EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Jeff Przech with Ashlee Paraidis (Americana)
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Jeff Przech with Ashlee Paraidis (Americana)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Jeff Przech with Ashlee Paraidis (Americana)

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

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A native of Hartford, Connecticut, now calling Unionville, CT home, Jeff Przech (pronounced 'Presh') released his debut record "Sounds Like Fresh" in 2015. Called 'as Americana as they come' by one reviewer, Przech's music offers a different geographical take on the genre while still maintaining the characteristics of modern Americana music.

Przech, despite hailing from the Northeast, offers a very authentic take on the Americana
sound with a distinct lack of pretense. Though 2015 was his debut as an original artist, Przech spent over a decade playing in the Connecticut cover band scene before deciding to devote his full attention and efforts to his own songs. Przech favors the narrative style of lyricism shown by modern artists like Jason Isbell as well as legendary artists like Kris Kristofferson, who Przech cites as his biggest influence.

Przech's newest record, "Jeff Przech & The Outfit," has more of a full band sound than his debut, heavy on Telecasters and a vintage vibe achieved by recording the record live in the studio. The songs on the Outfit record show an evolution and growth while still maintaining the narrative quality. "Jeff Przech & The Outfit" is due in early 2018. Przech has also started work on another project, "The Red Door Sessions," that will be available through his website later in 2018. 

Jeff will be joined by special guest Ashlee Paraidis.

Join us for an evening of outstanding original music with this talented musician! 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)
Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)

 

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

Ramblin' Dan Stevens performs a mix of traditional finger style blues, Americana and originals and has entertained audiences throughout the United States, Germany, UK, Canada and US Virgin Islands.  His unique style of "bottleneck" slide playing includes use of a homemade, three stringed "Cigar Box Guitar" and one stringed "Diddly Bow", both primitive blues instruments.

A finalist in the International Blues Challenge on Beale St. in Memphis TN and protege of the legendary folk and blues icon  Dave Van Ronk, Dan has been lauded as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach.  Dave’s career  has recently been highlighted by the release of the the Coen Brothers movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, set in the  Greenwich Village scene in the sixties. Also, Dan plays regularly in the New York City Subway System in locations such as Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. (Dan Stevens)

Join us for an evening of great stories and sassy blues with Ramblin' Dan (and ask him about his hat)! 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": The Music & Art of Patti Rothberg (Indie / Rock)
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": The Music & Art of Patti Rothberg (Indie / Rock)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": The Music & Art of Patti Rothberg (Indie / Rock)

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

Patti Rothberg’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 songwriting and performance, Patti Rothberg is an established visual artist, receiving a BFA from the Parson School of Design in 1994, Patti will debut her paintings at this unique concert, and an extensive showing of her work be displayed and showcased the following day at the Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear and 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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Spring 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

Spring 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Spring 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Free Admission - All welcome!

Come join us on Sunday, March 3rd, 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)!

Live performances in The Packing House with

Visit with resident artists Graphic Designer/Illustrator Chris Gunderson, Painter Carol Maciewicz, Photographer Kim Pumiglia, Plein-Air Painter Jack Broderick, Printmaker Emily Lyon, EC-CHAP Artist In Residence Rebecca Zablocki, and special guest artist Patti Rothberg.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Spring Season with us at this local historic landmark.

Explore the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and play "trivia"games throughout the day. Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

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SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:15pm-2:00pm: Hula-Hoop Performance & Instruction with Judi Jones

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JUDI JONES aka "Energizer" is a professional Hoop Dance Performer, Entertainer, Teacher and Fire Dancer.  She has been teaching since 2009 and started her own entertainment business Creative Game Parties in 2010.   Creative Game Parties is a mobile entertainment company providing interactive hoop dancing, circus arts, games and fire dancing.  She makes custom hula hoops from toddler to adult size.

Judi  received her Hoop Dance teacher certification in 2009.  She actively attends workshops/trainings for hooping, circus flow arts and fire dancing.  She teaches and performs for a variety of venues such as libraries, schools, campgrounds, community events, private parties, nursing homes and many more.

She currently is enrolled in a Master Aerial class and plans to attend Circus Arts Therapy training next summer.  Judi lives in So. Killingly, CT.

 

2:00pm-2:45pm: "The Crustaceans"  Surfer Rock Band

Courtesy: Jordy Smith Free Surfing at Teahupoo

Courtesy: Jordy Smith Free Surfing at Teahupoo

THE CRUSTACEANS - Enjoy the beginning of an early summer with this surf rockin' group!

 

3:00pm-3:45pm: Singer Songwriter Curtis Brand

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CURTIS BRAND'S's music starts with the words.   In the tradition of singer songwriters like Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, and Willie Nelson, Curtis playfully jabs the listener with the existential absurdity of our everyday life. He tells tales of the human condition--the lost souls, the wounded veteran, the let down lover--and blends them with delightful ditties and love songs in a performance which not only touches the sensibilities but also lifts the spirit.   From Older than Dirt, a tongue in cheek celebration of the aging process which is the title song from his first album, to Dust on the Water, which memorializes the World Trade Center tragedy, Curtis' songs pull the listener across the full range of human emotions.  Whether performing solo in coffee shops and house concerts or joining with the On Call Band in full concert shows, the songs of Curtis Brand reach out and speak of the people around us.
 

NOON TO 5:00PM

FEATURED GUEST ARTIST: THE PAINTINGS OF PATTI ROTHBERG

ABOUT THE ARTIST Patti Rothberg, a Scarsdale, NY native and NYC resident, has been creating beautiful impressionistic and abstract renderings for nearly four decades. Her primary focus is a concentration of portrait work in acrylic, but has also explored a multitude of subject and medium, including oils, pen and ink, pastel, etching, lithograph and fabric paint. Patti Rothberg’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. Patti is a graduate of Boston University (Dean's List) and Parsons School of Design, New York and Paris, where she received the degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration. Exhibitions include: Parsons Senior Show, ’94, Joan Busing Spring ’90, Sidewalk Café, ’94, Math 4 Artists: The Wonder of Genetics, Group Show, ‘Father Knows Best,’ 2002, Kitch Encounters, 2007, NELCWIT Benefit for Domestic Violence, 2015 Patti created the nine self-portrait paintings for the CD artwork of her acclaimed EMI Recording debut, ‘Between the 1 & and the 9’ (1996). Other various album cover designs were commissioned by recording artists, Big Sister, Dimestore Romeos, and Stranglys.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Patti Rothberg, a Scarsdale, NY native and NYC resident, has been creating beautiful impressionistic and abstract renderings for nearly four decades. Her primary focus is a concentration of portrait work in acrylic, but has also explored a multitude of subject and medium, including oils, pen and ink, pastel, etching, lithograph and fabric paint.

