Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:45pm
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October 30-November 2, 2014

The American Conservation Film Festival was started by a group of volunteers who shared both a devotion to film arts and a commitment to conservation. They also shared belief that attitudes about the environment are shaped by experiences in it, and that people and their cultures are an essential part of Earth’s biosphere.

The venture was begun in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the location of two partners who have provided the venues for ACFF films since the Festival’s founding in 2003:  the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center, and Shepherd University. From the outset, ACFF struck a chord with local filmgoers and tourists from the Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland regions. ACFF has expanded its audience by keeping ticket prices low and presenting many of its films free of charge.

We now attract more than a hundred quality submissions each year, reflecting the festival’s strong and growing reputation with professional filmmakers.  They appreciate ACFF’s way of making the filmmakers and their work the focus of the Festival. ACFF rolls out the carpet for its filmmakers by hosting special “meet the  filmmaker” events and filmmaker forums, and by providing lodging and other amenities that few festivals offer.

 ACFF also invites guest lecturers to help frame the topics of  films that illuminate pressing environmental issues.

 As the festival has matured, so has ACFF as an institution. The ACFF Board of Directors reflects a range of interests and backgrounds; people who share the vision of sustaining a quality arts organization that is focused on environmental education.

Friday, October 31, 2014 (All day)
This event is free.

Doors open at 11, Show begins at 12 am

Midnight showing of a cult classic!

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Free Admission

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm
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First Thursday Artist Series Chelsea McBee Presents The Rolling Coyotes and David Jacobs-Strain with Bob Beach
The Rolling Coyotes offer up an Americana palette of songs that conjure up a unique, yet comfortably familiar landscape of people and places. Set to toe-tapping swing, lazy country blues, folky ballads and more, their tracks glide along like a drive in the countryside. They blend a tasteful, and sometimes playful, mixture of guitar, piano, cello, bass, accordion, ukelele, and mandolin to compliment textured vocals and harmonies. Singer-songwriter, Steve Warner has a baritone voice that is soothing, yet passionately expressive. He has garnered numerous songwriting awards and has had songs recorded by several indie artists. 
 
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon.  He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.  His new album, “Geneseo,” speaks of open roads, longing hearts and flashbacks of Oregon– a record of emotions big and small, and lyrics that turn quickly from literal to figurative.  “I’m fascinated by the way that rural blues inscribes movement and transience.  The music that frees a singer keeps them on the run; there’s a crossroads where a thing can be enchanting but dangerous; damaging but beautiful.”
 
 
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. What he created was a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the Eastern United States playing large venues and has opened for national acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone. His debut release “The Musical Stylings Of” became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta making him the most requested band on the air. His last release and video “State Hotel” landed them a full feature in Creative Loafing Atlanta. In 2012 Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film “Old Man Cabbage”. The following year, Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue. Blair Crimmins now continues touring this year to support his newest studio album entitled “Sing-a-longs”, a break through record which showcases a band who have polished their signature sound from years of touring.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Join us as we celebrate rich musical traditions with a variety of artists! Ernie  and Dino host an event with several acts encompassing diverse styles of music such as Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Rockabilly and Country that create a choice Americana Blend. Listen to some great music and leave feeling energized by the power of song!

Whether it's traditional, hard drivin" bluegrass you love, or originals written by Mr. Bradley himself. You will not be disappointed when you hear the Grassy Ridge Band live!!

Dino Delray, a singer/songwriter and radio deejay  on WSHC who combines musical genres he sees as natural fits.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
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David Black is a Shepherdstown, WV based rapper. Inspired by the sounds of modern-day Alternative Hip-Hop scene, he delivers a style that has had him compared to everything from the Def Jam poets of the ‘90’s to J. Cole and Eminem. After releasing his debut EP ‘Final Arrival’ in the fall of 2013, he followed-up his underground success with the single ‘Got My Eyes On’ featuring Martinsburg, WV-based rapper Big-K, which garnered even more acclaim. Though mainly performing in the Jefferson County area, he has taken part in talent shows and concerts in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, D.C., the whole while representing the small town he’s from.
Also taking the stage this night are fellow hip-hop artists Law, Facez and Pink Moon!

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9:00pm
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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. The band’s latest recording, 2011’s Black Cloud, was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. In 2012 the band performed in 21 states and 6 countries in Europe, and the band is hard at work on a new record (due for release Fall 2013), spending time in the studio between tours.

 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 9:00pm
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PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop driven music with anything under the sun.

 

​PitchBlak has performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge, 92YTribeca, Southpaw, The Shrine, Toronto's NXNE Music Festival, Savannah Stopover Festival, Vermont’s legendary Nectar’s, Albany’s Red Square, and took home first prize at the 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition. In addition to performing live, PitchBlak trains and mentors young musicians in community outreach programs and classrooms throughout the country.

