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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.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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": 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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"Talent Showcase"
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

"Talent Showcase"

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Talent Showcase"
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

"Talent Showcase"

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BELLE OF THE FALL
Dec
3
7:30 PM19:30

BELLE OF THE FALL

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: INDIE / FOLK

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

[SPECIAL NOTE: I saw a video clip of Belle of the Fall on Facebook about a year ago. The original song being played, "Don't Give Up On Me", (written by Julia Autumn Ford) touched me... This simple yet emotional arrangement and powerful lyrics were fixed in my head for days. The musical duo met with me and we scheduled their debut appearance at The Packing House last November 2015 - our very first concert. Belle of the Fall has "the magic", and will always have a special place at our venue. TB]

 

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 sweet harmonies with Belle of the Fall in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB&F" (Beer and Wine ONLY - I.D. Required).

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

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FILM SCREENING: "BLUES LEGEND" (NR) - AN EVENING WITH FILM MAKER DAN MCGINLEY
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

FILM SCREENING: "BLUES LEGEND" (NR) - AN EVENING WITH FILM MAKER DAN MCGINLEY

INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES: "BLUES LEGEND" (NR) - AN EVENING WITH FILM MAKER DAN MCGINLEY

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

Join Ashford, CT film maker Dan McGinley for a premiere screening of his independent film Blues Legend exclusively at The Packing House! You may have been following the development of this film from Dan's bi-monthly articles in the Neighbors Paper. Having been submitted to the Rhode Island and New Orleans film festivals, this film is now ready to be unveiled locally.

"By night, Dan McGinley is a janitor for the Putnam school district. By day and on weekends though, he’s as indie as a moviemaker can get. McGinley spent four years making a feature-length movie — with no money and no professional actors." -  Francesca Kefalas, Norwich Bulletin

Blues Legend concerns a desperate guitar player down on his luck in New Orleans.  A foolish attempt to sell his soul for fame and fortune invokes the wrath of a powerful Voodoo Queen, related to his wife’s Cajun side. Inspired by a passion for blues guitar and a dream, McGinley put it all together. Dan McGinley’s efforts nearly made cinematic history by being selected for the Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival de Cannes).

Read the entire Norwich Bulletin interview with Francesca Kefalas here.

Join us for this special screening and Q&A with local film maker Dan McGinley in our intimate historic setting. This film screening is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

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


The Film:

With a volunteer cast doubling as crew, and equipment resold at face value, the entire cost of Blues Legend was no more than a few hundred dollars, including beer and pizza.  The achievement sets a new precedent, and competed against works by Steven Spielberg and Jodie Foster, who worked with budgets of several million dollars.  Blues Legend was rejected by Cannes after over a month of review, and with less than a week until final selections were made.  

Considering that none of the thirty-two cast members had ever been in a film before, this makes the achievement even more outstanding.

Encouraged by Rhode Island documentary filmmaker David Bettencourt, McGinley obtained used cameras, a microphone, and an Apple editing program to begin production on the screenplay he had written in 2011.  He called his group of unknowns Quiet Corner Films, and began a marathon work schedule.

Good fortune and networking seemed to provide miraculous breaks and opportunities as filming progressed.  When the daughter of a cast member (fellow janitor Ken Theroux) approached Tavana McMoore, an established singer-songwriter-musician in Hawaii who shared the stage with Pearl Jam, Tavana volunteered all of his work.  When McGinley spotted a phenomenal English blues guitarist on YouTube named Danny James, a quick e-mail message secured his talents as well, and a large part of the soundtrack was set to the mysterious Delta legend.

Need a Cajun actress from New Orleans?  Lenora Grunko from E.O. Smith’s Drama Department suggested Mellissa Robichaux, a talented drama student from New Orleans, and McGinley had his leading actress.  How about a tattooed, muscular Voodoo Slave assassin?  When a perfect likeness was spotted in a local store, McGinley approached him and posed the tricky question.  That night, he got a call and the role was filled.  Need a 1931 Model A police car?  It was parked at Dunkin’ Donuts in Ashford, and the owner was one of the nicest people McGinley ever met.

There were some tough times, too.  McGinley’s father became ill and passed away before the film was completed, after contributing a song he had written with Gospel singer Bill Gaither.  The tragedy also served to push the filmmaker, and remind him of how tenuous and precious life can be, to try and seize every opportunity and pursue your passion.   