Patti Rothberg’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.

Patti is a graduate of Boston University (Dean's List) and Parsons School of Design, New York and Paris, where she received the degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration.
Exhibitions include: Parsons Senior Show, ’94, Joan Busing Spring ’90, Sidewalk Café, ’94, Math 4 Artists: The Wonder of Genetics, Group Show, ‘Father Knows Best,’ 2002, Kitch Encounters, 2007, NELCWIT Benefit for Domestic Violence, 2015

Patti created the nine self-portrait paintings for the CD artwork of her acclaimed EMI Recording debut, ‘Between the 1 & and the 9’ (1996). Other various album cover designs were commissioned by recording artists, Big Sister, Dimestore Romeos, and Stranglys.

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS: Jack Broderick, Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Rebecca Zablocki, Emily Lyon, and Kim Pumigula. 

PAINTING DEMONSTRATION WITH JACK BRODERICK

ART ACTIVITY: MAKING BIG THINGS WITH CHRIS GUNDERSON AND CAROL MACKIEWICZ

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information, please call 518-791-9474. 

The Mill Works is located at 156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279.

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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Special Note: EC-CHAP is excited to debut our new Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian! It is an honor and privilege to have such a talented and award-winning dancer lead this monthly dance experience with us. The Social Dance Series will be offered on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Bring your dancing shoes!

Enjoy a lovely evening out social ballroom dancing. Each month will feature a beginner ballroom dance lesson. Have you ever wanted to learn Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz or Fox Trot? Learn the basics or practice some new moves, or lend your skills to expand our dance community. All levels welcome.  Partner not required.

After the lesson stay or join us for a fun social dance to all your favorite ballroom hits. Viennese Waltz to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Social dancing is a beautiful evening out socializing and dancing with friends to great music. Save me a dance!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kelly Madenjian is a  Social Ballroom Dance, Fitness and Yoga instructor.  She is 7 time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance Champion. Kelly enjoys being an adjunct professor at Eastern Ct State Univ in the Athletics Depart. She has designed and teaches Salsa Fit, a cardio dance workout class and Dance Your Yoga Flow, a vinyasa power flow to music infused with classical dance training techniques. Kelly also does community adult and children’s theater as an actress, choreographer and director. She most recently has added film and commercial appearances to her credits. 

Join us for this monthly Social Dance Experience! 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

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The nature of the Kevin Harris Project is a highly interactive compilation of repertoire that seeks to interpret a message of strength and curiosity through mostly original compositions and occasional American standards. Harris believes the intersection of classically influenced music, American traditional jazz, and Afro-Latin rhythms is the perfect spring board for exciting conversations with the members of his group.

When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad. 

Fred Hersch talks of Harris as one who “plays and writes with flair and real soul" and Downbeat Magazine writes that “Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully.”

One of the captivating elements of the Kevin Harris Project is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris’s determination to capture his audience through explorative interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as "an exciting commitment to quality".

Among his most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Ralph Peterson, Steve Langone, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Tommy Campbell, Bill Pierce, Yoron Israel, Dezron Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Terri Lyne Carrington.

Harris performs at renowned national and international venues --Blue Note (NYC, Boston, and Milan), Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow Jazz Club, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's Jazz Cafe, to name a few--.  His ensemble has also participated at Jazz Festivals in Cuba, Panama, Italy, Denmark, Peru, Israel, and the USA.

Join us for an evening of outstanding jazz n 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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 setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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. Invite everybody you know!

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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information 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. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities 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. These meetings are free to attend.

Please join us on:

Thursday, March 15th at 7:00pm

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Eric Lee (Folk/Bluegrass)
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Eric Lee (Folk/Bluegrass)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Eric Lee (Folk/Bluegrass)

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

A masterful and engaging multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Eric Lee has performed in countless settings, from southern roadhouses and festival stages to pit orchestras, London pubs, and the theaters of Beijing. Most recently, Lee performed on the main stage of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

His songs are a hybrid of poetic lyric with a singular melodic sense strongly rooted in the folk, bluegrass, and Irish traditions. Having accompanied such legendary artists as Eric Andersen, John Gorka, Peter Rowan, the Nields, Dave Navarro, and Tom Rush, Lee has drawn inspiration from these legendary artists, and is making a name for himself in a new generation of songwriters and balladeers.

The music of Eric Lee is a chimera of genres and influences; an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at it's core. His new EP traverses a range of emotion, from the unbridled joy of love in "Miles Above the Ground" to the wrenching pain of Eros in "To Write you a Song"; the unflattering honesty of coping with loss ("Life Without You") to the cosmic petition to the ancient powers in "Hands of Fortune" (Eric Lee).

Come join us for some original music, awesome fiddlin', and overall great musicianship  by these talented 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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" "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)

EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR 

At this hoot, first-time drummers and those with seasoning drumrollick together.  From 2007 to 2010, Bob Bloom was chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world.

For nearly two decades, he served as a faculty assistant to Dr. Babatunde Olatunji for his “Language of the Drums” courses at The Omega Institute, Rowe Conference Center, and Kripalu Institute for Yoga and Health.

BB drummed and sang as a performance member of Olatunji’s internationally-renowned African music and dance company,  “Drums of Passion” in concerts at venues including Lincoln Center, The Washington Monument, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jorgenson Hall.

Through Olatunji’s music philosophy, “Unity of Purpose”, you'll float wherever your thoughts take you rhythmic-ally, melodic-ally, harmonic-ally, beat-ally, lyric-ally, and movement-ally.

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Bring your favorite hand drums. You’re drumless? No problem. Your heart and hands can enjoy the djembes, doumbeks, tubanos, and bongos from the colorful cargo that BB is trucking to the shindigs. 

Join us for this unique monthly drum circle experience. 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door/ Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

EC-CHAP is extremely pleased to have Bob Malone back at The Packing House! Bob is simply an incredible keyboardist and musician receiving highest praises from some of the most notable and credible publications in the music industry. It is a true pleasure to present to you, An Evening with Keyboard Artist Bob Malone!

BOB MALONE has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. Classically trained, with a degree in jazz and a lifetime playing rock & roll clubs, theatres, and arenas, Bob’s sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own.

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Born and raised in New Jersey, he has lived in New York City, New Orleans and Boston, and is currently based in Los Angeles. As a solo artist, Bob plays around 100 shows a year in the US, UK, Europe and Australia - including sets at Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), Colne Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Blue Mountains Music Fest (AU), and Narooma Blues Fest (AU). He has been featured twice at WWOZ Piano Night in New Orleans, and has opened for Boz Scaggs, Subdudes, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, BoDeans, Dr. John, Marcia Ball and many others. As a member of John Fogerty’s band, he has played with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, and Alan Toussaint.

