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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.

Steve’s first gig

Steve’s first gig

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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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Just Like Being There" (NR)
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Just Like Being There" (NR)

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Just Like Being There" (NR)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

Image by Jakob Frank and "Just Like Being There" DVD cover, artwork by Dan Black of Landland

Image by Jakob Frank and "Just Like Being There" DVD cover, artwork by Dan Black of Landland

Special Note: EC-CHAP recognizes the artistic talent and value of the gig poster and is pleased to provide a showing of this outstanding documentary produced by Avalanche Films. We wish to thank Johanna Goldstein, the producer who generously supports EC-CHAP screening of this film.

 

Just Like Being There (2013). A documentary about gig posters. Directed by Scout Shannon and produced by Johanna Goldstein.

"In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community with strong roots, dating back to the 1960s, this expansion is controversial - refreshing to some, sacrilegious to others." - IMDb

"Scout Shannon’s documentary on the rise of gig posters, Just Like Being There, offers a glimpse into the art of poster making, as well as the commercial recognition and benefits now being reaped by many of the artists. Their success may not be necessarily skyrocketing – it is an indie endeavor, after all – but the medium is certainly getting more attention and their work is being championed by bands, galleries and websites.

Indie bands are highlighted because they go hand-in-hand with independently produced posters, and in turn, they are usually limited works for a limited audience, albeit a growing one." - popMATTERS

In the gig poster community, artists such as Daniel Danger and Jay Ryan prove that creating this artwork is a way of life, more than just a career. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre.

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records" (NR)
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records" (NR)

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records" (NR)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

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

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

"’All Things Must Pass' (NR), 2015, is a documentary (written by Steven Leckart and directed by Colin Hanks) that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon." - IMDb

Remember spending hours in the local record store... listening to recordings, reading cover notes, and focusing on album art? What happened to those good old days? Explore the journey of this leading national company, Tower Records, and the rise and fall of this industry through testimonials of major artists; but more importantly, through your own memories and experiences. 

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Doors 7:00pm / Dance 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

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

"Talent Showcase"

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FILM SHOWING: "THE LAST WALTZ" (Rated-PG)
Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

FILM SHOWING: "THE LAST WALTZ" (Rated-PG)

$5.00 Suggested Donation

Join us in an intimate setting at The Packing House for "The Last Waltz", a classic music documentary that some consider one of the most legendary rock films of all time.

"Martin Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history, as an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars -- including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison -- take the stage for "The Band's" 1976 farewell concert." (Rotten Tomatoes)

This film showing is hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. $5.00 Suggested donation. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY with $5.00 corkage/bottle fee.

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

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