With his cast and used equipment, McGinley studied the methods of director Robert Rodriquez, who had filmed El Mariachi in Mexico for less than eight-thousand dollars.  He also read the challenge set forth by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who pledged to eat a shoe if his friend Errol Morris ever made a movie.  Morris completed Gates of Heaven in 1978, and Herzog made good on his word, consuming an entire shoe (except for the rubber sole) in front of a live audience in Berkeley, California.  

Cast Members:
Steve Aukerman (appliance repair, Ashford) as Officer Steve Bouchet
Sammi Balkus (student, Mansfield) as Young Desiree La Rose
Joe Corbin (prison guard) as Victor (Voodoo Slave assassin)
Dan’l Dunnegan (aka Dan McGinley, custodian, Putnam) as Paul La Rose
Alfonso Discepolo (farmer, Ashford) as The Chicken Farmer
Lisa Freeman (last minute double for Desiree and friend of Jim Stearns, West Townsend, MA) as Desiree La Rose
Todd Hayes (custodian, Putnam) as Psychiatric Doctor
Kevin Johnson (mechanic, Ashford) as Drunk on Couch
Levi Jules (Bronx, NY) as Ike
Amber Lawrence (daughter of Sunday, Hartford) as Young Benin Voodoo Queen
Sundai Lawrence (Voodoo Queen, Somers) as The Voodoo Queen
Bill Lopes (self-employed, West Townsend, MA) as Smoking Cajun
Lucy Love (self-employed, Middletown) as Dominatrix with Whip
Gwen McGinley (student, Ashford) as Camille La Rose
Dan Pannekeet (custodian, Putnam) as CT Police Officer #1
Devon Pannekeet (custodian, Putnam) as CT Police Officer #2
Austin Parke (student, Woodstock) as Demon Bartender
Tony Pena (extra, West Townsend, MA) as Sitting Cajun
EJ Prochowski (student, Putnam) as Demon Child
Mellissa Robichaux (Army, Willimantic) as Desiree La Rose
Linda Roto (school nurse, Putnam) as Hospital Manager
Jeanne Russo (USPS, Ashford) as Mary La Rose
Ed Saint Jermaine (real estate, Danielson) as Tourist in Bar
Bill Stearns (machinist, West Townsend, MA) as Curious Cajun in Bar
Jim Stearns (machinist, West Townsend, MA) as Harmonica Cajun
Jordon Tetrealt (student, Putnam) as Mortal Bartender
Ken Theroux (custodian, Putnam) as The Devil
Tiger (dog in bar, West Townsend, MA) as Dog in Bar
Joe Waggenbrenner (retired engineer, Ashford) as God the Father
Jim York (retired fireman, now full-time actor.  Ashford) as Officer La Beau
Lauri Lynn Wilbur (business, Ashford) as Police Dispatcher

Soundtrack:
The Ashford School Singers (“Going Home” by William Arms Fisher – 1922)
Danny James – Blues guitar
Tod McGinley and Bill Gaither – “The Hurtin’ Days Are Over”
Tavana McMoore – “Tumble Down” (title song), “Desert Rain”, “Drink the Wine”, and “Slip into a Coma”
The Salvation Alley String Band – “Christian Soul”

SOURCE: May 10, 2016 Press Release, Dan McGinley

 

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PATTI ROTHBERG
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

PATTI ROTHBERG

Acoustic Artist Series

Tickets $15.00

Available online or cash 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. Continue reading...


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this indie talent in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" (Beer and Wine ONLY).

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

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BELLE OF THE FALL
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

BELLE OF THE FALL

Acoustic Artist Series: Indie / Folk

TICKETS $10.00

AVAILABLE ONLINE OR CASH AT THE DOOR

Belle of the Fall - Back at The Packing House with a new CD!

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.

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. [www.belleofthefall.com]

Weapons of choice:

Julia – The obvious choice for lead singer in any situation, acoustic guitar, yukitar, occasional melodica.

Tracy- Upright bass, harmony vocals, drums when back lined as he is not a fan of carrying things.

This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" (Beer and Wine ONLY please) with $5.00 corkage/bottle fee. I.D Required.

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

 

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