Malone’s 2015 album, Mojo Deluxe, has received a long list of rave reviews, spent months on the Living Blues, Relix/Jambands.com, Roots Music Report and Americana Music Association (AMA) radio charts in the US, and reached #1 on the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) chart in the UK. Videos from Bob’s upcoming Mojo Live DVD have recently been premiered by Relix Magazine and Alternative Root Magazine.

Bob’s music is heard regularly on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and The Rachel Ray Show, and he has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and The View with John Fogerty.

Kurzweil Music Systems chose Bob to make the demo videos for their new Forte digital piano, and he is endorsed by QSC Audio, Hammond Organ and Fishman Acoustic Transducers. (Bob Malone)


Mr. Malone has recently posted the following video in an effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Please consider purchasing "The River Gives". 100% of all proceeds from the sales of this song go directly to the Houston Red Cross to assist hurricane victims . Buy the MP3 at http://www.bobmalone.com/store/#therivergives. 

This song was originally written for the Rebuild West Virginia Telethon, to help the victims of last year's historic flooding in West Virginia, which killed 23 people and rendered thousands homeless.


“Pulsating, roaring keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy.” Keyboard Magazine

“This is hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll with New Orleans flourishes – “Chinese Algebra” is a quirky delight.” Offbeat Magazine

“With Malone’s latest offering, he has found his mojo delivering a superbly produced blues rock album packed with funk and oozing with soul.” National Rock Review


Join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear this "Keyboard Wizzard" (The New Yorker)! 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

Special Note: Its an honor and privilege to have the Greg Abate Quartet return to The Packing House for their spring performance! Greg, Ben, Matt, and Lou continue to amaze our audiences with their seamless interactions and improvisation.

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 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 released earlier this year 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).  [NOTE: The Tim Ray Trio will be performing at The Packing House on Saturday, November 4th].

Greg will be joined at The Packing House on October 14th by Matt deChamplain on piano, Lou Bocciarelli on bass, and Ben Bilello on drums.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

About the Artists:

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.

 

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.

 

Lou Bocciarelli

Lou Bocciarelli is a member of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, Al Copley’s Band, Bill’s Seafood Jazz All-Stars, Charlie Holland All-Stars, Vince Thompson & TNFT, Johnny and the ECR, Mystic Jazz Ensemble, New London Big Band, can be seen at venues & festivals around the New England area.

Lou has had the good fortune to perform in the Jazz world with many wonderful artists including Phil Woods, Louie Bellson, Joe Morello, Dave Bruebeck, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi, Dick Johnson, Tom Kubis, Steve Allen, Donn Trenner, Roger Ingram to name a few. Equally comfortable in the theater, Lou has performed in many pits including performances with the Goodspeed Playhouse in CT, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Lou resides in Griswold, CT with his wife Kathryn and two teenage children.
 

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EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)
Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)

EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR 

At this hoot, first-time drummers and those with seasoning drumrollick together.  From 2007 to 2010, Bob Bloom was chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world.

For nearly two decades, he served as a faculty assistant to Dr. Babatunde Olatunji for his “Language of the Drums” courses at The Omega Institute, Rowe Conference Center, and Kripalu Institute for Yoga and Health.

BB drummed and sang as a performance member of Olatunji’s internationally-renowned African music and dance company,  “Drums of Passion” in concerts at venues including Lincoln Center, The Washington Monument, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jorgenson Hall.

Through Olatunji’s music philosophy, “Unity of Purpose”, you'll float wherever your thoughts take you rhythmic-ally, melodic-ally, harmonic-ally, beat-ally, lyric-ally, and movement-ally.

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Bring your favorite hand drums. You’re drumless? No problem. Your heart and hands can enjoy the djembes, doumbeks, tubanos, and bongos from the colorful cargo that BB is trucking to the shindigs. 

Join us for this unique monthly drum circle experience. 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lisa Martin (Folk) - CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO STORM - RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 7TH
Feb
17
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lisa Martin (Folk) - CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO STORM - RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 7TH

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lisa Martin

FEBRUARY 17TH CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO STORMRESCHEDULED TO APRIL 7TH

CALL FOR REFUNDS FOR ADVANCED SALES - 518-791-9474

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LISA MARTIN CONCERT RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY APRIL 7TH, 7:30PM

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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 setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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. Invite everybody you know!

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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information 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. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities 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. These meetings are free to attend.

Please join us on:

Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00pm

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Gracie Day with Lee Sylvestre
Feb
10
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Gracie Day with Lee Sylvestre

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Gracie Day with Lee Sylvestre

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

Special Note: We welcome Gracie Day and Lee Sylvester back to The Packing House with great pleasure! Since their last visit, Gracie's musical career has grown to new heights (both as a solo artist and with her band Gracie Day & The Knights) - and with no surprises here. Her original songwriting, unique vocals and emotional delivery are being recognized throughout the state and beyond. Lee's guitar skills and dynamics are second to none; and we hope to learn more about his new project with The Auburn Mode. Not only are they extremely talented musicians, their humble and respectful nature make collaboration a true pleasure. - EC-CHAP

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Gracie Day is 2017’s “Best New Act” according to the New England Music Awards, an organization that acknowledges musical artists across all six states. Based in Hartford, and recently named “Best Folk Band” in CTNow’s Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll for 2017,  Gracie Day is gaining a reputation for her authentic performances and heartfelt storytelling which is highlighted by melodic sensibility and dynamic sound.

The genre “Folk”, though a large influence on Day’s lyric writing, doesn’t quite describe the mixture of rock, soul and country her band has. Her debut E.P released in November 2017, and another record is anticipated for 2018. 

 

Gracie will be performing at the Packing House with her talented guitar player, Lee Sylvestre who adds beautiful musical dynamics and harmonies.  

Join us for an evening of outstanding original music with 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon" (G)
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon" (G)

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon" (G)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

PHOTO: Coral Gables Art Cinema1280 × 800Search by image U.K., 1982, 95 min, 35mm, Dir. Alan Parker, Rated R, Warner Bros.

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U.K., 1982, 95 min, 35mm, Dir. Alan Parker, Rated R, Warner Bros.

It is likely that most everyone  from teens to nineties has heard of Pink Floyd's Classic 1973 Album, "Dark Side of the Moon". Here is an opportunity to see how this creative band made this historic album!

"Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the classic 1973  album Dark Side of the Moon. Features individual interviews with bandmembers Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright about the writing and recording process.

