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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie) with Jason Sibi-Okumo
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie) with Jason Sibi-Okumo

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie) with Jason Sibi-Okumo

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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Pop singer/songwriter Kat Kennedy has toured extensively from Alaska to Brazil, sharing her compelling blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. After graduating Berklee College of Music her collaborations with other artists and producers piqued the interest of fans and labels alike.

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Her 2016 TrapNation release with producer Channels titled "Flare" amassed over 6,000,000 plays across streaming platforms. Kat's latest release, "Notice Me", was the first among a series of singles leading up to her entirely crowd-funded album. This CD Release event is one not to miss!

Kat Kennedy and her band (Luis Contreras, Eli, and James Knoerl) perform her original song "Space" live!

Kat will be joined by Jason Sibi-Okumo.

Please join us for Kat Kennedy’s new CD Project! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 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.


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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE 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, October through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic 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).

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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 Presents: E.O. Smith HS, "Wintertide" ~ An Evening of Chamber Music
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Presents: E.O. Smith HS, "Wintertide" ~ An Evening of Chamber Music

EC-CHAP Presents: E.O. Smith HS, "Wintertide" ~ An Evening of Chamber Music

Please join us for an evening of Chamber Music featuring the Chamber Singers, Treble Choir, Bass Choir, and String Ensembles. Amanda Sprague Hanzlik, Conductor, and Richard Cooper, Accompanist. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Performance 7:00pm. Free to the public.

For information, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Presents: The Hall Memorial School Select Chorus ~ Holiday Concert Preview
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

EC-CHAP Presents: The Hall Memorial School Select Chorus ~ Holiday Concert Preview

EC-CHAP Presents: The Hall Memorial School Select Chorus ~ Holiday Concert Preview

Please join us for an afternoon of Holiday favorites by these talented students! Jason Phillips, Conductor. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Concert 2:00pm. Free to the public.

For information, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show & CD Release Event (Folk/Bluegrass)
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show & CD Release Event (Folk/Bluegrass)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show & CD Release Event (Folk/Bluegrass)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

Hey! SOOP is Back at The Packing House!

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. 

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Prepare yourself for a very special evening, as Seat Of Our Pants presents music from their new album, due to arrive on their doorstep JUST in time for this show. Recorded at Riverway Studios with producer and Grammy-nominated composer Ira Sakolsky, “Songs of Rabble and Roots” is their 3rd CD and first of all original songs. As the title suggests, the tracks are a combination of their rowdy, irreverent side that will leave you laughing, and heartfelt songs about family, healing, and home sure to make you reflect, and may even bring a tear to your eye.

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Since the show is scheduled smack in the middle of the holiday season, Carolyn, Jeff, Mark and Mike have a great selection of holiday songs planned for the evening as well.

 “There is something about the band members that make their performance magical” - Pamm Summers, EC-CHAP Senior Member.  Start your holiday season off with the magic of Seat Of Our Pants.

Please join us for an evening of original works and Holiday Cheer 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. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 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.


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BLUEGRASS SHOWCASE  NIGHT (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

BLUEGRASS SHOWCASE NIGHT (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: "Bluegrass Showcase Night"

Showcase Night will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This first showcase will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “RESTLESS MOUNTAIN”.

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These performances at the Packing House will be provided by regional musicians to help proliferate bluegrass music, to bring it to those who have not yet experienced it, to generate an interest in this American genre, to acquaint new people with the annual summertime Podunk Bluegrass Festival as well as other bluegrass music events occurring, year-around, throughout  the tri-state area.

Bands wishing to be included in the lineup for the 2018-2019 season should contact Myrna Riquier at 860-455-9400 or natchaugmusic@gmail.com.  1st Wednesday of the month. December 2018 - may 2019 (Excluding January 2019).

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The "Bluegrass Showcase Night" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP) and the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival. Open to the general public. $10.00 at the door. 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).

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

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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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 2018 Christmas program takes listeners on a seasonal musical journey featuring a number of original arrangements.

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

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 3:30pm / Show 4:00pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 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.


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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

We're pleased to say, "They're Back" at The Packing House! 

From the album "Rise Up." www.belleofthefall.com www.facebook.com/belleofthefall.com www.instagram.com/belleofthefall

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

Please join us for an evening of original works and sweet harmonies 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. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 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.


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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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 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. 

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. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 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.


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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE 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, October through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic 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).

