Chocolate Church Arts Center

‘Live From Home’: Indie rock and comedy this weekend

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:30am

With events postponed at their theater at 804 Washington Street in Bath, The Chocolate Church Arts Center has been presenting Live from Home, a series of concerts performed by regional musicians in their homes that can be streamed online by audience members via Facebook. The shows will continue at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, April 24 with a show from Portland indie-rocker Xander Nelson, and on Saturday, April 25 with beloved Bath-based stand-up comedian Johnny Ater.

The shows will be streamed via the Chocolate Church Arts Center’s Facebook page, and will be free to watch. Audience members will be encouraged to donate to help the organization recover lost revenue due to postponed shows, and to support the performers, many of whom are also facing canceled shows and loss of income. All donations will be split evenly between the Chocolate Church Arts Center and the performing artist.

Fearlessly fusing the joyous intensity of pop-punk with the soulful swagger of blues, Xander Nelson has been turning heads since his debut in the New England music circuit in 2017. Though he is normally joined by his three-piece band, this will be a solo show from Xander, who is a Berklee College of Music graduate, and who has shared the stage with Grammy nominees and local legends alike. Xander and his band have released two critically acclaimed EPs – 2017’s “A Dull Roar” and 2018’s “See You On The Other Side.” Their single “You Got A Problem” has received extensive airplay on radio stations throughout Maine and beyond.

Stand-up comic Johnny Ater, a lifelong Mainer, offers up hilarious and honest stories about life, family, relationships, and his colorful local friends, whom he brings to life in his performances for all to meet. The comedian also offers light-hearted swipes and himself and his fellow Mainers, and is known for his “rubber face,” which he is able to contort into hilarious and surprising ways. A vulnerable performer who embraces his “uncool” persona, Ater has become one of Maine’s favorite standup comics since he began performing in 2003.

Tickets are not necessary for the Live from Home concerts. Audience members may simply go to the Chocolate Church Arts Center’s Facebook page at the time of the show, and they will be directed on how to watch.

The Chocolate Church Arts Center will continue to announce upcoming Live from Home performers in the next few weeks.