PHOTO: The band prepares to board a DC-8 jet airliner for a 12-day tour in Japan, on March 3, 1972. They had all of the plane’s 114 seats to themeslves. - Newsweek

PHOTO: The band prepares to board a DC-8 jet airliner for a 12-day tour in Japan, on March 3, 1972. They had all of the plane’s 114 seats to themeslves. - Newsweek

Also features concert and studio footage, video clips, and original demo recording sessions. Engineer Alan Parsons and cover artist Storm Thorgerson offer up commentary, while several music journalists and record label executives reveal some brief insight.

PHOTO: The "Dark Side of the Moon" prism is one of rock’s most recognizable album covers. But it was almost a picture of a superhero instead. To create the cover, Pink Floyd turned to Storm Thorgerson (above), a longtime friend and graphic designer who, through his company Hipgnosis, had created much of the band’s artwork. He came back to them with a photographic representation of Marvel’s Silver Surfer character, which was instantly rejected. - Newsweek

PHOTO: The "Dark Side of the Moon" prism is one of rock’s most recognizable album covers. But it was almost a picture of a superhero instead. To create the cover, Pink Floyd turned to Storm Thorgerson (above), a longtime friend and graphic designer who, through his company Hipgnosis, had created much of the band’s artwork. He came back to them with a photographic representation of Marvel’s Silver Surfer character, which was instantly rejected. - Newsweek

Discussions involve the studio-specific techniques used to create the clock loops on "Time," the cash register sounds on "Money," and the vocal chorus on "The Great Gig in the Sky." - Rotten Tomatoes

"If there are a handful of albums in the rock universe that deserve a bells-and-whistles DVD treatment, Dark Side of the Moon is clearly among them. In the '70s and '80s, the classic 1973 album by Pink Floyd remained on the Billboard 200 for a staggering 741 consecutive weeks, a record that will likely stand forever. Echoing themes of alienation, paranoia, and death, it is a dreamy, often trancelike tour through the subconscious of Floyd lyricist Roger Waters.

This 84-minute DVD offers a track-by-track look at the making of Dark Side of the Moon, featuring interviews with band members Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, plus rare acoustic versions of "Breathe" and "Brain Damage."

For those fans interested in the story behind the crafting of one of rock's true landmark records, this is the equivalent of ambrosia. Discussions involve the studio-specific techniques used to create the clock loops on "Time," the cash register sounds on "Money," and the vocal chorus on "The Great Gig in the Sky." Special features include alternate versions of "Brain Damage," "Breathe," and "Time." - Top Documentary Films

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Afternoon with Mark & Beverly Davis with Robert Margo (The Hampton Trio)
Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Afternoon with Mark & Beverly Davis with Robert Margo (The Hampton Trio)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Afternoon with Mark & Beverly Davis with Robert Margo (The Hampton Trio)

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

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The Hampton Trio (Beverly Davis, classical guitar; Mark Davis, mandolin; Robert Margo, mandola) performs original music and arrangements for an ensemble of mandolin, mandola, and classical guitar. Inspired by the groundbreaking work of groups such as Trio Nuovo (Japan) and Trio Chamorro (Spain), the Hampton Trio’s goal is to popularize and add to the existing repertoire for this instrumentation.  In addition to their trio repertoire, the group’s programs often feature duets by Beverly and Mark Davis, and solos by Robert Margo.

Classical guitarist Beverly Davis began playing in plucked string ensembles when studying with Reed Desrosier and performing with the Keene State Guitar Orchestra.  While serving as president of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra (PMO) Davis organized numerous international tours and also directed the 2001 International Festival of Mandolins in Providence, Rhode Island.  She performs frequently in a duo with Mark Davis, and also with the PMO and the New American Mandolin Ensemble (NAME).

Mark Davis began his guitar and mandolin studies with Hibbard Perry, and continued his musical training with the eminent German guitarist Siegfried Behrend.  Over the course of his career Davis has performed widely in the United States and abroad, and has made numerous recordings. He is the Music Director of the PMO (1989) and of NAME (2013).  Davis also tours and records in duo with the guitarist Beverly Davis.

Robert Margo is an accomplished performer on classical guitar, mandolin, mandola and renaissance lute. Twicea prize-winner at the national performance competition of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA), Margo frequently writes articles on mandolin topics for the CMSA’s Mandolin Journal.  Margo is a member of the PMO and of NAME, and he also gives solo concerts on mandolin and mandola.

Reactions to The Hampton Trio: 
Thanks a lot for the concert recordings. They are really good and the program is excellent. I love these pieces!” – Julien Martineau (France)

We have listened with great affection to your recording of The Hampton Trio concert. It brings us many beautiful memories. We congratulate you on your courageous work and we encourage you to continue working.” – Pedro Chamorro (Spain)

I saw the live recordings of The Hampton Trio on YouTube.  Your Suite by Lully is wonderful, having an airy and light sound.  I like it while your expression is a bit different from the Trio Nuovo’s.  I hope you will have continuous success in your activities.”  -- Michiko Kataoka, Trio Nuovo and Kataoka Mandolin Institute (Japan)

Join us for an afternoon with these exceptional classical artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Nicole Zuraitis
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Nicole Zuraitis

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Nicole Zuraitis

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

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Special Note: It is a privilege to have Nicole Zuraitis join us in her debut performance at The Packing House. Nicole's musical talent exceeds expectations... Her smooth vocals and jazz piano, combined with original composition and arrangement just leave you wanting more. This is one performance not to miss! - EC-CHAP

If recently you happened upon Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar and were enchanted by the seismic talent of inspired vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter Nicole Zuraitis, you’re officially part of the 32-year-old’s burgeoning fan club. Nicole Zuraitis blends bountiful songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and dazzling vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world.

Nicole is the 2016 New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project Winner, 2015 second runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2014 Herb Albert ASCAP Young Composer Awards Winner. Nicole has headlined the Blue Note (NYC) and maintains residencies at the 55 Bar, Rockwood Music Hall (with the Dan Pugach Nonet), and Redeye Grill. Audiences love Nicole’s limitless enthusiasm, but that’s only part of her story; only part of her talent.

“A heart as big as her remarkable voice”-- JAZZ POLICE

"A voice that's hard to ignore... remarkable range... you can't help but stop and take notice." -- JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE

While pursuing a career that has spanned jazz, pop and classical, Nicole has collaborated with Cyrille Aimee, Thana Alexa, Dave Stryker, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Omar Hakim and Bernard Purdie. She’s performed at festivals nationwide, and has recorded two albums: 2013’s Pariah Anthem and 2009’s Spread The Word, both releases featuring the cream of New York’s jazz hierarchy.