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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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CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2ND, 2019 - EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2ND, 2019 - EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2ND, 2019.

ALL ADVANCE TICKETS HAVE BEEN REFUNDED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck" (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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

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

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

Please join us for this hilarious and talented musical comic from "New Joysey"! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 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.


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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

Free to the public

***** THIS IS AN ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT *****

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The Tolland High School Jazz Band, led by Mrs. Megan Kirwin, is an audition only ensemble, and is one of the premier groups in the THS Music Department. The group plays several gigs a year throughout the local community and has participated in Festivals of Music competitions in Chicago and Virginia Beach and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

Join us for an evening of jazz by these regional student musicians. This program is presented by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Free to the public.

Soft drinks and snacks available. For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.


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*** CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019 - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

*** CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019 - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

- CANCELLED -

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

THE PERFORMANCE WITH THE

GREG ABATE QUARTET

SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING,

OCTOBER 27TH,

HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

FOR MARCH 23, 2109.

REFUNDS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO ALL ADVANCE TICKET HOLDERS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE.

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL: 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is pleased to offer a 3-Part Jazz Series with saxophonist Sarah Hanahan. Sarah's musical talent will leave you in awe as she and her colleagues present original works and unique arrangements. Each concert will transcend the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.

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Sarah Hanahan is a jazz saxophonist studying performance at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz within the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford).  Now a resident of Hartford, Connecticut but originally from Marlborough, Massachusetts, Sarah grew up listening to a wide variety of music, but always had a special love for jazz.  

In 2015, Sarah was awarded a full scholarship to study jazz performance at the McLean Institute.  Her college teachers include well-known jazz saxophone performers Javon Jackson and Abraham Burton.  The McLean Institute has also afforded Sarah the opportunity to receive instruction from and perform with accomplished jazz musicians such as bassist Nat Reeves and trombonist Steve Davis.  

Sarah made her debut appearance at The Packing House in March 2017 as part of a Hartt School Jazz Ensemble led by internationally renown bassist Nat Reeves.

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Since that time, her  gigging schedule has grown exponentially! Sarah recently appeared as a guest artist at the Caramoor Jazz Festival, and is scheduled to perform at the Hartford Bushnell Park 2018 Monday Night Jazz Series opening for Terri Lyne Carrington.  She fronts her own quartet / quintet, and also plays in a jazz duo with jazz guitarist Jeremy Galloway, a close friend and McLean classmate.   

Sarah will be joined by John Hasselback, Mike Carabello, Jason Clotter, and Kirk Woodard.

Listen to Sarah’s interview with Ken Laster, Jazz “In The Groove” on WWUH radio, 91.3FM.

This concert represents Part-1 in a three-part Seasonal Series. Following concerts will be scheduled in January and April 2019.

Join us for an evening of outstanding original works by this jazz ensemble!  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 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.


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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is excited to debut the jazz and spirit of local artist and educator June Bisantz! June will present the last performance of the "Chet Baker Project" at The Packing House!

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Musician and visual artist JUNE BISANTZ has co-written and produced several collections of vocal jazz, all of which have received national attention. She has performed and recorded with a number of distinguished jazz musicians including Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Lew Soloff, Jerry Neiwood, Mike Stern, Valery Ponomarev. Palu Brown and Will Lee. Bisantz' music has also been celebrated in People Magazine, USA Today, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, and many others.

The artist's 2006 release, "Let's Fall in Love", inspired by the legendary Chet Baker, led to appearances at concerts and festivals including the Hartford International Jazz Festival, New England's renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival and a tour of Japan in 2012.

Bisantz returned to Japan in 2016 with "It's Always You", Volume 2 of the Chet Baker Project. This CD sets a 1960's jazz club mood, with familiar and obsucre Baker tunes delivered in a style that is "cool and still full of emotion - just like Chet Baker." -Hans Kittlaus, Jazz Podium Magazine, Germany

"Most captivating of all is Bisantz, a gifted singer with a warm, bright, intensely vibrant voice and marvelous offhand timing.  She navigates fast complicated melodies with sensuous feline ease. Her voice is a revelation, caressing and velvety, but electrically alive." -Eric Levin, People Magazine

To say this is good is like saying that Ella Fitzgerald is just an OK singer. June has a voice only God gives a very few. Move over Ella, Sarah and Diana, a new voice has emerged.” -Barry Rosen, WHCJ FM, Georgia

After two successful CDs and three wonderful tours of Japan, June Bisantz and world-class musicians Alex Nakhimovsky, piano and Norman Johnson, guitar, will present the Chet Baker Project’s last performance at The Packing House.

