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Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening of Music and Conversation with Singer/Songwriter Kate Taylor (Folk/Americana)
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening of Music and Conversation with Singer/Songwriter Kate Taylor (Folk/Americana)

Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening of Music and Conversation with Singer/Songwriter Kate Taylor (Folk/Americana)

Tickets $30.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $35.00 at the Door

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Available

SPECIAL NOTE: We are honored and privileged to have Kate Taylor join us at The Packing House! Kate brings a rich history of original music, lyrics, and favorites to our stage. Her kind and humble demeanor will embrace you as she shares her artistic journey with us. Please join us for this very special evening. This concert is being partially underwritten through the generosity of Larry Grasso and Cindy Moeckel..

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KATE TAYLOR lives year round on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. She was raised in Chapel Hill, NC.  Her brothers Alex, James, Livingston, and Hugh are also songwriters and performers. She recorded her first album, “Sister Kate,” in 1971 with Peter Asher.

(1971) Guitar: Danny Kootch, bass: Lee Sklar, drums: Russ Kunkel, piano: Ralph Schuckett, background vocals: Merry Clayton, Oma Drake, Carole King, Donna Prater, Linda Ronstadt, and Abigale Haness.
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Her second album, “Kate Taylor,” was produced by brother James for Columbia Records and was released in 1976.

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Her third record, “It’s in There and It’s Got to Come Out,” produced by Barry Beckett, was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and was released in 1978 on Columbia Records.

 
Kate Taylor, her nephew Ben Taylor and friend David Saw met up at Ben's house to record this version of "Crying in the Rain".

After starting her family, Kate took time from performing to raise her daughters. She now once again brings her original songs and her favorite covers to her beautiful audiences. Her most recent albums include “Beautiful Road” and “Fair Time!”

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Join us for an intimate evening of music and conversation with 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. Tickets $30.00 in advance (online) and $35.00 at the door (Note: EC-CHAP Member discounts only for this performance).

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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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Matt DeChamplain's Drummerless Trio
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Matt DeChamplain's Drummerless Trio

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Matt DeChamplain’s Drummerless Trio Project

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Available

 
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Matt DeChamplain's Drummerless Trio: This trio was formed in honor of the great drummerless trios led by Nat "King" Cole, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Phineas Newborn, Ray Brown, Ahmad Jamal and Tal Farlow. The concert will feature arrangements of popular standards, rare jazz standards and original compositions by Matt DeChamplain.

The format of "Piano/Bass/Guitar" is very unique! The trio works hard to create the energy of a large ensemble with an intimate, acoustic group. The music is highly arranged reminiscent of the Oscar Peterson Trio and Nat "King" Cole Trio.

Matt DeChamplain (piano), Chris Morrison (guitar) and Matt Dwonszyk (bass) each add to the compelling musical fluidity and live energy of the group in a unique way. The group is known for their dexterous facility and creative improvisation and also the humility and humor they bring to the bandstand as they share the music they love.

What Others Are Saying:

“Matt DeChamplain is a pianist of extraordinary skills and musicality. I think I learned as much from Matt as he did from me! Matt graduated at the top of his class, and is well on his way to world-class musician status, with a lot to say. All we have to do is listen and enjoy.” –Andy Laverne

“Matt DeChamplain plays with amazing dexterity and superb taste while covering the history of jazz piano from ragtime and stride to modern.” –Hartford Jazz Society

“Matt DeChamplain is an amazing study in advanced piano styles with the ability to demonstrate a major contribution to the "Stride" style of many years of early jazz history and more recent jazz. Then, we approach the genius of Art Tatum and Matt is, as well as an innovator, a disciple of the "Tatum" school. Not many pianists have had that ability to combine both opposing styles, put them together, and also be a great current jazz artist. –Donn Trenner

“Matt’s insatiable thirst for knowledge and improvement combines with his innate pianistic talents to create a formidable artistic force in the world of jazz piano...He is a first-rate musician and his level of musicality is matched only by his high level of humanity and his desire to share what he loves, whether it be with audience, student or colleague. ” –Jeff Barnhartt

“His original, fluent, open-ended style can move about freely in all eras, seamlessly mixing the past with the present. ...he never loses sight of the central importance of the groove and playing with feeling.” –Owen McNally, NPR

Join us for an evening of original jazz with the Matt DeChamplain Drummerless Trio! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm.

Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Joe Davidian Trio
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Joe Davidian Trio

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Joe Davidian Trio

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Available

 
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The Joe Davidian Trio specializes in performing their original compositions written in the style of jazz standards. Most recently they’ve developed a collection of songs entitled “The Lost Melody” to embody their overarching values of the trio structure with a heavy emphasis on interaction and melodicism. "With loving care they take the haunting melody and build a priceless masterpiece.” says, Paul J. Youngman of jazzreview.com.