Nicole’s new recording, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records), chronicles themes close to her heart, including an unflinching love of family and friends delivered with a sincere spirit that finds release in eight intimate original compositions (and two covers) which span genres. After hearing Hive Mind, you’d expect nothing less from this NYU trained classical vocalist and Connecticut born songwriter who swings hard as she brings listeners under her enveloping musical wings. (Nicole Zuraitis)

Nicole will be joined by Idan Morim on guitar, Alex Busby on bass, and Dan Pugach on drums.

"Brooklyn’s Nicole Zuraitis Brings Visceral Vocals, Her Powerhouse Presence and Winning Songwriting to Jazz Outing, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records)."- KEN MICALLEF (DOWNBEAT)

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Join us for an evening of exceptional jazz and extended release of Nicole Z's new CD, "Hive Mind"! This concert 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

NOTE: SHOULD THIS PERFORMANCE NEED TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018.

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins

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

Lexi Weege is back at The Packing House this month! Her debut appearance on our stage as a solo artist in 2016 demonstrated an original style and sultry bluesy-jazzy vocals. Lexi now brings her new band, The Wondertwins for an evening of new sounds.

Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins, Tom and AJ Del Negro, join forces to create a live jazz experience like no other. The three friends take inspiration from the music of the hot jazz age and craft beautiful three part harmonies to create a sound all their own.

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Having just released their debut album, "Marigold" this past summer, Weege & The Wondertwins have been taking New England by storm. 

Join us for an evening of original song with 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Special Local Artist Performance": Ed Smith & Friends
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Special Local Artist Performance": Ed Smith & Friends

EC-CHAP "Special Local Artist Performance": Ed Smith & Friends

TICKETS $8.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $10.00 AT THE DOOR

EC-CHAP is proud to provide opportunities for local artists to share their unique work and talent. Our winter season at The Packing House includes a new "Special Local Artist Performance Program". Specific performances that comprise this Program typically evolve from our Talent Showcase series (the 2nd Wednesday of the month) and will be added to our regular performance schedule. This inaugural show, rescheduled from September, features musician and poet Edmund Smith.

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The following according to Ed:

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a Brooklyn-born singer songwriter whose repertoire ranges from conventional song forms to experimental and theatrical soundscapes a la Frank Zappa and John Cage.

Ed began his musical meanderings in his basement home in Brooklyn, where he helped
assemble a ragtag band of adolescents known as the Pig Sisters. The song, 'It's Time to Revolt' was among their several excursions to fall asleep in the basement that summer. After that, Ed took to classical guitar and also began building cacophonous percussion instruments, mainly out of plumbing materials, which later came to be known as cancaphones. These instruments are featured in many of Ed's shows to this day.

Aside from the first juvenile attempt at ensemble work, Ed has been in such groups as Brain Taste, Horseshoe Crab, Target Cactus, Menage a Twang, the Milledge People, and now the Presuminati.

Besides working in several musical genres, Smith as published in local publications in Seattle, Miami, Boston, Athens, and Northeast Connecticut. He at one time wrote poetry under the pseudonym 'Noam Poemsky' for a zine called Seditious Delicious. Presently, he has 2 books on Amazon, ' Lastly, I Wish to Mention' and Voluminous Rex. He has helped found the Think and Do Philosophy Club , which is enjoying its 3rd year. His articles appear monthly in Neighbors magazine. He has a personal life, but it's personal.

Ed will be joined by his band Presuminati as well as two members of the Drone Orchestra.

Join us for an interesting evening of original music and spoken word. 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": Claudia Schmidt with Miro Sprague
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": Claudia Schmidt with Miro Sprague

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": Claudia Schmidt with Miro Sprague

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

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Special Note: We are pleased to have Claudia Schmidt and Miro Sprague join us in their debut performance at The Packing House. Claudia's CD Release of "Hark the Dark" is timely and relevant to the season. This compilation of classic and original works portrays a reflection and texture of this special time of year. - EC CHAP

Claudia Schmidt has been creating and performing music audiences all over the world for almost 45 years, delighting them with her craft as well as her love of performing. Though she is known primarily for her presence in the folk world, she has been steadily raising her profile in the jazz realm as well, mostly in the Midwest, where she has been based for a few decades. Her multi-octave voice is a perfect instrument for jazz, be it ballad or be bop. Many original compositions join the standard jazz repertoire, with blues and spoken word woven into the mix as well.

Now living in NE Connecticut, she is connecting with jazz musicians in this region, and will be performing her first ever jazz concert out here at the Packing House on Sat. Jan. 20, celebrating the release of her 22nd recording, a winter themed collection called Hark the Dark.

With her on the 20th,( as well as on the new CD) will be Miro Sprague on piano. 

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Miro Sprague is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. He leads his own trio and quintet and is a member of the cooperative septet “Holophonor.” Miro has toured the nationally and internationally and has performed with Wayne Shorter, Matt Wilson, Greg Osby, Jerry Bergonzi, Reggie Workman, Adam Cruz and Linda Oh, among others. He is also a skilled vocal accompanist and has been the pianist of choice for renowned vocalist Karrin Allyson since late 2015.

Miro received his undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his masters degree from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, a prestigious, tuition-free jazz masters program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class. While at the Institute, Miro had the opportunity to study with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Childs, James Newton, Dave Liebman and Hal Crook, among others. 

Miro was a semifinalist in the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival Piano Competition and has released four studio albums including his most recent release “Blue Dreaming”. He lives in New York City.

Join us for an opportunity to celebrate this new collection of music and experience these accomplished jazz musicians in an historic intimate setting! This concert 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Calle 54" (G)
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Calle 54" (G)

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Calle 54" (G)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

"Calle 54" (G). Music documentary released 2000 by Miramax Films.

This documentary, directed by Fernando Trueba, features a behind-the-scenes look into the music of many of the premier contemporary Latin musicians.

"Calle 54" stands with the "Buena Vista Social Club" as a landmark musical tribute" - Rolling Stone

"A Magnificent Film! Dazzling performances! It will open you to a thrilling new world." - The Wall Street Journal

"Fernando Trueba's wonderful documentary tribute to Latin jazz, is even better on a second viewing because the film is such a pure expression of the director's love for the music, a love so infectious it should leave you elated.

'I wrote this piece to be like a movie,' says the saxophonist Gato Barbieri before he
begins to play. One of the best-known performers in the film and renowned in the United
States for the weary machismo of his forlorn wails on the 'Last Tango in Paris'
soundtrack, he still wears his big-brimmed slouch hat and, wrapped in dramatic shawls,
resembles a South American widow from an Isabel Allende novel.

