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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Lara Herscovitch in Concert with Curtis Brand (Folk)

  • The Packing House 156 River Road Willington, CT, 06279 United States (map)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Lara Herscovitch in Concert with Curtis Brand (Folk)

Tickets $18.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $22.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($20.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door


Special Note: EC-CHAP is pleased to announce the debut performance of singer/songwriter and 2010 CT State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch to The Packing House stage!  Lara will be joined by EC-CHAP Member and local singer/songwriter Curtis Brand.

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Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer gem, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.”

Delivered with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” Acoustic Live in New York City added, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.”

"We must move past indecision to action... now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world." -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote, from Dr. King's 'Beyond Vietnam' speech (April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City), inspired the song.

Her themes span a broad range, including stories of misfits and underdogs, connection and courage, love and loss, hardship and hope, resilience and transformation. As WNPR Public Radio host Colin McEnroe observed, "Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive American vision, and there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist."

Filmed, Directed & Edited by Brennan Alexa and Instagram @_brennanalexa_ Lyrics: Holy grail way over there Nothing here but empty canyon, open air On the ledge, at the edge someone tells me If I can take that step the path appears In the stillness, in my periphery Something calling,

The wisdom in Lara’s artistry comes from her decades of humanitarian work in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Africa, in education, community development, environmental protection, and justice system reform. This breadth and depth of experience resonates throughout her music: as Mississippi’s Daily Journal summarized, “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.”

Lara is from the Northeast U.S. and lives in Connecticut, where she served as Official State Troubadour. 

"With a voice clear and smooth like expensive liquor she stands above and beyond the pack" -Northeast Performer

Lara will be joined this evening by local singer/songwriter, Curtis Brand.


Curtis Brand'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.

Join us for an evening of original music with these outstanding musicians! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $18.00 in advance online / $22.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

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.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.

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