Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
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A film by Keper Connell and Joe Carter

 

The film tells the story of Carlos Niederhauser, a man in love with solving puzzles and finding the rightful place in the universe for all things. He has amassed over 100 properties in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In his own manner, Niederhauser is fixing the housing crisis one home at a time, by providing micro-financing to marginalized families. Niederhauser's eccentric and entrepreneurial spirit fuels this short film.

Don't miss this day-in-the-life of one of Shepherdstown's own.

Keper Connell was born in Charlestown, West Virginia. His father, Kevin Connell, owned the Yellow Brick Bank restaurant in Shepherdstown for 30 years. Keper lives in Rye, New Hampshire and is a fisherman and filmmaker.

 

Doors 6:30, Film starts 7pm, Tickets $10

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."

 

Opening for Hello Strangers is one of the country's rising young songwriters Savannah Valentino. She may be just 20 but she has years of composition behind her and is now embarking on a career that already has her touring with the top musicians in the country and making regular stops at venues like Purple Fiddle and Empty Glass (WV), Steel City Coffeehouse (PA), Cyclops, HomeSlyce, Gallery 788, An die Musik and NightCat (MD) and Ashland Coffee + Tea (VA) as well as festivals in those areas.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

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

Savannah Valentino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrsR2kza7ro

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:00pm
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             Shepherdstown, WV’s Tabasco Bustelo have been spreading their infectious blend of Americana and Folk music throughout the region since the band’s inception in early 2013. The band’s unique sound is owed as much to their surroundings as it is to the diverse musicians who create it. Songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Shannon Roberts set out to recruit a group of musicians to help realize the vision he had for a band. Matt Lewis and Daniel Tait, who play upright bass and drums, respectively, joined Roberts to form the initial lineup. Soon after their formation, mutli-instrumentalist Jacob Smith (piano, accordion, saxophone) was added to the group, bringing along his influences of World music and Gypsy Jazz. Rounding out the lineup was the addition of lead guitarist and banjoist, Kenny Bussey. The result is a blend of Swing, Rock-a-Billy, Folk, and Gypsy music, all delivered with a high energy and earnest performance. Currently in the studio recording their debut full-length record, the band aims to capture the passion and unpredictability of their raucous live shows. Tabasco Bustelo continue to evolve as a band, preserving timeless traditional music of the past, while infusing it with their own original material and touch.

             The 29ers will open the show. The band members include Matt Metz, Matt Kline, Martin Metz, Chris Chilcoat. Former/current members of The Fox Hunt, The Red Oranges, and Metz Brothers Band. Made up of acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and drum kit. Playing harmony-driven rock music reminiscent of rock/country bands from 1970s California.              

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

 

Watch and listen Tabasco Bustelo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK3DqVYTlM0

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Kickstarter Launch Party

for West Virginia Based Feature Film

 

Filmmaker Keely Kernan is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help finance a feature film, based in West Virginia, that documents the impact of the fossil fuel industries upon people and communities throughout the Mountain State. A launch party for the Kickstarter campaign will be held at the Opera House on May 7th. Opening reception will start at 7 pm. ​There will be live music, food and drinks.Starting at 7:30 pm the event will feature ​a screening of a series of short films about environmental topics, including the water crisis in West Virginia and the effects that coal and natural gas extraction has had on residents and the landscape of Appalachia. The extended trailer for the feature film, “In the Hills and Hollows,”​will also be screened. ​Speakers include filmmaker Keely Kernan, Elise Keaton from the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Autumn Long, a landowner in Harrison County, and additional guest speakers.“‘​In the Hills and Hollows’ ​is an intimate exploration of life in the midst of the natural gas boom in West Virginia and explores the often dire consequences of mono­economies based on fossil fuels.” 
 
Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm  
Event is free and open to the public 
 
Questions? E­mail KeelyKernan​
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

 

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. 

 Something unique to this “blues” project is the instrumentation. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at blues festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sighisoara, Romania, Sierre, Switzerland, Kemi, Finland, and 2012’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Davina and the Vagabonds will make their debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival this September.   Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

“Think of a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse, and you come close to understanding what Davina Sowers is all about…Davina is a real talent who deserves greater exposure- and I have no opinion but to highly recommend this band” –Blues in Britain (UK)

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets $12 in advance / $15 day of show

Watch and Listen:

http://davinaandthevagabonds.com/video-2/ 

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Sensitive Big Boy Music





Out ofClarke County, Virginia

 The Bitter Liberals is a band of focused concentration and joyful collaboration, encompassing many years of musical experience. 