June promises a taste of things to come as she says goodbye to Chet, with a sneak preview of her new project Love’s Tango

If you missed it, listen to June’s interview with Wayne Norman, WILI, 1400AM & 95.3FM

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June Bisantz interview with Wayne Norman, WILI, 1400AM & 95.3FM

October 9, 2018

Join us for an evening of nostalgia as we say farewell to the Chet Baker Project by this incredible jazz vocalist!  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 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.


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EC-CHAP TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE 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, October through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic 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).

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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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Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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Come join us on Sunday, October 7th, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Fall Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Enjoy live performances in The Packing House; Preview Solo Show by EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki - "AS IS"; Stroll through The Mill Works artist community open studios; and Explore the exhibits and activities in the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum. Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Fall Season with us at this local historic landmark.

 Solo Show " AS IS ": EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki  Mixed media (drawing, print-based and ceramic and paper sculpture)  Preview: Sunday, October 7. 2018  Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5:00pm ~ 9;00pm  " AS IS ", is a showcase of experimental work I’ve been making over this past year. AS is an acronym for one of my health issues Ankylosing Spondylitis and the work is all about dealing with chronic illness, pain and the other effects it has on people’s lives.

Solo Show "AS IS": EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki

Mixed media (drawing, print-based and ceramic and paper sculpture)

Preview: Sunday, October 7. 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5:00pm ~ 9;00pm

"AS IS", is a showcase of experimental work I’ve been making over this past year. AS is an acronym for one of my health issues Ankylosing Spondylitis and the work is all about dealing with chronic illness, pain and the other effects it has on people’s lives.


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

2:00pm - "Deep Ellum" Acoustic Duo

   Deep Ellum   is an acoustic duo named for the historic and notorious red-light, musical entertainment, and recording district in Dallas that is immortalized in Blind Lemon Jefferson’s classic “Deep Ellum Blues,” our theme song that we perform with a little different twist.

Deep Ellum is an acoustic duo named for the historic and notorious red-light, musical entertainment, and recording district in Dallas that is immortalized in Blind Lemon Jefferson’s classic “Deep Ellum Blues,” our theme song that we perform with a little different twist.

The Artisits: Rich Johnson is a talented guitarist who plays 6- and 12-string as well as Dobro (resophonic guitar) and sings harmony vocals.  Rich is also familiar to Connecticut listeners as a fine electric guitar and lap steel player with the roots country band Lost Highway in years gone by, and he also currently plays Dobro with Horizon Blue.

Jon Swift was a founding member of the popular acoustic bluegrass band Traver Hollow, playing upright bass and singing lead and harmony vocals for live audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as radio and TV shows, and his singing and guitar playing have been enjoyed in many Connecticut acoustic venues for years.  Jon played electric bass and sang with Lost Highway, and he currently sings and plays upright bass with the duo BluesGrass as well as with the Lost Acres String Band.

 

  • 3:00pm - "The Magic of the Dulcimer - A Demonstration" - Carolyn Brodginski

 Carolyn discovered the dulcimer in 1980 when she saw Sally Rogers in concert at The Sounding Board in West Hartford. An accomplished folk guitarist at the time, she just couldn’t figure out what to do with this beautiful, sweet sounding instrument with so few strings. More than 30 years later, she found The Ct. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering, and was shocked at how easy the instrument is to play. She has been playing ever since, and loves the many voices of the dulcimer, playing roots, blues, classical, ethnic music, lullabies, as well as the music of contemporary musicians.  As a performer, songwriter, teacher, and therapeutic musician, she is passionate about “spreading the dulcimer gospel”, taking great joy in introducing this beautiful original American folk instrument to others.

Carolyn discovered the dulcimer in 1980 when she saw Sally Rogers in concert at The Sounding Board in West Hartford. An accomplished folk guitarist at the time, she just couldn’t figure out what to do with this beautiful, sweet sounding instrument with so few strings. More than 30 years later, she found The Ct. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering, and was shocked at how easy the instrument is to play. She has been playing ever since, and loves the many voices of the dulcimer, playing roots, blues, classical, ethnic music, lullabies, as well as the music of contemporary musicians.