The trio has presented concerts throughout the New York (Mezzrow) and New England area, as well as an annual residency at the “Jazz Cave” at the Nashville Jazz Workshop (resulting in two live albums) and regular appearances in South Florida where the trio first met. Internationally they have performed in Ireland, Germany and Italy with a forthcoming tour of Japan in 2020. Most recently, pianist Joe Davidian was selected as winner (and “crowd favorite”) of the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival piano competition.

Joe Davidian: piano

Jamie Ousley: Bass

Austin McMahon: drums

Joe Davidian Trio - Live at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center - Stowe, VT October 21, 2017 Joe Davidian (piano) ~ Jamie Ousley (bass) ~ Austin McMahon (drums) Recorded and mixed by David Entrekin at Sonic Frame Recording

Join us for an evening of original jazz with the Joe Davidian Trio! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm.

Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Grace & Grit - Kala Farnham & Jeff Prezch (Folk/Americana)
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Grace & Grit - Kala Farnham & Jeff Prezch (Folk/Americana)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Grace & Grit- Kala Farnham & Jeff Prezch (Folk/Americana)

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

Grace & Grit : Kaya Farnham and Jeff Prezch (All photos courtesy Parker-Burns Productions)

Grace & Grit: Kaya Farnham and Jeff Prezch (All photos courtesy Parker-Burns Productions)

Grace & Grit is the musical pairing of Connecticut songwriters Kala Farnham and Jeff Przech. The combination of Kala's beautiful, folk-tinged melodies and Jeff's broken-in, country/rock tendencies yields a wonderfully harmonious union of distinct styles and voices. After talking about the possibility several times, the two finally came together at the 2019 Rose Arts Festival and their partnership was born. Though the two come from very different places, their interpretations of each other's songs, as well as a number of duets, make Grace & Grit a true collaboration.

The Grace…

the Grit

… and the duo, Grace & Grit.

Please join us for an evening of original acoustic works by these talented artists!! You may even experience a seasonal sampling… 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.


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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show (Folk/Bluegrass)
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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For more than 8 years, Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP) has been treating audiences throughout the state to their very own style of Americana, described as a “sweet soup of blended harmonies, uplifting lyrics and…fun vibe”, by Anne Marie Cannata McEwen, Director at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Ct.

Come and see for yourselves what all the buzz is about as Carolyn, Jeff, Mark, and Mike bring their music to the Packing House for the 4th year in a row. The distinct all-American tone of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, the visual intrigue of the electric upright bass, the energetic beat of the cajon, the impeccable intricate harmonies, and the melodic play of the fiddle and guitar distinguish Connecticut’s one-of-a-kind SOOP. Their cornucopia of folk instruments and rock-infused songwriting are a contagiously fun experience.

The Band

Carolyn Brodginski starting singing and playing guitar at the tender age of 10. Since 2011, she has added other stringed instruments to her bag of tricks, including ukulele, mandolin, and the instrument dearest to her heart, the Mountain Dulcimer. In 2016 she completed a certification as a therapeutic musician, and now plays the dulcimer at the bedside for patients at St. Francis Hospital as part of the hospital’s Integrative Medicine department. She also teaches dulcimer workshops at the hospital, libraries, arts centers, and music festivals. https://carolynbrodginski.com/. Her original songs have been included on the companion CD of Dulcimer Player’s News, a quarterly publication for dulcimer enthusiasts around the globe.

Jeff Gorman has been around music his whole life starting with clarinet and saxophone. With the band he is on bass and harmonica. Jeff and Carolyn were married in 2010, prompting a neighbor to refer to them as the "Von Trapps", with their home full of music and musical instruments. Since retiring from a 30+ year career in IT this past Summer, Jeff has been focusing on music, and taking care of all of those projects around the house he never had time for when he was working. This makes Carolyn very happy.

Mark Hall has been drumming and singing in bands for more than 35 years. With SOOP he plays an acoustic drum called the Cajon, which he masterfully makes sounds like a full drum kit. Mark and Carolyn's similar singing backgrounds in acapella madrigals, results in a perfect blend as they trade off on lead and backing vocals. By day, Dr. Mark Hall is a Clinical Psychologist giving the songs he writes a deep and sometimes humorous take on the human condition (especially the songs that are self reflective). From June through October, he and his wife Robin can be found most weekends in Mystic on their boat in a slip at Mystic Marina.

Michael Frantzen joined the band in 2015, given them a lead voice that raised them to another level. A classically trained violin player, he never really played the “fiddle” before joining SOOP. Mike has the gift of being able to quickly play ANYTHING you sing or hum to him. This made it very easy to get him caught up on 3 years worth of music the band had been doing before he came along. Mike is an electrical engineer, lumberjack, woodworker, mechanic, and loves traveling and cruising down the Connecticut River on his boat with “The Fiddler’s Wife” Carola…..amazing he has time for music.

