Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:00pm
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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. 

 

The great bassist and singer/songwriter John Miller will open the night.


Doors 8pm, Show at 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPRGfMA8Lk0#t=24

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Chance McCoy is an Indie Folk musician deeply rooted in traditional Appalachian and southern music. Raised in Harpers Ferry, WV he was steeped in the sounds of old time string band music. An award winning musician and singer, he has toured in the US and internationally, currently he performs with Old Crow Medicine Show,  (Winner for Best folk Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards)as well as collaborating with other artists and performing solo.

His performances have an emotional impact and honesty that reveal a window into life in Appalachia past and present. Delving into a centuries old repertoire as well as bringing new songs to the tradition, his unique take on American Folk Music makes it once again as vivid and exhilarating as the pioneer America from which it was carved. Chance has collaborated with artists in diverse genres ranging from swing to rock to electronica music.

 In short, J.P. Harris plays country. Not “Americana” not “Roots,” “Folk,” or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres: he plays from the foundation of those styles, the music that has influenced four generations of songwriters. In a world where prefixes have been added to the term “Country,” JP simply sticks to the old-fashioned sounds that have called to him. Referencing influences would be like describing each stitch in a quilt: every scrap of fabric tells a story of how the weathered and comfortable blanket came to be.

After a great response last winter, JP Harris (JP Harris and the Tough Choices) and Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) have decided to do another duet tour this March! After years away from the old-time fiddler's conventions where they met, Chance and JP decided to get back to their roots (without all the electric guitars and wireless instruments) and play the fiddle-and-banjo music that led them to where they both are today.

Rorey Carroll will open the night. Born in Chicago, at a young age, Rorey hopped freight trains, hiked the Appalachian Trail, and lived in her car in cities all around the county. She played music to anyone who would listen, from the subways of New York City to the streets of Ohio. She found herself in Asheville, NC engulfed in the bluegrass scene. She was picked up by Producer Eric Wilson of Omni Records and recorded a bluegrass album, which graduated her to the road of a professional musician.

Her travels landed her in in East Nashville where she has recorded her sophomore record, Hotel Room, combining honesty, heartache and darkness. Working with Nashville’s greats, producers Skylar Wilson and Eric Masse, they assembled a cohesive body of work that proves Carroll's songwriting and singing prowess. Her album, Hotel Room, will soon be available.

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets $10 in advance/ $12 day of concert 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZEKbkpxun0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jXz8IFLI-X4

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Black Masala, DC's own Gypsy-music inspired brass band. Winner of two music awards from the Washington Area Music Association, including "Best New Artist."

 

An eclectic eight-piece group of Washington, DC based musicians from a diverse variety of musical traditions and backgrounds. The band’s music features a colorful mix of sounds that draw inspiration from the melodies of Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Balkan grooves, Ambient/Experimental indie rock riffs, and even a hint of Appalachian twang. Expect a party!
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hpE_Fqnsq8

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:00pm
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 CANCELLED!

 

The Deep Swell with Lionize show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. All tickets previously purchased have been refunded through Vendini Box Office. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for supporting the Shepherdstown Opera House.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
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The Shepherdstown Opera House welcomes back The Fox Hunt to celebrate their annual St. Patrick's Day Party. The band formerly from Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown got together in 2006. Since then the string band have toured throughout Appalachia, across the USA as well as in Ireland and England. “Their original material captures the rambling lifestyle of a traveling band while evoking the country imagery of its members upbringing.” Larry Groce, Moutain Stage

 

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ag5WN-SnR4

      

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Keller-Gospel from the Left of Heaven

With his peculiar banjo playing, the deep pounding notes of his basspedal, brief kazoo solos, and a distinct vocal delivery, ex-cabbie and punk rock scoundrel Dad Horse Ottn (aka The Dad Horse Experience) has gone from stumbling through a hard and sinful life to picking himself up and pushing on towards redemption, with little more than a banjo in his hands, a bass pedal at his feet and a message on his tongue. A gospel preaching, banjo plucking outsider artist from Bremen, Northern Germany who howls "turn the shit into gold!" as his saving grace. Described as "Dark Roots" and "Outlaw Gospel", Ottn himself calls it Kellergospel, explaining that this is not the Gospel you would hear in the churches but the gospel to be howled in the dark and lonesome basements, the places where the light is most desperately needed.

Since 2008 The Dad Horse Experience has released two albums, an EP, four vinyl singles and a live-12", and contributed to several compilations all over the world. His constant touring has taken him to most corners of the world including Europe, Russia, Australia and the United States. Along with countless club shows between Melbourne, Memphis & Madrid he has played several international festival over the past 3 years including the Muddy Roots Music Festivals (Tennessee, USA & Belgium), the International Bluegrass Festival (Yekaterinburg, Russia), the Mona Foma Festival (Tasmania) & the Falls Art & Music Festival (Victoria, Australia).

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $5

Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG6yYhcX6D8

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 9:00pm
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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."
Relix Magazine

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqWLhKjYsCA#t=11

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:00pm
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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 in advance and $12 day of concert

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=69Cz4DJTuoI 

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 9:00pm
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"Whiskey Tango arose one serendipitous evening in 2009 when the winds whispered ‘Side…Show…!’ across the flickering embers of some dance-school drop outs. From there the spark ignited and the Whiskey Tango Sideshow fire burns bright bringing together dancers, singers, musicians, costumers and performers of all varieties. Today, the sizzling sirens of W.T.S. are proud to showcase their special brand of performance art, dubbed "Cabaret Nouveau" across The Finger Lakes region and beyond! 
From some serious sass, to the downright bizarre, the Whiskey Tango Sideshow brings something for all…a true variety show experience. Every act is an original creation to dazzle the senses and tickle the soul. So remember, everyone is lavishly wealthy when the Whiskey Tango Sideshow is in town! Make sure mend that hole in your pocket and tuck junior in to bed…this is one ticket you don’t wanna lose!