The Bitter Liberals

plays all original music of texture and maturity, featuring rich story-telling, fine vocals, and the seasoned musicianship of Allen Kitselman, Mike Jewell, Clark Hansbarger, and Gary

McGraw. The Bitter Liberals first CD, 13, was released January 5th 2013.

 

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $7

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gUXtxYTv0

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00pm
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“Miss Tess & The Talkbacks is a grooving rock ‘n’ roll band rooted in swinging blues, throwback country, and rockabilly music from Brooklyn, NY. Front and center in this tight quartet is soulful songwriter and skilled guitarist, Miss Tess.  She possesses a voice that is, “alternately seductive and sexy, and is a pure joy to listen to” (Pop Matters).”

 

"I don’t know of anyone else right now touring in the Americana scene that has such an eclectic, jazzy, old school and interesting vibe. There’s an authenticity present in Miss Tess’ music. It is not contrived, not too far a stretch for the skeptical imagination. She is real. And she is rare."  -- No Depression

 

Doors 7pm, show 8pm, Tickets $10

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hVXafCvyXQ

 

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 9:00pm
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"Local sludge punk aggressors, RHIN (Grimoire Records) return to the Opera House with a fresh arsenal of brand new jams to be performed live for the first time ever. RHIN will be entering the studio this summer to record a follow up to last year's critically acclaimed Grimoire Records release, "Bastard". Joining them on 5/29 will be legendary West Virginia heavy rock pioneers Karma to Burn and Baltimore psych-doom-groove crushers, Sixty Watt Shaman. Local singer/songwriter CassiRaye will open the show with a set of experimental medicine music."

 

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

 

Watch and listen:

Rhin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVC0iT_a_As

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 $10

Watch and listen:

Ginada Pinata

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

 

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade! Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, WV; The Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin' n’ grinnin' and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This "Old Timey" approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. It'll sure make you want to get up and dance!

..and don't let the flash of their lively stage performance and choreography fool ya, these folks are all highly skilled musicians and seasoned entertainers! Their lightning fast award-winning picking skills and musical arrangements mixed with natural comedic wit and high lonesome mountain vocal harmonies are sure to catch your ear right away. Combine that with a knack for original songwriting and a strong passion for old time and traditional music and this makes for an all-around authentic and exciting musical experience that you won't soon forget. One listen and you'll know that you are getting the real deal! The Gypsies are more than a band; they are a tight knit family, mindful of tradition but bold explorers of new and authentic styles of acoustic music and entertainment!

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9d3OWj1EQ

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:00pm
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 “Lafayette, La., is a happening place. There, musicians young and old are pushing the boundaries of their genres.

Feufollet has been doing that for a decade, even though most of its members are still in college. Like its compatriots in the Pine Leaf Boys, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Red Stick Ramblers and several other local bands, Feufollet is trying to bring the sensibility of its generation to a much older style of music.

Feufollet translates literally from the French as "crazy fire." In southwestern Louisiana, it's used to refer to the will o' the wisp: the spectral, shifting light seen over the swamps at night. Fiddler and accordionist Chris Stafford explains that the band chose the name because folk tales came up with many different meanings for "wills o' the wisp."

"People had no idea what they were," Stafford says. "They were these balls of fire they'd see in the swamp. And they would make up stories to explain what a feufollet was."

Feufollet, the band, is a bit of a shape-changer, too. The musicians do lots of straight-ahead Cajun songs, and they clearly respect their musical heritage. But they've also been known to toss a version of the Talking Heads' song "Psycho Killer" into a live show.”

NPR, All Things Considered.

To read and hear more go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97089876

 

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets:

$10 in advance/ $12 day of show

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOjjoxN6cuI

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Black Masala, DC's own Gypsy-music inspired brass band. Winner of two Washington Area Music Awards including ‘Best New Artist’ has made the band a standout live act in the region.

Brassy Washington DC-based multicultural outfit, Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. You can hear this sound all over the world now – from New Orleans (Hot 8) to Belgrade (Boban & Marko Markovic), Paris (Fanfarai) to Cotonou (Gangbe Brass Band), and right here on the east coast area as well (Red Baraat & No BS! Brass). A major party alert for this band – Black Masala puts on an amazing, high-energy live show that features brass, tuba, accordion, electric guitar, drums and vocals. Don’t miss it!!!

 

“Black Masala seems to be name rolling off of everyone’s tongue in the last year, and for a good reason: they deliver one of the most explosive performances you will see in D.C. The band is comprised of members from Bellflur, Thievery Corporation, and many others-rounding out a very diverse sound. Black Masala...will make for a rip-roaring evening of worldly music that is sure to be a don’t miss event.” - D.C. Music Download Blog

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

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

Saturday, July 18, 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

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Back by popular demand!

 

"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 

 

Watch and listen:

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