Bath arts center adds 'Kill the Chill' concert series

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BATH — The frozen days of winter may be here, but at the Chocolate Church Arts Center things are heating up.

The “Kill the Chill Winter Concert Series” begins Friday, Jan. 8, with a performance by the Howligans, a four-piece rock and roll band based in the Mid-Coast. The 7:30 p.m. show takes place in the Curtis Room, located in the Annex of the 804 Washington St. center. Tickets cost $10.

Running through March, the series features the Colwell Brothers blues act on Feb. 6, followed by Tim Rice and Chris LeVancher, offering a jazz and folk fusion, on Feb. 19. Hilton Park provides American folk music March 5, and Ted DeMille delivers a bluegrass performance March 12. The folk sounds of Lauren Crosby & Golden Oak wrap things up March 19.

It’s the Chocolate Church’s first crack at a winter concert series.

“We have a wealth of talented folks in the area who crave (a) venue and connection to audiences, and shame on us if we don’t (offer) that,” Jennifer DeChant, the center’s executive director, said in an interview Dec. 30.

“We want to provide fresh entertainment for people at a very modest price,” she said. “We want to provide a venue for local talent to connect with an audience.”

The center chose many of the performers through recommendations.

“As a community arts center … we really try … to respond to community requests and preferences,” and bring new faces to the stage, DeChant said.

Instead of hosting performances on the center’s main stage, which looks out to nearly 300 seats, the center opted to have this series in the “far more intimate” Curtis Room, she explained.

With a dance floor and cash bar, “it’s very much like a house party,” offering a closer connection between the performer and audience than the main stage might provide, DeChant said. Seating in the Curtis Room is limited, she added.

Call 442-8455 or log onto chocolatechurch.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Lauren Crosby & Golden Oak are among the musical acts featured in the “Kill the Chill Winter Concert Series,” hosted by the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.