Mr. Barbieri mentions the names of filmmakers with whom he felt a kinship -- Jean-Luc
Godard, Luchino Visconti and the director of ''Last Tango,'' Bernardo Bertolucci -- men
who represent wildly different styles but who embraced danger and passion, as Mr.
Barbieri does. He talks about dropping out of recording for an extended period, alluding
to his unhappiness with the albums he released on A&M in the late 1970's. But this grand
old tiger can still blow a hole in the ozone layer. His magnificence remains unabated.
So does that of the pianist Bebo Valdes, who plays duets with his son, Chucho. (Bebo is
tickled by his son's avoirdupois, and Chucho's large hands span the keyboard like those of
another Atlas of the keyboards, the Canadian giant Oscar Peterson, although Chucho
plays with a much livelier attack.) Father and son reach into themselves for a
performance that's fiery and heart-rending." - Elvis Mitchell, NY Times

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

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CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW - EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May) - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW - EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May) - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW - EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May) - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

 

YOUR DRUM CIRCLE WITH BOB BLOOM SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE EXPECTED STORM. THIS PROGRAM WILL RESUME ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, AND WILL CONTINUE AS PLANNED ON THE 3RD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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 setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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. Invite everybody you know!

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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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

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EC-CHAP "ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES": Seat Of Our Pants (Folk/Bluegrass)
Jan
6
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES": Seat Of Our Pants (Folk/Bluegrass)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Seat Of Our Pants (Folk/Bluegrass)

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

With their own eclectic style of folky roots homegrown right here in Connecticut, Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP) is rapidly becoming a household name throughout the state and beyond. 

Their songs are both heartfelt and humorous, their harmonies heavenly, and they play an array of instruments you don't see every day, with Mike on fiddle, Mark on Cajon, Jeff on bass, and Carolyn on whichever stringed instrument she decides to bring along for the night. Treat yourself to an evening of music that will leave you laughing, crying, and thankful that you decided to spend some time with this crew.

Join us for an evening of great music by these talented 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Pink Floyd: The Wall" (R)
Jan
1
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Pink Floyd: The Wall" (R)

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Pink Floyd: The Wall" (R)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

Coral Gables Art Cinema1280 × 800Search by image U.K., 1982, 95 min, 35mm, Dir. Alan Parker, Rated R, Warner Bros.

Coral Gables Art Cinema1280 × 800Search by image
U.K., 1982, 95 min, 35mm, Dir. Alan Parker, Rated R, Warner Bros.

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982). This indie film directed by Alan Parker and written by Roger Waters, stars Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson.

"A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from
everyone."

"The movie tells the story of rock singer "Pink" who is sitting in his hotel room in Los Angeles, burnt out from the music business and only able to perform on stage with the help of drugs. Based on the 1979 double album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, the film begins in Pink's youth where he is crushed by the love of his mother. Several years later, he is punished by the teachers in school because he is starting to write poems. He slowly begins to build a wall around himself to be protected from the world outside. The film shows all this in massive and epic pictures until the very end where he tears down the wall and breaks free." Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de> - IMDb

"The rock opera "Pink Floyd: The Wall," first performed in 1978, came at a time when some rock artists were taking themselves very seriously indeed. While the Beatles and Stones had recorded stand-alone songs or themed albums at the most, The Who produced "Tommy" in 1969 and "Quadrophenia" in 1973. David Bowie and Genesis followed, and "Pink Floyd: The Wall" essentially brought a close to that chapter.

This isn't the most fun to listen to and some viewers don't find it to much fun to watch, but the 1982 film is without question the best of all serious fiction films devoted to rock. Seeing it now in more timid times, it looks more daring than in did in 1982, when I saw it at Cannes. Alan Parker, a director who seemed to deliberately choose widely varied projects, here collaborates with Gerald Scarfe, a biting British political caricaturist, to make what is
essentially an experimental indie. It combines wickedly powerful animation with a surrealistic trip through the memory and hallucinations of an overdosing rock star. It touches on sex, nuclear disarmament, the agony of warfare, childhood feelings of abandonment, the hero's deep unease about women, and the life style of a rock star at the end of his rope.
" - Roger Ebert

"Unlike ''Tommy,'' ''The Wall'' doesn't have the jokey, selfdeflating side that might have been helpful. It's serious through and through. Mr. Parker occasionally reprises some of his handsomest images, as if these were coming attractions for an equally attentiongetting but less overbearing film. Alas, that isn't true."  - JANET MASLIN - NY Times

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (PG)
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (PG)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Join us for the 3rd annual showing of this Holiday classic "It’s A Wonderful Life" (1946) at The Packing House.  Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore. “An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed." (IMDb).
 
Rated-PG. Friday, December 9th. Doors open at 7:00pm / Showing at 7:30pm. Suggested donation $5.00.

Make this a Holiday tradition in our intimate historic setting! This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

[Free Admission - To give us an idea how many folks will be attending, please click the button below to obtain your free ticket. Thanks!]

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

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 setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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. Invite everybody you know!

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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information 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. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities 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. These meetings are free to attend.

Please join us on:

Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: Eclectica (Classical  Holiday Concert)
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: Eclectica (Classical Holiday Concert)

Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)

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

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Eclectica is a Connecticut-based chamber trio that arranges and plays music spanning centuries, continents, musical styles, and cultures, using a unique combination of instruments including recorders, various sizes of viola da gamba, hammered dulcimer, and violin.

Eclectica’s 2017 Christmas program takes listeners on a seasonal musical journey featuring original arrangements of. . .

  • Pre-Renaissance Spanish “cantiguas”
  • Selections from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s The Seasons, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracke
  • Favorite American 20th-century holiday songs . . . and many other musical delights in between!

The Eclectica Chamber Trio includes founder and arranger Carrie Crompton (hammered dulcimer, viola da gamba), Monika Kinstler (viola da gamba, violin, recorders), and Deborah Robin (recorders).

For this spirited and uplifting Christmas program, the trio will be joined by five of our wonderful musical friends:  instrumentalist Laura Mazza-Dixon (guitar and viola da gamba) and singers Lorraine LiswellMargaret Chatey, Janice Chamberlain, and Lauri Wilbur.

Join us for an afternoon of acoustic chamber music as we embrace the Holiday Spirit with these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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CANCELLED - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELLED - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project

CANCELLED EC-CHAP Jazz Series:

Kevin Harris Project - CANCELLED

The concert featuring the Keven Harris Project scheduled for tomorrow night, Saturday, December 9th, has been cancelled due to anticipated storm. This concert will be rescheduled at a later date - Date TBD.

All advanced online ticket sales will be reimbursed to the purchaser.

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Winter 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Winter 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Winter 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

[Free Admission - To give us an idea how many folks will be attending, please click the button below to obtain your free ticket. Thanks!]

