer entices audiences with her raw emotional lyrics.


CHRISTINE LAVIN and Don White (contemporary folk)

November 18, 2016 at 7:30pm. $20 adv/$23door

Christine is known for her sense of humor, which is expressed in both her music and her onstage performances. Many of her songs alternate between emotional reflections on romance and outright comedy. Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative.


Motown Christmas with PAT COLWELL & SOUL SENSATIONS (rock)

November 26, 2016 at 7:30pm. $15 adv/$18 door.

Kick off this holiday season with a100% Old School R&B Revue complete with female backup singers, a full horn section, and a show that that will knock your socks off! These musicians will bring down the house with a powerful mix of Motown and Memphis Soul Music for an R&B Christmas that will have you dancing in the aisles.


PAUL SULLIVAN’s Christmas in Maine (cello, flute, piano, percussion)

December 2, 2016 at 7:30pm. $15 adv/$18door

Grammy award winner Paul Sullivan’s piano, along with cello, flute and percussion, expresses the heart and soul of Christmas with fresh new arrangements of favorite old carols, with original compositions inspired by the season. Everything we love about Maine during the holiday season is in this concert.


BURNS SISTERS Holiday Show (celtic)

December 3, 2016 at 7:30pm. $15 door/$18 door

The Burns Sisters are an American folk music group known for their tight harmonies. The Burns Sisters Holiday Show is bound to lift the spirits of all who attend with songs from their childhood, original compositions, and songs celebrating cutures from around the world, with one theme, peace. And to that mixture the exquisite musicianship of Bobby Sweet and Josh Pincus, and the show is sure to warm up a cold winter night with the fireside magic of heartfelt music.


SUZANNE VEGA (eclectic folk-inspired)


December 4, 2016 at 7:30pm. $40 adv/$45 door.

With her sultry voice, Suzanne Vega seamlessly joins her poetry and contemporary folk song with a sound that is utterly unique and identifiable to her alone. Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye,” Suzanne’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations.  In short, Suzanne Vega’s work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful, and as creative and musical now, as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 20 years ago.

COIG Returns! (Celtic)

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December 10, 2016 at 7:30pm.   $22 adv/$25door

Buy your tickets early!  CÒIG (Ko-ig) is an exciting ensemble 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.


Christmas Theatre Production (family entertainment)

December 16, 17, 2016 at 7pm; 2pm December 18.  $12 adv / $15 door.

Title to be announced. Each year we present a theatre production based on the true meaning of the season. This is a family tradition. Get your tickets early.


SING! IT’S CHRISTMAS (community sing along)

December 19, 2016. 7pm. Free Admission

For decades, family and friends have gathered on the last Monday before Christmas to focus and celebrate the season. Special appearance by The Man of the Season…



January 27 or 28; February 3 or 4; March 3 or 4.

This series will present the best in local and regional musicians performing in the intimate venue of the Curtis Room at 7:30pm. Seats are limited to 75. Some shows will have dance floor and serve adult beverages. Come in from the cold and warm up with the splendor that is music. Sure to melt away winter blues. Ticket prices range from $10-$15 depending on the show.



January 20, February 10, March 10 at 7:30pm. SAVE THE DATES

This series will present the best CELTIC musicians performing in the intimate venue of the Curtis Room. Seats are limited to 75. Some shows will have dance floor and serve adult beverages. Everyone is Irish on these evenings. Ticket prices range from $10-$15 depending on the show.


Hot Chocolate VALENTINE CABARET in the Curtis RoomCabaret heart-love-music

February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm. $15 indiv/$25 couple.

Grab your Sweetie for an afternoon escape for a serenade of romantic tunes and croon to beloved torch songs. Dessert and beverages available. Funds support the Hot Chocolate Jubilee variety show.



February 17-18, 24-25 at 7pm; 2pm on February 12, 19. Ticketing and Title to be announced

Come laugh with us for this cabin-fever-reliever theatrical experience directed by Thom Watson.


THE HILLBENDERS perform TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry


March 19, 2017 at 7:30pm. $22adv/$25door

“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball” may not be your standard bluegrass lyric, but it is a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy. The HillBenders are one of the few bluegrass groups that recognize their ability to bridge the gap between popular music and bluegrass, selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas. With their widely varied influences, they create bluegrass songs that unify. Forty-Five years after its original release, The Who’s Tommy—a classic of classic rock—has now been fully realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute featuring The HillBenders.


ALAN DOYLE (maritime folk)

March 24, 2017 at 7:30pm. $20adv/$23door

You may recognize him as the lead singer of the Canadian rock band Great Big Sea. As a solo artist, he showcases his booming voice along with electric and acoustic guitar playing. He even has been known to play the bouzouki for live performances.



Thursday-Saturday, March 30, 31 & April 1, 2017 at 7:00pm; 2pm on April 2, 2017. $15 tickets

THE premier variety show of the region featuring music and singing and dance to the theme: “Life Begins at 40.” Don’t miss this entertainment experience. This is a fundraising event for the Chocolate Church Arts Center.


CHRIS SMITHER (blues/folk)

April 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. $24adv/$27door

Singer songwriter Chris Smither is and American Original and is considered to be among the best acoustic musicians in the country. His music draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, and modern poets and philosophers.


