"Baltimore's Premier Burlesque Troupe"
Do you enjoy a bygone era when variety shows were all the rage? Are you attracted to the high glamour of classic burlesque?
Baltimore’s Best and premiere burlesque troupe, Gilded Lily Burlesque, returns to Opera House LIVE with another production of all-star talent for a dazzling display of delicious burlesque and variety!
Witness the glitz, glamour and unquestionable skill of Limelight Cabaret with Baltimore’s Sicilian Queen and founder of Gilded Lily Burlesque, MARIA BELLA, Mistress of Ceremonies KITTIE GLITTER, founder of New Orlean’s Slow Burn Burlesque and Gilded Lily’s own, NONA NARCISSE, Gilded Lily’s sultry songstress, SOPHIA SUNDAY, founder of Baltimore’s Bawdy Shop Burlesque, SUNNY SIGHED, producer of Washington DC’s Evil League of Ecdysiast, CHERIE SWEETBOTTOM, and Gilded Lily’s delectable stage kitten, LAUREN MARLEAUX!
Doors 8pm, Show 9, Tickets $15
Watch and Listen: https://vimeo.com/3115744
As former lead singer/songwriter for the Squirrel Nut Zippers between 1994 and 1999, Maxwell became a critic’s darling and his song “Hell” became a smash top-20 hit. Tom’s songs propelled the Squirrel Nut Zippers to multi-platinum status, selling over 3 million albums. Songs Tom wrote for them have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows including Sesame Street and Sex and the City, a Super Bowl commercial and a Tony Award-winning Broadway soundtrack.
Since leaving the Squirrel Nut Zippers in 1999, Tom Maxwell has told people he lives in a state of "permanent semi-retirement." He performs occasionally and recorded rarely. Even so on August 26, 2014 Tom released an album with his new band Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag, and on the same day released a memoir, My Life in Hell, on Oyster Print Press,that chronicles the early days of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Don't miss this rare performance at Opera House Live, Tom will play his Zipper hits, some new songs, and even some storytelling.
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $15
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"Wildly inventive, eclectic and the most fun you can ever have at an old-fashioned dance party, DC’s Bumper Jacksons have quickly gained national recognition for their blend of jazz, swing, blues and old-time country tunes, as well as original compositions that harken back to an era of white lightning, Appalachian hollers and New Orleans’ jazz clubs. With influences that range from Hank Williams to Bessie Smith and an impressive repertoire of tunes, both old-timey and brand spankin’ new, you could say the Bumper Jacksons have been there, done that; wrote the country song." Jane Roser, That Music Mag, 2014
Doors 8pm, show 9pm, tickets $10
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Out of Lafayette, Louisiana, Brother Dege (AKA Dege Legg) is one of the best kept secrets in the Deep South; a musician, writer, workingman and heir to a long line of unusual characters born and raised in the southern U.S. Like the mad lovechild of Son House and Faulkner, Legg has burned a crooked trail to the Promised Land. Avoiding traditional career paths, he has spent as much time exploring the backwoods weirdness of his home state as he has forging his own brand of incendiary, "psyouthern" roots music. The journeys are parallel. Since the late 90s, Dege has pushed slide, resonators, and the deep south, kicking and screaming into the 21st century, melding elements of folk, Delta blues, punk, rock, metal, hippie ragas, and outlaw county into one blasted, raw whole.
“ (Four Stars) Genuinely powerful and compelling stuff.” –Uncut
“ Brother Dege writes brilliant visual text that are at the same time spiritual and macabre, but always with the soul of a Cajun bluesman.”- Rootstime/Belgium
“Brother Dege brings the ghosts of kudzu-covered swamp rats to life in your speakers. Find the darkest spot in your backyard, light some candles and turn it up” - The Big Takeover
The Deep South’s forgotten son comes banging out of the gates with his third album under the Brother Dege moniker, Scorched Earth Policy: Deluxe, morphing his signature Delta sonic-slide sound (as heard in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained official soundtrack) into the psyouthern, psych swamposphere. Joined by his touring band, The Bretheren, Brothe Dege & Co. push these 12 tracks into rural cinematic realms, adding their post-millennial update to the southern rock & roll lexicon.
Dege’s song"Too Old to Die Young" is featured on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Quentin Tarantino says, “Frankly, every track on the Brother Dege CD could have been in the movie Django Unchained. It works and has a badass score sound to it.”
Doors 8, Show 9pm, Tickets $12
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Too Old to Die Young" featured on Quentin Tarantino's, Django Unchained (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):
The Rhythm Bones Society is bringing their annual festival to Shepherdstown! Bonesfest XIX runs August 6th through 9th and draws some of the most exceptional rhythm bones players in the US and beyond. Join us here at the Opera House on Saturday, August 8th at 7 pm for a free concert that promises to showcase a wide range of talented bones players.
The Rhythm Bones Society is a non-profit educational society formed for the purpose of the continuation, promotion and improvement of the rhythm bones, one of the worlds oldest percussion instruments.
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
The concert is free but donations are appreciated
($5 suggested donation)
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Check out RBS members Sky Bartlett and Jessye Weinstein performing one of Jessye's original compositions in the Alamo at Bonesfest XV:
What do you get when you take two sets of brothers, the broken remnants of an unheard Alt-Country band, and the skills of a veteran bassist? Is it countless cases of beer? Maybe it’s endless amounts of broken guitar strings, or perhaps more simply, it’s those late night practices in an empty wood shed knowing you have to drag your ass into work the next morning. Well, it’s all of those things. More importantly, it’s the perfect combination of those things. It's none other than a genuine love for music that has forged The Deer Run Drifters. With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.