As a performer, songwriter, teacher, and therapeutic musician, she is passionate about “spreading the dulcimer gospel”, taking great joy in introducing this beautiful original American folk instrument to others.

Take a listen to "Letting Go", and original work Carolyn wrote for the dulcimer

Carolyn is no stranger to The Packing House! As a multi-instrumentalist and lead artist in the regional folk group, "Seat Of Our Pants" (SOOP), she has dazzled our audiences with her return performances (SOOP will be back performing at The Packing House on Saturday December 8th, 7:30pm)

EC-CHAP is proud to have this outstanding Connecticut musician join us for this First Sunday Dulcimer demonstration. We are looking forward to an ongoing collaboration in  offering a series of Dulcimer  workshops, clinics, and jam sessions as a part of EC-CHAP's musical instructional programming with this exceptional artist.

 

PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • 1:00pm - Activity: "Fine Artunes" with Chris Gunderson (Suite 2202 - 2nd Floor)

    “Fine Artoons” - Chris will provide a painting demonstration in which he will randomly select an actual doodle from his work notebook, and show his process of turning it from a fleeting idea into a real work of art.

  • 2:00pm - Activity: "Blind Contour Drawing with Oil Pastels" with Carol Mackiewicz, Whalesong Arts (Suite 2104 - 1st Floor)

    "Blind Contour Drawing with Oil Pastels" - Carol will provide an opportunity to practice drawing a still life with oil pastels and challenging your senses!

  • 1:00-4:00PM: "Making John Martin’s Spool Pets" with Joan Taraskiewicz, Museum Curator. (Gardiner Hall Jr Museum, Suite 2106-A, 1st Floor)

ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY  (Floors 1 & 2)

REBECCA ZABLOCKI, EC-CHAP Artist In Residence, PREVIEW SOLO SHOW: "AS IS" (Floor-1)

EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP) (Floor-2)

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS (Floor-2)

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

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

"The Place To Create"

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Luke Hendon in Concert (Gypsy Jazz)
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Luke Hendon in Concert (Gypsy Jazz)

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Luke Hendon in Concert  (Gypsy Jazz)

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is honored to have Luke Hendon grace the stage at The Packing House to kick-off our Jazz Series this fall! Luke brings his own original qualities to the Gypsy Jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt. 

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LUKE HENDON has had success in the world of Django music, performing with top players from around the world. A Veteran guitarist, Luke has had many successes in his career. He has opened for legendary acts such as Al Green, Sun Ra, and Los Lobos, performed on Broadway, composed and recorded for television and film, worked with dance ensembles, cruise ships, theatre companies, and many, many bands. 

Luke is among the notable guitar staff/artist instructors at the acclaimed Django in June Gypsy Jazz event held at Smith College, North Hampton, MA. 

In his latest project, Silk & Steel, Luke Hendon draws from the tradition of the legendary gypsy guitar of Django Reinhardt and comes out swinging, soulful, funky, fresh, and innovative with his own project. In this stripped down acoustic setting, Luke's guitar takes center stage.   "I sort of got obsessed with learning a bunch of Django Reinhardt solos note for note-which took me several years-Now I try to take the technique I gained into creating my own music!"

"This a must have for those with the heart of a gypsy." -George Harris, Jazz Weekly

"Hendon’s take on the style is to inject some very modern energy along with judiciously placed non-jazz undertones. That’s the crucial difference between maintaining and enriching a legacy." -Mark Keresman, New York City Jazz Record

"Django's music always brings a smile to the lips and transports one back 1930s France, and the best compliment here is that Hendon's music does the same, but also with a foot planted firmly in the here and now in this too short, extremely well done recording."  -Budd Kopman,  All About Jazz

Luke will be joined by Frank Brocklehurst (Bass), Preston Parish (Guitar), John Florio (Guitar), and Cedric Mayfield (Clarinet & Saxaphone). Please see more about these outstanding musicians below.

Join us for an amazing evening of acoustic jazz originals by this outstanding musician!  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 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.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Bass- Frank Brocklehurst

 Frank received his grade 1 classical music certificate from the Royal Guild Hall of Music in London at age 13, then later studied Jazz and other modern styles of music at Western Connecticut State University. He performs throughout New England with various Jazz, Samba, Rock and world music bands including his own wedding band. Frank has studied with such notable musicians/teachers as Dave Santoro, Chris Morrison, David Ruffels and many others.

