Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Folk / Indie)
Jun
17
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Folk / Indie)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Indie / Folk)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Artist, Libby Johnson, a familiar name as founding member of indie folk outfit “22 Brides”, is a singer songwriter whose folk/Americana roots are showcased in impeccable tunefulness, gorgeous melodies and a moving live presentation.

To quote “No Depression” magazine, "The hooks are unassailable, the singing and playing are felt, the arrangements an autumnal cross between Lucinda-bred Americana and kudzu-style indie rock.”

Johnson’s solo discography include Annabella (2006) and Perfect View (2010). Mike Joyce, “Washington Post” writes, “On Annabella Johnson quickly reveals her chief strengths: a hazy soprano that takes on a soulful edge when it counts, as evidenced by the album's title track; an engaging way with words”.

After a preview of Annabella, writer-director Bart Freundlich decided to use four of her songs in his film Trust the Man, starring David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal. He said that he re-edited scenes around her songs. Johnson also wrote a new song, "Indelible Mark", which plays over the film's end credits. Johnson’s film credits also include work with The Discovery Channel, MTV, Oxygen, Smallville, The Riches, and many more.

In his review of Perfect View, Mark Tucker, “Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange” (FAME) writes, “This is one beautiful CD.” Comparing Johnson as “a cross of Mary Fahl, Bonnie Raitt, and Janis Ian, a quietly engrossing woman crafting songs delicate and enfolding, works grounded in the everyday but gently transcendent… Libby Johnson feels everything she writes, plays, and sings, feels it genuinely, no exaggerations, no playing to the times and masses, not a shred of compromise.”


Libby will be joined by NYC singer/songwriter Chris Riffle, and independent musician and producer Jimi Zhivago.

Chris Riffle’s brand of heartfelt folk is a product—and a tale—of two coasts. There’s no mistaking the pastoral, spacious sound of his roots—the picturesque coastal towns of Washington state, where while still in college Riffle began making waves on local radio stations, and landed support gigs for such indie mainstays as Death Cab for Cutie.

And yet it’s the other side of the country, on New York’s famously gritty Lower East Side, where Chris has found a second home, becoming a mainstay performer at the venerable Living Room, and Rockwood Music Hall collaborating with members of The Mars Volta, Ollabelle, and Antony and the Johnsons. Chris has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Blood Orange, Mothxr, Jesse Malin & Joseph Arthur (to name a few). Chris' albums have been in rotation at over 150 radio stations & featured on Sirius XM.

Video shot and edited by Stephanie Rabins & Jenny Riffle. "I am not from here" is from the new Chris Riffle EP of same title.

His new full length, Out of town, was recorded at One East (Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Paul Simon), produced by Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle, Kim Taylor) and mastered at the Magic Shop (David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Coldplay). Chris just returned from an extensive North American tour opening for Heather Nova and a 20 date tour across Germany promoting his new album.

"A writer and performer of uncommon depth and intimacy -- Nick-Drake-meets-Elliott-Smith" - DIRECT CURRENT

Join us for an evening of original music by these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)
Jun
16
7:30 pm19:30

Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)

  • The Packing House

Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)

Suggested Donation $5.00

Join us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this classic film!

Casablanca (1942), though an A-List film with notable actors and writers, was not expected to receive the overwhelming public response it enjoyed. The film went on to win three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director (Curtiz), and Best Adapted Screenplay (the Epsteins and Koch).  

As the film's reputation grew, its lead characters, memorable lines, and theme song have all become iconic, and the film consistently ranks as one of the greatest films of all time.

One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's café (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi (Rotten Tomatoes)

This film is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange.

We have scheduled several "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization.

If you missed our previous meetings, please join us on:

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

 For RSVP or more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

Final "Talent Showcase" of Season 2!
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

Final "Talent Showcase" of Season 2!

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Join us for our final Talent Showcase of Season 2!

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

CANCELLED-Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

CANCELLED-Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

  • The Packing House

Literature Workshop with Felix Giordano: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

Registration $30.00 in Advance (online)

Registration Deadline: Noon, June 6, 2017

Have you written the perfect novel, memoir, historical fiction, or non-fiction book? Are you also having difficulty engaging a traditional agent or publisher for your work? Today, writers have self-publishing opportunities that were nonexistent years ago. Learn how you can self-publish your book with Amazon and reach readers across the globe all from the comfort of your own home.

