Concerts / Special Events
All concerts start at 7:30 with the doors opening at 7:00.
AN IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA: including Lumiere
Saturday, December 7 $28 advance, $32 door
The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. This 2013 tour brings back the amazing Sony-recording vocal group Lumiere (Pauline Scanlon, Eilis Kennedy, Donogh Hennessy). Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2013.
Show Sponsor: Shankman & Associates
2rd FRIDAY >>PERFORMANCE<< ART
Friday, December 13 $10 adults, $8 students
Admittedly this is NOT the 3rd Friday but with the holiday calendar so full we did not want to miss the opportunity to feature Lauren Crosby as the headliner band with two opening acts. Buy Local/Listen Local. Dancing in the aisles strongly encouraged.
SWEETBACK SISTERS: Honkytonk Christmas!
Saturday, December 14 $12 advance, $15 door
Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Self-described as “a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk, Audiences should be prepared for music straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s. This is a unique and fun-loving approach to holiday music too.
Show sponsor: Brackett’s Market
BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Make this heart-warming play a part of your Christmas Tradition. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school‘s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion. Each show will include local choirs and musicians performing Christmas carols.
Show Sponsors: Weiss Law Firm
SING! IT’S CHRISTMAS
Monday, December 23 Donations Accepted
For decades, the community has gathered for this timeless sing along. Special appearance by Santa. Sponsored by First Federal Savings
Saturday January 25th $22 advance, $25 door
Happy Maritime New Year! Schooner Fare is a Chocolate Church tradition. 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.
Show sponsor: Brynes Irish Pub
Saturday, March 15 $22 advance, $25 door
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” Associated Press.
Show Sponsors: Shankman & Associates
DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS
Saturday, April 12 $25 advance, $28 door
Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks 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.
Show Sponsors: JR Maxwells, Shankman & Associates
Saturday, June 14 $30 advance, $33 door
Greg Brown’s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get-togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown traveled with a band for a few years, and even quit playing for a while before he moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in midwestern clubs and coffeehouses. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.