Door 8pm,  Show 9pm, Tickets $15

Watch and listen;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGq80Rk6Yok

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 9:00pm
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"The Best Damn Band You've Ever Seen"



 

Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained the reputation as one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago Delta Blues and rock & roll.

Featuring four powerful horns, a driving rhythm section and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their relentless energy, charisma and enthusiasm. The band performs regularly in NYC at the Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall, The Blue Note, BB King’s and Radegast Hall when not touring across the USA an Europe. Notable 2014 festival performances include the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & blues Festival, the Umbria jazz festival in Italy, the SILDA Jazz festival in Norway and the Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Members of the Rad Trads continue to perform with top groups such as Truth & Soul Record’s “Lee Field & The Expressions,” “Lady,” “EMEFE,” Broadway giant Jason Robert Brown, and have performed or recorded with artists such as Deer Tick, Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human, Antibalas, St Paul & the Broken Bones, Ikebe Shakedown, Lenny Pickett and Joe Lovano among many others. 

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

http://vimeo.com/83465247

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Original Pennsyltucky Fried Sister Folk-

The Hello Strangers is an Austin-influenced, rural-Pennsylvanian, indie sister-folk sister duo comprised of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace, whose haunting harmonies and original, wittingly noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound. Besides from vocals Brechyn plays tambourine, harmonica, and accordion and Larissa plays rhythm guitar. They are joined by Tom Hoy on bass, Spencer Pheil on lead guitar and Trent Renshaw on drums.

Chris Spector of the Midwest Reveiw describes their sound as, "Post modern down home music...a total antidote and tonic for jaded ears that need some organic nourishment."

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brq4rKjMpa4 

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9:00pm
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“Down home rock and roll” out of Appalachia, Virginia.

 

Where many enthusiasts of string-band music play with the period-correct discipline of Civil War re-creationists, this humble quartet offers a refreshing take on Appalachian folk and classic Americana. If Birds Could Fly is uniquely a bird of a different feather. This Southwest VA quartet blends many genres to achieve their simplistic yet unmistakable sound. From Folk to Indie, there is something in their music that everyone can enjoy. From the soothing guitar melodies to the vocal chills, this act promises to deliver a sound truly from their heart to those willing to listen.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_IWzTZx32o

 

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Demure and quiet off stage, Angela Perley usually shocks people when she tells them she is the lead singer in a band. “Putting on a show is my way of being heard, I guess”. Growing up in small town Ohio, Perley spent years as an observant wallflower engrossing herself in poetry, literature, people, and films. “I am a storyteller at heart, always have been. I get a lot of inspiration from relationships, surroundings, poetry, and old movies. Music for me is a way to express feelings I can’t get out any other way, and when I hit the stage with the band I can turn up and let go.”

Perley has earned comparisons to everyone from Patsy Cline to Joan Jett and her range of delicate reverb-laden crooners to grit- fused rock anthems have made more and more listeners take notice. The band’s live shows rumble with swaggering basslines and guitar riffs and Perley’s soulful delivery and charismatic stage presence create a memorable experience for audiences eager to listen.

The group’s latest release and debut album, Hey Kid (Jan 2014), has been catching praise in the U.S. and the UK from tastemakers including American Songwriter Magazine, Magnet Magazine, PopDose, Americana UK, Maverick Magazine and more and has been gaining steady grassroots radio play in both the U.S. and Europe. The group’s explosive single, “Hurricane” was featured on ABC during the USC vs. UCLA football game in November and their new record reached number six on the EuroAmericana charts in March of 2014.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7wLCEanM4I

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9:00pm
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The Reckoning is a seven piece acoustic ensemble of seasoned musicians from all points of the tri-state area, creating acoustic music inspired by The Grateful Dead album, “Reckoning”.  These shows truly create an acoustic Grateful Dead experience. The band is firing on all cylinders after a great start in 2013. Selling out their first theatre performance, gaining lots of new fans and being mentioned on the David Gans radio show “The Golden Road” on Sirius Radio. The shows are becoming a community of friends and strangers enjoying the music they all love.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af9jxVrwUDE

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Two hometown bands, Ginada Pinata and Sacred Groove, will energize the party on Saturday, May 30.

  

Ginada Pinata is a jazz, funk, fusion band that consists of Sam Jannotta on keys, Ken Bussey on guitar, Matt Lewis on bass and Jesse Shultzaberger on drums.

 

Dead Head tribute band Sacred Groove will open the night. They describe themselves as a unified crew exploring within the musical realm of the Grateful Dead

. Their members include Jeff Kauffman on guitar, Chris Crawford on drums, John Quintanilla on bass, Butch Sanders on percussion and Paul Markuski on keyboards.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $8

Watch and listen:

Ginada Pinata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E3RTPqz-9I

 

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 9:00pm
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“Tennessee Tumbleweed”

 

Grace Askew, “the fabulous "bluntry" (blues + country) singer from "The Voice" Season 4, is the girl with the badass beehive, boots made for walkin', and velvet 'n' sandpaper vocals.” Lyndsey Parke, Reality Rocks.

 

At the wild age of 22, Grace left six generations of Memphis roots behind to find her voice - what she found was far more than a delicately destructive sound.  Invoking the spirits of the cross roads and imbibing the spirits of the heartland, this Tennessee tumbleweed found a home with the salt of the earth. 

Her songs are their stories - they are a mausoleum to hearts broken along the way and a shrine to the poignantly mundane - hemmed with deep compassion and an unapologetic vulnerability.  A born-again rambler baptized by the road, she was destined by her very name.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3y6Bw0rMKw