ROCKPORT — Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., introduces a new winter performance series featuring local artists. The performances showcase local talent and highlight the best that Rockport Opera House has to offer. The Sweet Chariot Music Festival Sampler Jan. 21 will showcase the resounding acoustics. The film screening of “Oshima Brothers Dark Nights” March 3 utilizes the projection system, and on April 28 the Dance Party with The Watts Hall Band utilizes the ability to push the seating to the side and transform the space to a dance hall.  The Rockport Opera House is a multi-function facility and welcomes the opportunity for the public to experience the space in a variety of ways.

The Sweet Chariot Music Festival Sampler Saturday, Jan. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. brings the week-long summer festival to the stage for one night.

Brimming with musical talent from across the shores of New England and beyond, get ready for an evening of seafaring shanties and a musical variety show format. Musical guests include Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan Collision, Bennett Konesni, Dillon Bustin, John and Rachel Nicholas, David Dodson, Annegret Baier, Doug Day, Eric Kilburn, Lisa Redfern, Ritt Henn and Beth Falcone, Will Brown and special guests.

Tickets for the sampler are $15 general admission and can be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, call 207-542-0836.