Chocolate Church Arts Center | Bath, Maine
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Concerts / Special Events

All concerts start at 7:30 with the doors opening at 7:00 unless otherwise stated.

CHRIS SMITHER

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: (TBD Halcyon Yarns, Now You’re Cooking, Neil Shankman & Associates, Beale Street Barbeque

 NATIVES ARE RESTLESS

March 28 & 29                                                                                  $12 advance, $15 door $10 students and seniors

Everyone loves this show that features a number of singles and small bands that regularly tour on their own and come together once a year as friends, and led by Earl Bigelow, to shake off the winter blues with soul, country, folk and rock music!

Ticket $15 at door, $12 in advance, and $10 for students/seniors

MUD BOOTS BLACK TIES: DESSERT AND DANCE

Pat Colwell & The Soul Sensations 

April 5 8:00 PM                                                                                                                                            $20 advance,  $25 door

This 8 piece band rocks with a powerful mix of robust music centered around classic rock and roll, bodacious renditions of the best soul music and blues, and a complete set of original tunes. The band covers blues and rock and roll from Delbert McClinton, Bruce Springsteen, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, to soul favorites by Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, and Big Joe Turner. The band’s danceable repertoire and unique showmanship are sure to get the party started!

Don’t miss this special benefit dance party and concert by Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations for the Chocolate Church at Hyde School Union, located 616 High Street in Bath. 

PATTY LARKIN

April 11                                                                                                                             $18 advance,  $20 door

It’s tough to fit Patty Larkin into a musical box. The Boston-based artist is a guitar virtuoso and has experimented with live track looping and even dipped her toe into hip-hop. But at her essence, Larkin is a singer-songwriter, spawned from the 1970s movement that brought Joni Mitchell and Richard Thompson to popular culture. Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics.

 3rd Friday Concert Series

April 18                                                                                                                                                               $10

Mehuman Jonson and her Trio returns for a special “3rd Friday Art Concert” after wowing the crowd at our New Year’s Eve party. Don’t miss her unique and refreshing blend of soul, jazz, rock, and rhythm & blues, creating music that is both danceable and highly listenable.  Both Giff Jamison and Stan Davis are opening acts. Concert begins at 7:3opm.

 THEATER: CHEKHOV’S CHERRY ORCHARD presented by the Chocolate Church Arts Center

April 25,26,27 and May 2,3,4  Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors/students.

This last play written by playwright Anton Chekhov concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large and well-know cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. The theme of the play is the effect social change has on people. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm and Sunday Matinees at 2pm.

 3rd Friday Concert Series

May 16                                                                                                                                                                 $10

To continue  the routine of 3rd Friday Art Walks, each 3rd Friday evening features local musicians and performance artists as a headliner band with two opening acts. Comcerts benefit the Chocolate Church.

 GREG BROWN

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.

 DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS

Saturday, Nov 15                                                                                            $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, Neil Shankman & Associates


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