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

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.


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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Oct
9
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 Jazz Series: The Steve Davis Correlations Band
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: The Steve Davis Correlations Band

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: The Steve Davis Correlations Band

Tickets $25.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $30.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Available

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Special Note: This concert is being partially underwritten by Mr. Arthur Rovozzo, DJ and Founder of Saturday afternoon jazz program, “Musical Myriad”, WECS 91.5FM. We are grateful for Mr. Rovozzo’s generosity and support of EC-CHAP; and delighted to have international jazz artist Steve Davis take the stage at The Packing House!

Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Steve Davis was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute. It was with McLean’s guidance and recommendation that Davis landed his first major performance with Art Blakey in NYC. In 98’ Steve winning the TDWR (Rising Star) Trombone Category and later named consecutively as Trombonist of the Year by The JJA – (2010-2013). 
Widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition. Steve has released 20 albums including: Think Ahead (2017), Say When (2015), For Real & Gettin’ It Done (2014) featuring his longtime musical colleagues Larry Willis and Nat Reeves along with drummer Billy Williams, saxophonists Abraham Burton (For Real), Mike DiRubbo and trumpeter Josh Bruneau (Gettin’ It Done), in addition to over 100 recordings with names including: Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones. In 2018 his original composition “Optimism” was included in Christian McBride’s Grammy Award winning album “Bringin’ it”. Steve Davis’ latest release with his sextet “Correlations” (label: Smoke Sessions Records) Steve features Joshua Bruneau, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone; Xavier Davis, piano; Dexron Dougles, bass; Johnathan Barber, drums; Caro Baptista, percussion on “Batista Revenge”.

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He leads his groups All-Star quartet Larry Willis (Alone Together/Mapleshade 2006) and his exciting, Outlook Quintet featuring rising stars Mike DiRubbo (alto sax), David Bryant (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums) regularly performing at Smoke and Smalls Jazz Club (NYC); The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, Baltimore’s Eubie Blake Center, The Richmond Jazz Society, Hartford Jazz Society.

Steve performs internationally with Dizzy Gillespie’s All-Stars, Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter. Chick Corea & My Spanish Heart Band, Origin, he has appeared at The Jimmy Fallon with Steve Wonder, at the White House Tribute to Ray Charles (PBS) and records with the collective unit One For All (Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth), Larry Willis, Harold Malberen.Widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition.

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Steve Davis - trombone, will be joined by Josh Bruneau - trumpet/flugelhorn, Wayne Escoffery - tenor sax, Taber Gable - piano, Dezron Douglas - bass, Jonathan Barber - drums.

Join us for an evening of great jazz in our intimate historic setting. This program is supported by the generosity of Mr. Arthur Rovozzo, and 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 THE MONTH)
Jun
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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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: The Monthly "Bluegrass Project"

The “Bluegrass Project” will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This month we will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “BluesGrass”!

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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 - June 2019 (Excluding January 2019).

The Monthly "Bluegrass Project" 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 Special Community Program: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus"
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

EC-CHAP Special Community Program: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus"

EC-CHAP Special Community Program: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus"

Please join us for a Summer Performance by the 2018-19 HMS “Select Chorus”. 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 Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

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

EC-CHAP Comedy 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.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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. 

Carla has been performing since the late 90s, playing in venues small and smaller, from the Clothing Optional Folk Festival to the Bluebird Cafe. She has appeared as a musical guest on the TV shows "The Revolution" (canceled) and "Up All Night with Rhonda" (canceled). Walk, don't run, and look both ways before crossing, then go hear Carla before the venue she is playing in closes up shop.

"Perhaps the northeast's funniest interpreter of human foibles has given us another gift. "Aunt Flow Rag" rendered me helpless with laughter... May this review be an unofficial declaration of Carla's status as way above average?" - Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live!

"Enter the delightfully twisted musical mind of Carla Ulbrich through her new cd, Totally Average Woman.  Ha!  I detect nothing average about Carla’s high IQ songs.  Her sharp, well-tuned humor inspires a melody of chuckles, guffaws, oh’s, ah’s, aha’s, or oh no’s, and you might hold your belly-laugh until your stomach becomes flat.  The cd is composed of mini story songs.  The listener is actually in attendance of audio musical theater that artfully brings to life the poignant thoughts of the narrator and the lives of unique, yet common, characters."  - Mara Noelle, KVMR-FM

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 Presents: An Evening of Music and  Intimate Conversation with Steve Katz
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Presents: An Evening of Music and Intimate Conversation with Steve Katz

EC-CHAP Presents: An Evening of Music and Intimate Conversation with Steve Katz

Tickets $30.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $35.00 at the Door/ Special Senior ($32.00) & Student Price ($20.00) at the Door

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is excited to have Steve Katz, guitarist and founding member of Blood, Sweat, and Tears at The Packing House! Join us for some great music, and an intimate conversation with Steve Katz of this legendary rock band.