Come join us on Sunday, December 3rd, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Winter  “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Live performances in The Packing House with the Hall Memorial School Select Chorus, regional singer / songwriter Dean Bolt, and others. 

Visit with resident artists Chris Gunderson, Carol Maciewicz, Jack Broderick, Jessica Regele, Summer Sun Photography, and special guest artists.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Holiday Season with us at this local historic landmark.

Explore the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and play "trivia"games throughout the day. Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

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SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:00pm-1:45pm: Hall memorial School "Select Chorus

Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" under direction of Jason Philips

The Select Chorus under the direction of Jason Philips returns to The Packing House to share their young talent and incredible vocals. A holiday performance not to miss!

2:00pm-2:45pm: Singer / Songwriter Dean Bolt

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Dean Bolt is a singer songwriter who grew up in Willimantic CT surrounded by garage bands and great musicians. He wasn’t one of them. 

Many years later he found his way to acoustic guitar finger picking style and it clicked. His influences ranged from Leo Kotke, Doc Watson and Bonnie Raitt to James Taylor. There have been plenty of new and old influences. With over 100 songs written, it is likely he will be singing about something that connects with your experience. From poignant to thought provoking to off beat, he has written for weddings, funerals and parties
and about subjects from crop circles to suicide and, of course, love. Give him a listen at a show or download a song. Enjoy the ride! 
 

Painting Demonstration: 1:00 - 4:00pm  - Jack Broderick

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Plein-Air painter Jack Broderick will offer a painting demonstration through most of the afternoon. You can find jack in his working studio and workshop, Suite 2206.

 

Cookie Decorating and Tree Ornament Design: 1:00 - 4:00pm  - Chris Gunderson and Carol Mackiewicz

Join artists Chris Gunderson and Carol Mackiewicz in decorating holiday cookies and designing unique tree ornaments! Open to all ages.

 

NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Jessica Regele, Jack Broderick, Summer Sun Photography, St. Paul Church, and EC-CHAP Resident Artists Rebecca Zablocki and Jesse Sullivan.

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS


For more information, please call 518-791-9474. 

The Mill Works is located at 156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279.

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AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM

AN EVENING WITH SPIRITUAL MEDIUM, MAURA GEIST

TICKETS $15.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $20.00 AT THE DOOR

The evening will begin with a discussion lead by Maura.  She will discuss when and how this unique ability began, what a Medium is and her understanding of the Afterlife.   She will also give a overview of how a reading is done, methods used in the process and what she will need from the audience. Maura will then make connections for the audience members and bring loving and healing messages from loved ones that have crossed over.

Based on experience and general audience attendance, approximately ten readings are typically able to be completed during an evening session. There will be a brief intermission ending with a Q & A.

All attendees will receive a copy of Maura's new book, "God, the Soul and the Afterlife Through the Eyes of a Medium".  Life is a beautiful thing, it is our journey of learning, but it is even more interesting through the Eyes of a Medium. This is my journey and all the things I have learned about God, our Souls, and the Afterlife. - Maura Geist

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Come be part of this inspirational, loving and healing evening 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). 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

Testimonials

"The experience with you is always nothing short of amazing. The accuracy of the information you bring to us from them simply cannot be denied or dismissed. One comes away from you knowing....not wondering, but knowing that they have just been in the company of a departed loved one.  For us, your simply our key that opens the door to the place where they now dwell. Your are what allows us to have..... Continued family reunions..... That result in healing, and a complete feeling ofpeace, resolution, and well being. Thank you Maura, just for being there." - Stephen, NY

"Maura has a truly special gift. Maura provided me with closure on an issue I have been struggling with for 25 years. Her approach and her readings are thoughtful, honest, and full of love and empathy. Maura allowed me to forgive and begin the healing that I so desperately needed. There is a comfort that I know have. For this, I am so thankfu to Maura for sharing her gift with me! " - Jill, NY

"Maura is 'the real deal'. I have spoken with, met with and spent many hours with other mediums over the last 20 years or so. No one has ever made me feel or given me the amount of helpful information that Maura delivered. I felt comfortable, confident and relaxed in speaking with her. I wish everyone I knew would have a chat with her so they can feel what I felt! Thank you times a million! " - Adrienne, CT

"Maura, when I came to see you with Karan, I did not expect anything. You made a believer out of me, and for that I will be forever grateful. I felt like I was talking to my grandparents right in front of me. You gave me a comfort that I can't express. I am just happy to know that there are people who watch out for us, and that we do "live" forever." - Cathy, NY


About Maura:

Growing up I was just like any other child except I would feel and hear things that I did not understand,  and that truly frightened me. In my teen years I tried very hard to ignore it but it always managed to work its way into my life.

When I was in my mid twenties my connection and faith to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit became very strong, along with my belief in Angels.   I started to feel, hear and see things more often.  Twelve years ago when someone whom I loved very much passed away, I then could no longer ignore this ability.  I was forced to acknowledge this and learn how to use this to help others heal and this is the path I believe I am meant to follow.

I have studied with various Mediums such as Lisa Williams, Tony Stockwell and John Holland but most of my learning has come from my Archangels and the God energy. I have been sharing this gift with others and in group settings for the past five years.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Bruno Raberg "Triloka" (World, Classical, Jazz)
Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Bruno Raberg "Triloka" (World, Classical, Jazz)

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Bruno Raberg "Triloka" (World, Classical, Jazz)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

BRUNO RÅBERG is an internationally renowned bass player and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden he has made nine recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed/recorded with numerous world-class artists including George Garzone, Sam Rivers, Donny McCaslin,  Kenny Werner, Chris Cheek, Ben Monder, Ted Poor, David Gilmore, Mick Goodrick, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson. Råberg has toured throughout Europe, USA, Japan, Africa, India and Central America. He has lead several groups of his own: the Lifelines Quartet with Chris Cheek, Ben Monder, and Ted Poor; and his current Triloka Ensemble featuring Mike Block, Layth Sidiq and others. Råberg is a senior professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has traveled as a clinician/performer to Italy, Brazil, Japan, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico.

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The Triloka Ensemble, which features Råberg’s compositions for strings, shows the unique, intimate and creative musical language he has developed. The music is personal, evocative and truly original and it uses rhythmic and melodic structures from traditional Carnatic (S. Indian) music. Triloka means  “three realms” and could be an analogy to the overall influences on this recording which are S. Indian music, jazz improvisation and classical. The result is compelling music that showcases Råberg’s compositional prowess and his musical companions’ inventiveness, musicality and accomplished solo work.