Preston Parish- Guitar

Preston Parish is a multi-instrumentalist who spent years studying and performing the music of Frank Zappa before discovering Django Reinhardt and gypsy swing. Deeply fascinated by the inventive nature of both musicians and their passion for improvisation, he continues to explore a hybrid of influences within the language of jazz.

Cedric Mayfield-Clarinet, saxaphone

Cedric has performed in a variety of musical settings. He came to the Coast Guard Band by way of the U.S. Air Force Band in Europe, where he toured extensively as a band member, leader, and soloist. Prior to being stationed in Europe, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, stationed in San Antonio. In 2008, he was part of a specially collected group of musicians who embarked upon a three month tour of the Middle East as part of a troop morale and social outreach program. In the Air Force, he performed in a variety of ensembles, including concert band and chamber music groups, as well as jazz, pop, and rock bands. As a civilian, he has also performed with a national tour of the Broadway musical The Music Man and spent four seasons with Galveston Island Musicals. Many of his compositions and arrangements were featured as a founding member of the acclaimed ensemble the S.A. Jazz Workshop. Though he expresses himself in many genres, classical music is Cedric’s first love. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Kirk Whalum, Bill Mays, Marvin Stamm, Shelly Carol, B.B. King, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others.  A native of Houston, Texas, he is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Memphis.

John Florio - Guitar

John Florio is a longtime guitarist who has been attracted to the music of Django Reinhardt for decades. He has accompanied other very talented musicians on gigs all around the Connecticut and New York region in various ensembles and styles. Raised in a talented musical family, he’s grown to appreciate the familial aspect of the gypsy jazz genre.


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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Lara Herscovitch in Concert with Curtis Brand (Folk)
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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 www.brennan-alexa.website 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.


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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.


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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Twice Around (Folk)
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Twice Around (Folk)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Twice Around (Folk)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

The acoustic duo, Twice Around, will kick-off our 4th Season with their debut performance at The Packing House!

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Twice Around (Frank Veres & Luisa Tanno) is a modern, yet semi-throwback duo from Milford, Connecticut.   Their sound could be classified as singer/songwriter with an essence of Pop and Melancholy.

Photos taken during the recording of Twice Around's CD "Here Before"! www.twice-around.net Music: Pick Me Up by Twice Around Copyright 2017

The foundation of their music is acoustic guitar and vocals; often with harmonies and guitar interplay, sometimes just one guitar and one voice, raw and rich.   Their latest CD "Here Before"features 12 original songs that explore the ups and downs of all matters of the heart with an optimistic perspective.  We’ve all been “Here Before”.  

Join us for an evening of original music with Twice Around! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 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.


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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Jun
13
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 June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic 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).

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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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Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Summer 2018 "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!]

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

Live performances in The Packing House:

  • 1:00pm - Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble Chorus"

  • 3:00pm - "Jarmony": Acoustic Harmony (Rock, Roots, & Blues)

  • 4:30pm - Original Poetry Readings presented by Slag Review

 Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

  Jarmony

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Visit with EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki; Stroll through The Mill Works artist community open studios; and explore the new "Availaflex" De-Vel-Op-Ment Visual Arts Exhibition Space. Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Summer Season with us at this local historic landmark.

 Rebecca Zablocki - EC-CHAP Resident Artist  Rebecca Zablocki completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in 2014. Rebecca, primarily a printmaker, is originally from Long Island, NY, and curently lives in Vernon, CT.  Directly following graduation from the Hartford Art School, Rebecca returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She then applied to work at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where she currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store. 

Rebecca Zablocki - EC-CHAP Resident Artist

Rebecca Zablocki completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in 2014. Rebecca, primarily a printmaker, is originally from Long Island, NY, and curently lives in Vernon, CT.

Directly following graduation from the Hartford Art School, Rebecca returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She then applied to work at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where she currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store. 