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Guitarist/singer/songwriter/storyteller STEVE KATZ has played on an enviable string of recordings during the 1960s and '70s in acoustic folk, jazz, blues, R&B, hard rock, and almost every other popular genre that's come along in America since the start of the 1960s. Katz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1945 and grew up in the upstate city of Schenectady. Already a gifted musician in his early teens, he was good enough to get hired for a local television program called Teenage Barn, doing his versions of pop hits of the late '50s.

As he got older, Steve was drawn to folk music and blues. He studied traditional American guitar styles with Dave Van Ronk and the Rev. Gary Davis. Eventually, he became part of a circle of similarly minded folk and blues enthusiasts who formed the Even Dozen Jug Band,

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which also included John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, and Stefan Grossman.

After moving to Greenwich Village, Steve Katz became an established part of the Village music scene, eventually joining The Blues Project, New York City's first major home-grown contribution to bluesrock. The Blues Project had an impact on music that far exceeded their relatively modest record sales. Katz was part of the Blues Project lineup that played the Monterey Pop Festival.

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Later that same year, with Blues Project bandmate, Al Kooper, Katz founded the original Blood Sweat & Tears. He recorded five albums with the band. Throughout the end of the 1960s and early 70s, Katz performed at countless historic venues including the Fillmore East, and several major rock festivals including Woodstock.

Among a host of other awards, the band won three Grammies, including one for Album of the Year. Steve’s influence on BS&T resulted in several chart topping hits and millions of record sales worldwide.

Steve left BS&T to pursue the craft of record production. One of his first productions was the Lou Reed classic, Rock’nRoll Animal. He went on to work with Reed on two more albums before returning to his musician roots in the countryrock band, American Flyer, whose first album was produced by the Beatles’ George Martin.

Steve was offered an opportunity to get closer to the business of music in 1977 with his appointment as East Coast Director of A&R and later as Vice President of Mercury Records. The highlight of the three years that Steve spent at Mercury was his being able to produce the great Irish group Horslips. Rather than sit in his office listening to 12-minute conga solos on disco demo tapes, Steve opted to spend a good deal of time in Ireland during this period and produced three albums for the group. As a New York A&R executive in Dublin, Steve had also passed on a young group by the name of U2, a decision that Steve would regret for the rest of his life.

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Steve Katz has been performing and doing book talks all across the country to rave reviews and rapt audiences. He will take you back to a time we all remember and to the music we all grew up with. Spend a memorable evening with Steve Katz - one you will never forget.


Join us for an intimate evening of music and conversation with this legendary artist. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $30.00 in advance online / $35.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 

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 THE MONTH)
May
8
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 Jazz Series: June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky  - Love's Tango
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky - Love's Tango

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky - Love’s Tango

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is thrilled to have June Bisantz and Alex Nakhimovsky return to The Packing House with their new project, Love’s Tango. A show not to miss!

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June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky have recorded, performed and toured together since 2005. This is their third recording project together and first writing collaboration. They share a background in classical music, a love of Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies, and a serious playfulness that has distinguished and energized their partnership.

 Their new release LOVE'S TANGO, a collection of original latin/jazz songs features bossa novas, sambas, a Rachmaninoff-inspired string quartet prelude and one unique tango, from which the project gets its name. Also featured along with the many accomplished musicians on this recording, are renowned trombonist Steve Davis and smooth jazz guitarist Norman Johnson.

LOVE’S TANGO celebrates the many ways we experience love - romantically, exuberantly and philosophically - with the Latin rhythms, classical ideas and jazz improvisations that characterize all things Tango.

In the first month of its release, Love’s Tango has reached #6 on the NACC Latin Jazz Charts and #13 on the RMR Jazz Charts.