What the critics say about the Triloka – Three Realms CD
 
 “Lush orchestral waves and a quietly mesmerizing solo from Råberg introduce "Triloka—Three Realms….Råberg's compositional élan—the deft weaving of multiple voices through the prism of classical and folkloric pastures—and the individual freedoms that permeate this contemporary, yet timeless sounding music. Never less than compelling” Ian Patterson – All About Jazz
 
“Triloka is a captivating album with an almost orchestral flair to it; at times dark and foreboding, yet at other times playful and light.” Marithe Van Der Aa – All About Jazz

Join us for an afternoon 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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


About the Musicians...
 
Layth Sidiq - violin - born in Iraq and raised in Jordan, Layth Sidiq is a leading Middle Eastern violinist on the world music stage. A recent graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with both a bachelor and a masters degree (Berklee Global Jazz Institute), and at just 24 years old, he has traveled the world performing with orchestras and artists including Simon Shaheen, Jack DeJohnette, The Palestine Youth Orchestra, Javier Limon, Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Alejandro Sanz and Gary Burton. Layth is now the director of the Arab Music Ensemble at Tufts University as well as an active performer and educator around the Boston area.
 
Naseem Alatrash - cello - born and raised in Palestine he studied cello at The Edward Said Conservatory. He then went on to studies at Berklee where he studied with cellists Eugene Friesen and Owen Young, Rob Thomas and Simon Shaheen. He graduated with the highest honors for BM in cello performance and holds a MM from Berklee Global Jazz Inst.. Naseem has performed at the Nancy Jazz Festival, Lebanon’s Beit Aldeen Festival, Jerash Festival, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and within the Aldeburgh World Orchestra’s London Olympic tour appearing at The BBC Proms in The Royal Albert Hall and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.The twice awarded “string player of the year” from The National Music Competition of Palestine, Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and an advocate of its music through his global string quartet The Four Corners Quartet.
 
Bengisu Gökçe – violin from Istanbul, Turkey, was a student of Ebru Yunkus at the prestigious Mersin University State Conservatory. In 2004 and 2008 she came in third in the Gulden Turali National Violin Competition and won the Best Interpretation of a Turkish Piece Special Award in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Gokce has given concerts with the World Youth Orchestra in Germany, Italy and Monaco and Iran. In 2012, she got accepted to ‘Hanns Eisler’ College of Music in Berlin, Germany and studied with Prof. Stephan Picard. She was one in four Turkish students invited to play in the International Youth Chamber Orchestra founded by Turkish Cultural Organization TURKSOY and performed in concerts in the United States. In January 2015, she got accepted into Berklee College of Music. As well as solo performances at Boston Symphony Hall, MIT Kresge Auditorium, Berklee Performance Center, she won the 2015 Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2016 Berklee Performance ivisin String Award. She was one in four fiddlers selected to perform with American fiddler Mark O’Connor and gave concerts with Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
 
Dan Lay - Daniel is a Boston-based violist with a passion for reinvention. His musical life began at a young age, born out of a necessity to harness his surplus energy. Building upon a foundation of piano and violin, he eventually discovered the viola and fell in love. Under the instruction of Dr. Alexander Rees, he performed his solo debut at Carnegie Hall, was featured on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase, and accrued a number of honors and accolades. After honing his skills at prestigious summer camps and competitions around the world, he eventually attended Berklee College of Music, resulting in a myriad of musical collaborations. An alumnus now, he is currently designing an experimental hybrid of electronically augmented string compositions under the stagename of Goggles.

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

Back at The Packing House by popular demand, 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" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Film Series: "Woodstock - 3-Days of Peace and Music" [The Director's Cut] (R)
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Woodstock - 3-Days of Peace and Music" [The Director's Cut] (R)

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Woodstock - 3-Days of Peace and Music" [The Director's Cut] (R)

Suggested Donation $5.00

PLEASE NOTE: This is a long duration film (255-minutes). A 15 minute intermission will be added.

"Not just a great slice-of-time documentary but the ultimate rock concert movie" -Chris Williams, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A great piece of filmmaking" - Jack Mathews, NEWSDAY

Over four days in August 1969, 400,000 young Americans (‘half a million’ by the time Joni Mitchell penned the theme song) traveled to farmland in NY State for a music festival. Facilities could not cope. (The ticketing was an early casualty.) But The Who, Janis, Sly and the Family Stone and Jimi were on fire. It rained. There was mud. There were sex and drugs galore. No violence was reported. 

A year later Warner Bros released an epic 70mm multi-screen documentary, brilliantly edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, assisted by Martin Scorsese. ‘Three days of peace and music’ became the tagline for an epoch. As much as studio commodification of Woodstock was called out at the time, ‘peace’, meaning opposition to the draft, was fundamental to the film’s drawing power worldwide and to its heady influence on a generation.

Almost 50 years later, there could be no better way of exploring the mythology than a giant screen experience of this newly mastered director’s cut of the movie that did everything to cement it. As pure documentation, it’s surprisingly clear-sighted, beautifully shot, richly textured, informative and often funny. For all the lyrical coverage of skinny dipping, mud slides, yoga workouts or, famously, a young couple undressing and making love in the long grass, there are scenes of drug-induced paranoia, portaloo logistics, car parking mayhem or the line-ups for the payphones to call Mom.

So many of these musicians are long gone, and these beautiful young men and women, so avid for love not war, are all old enough now to be Donald Trump. Yet when the crowds are leaving and Hendrix lets 'Star Spangled Banner' loose as a wailing siren, 1969 can connect us still to the here and now.

“Director Michael Wadleigh and his team flood the screen with images, using double and triple split screens, irresistible music and almost hallucinogenic crowd scenes to limn a convincing portrait of ecstatic chaos… It is hard to come away not overwhelmed by both the events it pictures and the titanic filmmaking that brings it to the screen.” — Bill Wyman, Salon (NZIFF)

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

 

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information 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. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities 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. These meetings are free to attend.

Please join us on:

Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

[Free Admission - To give us an idea how many folks will be attending, please click the button below to obtain your free ticket. Thanks!]

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

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 setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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. Invite everybody you know!

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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tim Ray Trio
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tim Ray Trio

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tim Ray Trio

Tickets $17.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

Tim Ray is perhaps best known as Lyle Lovett’s pianist for over 15 years, but he has been an active and in-demand jazz artist since 1978. He also tours and records with the internationally acclaimed vocalists Tony Bennett and Jane Siberry, and often performs with the leading jazz musicians in the New York and New England areas. His busy performance schedule has included numerous tours throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and most of the major jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada and Central America.

Tim is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has performed numerous times on The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), Late Night with David Letterman, and other national broadcasts. Tim teaches jazz piano and improvisation privately, and is currently on the jazz faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Tim Ray will be joined by John Lockwood on bass and Mark Walker on drums.

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear these accomplished jazz musicians in an historic intimate setting! This concert 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. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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.

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