 

PitchBlak released its debut album, You See Us, in fall 2013.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:00pm
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First Thursday Artist Series Chelsea McBee Presents Tony Denikos and Georgie Jessup
"Tony Denikos' songwriting is filled with emotion and romanticism, moving from social commentary to small portraits of American life.... A good example of modern Americana and songwriting of noble birth."
--Fabio Cerbone -
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Some of my earliest memories are of riding along the country roads of central Maryland, singing songs like -- "Jack O' Diamonds" by Tex Ritter, "Born to Lose" by Ray Charles, "Caldonia" by Louis Jordan and "Pendulum Swings" by Roger Miller -- along with my Dad and sisters while my mom smiled at the landscape gliding by... A seed had been planted.
After years of playing pubs and bars in various configurations I decided it was time to record my first release Naked & Smiling (1999) and included a mix of songs I'd written over the years. The Washington Post reviewed it calling me a, "Tunesmith in the best sense of the word", and folks started coming out to hear the band that I put together during the recording. A tradition of recording hard-luck, real-life songs mixed with humor and wit was born. I get requests for tunes from this CD at live shows to this day.                                                                                                                                             
 Georgie Jessup has an extraordinary ability to encourage audiences to look deeply into their prejudices and other transgressions. Consequently, audiences tend to respond emotionally, if not always lovingly. Georgie has developed a successful career by challenging musical styles, personal identifications, and storybook history lessons. She has released five CD's: American Holocaust, Sweet Grass SmokeWinkte & Crazy Sacred DogsWoman in A Man's Suit, andWorking Class Hero. She is working on her sixth CD, Philosopher Dogs, scheduled release spring of 2014. Georgie also works for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Early Childhood Intervention. Her work with autistic and children with behavior issues is considered “outstanding” by AACPS.
 
 
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Day of Show: $10

The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their early jazz and country repertoire paints America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.  Deeply rooted in their love for early swing, blues, and old time country, Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals, re-imagining American roots music with both power and tenderness.  Recognized as the region's "Best Traditional Folk Band" at the 2013 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons have positioned themselves squarely at the helm of the young roots music scene in DC and Baltimore, pioneering a new, fresh take on American music. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

 

 

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the
world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis,Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul,who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitar List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vinny Raniolo at the age of 28 has already proved himself to be among the elite having performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grismanjust to name a few. Since Frank and Vinny teamed up in 2008 they have performed over 1000 shows at some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals in the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Liverpool Philharmonic, Quebec Music Festival and Italy's Teatro Olimpico. Their jaw-dropping technique and incredible showmanship explains why the New York Times deemed them, "...stars of the guitar".

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 1:00pm
This event is free.

Shepherdstown Opera House is hosting a Toys for Tots fundraiser on December 13th. The event is free, open to the public and sure to be fun for all ages! Our Star Wars themed event will include Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion. There will be a chance for photo ops, face painting, door prizes, trivia prizes and some other Star Wars style treats. The Force is going to be strong here so come out in support of a good cause during the holiday season and don't forget to tell your family and friends about this awesome event!

Can't make it to the event? Looking for somewhere around town to donate? Look for our Toys for Tots donation bins at these other Shepherdstown locations throughout the holiday season: Up on the Hill, Four Seasons Books.

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 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.  It’s been an exciting year in 2012 for the Reckoning after playing 3 festivals and many spots all around the tri-state area.  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 we all love.

Members: Eric Avey- Vocals and Guitar, Kate Avey- Vocals, Eric Fuller- Vocals and Guitar, Eric Wagaman- Vocals and Keys, Jason Darr- Percussion, Jared Wenerd- Bass, Todd Hocherl- Drums

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Though often overshadowed by Southwest Virginia and its famed Crooked Road, the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia’s northwestern counties have always been fertile ground for traditional music, and they continue to be home to many of its finest practitioners. The region is situated between the Appalachian hills of West Virginia and the culturally diverse and ever-changing Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and is known for producing musicians who transcend generic categories, deftly taking traditional music styles in new directions. Furnace Mountain, named for a mountain near where all the members grew up, consists of some of the most innovative and gifted young musicians in Virginia. With Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely on mandolin and fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, the band creates music that is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki, and other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written in addition to original compositions. Furnace Mountain has performed throughout the world, from the Yangtze River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where they are the host band of Watermelon Park Festival, held on the site of one of the very first bluegrass festivals, in 1965. Furnace Mountain plays music from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions, and songs penned by their favorite song writing friends.