 " Availaflex " De-Vel-Op-Ment Exhibition Space  Current Shows:  Reimagine New England  - Photography;  Boston Color  - Photography;  Two Stools  - Installation Art

"Availaflex" De-Vel-Op-Ment Exhibition Space

Current Shows: Reimagine New England - Photography; Boston Color - Photography; Two Stools - Installation Art

 Paul Eric Johnson - Paul  Eric Johnson is photographer, printmaker, and writer. A current project is the  Reimagine New England  suite of forty–eight prints each with an original poem based on the insights and imagery gained from decades as a creative specialist licensed internationally by the Liaison Agency. A selection has been published in the Black Earth Institute's  About Place Journal , and he is also the author/photographer of two travel books on the Mid-Atlantic published by Voyageur Press. Formerly a gallery director in Provincetown, he currently maintains a private gallery in Stafford Springs, exhibiting regularly in regional museums (  www.reimaginenewengland.com )

Paul Eric Johnson - Paul  Eric Johnson is photographer, printmaker, and writer. A current project is the Reimagine New England suite of forty–eight prints each with an original poem based on the insights and imagery gained from decades as a creative specialist licensed internationally by the Liaison Agency. A selection has been published in the Black Earth Institute's About Place Journal, and he is also the author/photographer of two travel books on the Mid-Atlantic published by Voyageur Press. Formerly a gallery director in Provincetown, he currently maintains a private gallery in Stafford Springs, exhibiting regularly in regional museums ( www.reimaginenewengland.com)


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 - Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble Chorus"

  • 3:00pm - "Jarmony": Acoustic Harmony (Rock, Roots, & Blues)

  • 4:30pm - Original Poetry Readings presented by Slag Review

 

PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • 2:00pm - Artist Talk: "Reimagine New England" with Paul Eric Johnson (Suite 2302)
  • 2:30pm - Pastel Painting with Carol Mackiewicz, Whalesong Arts (Suite 2104)

 

ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY 

REBECCA ZABLOCKI - EC-CHAP RESIDENT ARTIST

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

"AVAILAFLEX" VISUAL ARTS DE-VEL-OP-MENT EXHIBITION SPACE (Suite 2302)

GUITAR AND VOCALS BY RICH DEBRITO (All three floors)

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.

"The Place To Create"

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EC-CHAP "ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES": Seat Of Our Pants (Folk/Bluegrass)
May
12
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 original 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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
May
9
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 June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic 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).

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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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Cinco De Mayo Dance Celebration with Bentetu & Kelly Madenjian!
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Cinco De Mayo Dance Celebration with Bentetu & Kelly Madenjian!

EC-CHAP Presents: A Cinco De Mayo Dance Celebration with Bentetu & Kelly Madenjian!

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door

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Come dance away Cinco De Mayo 2018 with Kelly Madenjian and live music provided by Latin band by Bentetu!

  Bentetu

Bentetu

Bentetu is a Latin band founded by 2007, in Willimantic CT. It consists of seven members including Latin percussion, vocals, piano, and sometimes includes brass instruments. Bentetu performs mostly Caribbean, Latin jazz, and other Spanish music. The band has been performing since 2007, and has played in various venues, mostly in Connecticut, RI, and Massachusetts.


 Kelly Madenjian

Kelly Madenjian

As an amateur competitor ballroom dancer Kelly won many USA Dance and NDCA titles; including 3 Amateur USA Dance National Rhythm Championships and 4 US National Nine Dance Championships. Kelly is an adjunct professor at a Eastern CT State Univ in the Athletics Dept.  She is a certified fitness and yoga instructor. Kelly also choreographs, dances and acts in many community adult and children’s programs. She has been nominated as CT’s Best Regional Choreographer. Kelly has appeared a an extra in two major motion pictures as well as speaking roles in multiple national commercials. Kelly is an Artist /Performer Member of EC-CHAP, and leads the EC-CHAP Monthly Social Dance Series (2nd Thursday of the month).


What's Cinco De Mayo about anyway? Check out this short video by the History Channel...

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Join us for an evening of fun, dance, celebration and surprises! 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). 

Who can bring the best traditional Cinco De Mayo dish?

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

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Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)

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

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

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

In 2015, she was selected to be an Official Showcase Artist in Folk Alliance International's SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her 2nd studio album, "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are" as well as another Motif nomination for Best Americana Album. Kala is an alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and the winner of the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Contest. (Kala Farnham)

Kayla will be joined by Glenn Kendzia.

Join us for an evening of original works by this outstanding artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. 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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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE (AMERICANA)
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE (AMERICANA)

Acoustic Artist Series: Horizon Blue (Americana)

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

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

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

Join us for an evening of original music with Horizon Blue! 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)
Apr
11
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 June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic 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).

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

===CANCELLED=== TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH) ===CANCELLED===

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EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

This Month's Talent Showcase scheduled for March 14th is cancelled due to the storm. Please join us next month on April 11th (2nd Wednesday of the month).

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": 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", March 4th from Noon to 5:00pm.

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