Topics to be covered are creating a publisher name, website domain, establishing accounts with Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), building a professional looking title page, copyright page, dynamic cover, ordering an ISBN number and bar code, registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, applying for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number, uploading your manuscripts to Amazon and Kindle, and selecting Amazon royalty, payment, and marketing options.

Advance registration required. Along with your paid registration you will receive a Writer's Workbook and an autographed copy of the author's novel, "Montana Harvest ".

Please join us for this  hands-on informative workshop packed with valuable and practical guidance on how you can self-publish your work. For those unable to participate during the afternoon hours, this identical two-hour workshop will also be offered in the evening Tuesday, June 6th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

NOTE: Registration deadline: Noon, June 6, 2017. Please check the website for any changes or cancellations. 

About the Author:

Instructor: Felix F. Giordano is the successful self-published, award winning, internationally best-selling author of the Jim Buchanan Novels Series. His first two books, Montana Harvest (2015) and Mystery at Little Bitterroot (2016) have achieved more than 1.1 million Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read and have sold more than 4,000 copies. His most recent novel, The Killing Zone (2017) was just published this April. His books are available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions.

Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Jun
4
12:00 pm12:00

Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

  • The Mill Works

Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

FREE ADMISSION

Come join us on Sunday, June 4th, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Summer Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Highlights include: Factory Tours; Open Artist Studios; The Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, and more.

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Live performances in The Packing House with the Hall Memorial School ‘Select Chorus’ and 'Falcon Treble Singers', Ed Smith, local artist and performer, and Ines Herrmann, International singer/songwriter.

Presentation by local author and historian Richard Symonds in the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum. 

Visit with resident artists and local guest artist and EC-CHAP member John Starinovich.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Summer Season with us at this local historic landmark.

Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:30pm: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble SIngers"

2016-2017 HMS Select Chorus

2016-2017 HMS Select Chorus

2016-2017 HMS Falcon Treble Singers

2016-2017 HMS Falcon Treble Singers

2:00pm: Ed Smith, local musician and artist

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a multifaceted musician whose work ranges from improvisational rant/rap to understated folk classics. Smith writes songs fraught with humor and pathos, and anything else he can whip up. Besides guitar, Smith builds and plays percussion (communophones), plays other string instruments, and does some rather strange things with keyboards.

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a multifaceted musician whose work ranges from improvisational rant/rap to understated folk classics. Smith writes songs fraught with humor and pathos, and anything else he can whip up. Besides guitar, Smith builds and plays percussion (communophones), plays other string instruments, and does some rather strange things with keyboards.

3:00pm: Ines Herrmann, International singer/songwriter for Muzik Muzik Label

Ines Herrmann is a German singer/songwriter from Dresden whose main instrument is her voice. She will present some of her original songs, a few of them which were just released on an acoustic album in 2017. Connecticut is her home base until Mid-June, and while in the US, Ines has played locally, as well as venues in Providence, Northampton, NYC and Philadelphia.

Ines Herrmann is a German singer/songwriter from Dresden whose main instrument is her voice. She will present some of her original songs, a few of them which were just released on an acoustic album in 2017. Connecticut is her home base until Mid-June, and while in the US, Ines has played locally, as well as venues in Providence, Northampton, NYC and Philadelphia.


Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum: Historical Presentation

2:30pm: Richard Symonds

Local author and historian Richard Symonds will present an historical overview of the Gardinaer Hall Jr. Company, and select mills in Tolland County. Specific emphasis will be placed on workings of water powered mills, local waterways that supplied power to the mills, the challenges wars had on the supply of raw materials, and the resulting socio-economic impact mills had on local communities.

Local author and historian Richard Symonds will present an historical overview of the Gardinaer Hall Jr. Company, and select mills in Tolland County. Specific emphasis will be placed on workings of water powered mills, local waterways that supplied power to the mills, the challenges wars had on the supply of raw materials, and the resulting socio-economic impact mills had on local communities.


NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Jessical Regele, Bruce & Sasha Press, Jack Broderick, Summer Sun Photography, Martha Ennis, Brian Sneeden, Ali Larew, St. Paul Church

LOCAL ARTIST & EC-CHAP MEMBER JOHN STARINOVICH

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP)

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information please call 518-791-9474.

Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead with the band “Drum Ride”
Jun
3
8:00 pm20:00

Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead with the band “Drum Ride”

  • The Packing House

Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead the band “Drum Ride”

Tickets $10.00 in Advance (online) / $13.00 at the Door

Please bring your favorite hand drum for a play-along on legendary songs with DRUM RIDE!  You’ll drum with us on joyous grooves to tunes by The Grateful Dead, and tunes that the group loved to play, including: Truckin' / One More Saturday Night / Good Lovin’ / Dancing in the Street.

Don’t have a drum? You’re welcome to play with the cargo of djembes, congas, bongos, frames, and doumbeks that BB is trucking to this hoot at The Packing House.

DRUM RIDE consists of: Gary Greenberg, Keyboards; Mike Altshul, Bass Guitar; Jakim Duckstein, Guitar; Evan Bellman, Guitar; and Bob Bloom, Percussion Spice Rack.

This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)
May
20
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

Back for their fourth appearance at The Packing House, Belle of the Fall continues to demonstrate a thoughtful approach to song writing and performance. Their unique sound, sweet harmonies, and musicianship differentiates these artists from many.

Cast of Characters:

Tracy Walton- 2014 and 2015 New England Music Award nominee Best Male Performer. An accomplished bassist and songwriter who has written for Alfred Books and taught at the National Guitar Workshop. Tracy is a Taylor guitar artist. 

Julia Autumn Ford- CT Music Award Nominee Best New Artist 2014 and Song of the Year 2015. Her debut solo album has gained her well deserved attention as a singer of rare talent. "It's almost freakish how good she sings. I watched her and it was hard to process that it was actually coming out of her mouth." Joe Michelini, River City Extension.

Weapons of choice: 

Julia - The obvious choice for lead singer in any situation, acoustic guitar, yukitar, occasional melodica. Tracy- Upright bass, vocals, drums when back lined as he is not a fan of carrying things. 

The Rise of Belle of the Fall:

In 2014 Tracy Walton produced Julia Autumn Ford's debut album at his studio On Deck Sound Studio. In essence the record is somewhat the birth of Belle of the Fall, as Tracy plays all of the instruments on the record and Julia sings. Later that year they would tour the East Coast together sharing bills playing separate solo sets, with Tracy sitting in on some of Julia's songs. 

Sometimes an idea seems to simple so it takes a while for it to come to fruition. Simply put, two is often better than one. With Belle of the Fall it was as simple as an agreement of "All in." The summer of 2015 was the right time for two forces to collide. 2016 finds the duo going strong with their debut album, “Earthbound”  released on April 5th. 

"Acoustic folk duo Belle Of The Fall has proven that musical soul mates do in fact exist.” Vents Magazine

Join us for an evening of original music by these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

Film Showing: "The Artist" (PG-13)
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Film Showing: "The Artist" (PG-13)

  • The PAcking House

FILM SHOWING: "The Artist" (PG-13)

Suggested Donation $5.00

The Artist (2011), is a french film directed by Michel Hazanavicius staring french actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The film also stars John Goodman, James Cromwell, and Penelope Ann Miller.

The film's setting is Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar, and the advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies. (The Weinstein Company)

The Artist won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best  Costume Design, and Best Original Score. It was also the first French film to win Best Picture, and the first mainly silent film to win since 1927's Wings won at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929.

"Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white." (Roger Ebert)

For you film trivia buffs, check here for interesting facts about this movie (IMDb).

This film is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

 

Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age" with Felix Giordano
May
18
1:00 pm13:00

Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age" with Felix Giordano

  • The Packing House

Literature Workshop with Felix Giordano: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

Registration $30.00 in Advance (online) / $35.00 at the Door (Space Permitting)

Have you written the perfect novel, memoir, historical fiction, or non-fiction book? Are you also having difficulty engaging a traditional agent or publisher for your work? Today, writers have self-publishing opportunities that were nonexistent years ago. Learn how you can self-publish your book with Amazon and reach readers across the globe all from the comfort of your own home.

Topics to be covered are creating a publisher name, website domain, establishing accounts with Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), building a professional looking title page, copyright page, dynamic cover, ordering an ISBN number and bar code, registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, applying for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number, uploading your manuscripts to Amazon and Kindle, and selecting Amazon royalty, payment, and marketing options.

We strongly recommend registering in advance (online). Along with your paid registration you will receive a Writer's Workbook and an autographed copy of the author's novel, "Montana Harvest ".