Most captivating of all is Bisantz, a gifted singer with a warm, bright 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

This recording revels in the joys of life...” - Susan Frances, Jazz 2 Love

Nakhimovsky’s arranging and writing skills, coupled with Bisantz well-crafted lyrics is inspired” ~ J. Pepper, All About Vocals

Love’s Tango” brings to mind warm climes, dancing and sophisticated people..” ~ Dodie Miller-Gould, Lemon Wire

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Join us for an evening of original arrangements with a Latin flavor by these incredible jazz musicians! 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

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Vocalist JUNE BISANTZ has co-written and produced several collections of original vocal jazz, all of which have received national recognition. She has loured internationally, and performed and recorded with distinguished jazz musicians including Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Paul Brown, Lew Soloff, Jerry NeiwQod, Mike Stem, Steve Davis & Will Lee. Reviews andarticles about her work have appeared in publications including People Magazine, USA Today, JazzQuad.Ru, Jazziz Magazine, Jazz Podium Magazine, Jazz USA, the New York TImes, New York Newsday & the Boston Globe. Bisantz' critically acclaimed 2012 release, II's Always You, paid tribute to the vocal work of the legendary Chet Baker. Her current release LOVE'S TANGO, co-authored with pianist composer Alex Nakhimovsky, signals her return to original music with a collection of Latin inspired songs about love in all its many forms.

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Pianist and co-writer, ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY, enjoys a versatile career as a performer, recording artist, producer, composer and educator. His musical accomplishments as a jazz and classical artist include musical direction, arranging, solo and ensemble performances. He has toured throughout the United States, Russia, Japan and Israel, performing with jazz legends Benny Golson, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Cobb, Valery Ponomarev, Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller, Victor Bailey and Grammy-nominated artists Bill Evans, Jazzmeia Horn & Rene Marie.

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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: The Monthly "Bluegrass Project"

The “Bluegrass Project” will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This month we will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “Still Pickin' Band!

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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).

The Monthly "Bluegrass Project" 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: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)
Apr
27
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

"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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An Intimate Performance with Tom Rush: A Benefit Concert to Support EC-CHAP
Apr
13
3:30 PM15:30

An Intimate Performance with Tom Rush: A Benefit Concert to Support EC-CHAP

An Intimate Performance with Tom Rush: A Benefit Concert to Support EC-CHAP

Joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Nakoa

TWO SHOWS

***SOLD OUT***

Afternoon 3:30pm - 6:00pm

DOORS OPEN AT 2:30PM FOR AFTERNOON SHOW

Evening 7:30pm - 10:00pm

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00PM FOR EVENING SHOW

$50.00 (Section-1) | $40.00 (section-2)

{NOTE: There are no credit card fees or discounts for these performances]

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FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: 518.791.9474

Steve Herzog ~ "Words & Music", WHUS, 91.7fm, interviews Tom Rush in preparation for his April 13, 2019 performance at The Packing House, Willington, CT. A Benefit Concert for the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP).

Special Note: EC-CHAP is privileged and honored to host an intimate performance with folk legend Tom Rush at The Packing House! Tom will be joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Nakoa. Tom Rush has always been favorite musician of ours, and a major force in the evolution of folk era of the 1960’s.

Two shows will be offered on April 13th - An afternoon concert beginning at 3:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm. Regional folk/bluegrass band, “Horizon Blue”, will open for both shows.

This event represents an annual Benefit Concert to support the The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.c.3 nonprofit cultural institution serving local and regional communities in Eastern Connecticut and beyond.


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TOM RUSH is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration…a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47® concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations.

Tom Rush began his musical career in the early ’60s playing the Boston-area clubs while a Harvard student. The Club 47 was the flagship of the coffee house fleet, and he was soon holding down a weekly spot there, learning from the legendary artists who came to play, honing his skills and growing into his talent. He had released two albums by the time he graduated.

Rush displayed then, as he does today, an uncanny knack for finding wonderful songs, and writing his own – many of which have become classics re-interpreted by new generations. (It is testimony to the universality of his appeal that his songs have been folk hits, country hits, heavy metal and rap hits.) Signed by Elektra in 1965, Rush made three albums for them, culminating in The Circle Game, which, according to Rolling Stone, ushered in the singer/songwriter era.

In the early ’70s, folk turned to folk-rock, and Rush, ever adaptable, saw more room to stretch out. Recording now for Columbia, he toured tirelessly with a five man band, playing concerts across the country. Endless promotional tours, interviews, television appearances, and recording sessions added up to five very successful but exhausting years, after which Tom decided to take a break and “recharge” his creative side at his New Hampshire farm.

Rush returned with a splash in 1981, selling out Boston’s prestigious Symphony Hall in advance. Time off had not only rekindled Rush’s love of music, it had re-ignited music audiences’ love of Rush.

He instinctively knew that his listeners were interested in both the old and the new, and set out to create a musical forum – like the Club 47 of the early ’60s – to allow established artists and newcomers to share the same stage. In 1982, he tried it out at Symphony Hall. The show was such a hit it became an annual event, growing to fill two, then three nights, and the Club 47 series was born. Crafting concerts that combined well known artists such as Bonnie Raitt or Emmylou Harris with (then) unknowns like Alison Krauss or Mark O’ Connor, Rush took the show on the road. From the ’80s to the present day, Club 47 events have filled the nation’s finest halls to rave reviews, and have been broadcast as national specials on PBS and NPR.