JCS 1997CastJESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: 20th Anniversary! (concert version)

April 14-15, 2017 at 7:30pm; 2pm on April 16. $10adv/$14door

Don’t miss this thrilling musical experience presented in full concert. You love the music. You love the message. Celebrate with the 1997 cast and crew directed by Thom Watson.


SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE: Songs Beyond Borders (folk)

April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm. Ticketing to be announced

A special evening featuring Buddy MacDonald, Amelia Curren, Denny Breau, Heather Pierson and other musicians to be added.


JOHNNY PEERS & The MUTTSVILLE COMIX (family entertainment)

April 22, 2017 at 2:00pm. $10

Johnny developed a comedy dog act after he adopted his first dog Freckles from the humane society. Freckles was the first of a collection of fifteen mutts rescued from animal shelters all over the country. This group of talented and playful canines form the Muttville Comix troupe. Over time, these four-legged artists retire and replaced by lovingly trained rescue dogs. Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix entertain people of all ages.


ELLIS PAUL (folk/pop)

April 28, 2017 at 7:30pm. $20 adv/$23door

Born in Aroostook County, Maine, Ellis Paul is a native son who has travelled the world as a literate, provocative and urbanely romantic folk-pop style musician. His songs have appeared in movies and on television, bridging the gap between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.


TAMING OF THE SHREW by William Shakespeare (theatre)

May 5-6, 12-13 at 7pm; May 7 and 13, 2016 at 2pm. $12 advance/$15 door

Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes. Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship with Petruchio, but wait to see various psychological techniques he uses to make her into the bride of his dreams. Directed by John Willey.



May 19, 2017 at 7:30pm. Ticketing to be announced.

Ozere takes inspiration from classical string quartets and folk bands. This music takes you on a journey, from solemn chamber suites to knee-slapping reels. Ozere’s rich instrumental tone, interesting rhythms and inspired compositions create a music that feels profoundly comfortable and yet also very fresh and different.”

…PLUS 2 Shows to be announced for June 2017!



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2015-16 Season Highlights:

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. 

PATTY LARKIN (American Folk) Friday, October 2, 2015. 

PRETTY GIRLS SING SOPRANO (Folk) October 9, 2015. 

THE MALLETT BROTHERS (Contemporary Country) October 17, 2015. Sponsored by Now You’re Cooking

SQUID JIGGERS and Friends, HALLOWEEN MARITIME October 30, 2015. 

PAUL SULLIVAN Joins EUGENE FRIESEN (jazz/classical) November 14, 2015. Co-sponsored by Shankman & Associates. Co-Sponsored by Church of the Quantum Burp

COMEDY RELIEF 2015 benefiting The Bath Food Pantry November 21, 2015. Sponsored by Bath Natural Market


A VERY SLAMBOVIAN CHRISTMAS (folk rock) Friday, December 4, 2015.

VOX NOVA Chamber Choir Christmas Show. December 11, 2015.

COIG Irish Christmas Show (Celtic) December 12, 2015. Sponsored by Solo Bistro. Co-sponsored by Shankman & Associates

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

SING! It’s Christmas. 40th Anniversary of this beloved community sing-along. Dec. 21. Sponsored by First Federal Savings

The KILL THE CHILL winter concert series featured local and regional musicians and was Sponsored by the Bath Area Bed-n-Breakfasts: The Inn at Bath, The Pryor House, The Kennebec Inn, The Benjamin Packard House.

  • THE HOWLIGANS (rock)January 8, 2016. 
  • STEVE WATT (celtic), January 16, 2016. 
  • COLWELL BROTHERS (blues), February 6, 2016. 
  • TIM RICE (jazz/folk fusion) February 19, 2016.
  • HILTON PARK (American Folk), March 5, 2016. 
  • TED DeMILLE (bluegrass), March 12, 2016.
  • LAUREN CROSBY & GOLDEN OAK (folk), March 19, 2016.

LATE NIGHT TALES: A collection of true stories depicting moments in the dancers lives (dance). January  2016

VIXENS & VALENTINES Burlesque Show! February 13, 2016. 

HOT CHOCOLATE VALENTINE Cabaret! Sunday, February 14

VISITING MR. GREEN by Jeff Baron (theatre) February 26-27, 7pm; Feb. 28.

MUDBOOTS & BLACK TIE GALA! Saturday, April 2, 2016. Hyde School


WOMEN OF FOLK: THE NEW REVIVAL (folk) April 16.  Sponsored by Midcoast Hospital. Sponsored by Halcyon Yarns. Co-Sponsored by Shankman & Associates

VANDINI The Magician (family entertainment) Saturday, April 23, 2016.

FUNNY MONDAY: Comedy Improv! Monday, April 25. 

TIM SAMPLE (Maine Humorist and Comedian) Friday, April 29. Sponsored by FairPoint Communications

KING LEAR by William Shakespeare (Theatre) May 6-7/13, 2016 at 7pm; May 8 and 14, 2016 at 2pm. 

JOHN GORKA (Contemporary American Folk). Friday, May 20, 2016. Sponsored by Shankman & Associates. Co-sponsored by Spencer E. Gray LLC, Independent Insurance Agency and First Federal Savings

THE DuPONT BROTHERS, June 3, 2016. 

SCHOONER FARE (Maritime) Saturday, June 4, 2016. Sponsored by Kennebec Equipment and Rental

SOJOURN, Thursday, June 9, 2016.

NORTH OF NASHVILLE (Country) Friday, June 10, 2016. Co-sponsored by JR Maxwells