Please join us for this  hands-on informative workshop packed with valuable and practical guidance on how you can self-publish your work. For those unable to participate during the afternoon hours, this identical two-hour workshop will also be offered in the evening Tuesday, June 6th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

Please check the website for any changes or cancellations. 

 

About the Author:

Instructor: Felix F. Giordano is the successful self-published, award winning, internationally best-selling author of the Jim Buchanan Novels Series. His first two books, Montana Harvest (2015) and Mystery at Little Bitterroot (2016) have achieved more than 1.1 million Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read and have sold more than 4,000 copies. His most recent novel, The Killing Zone (2017) was just published this April. His books are available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions.

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
May
16
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

 The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange.

We have scheduled several "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization.

If you missed our previous meetings, please join us for one of the following dates:

Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00pm

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm

These meetings will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

 For RSVP or more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter from Clemson, South Carolina, currently living in New Jersey (in the lovely town of Exit 10).

Her songs address topics such as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the 'F' Word. She cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Frequently heard on Dr. Demento, Pandora and SiriusXM’s Laugh USA Channel, Carla has played all over the US: The Kerrville, Florida, and Falcon Ridge Festivals, Avalon Nude Folk Festival, Club Med, Eddie’s Attic, Bluebird Café, MENSA, NY Funny Songs Festival. Most impressively, she has opened for Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel and was an extra in the movie “Sharknado 2.” “Totally Average Woman” is Carla’s 6th CD. (Carla Ulbrech)

Join us for a hilarious evening of humor by this unique artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

"Talent Showcase"
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

"Talent Showcase"

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: KATE CALLAHAN (FOLK) ~ "Prom Night for Grown-Ups"
May
6
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: KATE CALLAHAN (FOLK) ~ "Prom Night for Grown-Ups"

  • The Packing House

"Prom Night for Grown-Ups w/ Kate Callahan, State Troubadour"

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

On this special night at The Packing House, all are welcome for Kate Callahan's heartfelt folk songs, familiar favorites, and a chance to dance or dress-up if you care to! It's "Prom Night" for grown-ups. We'll also have a photo station available to make memories of the night!

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Kate Callahan is Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour. Connecticut is one of the only states in the nation that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position. She will serve as the ambassador of song for two years. Kate is a beloved singer-songwriter in her home state where she’s emerged as an award-winning artist.

The Hartford Courant named her a Woman of Character in 2005, when she received an award at the historic Bushnell Theater, meeting and sharing the stage with Jane Fonda. She took home the Best Singer-Songwriter award at the Connecticut Music Awards in 2013, Featured Artist of the Year by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2014, was a nominee for Best Songwriter of the Year at the New England Music Awards in 2014-15. (Kate Callahan)

Join us for a fun-filled evening of original works by this talented artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase.  Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

 

More about Kate Callahan:

Kate writes mainly from inspiration, giving her songs spiritual, social, and emotional weight. "Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics" (The Boston Globe).
“When something feels soulful to me, I sing it or say it or write it down,” she says. WNPR host Colin McEnroe praised a performance of Kate’s saying, “Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person.”

“I’ve come to understand,” Kate says, “that my voice can help me and others experience the mystery of life.” She adds, “I believe all voices hold that power. My voice is far from perfect, but I’ve persevered to use it and I
think audiences can sense that.”

Kate’s stage credits include appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the CT Folk Festival. She was a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2014. In 2015 she studied vocal improvisation and Circlesongs with Bobby McFerrin and his incredible staff. She has opened shows for folk legends Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary), troubadours Aztec Two-Step, John Gorka, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late Bill
Morrissey. She has also shared stages with folk-rock artists Rachael Sage and Regina Spektor. Stookey calls Callahan "real" and says her lyrics are "Zen-like."

Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Americana)
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Americana)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Alternative Country /Americana)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Jeff Przech likes to tell stories. Musical stories. Influenced by contemporary artists like Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Sturgill Simpson, along with classic artists like Kristofferson, Jennings, and Dylan. Przech's 2015 debut release, "Sounds Like Fresh," is his first, though certainly not last entry into the canon of Americana music. The record is carried by classic songwriting and led by Przech’s deep, soulful vocals and acoustic guitar work. [www.jeffprzech.com]

Jeff will be joined by Dennis Fancher, seasoned guitarist and musical colleague - a part of Przech's new band, "The Outfit". Dennis's guitar licks will just leave you wanting more...