In 1999, Columbia/Legacy released a Tom Rush retrospective album that covers his recorded musical history from 1962 to the present, including tracks recorded for Columbia, Elektra, Prestige and his independent years. Entitled “The Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets”, the 17-track compilation includes as a bonus a brand new Tom Rush composition, “River Song,” which features vocal contributions from Grammy winners Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn.

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A live CD, “Trolling for Owls” released in 2003 and published by Tom’s NIGHTLIGHT RECORDINGS, captures Tom’s complete performance and includes, for the first time, some of the spoken stories that have endeared him to audiences.

“How I Play (some of) My Favorite Songs”, a DVD released in 2005 by Homespun Tapes, shows how he plays ten of the memorable songs and guitar arrangements, and has had great reviews from guitarists all over the world.

In 2009, Tom recorded his first studio CD in 35 years, in Nashville. “What I Know” was produced by Tom’s long-time friend Jim Rooney and includes original Tom Rush material, as well as harmonies by Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Bramlett and Nanci Griffith.

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Tom’s newest album, “Voices” released in 2018 was recorded in Nashville and produced by Tom's Club 47 pal, Jim Rooney. Tom will be joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Matt Nakoa (see more about Matt below).


Join us for this very special event. All proceeds after expenses will go to support the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). To learn more about EC-CHAP and how you can become a member, please visit www.ec-chap.org.

Doors open 30-minutes before show time. We are pleased to offer our unique "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). Soft drinks and snacks available. 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 more information, please call 518-791-9474.

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About Matt Nakoa…

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MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. After college, Matt toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City’s vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines outside the door each Saturday night.

Matt’s first solo album, Light In The Dark (2012), is an eclectic pop opus. In contrast, A Dozen Other Loves (2014), explores a simple acoustic palette. This intimate collection has earned many songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Additionally, Matt’s piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt now tours internationally, recently performing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush.


About Horizon Blue…

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HORIZON BLUE is a favorite at museums, libraries, festivals and cultural events. Horizon Blue's music is best described as Contemporary Americana - a blend of folk, bluegrass, country, blues and rock. We play a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, ukulele, electric and upright bass, dobro, strum stick, bongos, and flute.  Some concert attendees have said the stage looks like a music store because of the variety of instruments. 

Monique's songwriting credits include a charting international release in England, Germany, and Japan. Monique was a co-writer for The single "LOOK LOVE IN THE EYES" performed by Mark Free on the album "A Long Way From Love." This record received the number two spot for the album of the year in the British publication "Rock Report."

Currently Horizon Blue is recording a new CD release.

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Apr
10
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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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Apr
7
1:30 PM13:30

Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Come join us on Sunday, April 7th from 1:30pm to 5:00pm for the 2019 Spring Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Join us for an award presentation by the CT DECD, State Historic Preservation Office and overview of the 2018 “Good-To-Great” grant. Participate in an interactive historical discussion and presentation by local Historian, Richard Symonds; debut of the new “Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery”, with EC-CHAP Artist In Residence, Rebecca Zablocki; and listen to live jazz in The Packing House by “Straight Up Jazz” . Throughout the afternoon, stroll through The Mill Works Creative Community open studios; explore the exhibits in the Gardiner Hall Jr. History Museum.; and enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century with us at this local historic landmark.


SCHEDULE



PRESENTATION

2:00pm - DECD State Historic Preservation Office,Good To Great” Grant Award Presentation and Overview. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).


BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

3:00pm - History – “Raising Historical Awareness: An Approach to Collaboration & Programming”. Presenter: Richard Symonds. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).

RICHARD SYMONDS

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Mr. Symonds has had a passion for how the environment is used to support man's needs, particularly the land and water resources. His unique educational background, work experience as a land use planner, interest in land use history, and military experience has led to his work on the evaluation of water powered mill sites.

Mr. Symonds is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in geography, specializing in historical and regional geography and map making techniques. He served as a U.S. Army Infantry officer, retiring from the Army Reserve as a Captain in 1968. The majority of his professional career was spent as a planner for the State of Connecticut though his retirement in 1992. Since retiring he has written numerous history books including three relating to water use and water powered mill sites. Mr. Symonds has been involved in local community service in Tolland serving on the Town Council, Conservation Commission, Water Commission, Historical Society, volunteer fire department, and as Town Fire Marshal.

Mr. Symonds will discuss historical research and challenges faced as a practitioner. A Framework to raise historical awareness through ongoing discourse and collaboration will be presented.