Nearly four years ago after their recent musical venture had fallen through, Chris Link and Shane Edgell were left busking on the streets of Floyd, Virginia. The two had nothing more than a guitar and a banjo, a few old-time covers and a handful of originals penned by Link. All it took was a few passers-by to stop and lend an ear and the rest is history. From that day forward, what is now known as The Deer Run Drifters started taking form. The band is composed of Chris Link (guitar, vocals), Joe Link (mandolin), Shane Edgell (banjo), Sean Edgell (guitar, harmonica), and Will Norton (Bass). In May of 2012 on a goose-neck trailer stage, The Deer Run Drifters made their debut In Willis, Virginia, for the first ever Talford Rodeo. Fast forward to 2015, the band has over 200 shows beneath its belt, has traveled up and down the East Coast, has been in every dive bar Virginia has to offer and has successfully released their debut album, Appalachian Blues.
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $8
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The Shepherdstown Opera House, in conjunction with Shepherdstown DogFest, will screen two canine films for kids on Sunday, August 16.
Come in get a cool beer or soda and some hot popcorn and enjoy the entertainment with your whole family!
At 12pm we will show 101 Dalmatians and at 2pm Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Doors open at 11:30 am
Entrance is FREE!
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"The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds."
The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle. The Woodshedders have played Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, PBS Song of the Mountains, WAMU’s Capital Americana, and are the host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest.
Doors 8pm, Show at 9pm, Tickets $10
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"Freekbass isn’t just another funk artist who regurgitates traditions. Despite growing up in the same Cincinnati/Dayton funk hotbed that produced James Brown’s pioneering King Records catalog and Bootsy Collins and the Ohio Players, he’s produced a 21st century style over the course of six releases that meshes traditional elements of funk with decidedly more modern soundscapes. “As much as I listen to Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, OutKast or George Clinton, I also listen to groove and feel groups such as Radiohead, Daft Punk, STS9 and DJ Shadow,” says Freekbass, whose current album, Junkyard Waltz, features guests like Mike Gordon, Buckethead, Bernie Worrell, Jen Durkin, and Gary “Mudbone” Cooper. “So, just like when P-Funk started and were influenced by groups like Zappa, Bowie, and The MC5, these groups of our era are what crawled into my funk.” Determined not to become a one-act show, he also plans to explore new dimensions of live electronica as a duo with turntablist Tobotius, contribute to the next Bootsy Collins record, release a third instructional DVD and develop a pilot for a children’s show."
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10
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It’s no exaggeration to say that The Cajun Country Revival is a supergroup of American Roots musicians. Leader Joel Savoy, the son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann, is best described as an instigator. He has been at the forefront of the Louisiana music revival of the last 20 years and as a result he has become a highly visible figure in the American roots music community. The founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a nine-time GRAMMY nominee, as well as a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award. He has worked and played with the best of the best in south Louisiana as well as folks like John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett.
Sharing the stage with Joel for the last 15 years is the legendary Cajun powerhouse, Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural pre-electricity home in Gueydan, LA, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, “crying” vocals. Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music and singing Cajun French songs for over 35 years. He is a winner of numerous CFMA awards: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.
Completing the group is the infamous Foghorn Stringband from Portland, Oregon, and together they present a music that seems to embody all of the things that make life wonderful. "[Foghorn Stringband} ...is among the finest practitioners of American old-time music on the globe, a string band whose faithful renditions of songs from bygone decades are no less than living, breathing history." -Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tickets: $12 in advance/ $15 day of show
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The Cajun Country Revival:
Winners of 2014 Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival for Best Band, Best Mandolin Pickin’ and Best Flatpick Guitar Pickin’!
Colebrook Road is a five-piece string band that creates original music on banjo, mandolin, upright bass, guitar, dobro and fiddle. Be prepared to be wowed by this dynamic band’s driving sound, characterized by quick picking, tight harmonies and soaring solo work. Ninety percent of what Colebrook Road performs is original music composed by band members; the remainder of their repertoire includes skillfully reworked covers of tunes both in and out of the bluegrass genre.
The band is based in Harrisburg but performs all over the Mid-Atlantic region. Their unique sound comes from a solid understanding of bluegrass traditions gained through careful study of the genre and a mastery of music theory. As is true with many in this current generation of bluegrass musicians, they put a modern spin on the old sound through original songwriting and arrangement of three- and four-part vocal harmony. The result is an exciting, joyful sound to which audiences readily respond.
The group chose its name as a nod to the many streets and thoroughfares throughout Pennsylvania that are called “Colebrook Road” (including the one on which the band’s guitarist Jesse Eisenbise grew up). The band says bluegrass music is meant to draw people together, and that’s what the band name does. It could be anybody’s Colebrook Road.
Colebrook Road features Wade Yankey on mandolin, Mark Rast on banjo and dobro, Jeff Campbell on upright bass, and Jesse Eisenbise on guitar and lead vocals and Joseph McAnulty on fiddle who just took first place in the Fiddle Contest at the Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention on June 13th.
The three wins for Colebrook Road at the 2014, Watermelon Park Fest include:
Colebrook Road, 1st place winner of the Band Contest
Wade Yankey, 1st place winner of the Mandolin Pickin’ Contest
Jesse Eisenbise, 2nd place winner of the Flatpick Guitar Pickin’ contest
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $10
Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYEkETNfs5E