Join us for original works from these talented musicians This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)

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Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Kala Farnham is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter hailing from the Quiet Corner of CT. Kala's signature songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

She has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor. Her first full-length studio album, "Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart", was nominated for "Best Americana Album" in RI's Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for "Best Female Americana Vocalist".

In 2015, she was selected to be an Official Showcase Artist in Folk Alliance International's SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her 2nd studio album, "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are".

Kayla will be joined by Ashlee Paradis, a local singer songwriter with passion for acoustic blues, soul, and rock 'n roll. Ashlee is no stranger to venues in CT and upstate NY, and is currently completing her debut album.

Join us for an evening of original works by these two local artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: PATTI ROTHBERG (INDIE / ROCK)
Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: PATTI ROTHBERG (INDIE / ROCK)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Patti Rothberg (Indie / Rock)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Patti Rothberg returns to The Packing House! Hear this talented singer / songwriter extend her range from soft ballads on the keys to rocking the house on the guitar with her original works.

Patti's recording career goes back to 1996, with her debut on EMI Records, Between the 1 and the 9, which refers to the time she spent performing in New York City's 14th Street subway station. The title track relates some of her experiences, when EMI executive discovered Patti performing there.

Seemingly overnight, Patti Rothberg achieved the kind of worldwide success one could only dream of. Critically acclaimed, Between the 1 and the 9 was an instant hit, and remains a timeless classic. The success of Between the 1 and the 9 had Patti touring quite non-stop from 1996 through 1997, and into 1998. She toured the USA supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, and Garbage, and she toured Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to her musical talent, Patti has also developed a unique visual art style expressed through her collection of paintings. She will share some of these works during he concert at The Packing House (click image to browse).

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this indie talent in our intimate historic setting.  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

FILM SHOWING: "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" (G)
Apr
21
7:30 pm19:30

FILM SHOWING: "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" (G)

  • The Packing House

Film Showing: "Buena Vista Social Club" (G)

Suggested Donation $5.00

"Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers". (IMDb)

The Buena Vista Social Club, originally a members' club in Havana, Cuba, held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play through its closing in 1940's.

In the 1990s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity.

In 1999 "Buena Vista Social Club", directed by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, made its debut.  This important film documents elements of Cuban life, culture, and its music. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1999. It won best documentary at the European Film Awards and received seventeen other major accolades internationally. A segment of their historic performance by these classic musicians at Carnegie Hall in April 1998 is captured in the film.

There is a rich history surrounding the Club, the musicians, the film, and what has come to be an unofficial branding of the unique sound of Cuba.

Thisfilm is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

 

 

 

Willington Economic Development Commission "2017 Busienss Social"
Apr
19
6:30 pm18:30

Willington Economic Development Commission "2017 Busienss Social"

  • The Packing House

Willington EDC: "2017 Business Social"

Private Event - Invited Businesses Only

The Willington Economic Development Commission is Proud to sponsor the 2017 Business Social!

This event will provide an opportunity for Willington Business Owners to informally meet in a comfortable atmosphere.

  • Open Mic Time to Share Information About Your Business,
  • Complimentary Business Networking Opportunities,
  • Complimentary Refreshments

If you are an invited business who would like to set up a table to share your business information, you can do it for free - just let us know in advance by calling: 518-791-9474

Special Appearance by the Ashford Business Association!

RSVP: April 10th by email to jdsilverstein@msn.com

 

"Talent Showcase"
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

"Talent Showcase"

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange.

We have scheduled several "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization.

If you missed our previous meetings, please join us on:

Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

 For RSVP or more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE - CD RELEASE EVENT (AMERICANA)
Apr
7
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE - CD RELEASE EVENT (AMERICANA)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Horizon Blue (Americana)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Horizon Blue is an acoustic Americana (folk, country and blue grass) musical group.  Our performances are family friendly, conversational, and inviting. The original and well-known songs they perform have a storytelling aspect and are well received by audiences of all ages. 

Horizon Blue features Monique Hill (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo and dulcimer), Peter Hill (guitar and mandolin), Mark Annulli (bass) and Rich Johnson (dobro).  Monique is the principal songwriter. Monique's songwriting credits include a charting international release in England, Germany, and Japan (www.horizonblueband.us).