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3:45pm - Art – “A Vision for the Visual Arts: A Platform for Emerging Artists & Beyond”. Presenter: Rebecca Zablocki. Location: Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery (Bldg-2, Floor-1)

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

Ms Zablocki, originally from Long Island, NY, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School as a printmaker. After graduation in 2014, she returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store at the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA.

Rebecca is completing her second year as an “Artist In Residence” (AIR) at EC-CHAP, and has recently developed and serves as Director of the new "Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery" located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT.

Rebecca will debut and provide an overview of the Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery, developed as a platform for local and regional artists to display their work for public view. This gallery provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists of all ages to obtain public exposure of their creative work. Weekly hours of operation will be announced at this presentation. There is no cost to display in the Community Gallery.


4:15pm - Performance – Jazz Trio, “Straight Up Jazz ”. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

The Straight Up Jazz Trio has been playing together since 2014. The trio format is a special ensemble in jazz, with a tradition going back to the early swing era. With a basic instrumentation of piano, bass and drums, the musicians can explore and reinterpret music spontaneously. Trios led by Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, and Keith Jarrett have often been on the creative forefront in jazz, and continue to serve as an inspiration to contemporary musicians. The Straight Up Jazz Trio continues in that tradition, playing material from the standards repertoire in an expressive, adventurous, and visceral manner.

THE ARTISTS:

Pianist ANTHONY CORNICELLO is a Professor of Music at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he has taught jazz piano as well as directed the Eastern Jazz band. Anthony has been involved with jazz since the 1980s, leading his own ensembles and playing with avant-garde groups such as “Inside/Out”.

RICK O’NEAL is a Bass Player for a few regional band including Delta Generators, ONeal Armstrong and Straight Up Jazz. Rick has appeared at the San Francisco and Montreal Jazz Festivals, and has opened for Etta James and BB King. He is now an adjunct Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Drummer VENLO ODOM has been a professional musician for over 40 years, playing with Barry White, The O’Jays, John Lee, Jimmie Smith, amongst others. He has played in major venues, including B.B. King’s (NYC), The Apollo Theatre and Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, and has appeared on many recordings. Venlo is currently working towards a BA in Music Performance at Eastern.


ONGOING 3:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY  (Floors 1 & 2)

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DYE & BLEACH HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY

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GARDINER HALL JR HISTORY MUSEUM

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

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Learn about EC-CHAP and how you can become involved in your regional cultural organization. Our Volunteers will discuss the benefits of membership and how you may share your skills and talents through our volunteer program.

We seek your input and suggestions, and how we may best meet your needs.


PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

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"The Place To Create"

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest  - Part-3
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest - Part-3

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest - Part-3

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

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.  

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

This concert represents Part-2 in a three-part Seasonal Series. Sarah’s final 2019 concert is scheduled for April 6th.

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 $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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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: The Monthly "Bluegrass Project"

The “Bluegrass Project” will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This month we will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “CABIN FEVER”!

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

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).

The Monthly "Bluegrass Project" 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 "Jazz Series": An Evening with Grammy Nominated Artist Nicole Zuraitis
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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Special Note: One year ago, on February 2nd 2018 to be exact, we were privileged to have Nicole Zuraitis join us in her debut performance at The Packing House. Nicole had just released her new album, ‘Hive Mind’ and shared original works from this project. She was accompanied by percussionist and composer Dan Pugach, guitarist Idan Morim, and bassist Alex Busby. These amazing musicians wowed our audience with their outstanding talent.

A year later, Nicole is back at The Packing House with a unique performance, “Generations of Her”, celebrating women songwriters and lyricists of the last 100 years. Much has happened in the last twelve months... Nicole and Dan’s original arrangement of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ has resulted in a 2019 Grammy Nomination to their credit. In addition, Nicole’s frequent appearances at Birdland and residency at Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar has kept her quite busy.

Needless to say, we are humbled and honored to have Nicole Zuraitis grace our stage once again. Nicole's musical talent exceeds expectations... Her smooth vocals and jazz piano, combined with original composition and arrangement just leave you wanting more. This is one performance not to miss! - EC-CHAP

www.nicoleZmusic.com from her new album "HIVE MIND" (DotTime Records) recording live at Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn NY Nicole Zuraitis, voice/piano/arrangement Dan Pugach, drums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERATIONS OF HER

Nicole will present her new project: Generations of Her: Women songwriters and lyricists of the last 100 years.  Featuring music starting in 1924 until the present day, this show is full of surprises, unknown facts, and classic gems.  All arrangements by Nicole Zuraitis. 

WOMEN SONGWRITERS AND LYRICISTS OF THE LAST 100 YEARS!

Featuring music by Carole King, Bobby Gentry, Loretta Lynn, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Maria Griever, Irene Higgenbotham, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Janis Ian, etc. etc.! Plus amazing modern day composers. 

