Stone Church Arts presents…
7:30 pm, Friday, September 27
The Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church
20 Church St., Bellows Falls, Vermont
BELLOWS FALLS: Cold Chocolate, a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own, performs on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 pm. The concert takes place in the Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, the stone church on the hill, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.
Feauturing Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on
percussion, and backed by some of the root’s music scene’s finest players, this
group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Punctuated
by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus on
songwriting, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their
original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover
Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals
up and down the East Coast.
Guitarist/songwriter Ethan Robbins began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College. A founding member of The Outhouse Troubadours, an Oberlin Bluegrass Phenomenon, he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched. A classical violinist from age four, Ethan fell in love with the guitar when he turned fourteen and his father bought him five quintessential albums: The Band’s “Music from Big Pink,” Bob Dylan’s “Bringing it all Back Home,” John Hartford’s “Steam Powered Aereo-plane,” Hank Williams “Live at the Grand Ole Opry,” and the Grateful Dead’s “Workingman’s Dead.” Ever since, Ethan has attempted to bring those raw, rootsy sounds into his own original material. Kathy Sands-Boehmer of No Depression writes, “[Ethan] feels the music in his heart and soul and it shows when he plays. Ethan becomes the music on stage. There’s an almost mystical connection between his guitar and the notes that flow out of it.”
In 2012, Ethan met percussionist Ariel Bernstein at a mutual friend’s gig in Boston. As a student of Jim Tiller, the Principal Percussionist and Assistant Principal Tympanist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ariel Bernstein earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Percussion for Performance at the State University of New York, Geneseo. A master of restraint, the loose-wristed Ariel brings a light and tasteful groove to Cold Chocolate’s tunes, filling out their sound and heightening the band’s live energy. In addition to playing in Cold Chocolate, Ariel can often be found at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, engineering the records of many of scene’s finest acoustic musicians, including Josh Ritter, The Ballroom Thieves, Darlingside, and Mr. Sun.
Writes Simon Waxman of The Boston Review says, “[Cold Chocolate] sounds softer than the dew on the mountainside, harder than a Harley pushing back red dust, sweeter than true love.” Stone Church Arts in Bellows Falls presents Cold Chocolate on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Tickets in advance are $25 for Premium, up front in comfortable chairs, and $20 for Standard sections. Seniors may use promo code “senior” to save $5 per ticket. Tickets at the door cost $5 more. Tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, and Phoenix Books Misty Valley, Chester, by phone at 802-460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.