Horizon Blue will be releasing their debut album Solstice at this concert! Join us for a fun evening of acoustic pleasure! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)
Apr
1
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

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Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

The origins of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra can be traced back to performances in the first decades of the twentieth century with Giuseppe Pettine and William Place Jr.    The modern version of the PMO dates from 1971, when it was revived by the Rhode Island teacher Hibbard Perry.  Since then the PMO has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles with regular performances throughout the United States and Europe. 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is a string orchestra made up of plucked string instruments, with sections of mandolins, mandolas, ‘liuto cantabile’, classical guitars and bass.  The PMO is dedicated to the performance of new original works, including pieces written for the ensemble.  In recent years the PMO has embarked on an ambitious program of joint performances with leading European mandolin ensembles from France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

PMO Music Director Mark Davis began his guitar and mandolin studies with Hibbard Perry, and continued with Siegfried Behrend from whom he inherited his fascination with contemporary forms of musical expression. Davis has been Music Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989.  He tours and records in duo with the guitarist Beverly Davis, and is the founder/director of the New American Mandolin Ensemble.

The music performed by the Providence Mandolin Orchestra reflects many different countries, genres, and time periods.  The PMO’s program for The Packing House will include music from Spain and the USA, with styles ranging from Romantic to Contemporary.

Join us for this unique concert in our intimate historic venue! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

*** SHOW CANCELED *** Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Zoe Lewis*** SHOW CANCELLED***
Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

*** SHOW CANCELED *** Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Zoe Lewis*** SHOW CANCELLED***

  • The Packing House

*** SHOW CANCELLED ***

WE REGRET THAT THE PERFORMANCE WITH ZOE LEWIS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH, IS CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A FUTURE DATE AT THE PACKING HOUSE .

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE.

 

Zoe Lewis is an outstanding performer and entertainer, and we look forward to her appearance with us in the future. We will post the new concert date as soon as it is established.

For those of you Connecticut fans that wish to catch Zoe in a local performance, you can see her at the All Souls UU Church in New London on Friday March 24th. Details here.

 

Acoustic Artist Series: Greg Abate Quartet (Jazz)
Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

Acoustic Artist Series: Greg Abate Quartet (Jazz)

  • The Packing House

GREG ABATE QUARTET (JAZZ)

TICKETS $20.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $25.00 AT THE DOOR / SPECIAL STUDENT PRICE $10.00 AT THE DOOR (WITH VALID I.D.)

The Greg Abate Quartet returns to The Packing House on March 18th!

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz / Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his group 'Channel One' which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.

Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.

June 18, 2016 ~ Greg Abate quartet boppin' hard at the Lizard Rodeo Lounge in the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, NM. John Rangell on keyboards.

A recent live album, Kindred Spirits, released in 2016 (Whaling City Sound) featured The Greg Abate Quintet with Phil Woods, and the Tim Ray Trio. This 2-CD set was recorded live at Chans in Rhode Island (read more).

His most recent recording, Road to Forever, was just released last month on the Waling City Sound label (read more). The project includes ten original tunes written by Greg and features members of his working trio Tim Ray Trio), Tim Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass), and Mark Walker (drums) who joined us at The Packing House in February.

Greg will be joined at The Packing House on March 18th by Matt deChamplain on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Ben Bilello on drums [www.gregabate.com].

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

The Artists:

Greg Abate

Greg Abate recorded his first CD Live At Birdland NYC in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. To tdate Greg has recorded over 17 other recordings as leader.

Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.

This year, Greg was inducted into the RHODE ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME (2016).

What some say about Greg Abate:

“I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging.”  Phil Woods

"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“…Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s
more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice. –METRO San Jose,

“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die.
One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…” –W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger

“Multi-saxophonist Greg Abate is a prime example of the ‘rear back and blow’ school of contemporary bop-based players. The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with and eager and easy virtuosity.” –David Franklin, Jazz Times

“Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” –Jim Merod, New Jazz Recordings

 

Matt deChamplain

Matt deChamplain grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut attending the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts during high school, obtaining his bachelors degree from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music and graduated magna cum laude with his masters from the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2012. He has opened for Wynton Marsalis’ Quintet, Dave Brubeck and Hank Jones, played with Dave Brubeck, Shawnn Monteiro, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Javon Jackson Jose Feliciano, Paul Keller and Jon Hendricks and has appeared at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and jazz clubs such as the Regatta Bar in Boston, Smalls in New York City and Yoshi's in San Francisco.

