Concerts / Special Events 2015-2016

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.

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! $50 each ticket / tables of 8 available

Reception, dinner, silent auction and music by The Hollowbody Electric Band – dancing strongly encouraged. 

 

THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS, April 9, 2016. 7:30pm. Main Stage

This musical collaboration of songwriters and musicians gather and present their favorite tunes for performance, featuring many original songs. The assembly of local luminaries collectively known as The Natives Are Restless will take the Chocolate Church Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. April 9. Scheduled to appear with Kathleen McGhee, Tim Rice, The Liz Lannon Band, The Leopard Girls, Red Beans and Rice, Stan Davis and Cilantro. Tickets $12 advance, $15 at door.

 

WOMEN OF FOLK: THE NEW REVIVAL (folk) April 16.  7:30pm. $28 adv /$32 door

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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.

 

What is so funny and magical at the Chocolate Church?? Find out…

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.

FUNNY MONDAY: Comedy Improv! Monday, April 25. $7:30pm $10.

Mainely Improv will present “On the Spot Comedy” in the Curtis Room on Monday, April 25 at 7:30pm. They specialize in making up comic situations entirely from suggestions made by the audience. Every show is different but every show is spontaneous fun for all involved. Tickets are $10 and space is limited for greatest interaction.

TIM SAMPLE (Maine Humorist and Comedian) Friday, April 29. 7:30pm. VIP $35. $20 adv/ $24 door.

Tim_SampleTim Sample, who is probably Maine’s best-known comedian, returns to our main stage. Sa
mple is a great Maine humorist and comedian, author and illustrator. His remarkable style has been
entertaining people worldwide with Maine humor and Yankee storytelling in the tradition of “Bert and I.” VIP seating at $35 will include a pre-show reception (with light refreshments) with Tim Sample who will autograph complimentary copies of Sample and Dodge – The Summer of ’81 CD (portions of which were recorded at the Chocolate Church 35 years ago!). 

 

KING LEAR by William Shakespeare (Theatre)

May 6-7/13, 2016 at 7pm; May 8 and 14, 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.” 

THE DuPONT BROTHERS, June 3, 2016. 7:30pm. Curtis Room.

The DuPont Brothers, a nationally touring sibling folk duo based out of the green mountain state, who sing lots of harmonies, have outside the box finger style guitar arrangements and focus heavily on the lyrical aspect of songwriting. This dynamic indie-folk trio has honed in on their kindred synergy, living on the road while developing a large palette of material. Intimate venue of the Curtis Room. Seats are limited. Tickets $10 advance, $14 at door 

SCHOONER FARE (Maritime)

Saturday, June 4, 2016. 7:30pm. $22 advance/$25 door

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

SOJOURN, Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7:30pm. Main Stage

Fans of the timeless music of The Moody Blues will not want to miss the cover band SOJOURN comprised of musicians, who span two decades in age. Together they musically recreate classic sounds from “Nights In White Satin” to “Your Wildest Dreams.” Sojourn entertains audiences with The Moody Blues music that is so unique and instantly identifiable. Tickets are $10 advance / $14 at door

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

THE HOWLIGANS (rock)January 8, 2016. 7:30pm.

STEVE WATT (celtic), January 16, 2016. 7:30pm

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

COLWELL BROTHERS (blues), February 6, 2016. 7:30pm

VIXENS & VALENTINES Burlesque Show! February 13, 2016. 
HOT CHOCOLATE VALENTINE Cabaret! 
Sunday, February 14

TIM RICE (jazz/folk fusion) February 19, 2016. 

VISITING MR. GREEN by Jeff Baron (theatre) February 26-27, 7pm; Feb. 28, 2pm.

HILTON PARK (American Folk), March 5, 2016. 7:30pm,

TED DeMILLE (bluegrass), March 12, 2016. 7:30pm,

LAUREN CROSBY & GOLDENOAK (folk), March 19, 2016. 7:30pm.

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.