“Generations of Her” will feature Nicole Zuraitis (piano), Jordan Pettay (sax), Inbar Paz (bass), and Sarah Kadoura (drums).

"Nicole Zuraitis' show titled "Generations of Her" celebrates female songwriters of the last century. Nicole delivers a gorgeous interpretation of song--her voice is spectacular, and her piano chops sublime. Her choices and arrangements blew me away". - Broadway World:  

Please join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear Nicole Zuraitis live! 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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Mar
13
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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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: The Monthly "Bluegrass Project"

The “Bluegrass Project” will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This month we will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “81 SOUTH” from central Connecticut bringing you traditional bluegrass music the likes of Jimmy Martin and other pioneers of the genre.

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81 South

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).

The Monthly "Bluegrass Project" 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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***CANCELLED - EC-CHAP Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - CANCELLED***
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

***CANCELLED - EC-CHAP Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - CANCELLED***

***CANCELLED DUE TO STORMS - EC-CHAP Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - CANCELLED DUE TO STORMS***

Due to the impending storms, the performance with Carla Ulbrich has been cancelled and will be rescheduled - Date TBD.

Refunds have been issued to all advanced ticket purchasers.

Please check The Packing House website frequently for the rescheduled date.

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Feb
13
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-Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass"-CANCELLED***
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

*** CANCELLED-Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass"-CANCELLED***

THE MONTHLY “BLUEGRASS PROJECT” SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 6TH, FEATURING “BLUESGRASS”, HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 6TH, 7:00PM

THE MONTHLY “BLUEGRASS PROJECT” IS PRESENTED BY EC-CHAP & THE PODUNK BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING A REGIONAL BLUEGRASS BAND ON THE 1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE AND HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US NEXT MONTH!

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Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass" (1st Wednesday)
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass" (1st Wednesday)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: Monthly "Bluegrass Project" Featuring “BluesGrass” (1st Wednesday)

Admission: $10.00 at the Door

Our Monthly “Bluegrass Project” will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This month’s Bluegrass Project will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “BLUESGRASS”.

Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band

The BluesGrass acoustic duo of Mark White (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Jon Swift (upright bass, vocals) presents an “Americana” mix of bluegrass, blues, and oldies that adds up to a well-rounded musical experience for listeners.  Their music features strong duet vocals with two lead singers, as well as powerful instrumental work, and they also provide brief bits of historical information about the origins of many of their songs.

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, February - May 2019.

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The monthly "Bluegrass Project" 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: Voices of Concinnity - "Has Love No Voice?"
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Voices of Concinnity - "Has Love No Voice?"

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Voices of Concinnity - “Has Love No Voice?"

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

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is pleased to collaborate with the newly formed vocal chamber ensemble, Voices of Concinnity. This presentation of the classical work, “Has Love No Voice?”, represents the ensembles debut performance at The Packing House. All proceeds from this collaborative project will go to support Consonare Choral Community and EC-CHAP.

Voices of Concinnity is proud to announce its inaugural season with a compelling and creative choral program, Has Love No Voice?

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Come indulge in the music where passion and heartache unabashedly reside, created solely by the collection of voices. Their sound described as being “like silky smooth butter in musical form” by a recent audience member, Voices of Concinnity will explore through this program “whether love, like music, can transcend time, the written page, and even the actual physical production of sound.”

Led by founding director Sarah Kaufold, Voices of Concinnity is a 12-voice chamber ensemble of dedicated, seasoned choral artists from diverse backgrounds. Concinnity will experiment with the alignment of vocal timbres while exploring the stories of this collection of a cappella music possessing rich harmonies, compelling texts, and the capacity to affect one's soul. Featuring selections by Lauridsen, Monteverdi, Holst, Whitacre, Schutz and more.

In addition to singing beautiful choral selections from their program, Has Love No Voice?, Voices of Concinnity will explore the stories behind this music and how the singing of the text could affect us more profoundly than spoken word for our performance at The Packing House. This presentation could be a great introduction to understanding how to enjoy this choral art.

Please join us for this evening of classical voice! 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 and Consonare Choral Community .


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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest Josh Bruneau - Part-2
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest Josh Bruneau - Part-2

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet with Special Guest Josh Bruneau - Part-2

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

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.  

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

This concert represents Part-2 in a three-part Seasonal Series. Sarah’s final 2019 concert is scheduled for April 26th.

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 $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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Acoustic Artist Series: Singer/Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Kala Farnham (Indie / Folk)
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Singer/Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Kala Farnham (Indie / Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Singer/Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Kala Farnham (Indie / Folk)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) 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 will be joined by bassist Daniel Grip and violinist Alex Korolov.

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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Jan
9
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 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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The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474