                                                                                                                                              Matt was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program where he engaged in a two week intensive composition and performance workshop led by Dr. Billy Taylor and Curtis Fuller culminating with three performances filmed live from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has participated in the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France, toured New Ross, Ireland with bassist Nat Reeves, and released two albums as a leader, "Stride Bop" and "Pause". He has also been featured on guitarist Norman Johnson's album "Get It While You Can" (2011), jazz violinist Jason Anick's album "Tipping Point" (2012) and recorded several songs with vocalist Jon Hendricks for "Holiday Wishes II: River of Stars" (2013). Matt currently holds a faculty position at the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford), teaches piano at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and is a visiting clinician for the Glastonbury High School Jazz Ensemble. While maintaining an active performance schedule, he continues to teach and compose.

 

Nat Reeves

During the past 30 years, Nat Reeves has been one of the top bassists in jazz. His supportive and stimulating playing has uplifted a countless number of sessions and recording dates (most notably with the great altoists Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett) and he has led his own CD State of Emergency. Both as a performer and an educator, he has made a strong impact on the jazz world.

"Noted for his artful articulation, time, tone, taste and irrepressible sense of swing and fluid invention, Reeves has always been a favorite of all kinds of instrumentalists, but a particularly special favorite of super saxophonists. His resume included work with an array of top performers at gigs world-wide from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, in famous venues ranging from the Village Vanguard to the Montreaux Jazz Festival." - Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

Nat began teaching part-time at the University of Hartford (The Hartt School jazz   program was organized and run by Jackie McLean) and the Artists Collective (an arts organization founded by Jackie and his wife Dollie). In 2001 Nat began a full time teaching career at The Hartt School where the African American Music Studies Program had been renamed the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. “I build on what my students already know and try to convince them to be more aggressive with learning. I’ve learned a lot from my students particularly about technology. I often teach what I want to learn. I love helping the students. I think of teaching similar to playing a gig: being well organized, accomplishing goals and solving problems. It is a lot of fun and it makes me a better musician.”

During the past year, Nat Reeves has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center.

 

Ben Bilello

Ben Bilello received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with Ben Toth, Glen Velez, Michael Carvin, and Tony Leone.  Since graduating from Hartt, Ben has performed and recorded with Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Javon Jackson, George Cables, Joe Wilder, Anthony Braxton, Charles Flores, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery, Dezron Douglas, New Jazz Workshop, and Shelton “Fatman” Laster, among many others.

In addition to performing with noted jazz musicians, Ben has toured with the South American folk groups Viva Quetzal and Markamusic. At this time, Ben can be seen performing with his own trio, Josh Evans and The Connection, bassist Jeff Fuller, and Earl MacDonald’s New Directions Ensemble, as well as many others.

 

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

There’s a new cultural destination in town! The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short).

 EC-CHAP is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

 The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, both located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, and artist in residence opportunities are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange.

 We have scheduled three "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization.

If you missed our first two meetings, please join us on:

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

 For RSVP or more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

Film Showing: "A Hard Day's Night" (G)
Mar
10
7:30 pm19:30

Film Showing: "A Hard Day's Night" (G)

  • The Packing House

FILM SHOWING: "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" (G)

Suggested Donation $5.00

"The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world - if only the madcap world will let them out of their hotel room. Richard Lester's boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy." (Rated 8.5/10) - Rotten Tomatoes

Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films.

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen.

This classic film is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

Talent Showcase
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

Talent Showcase

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Mar
5
12:00 pm12:00

Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

  • The Packing House

SPRING "FIRST SUNDAY AT THE MILL WORKS"

FREE ADMISSION

Come join us on Sunday, March 5th, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Spring Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Highlights include: Factory Tours; Open Artist Studios; The Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum.

Live performances with the Hall Memorial School ‘Select Chorus’, Interactive "Drum Ride" with Bob Bloom, and "Nat Reeves: Music, Images, and A Little Conversation".

Visit with local author Felix Giordano,  and more!  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Spring Season with us in this local historic landmark.

Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:00pm: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus"

2:00pm: Bob Bloom, "Take A Drum Ride", Interactive drumming activity

2:30pm: "Nat Reeves: Music, Images, and A Little Conversation"

NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - OPEN STUDIOS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Summer Sun Photography, Christopher Gunderson Design & Illustration, Jack Broderick Plein-Air Painter, Bruce & Sasha Press, Whalesong Arts, Solstice Counseling Center, St. Paul's Church.

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

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EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP)

FELIX GIORDANO, AUTHOR

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EDMUND SMITH, MUSICIAN

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PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474