The Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats will again host a debate watch party as Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders go head-to-head in the 6th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate. Sanders and Clinton will be coming straight from the New Hampshire primary to be making their case to voters in Nevada and South Carolina who will go to the polls later this month.
Immerse yourself in acts of classic tease! Enjoy dance and variety to live blues music! Witness glamour and decadence as it was intended! Gilded Lily Burlesque presents: Of Love & Blues a night of LIVE blues music, variety and classic tease, premiering at OPERA HOUSE LIVE, February 12, 2016.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Gilded Lily Burlesqueand special guests celebrate the day of desire by transporting the audience on a red hot blues journey for their Valentine’s Day celebration. Blues rockers Jonny Grave & the Tombstones will be on hand, providing the musical accompaniment and howling the blues as Gilded Lily set...
Gilded Lily Burlesqueand special guestsinclude: Cherie Sweetbottom (DC), GiGi Holliday (DC), Lauren Marleaux (Baltimore), Mab Just Mab (DC), Maria Bella (Baltimore), Mourna Handful (DC) and Sophia Sunday (Baltimore)
Of Love & Blues is the latest creation of Gilded Lily Burlesque, voted “Baltimore’s Best Burlesque” by the Baltimore City Paper, and Charm City’s premiere burlesque troupe. Maria Bella founder of Baltimore’s hometown heroines, “Gilded Lily” is a rising star in the neo-burlesque movement, with triumphant performances throughout North America. She was a featured artist in the 2012 New York & 2012, 2013 Toronto Burlesque Festivals and the 2014 London Burlesque Festival.
Jonny Grave is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, bandleader, teacher, musical historian, journalist, photographer, and Bluesman from Washington DC. Growing up in a very musical family, Grave was introduced to the sounds of American traditional folk music early on. At age fifteen he found himself learning slide guitar techniques from old Blues records, and by seventeen he was performing them live. The Tombstones, is a band that understands the blues. But this ain’t your granddaddy’s twelve-bar blues. Their brand is a brutal smack-down of riff-rockin’, paint-peelin’, gut-hollerin’ blues. The kind of blues you heard from Howlin’ Wolf. The kind of blues you hear on the Fat Possum label. The kind of blues you’d hear out on the field. And with the Tombstones – Jeff Stapleton (guitar), The Rev. Aaron Pierce (bass), Terry Boes (harmonica), and Nathan Oliver (drums) – it’s the kind of blues that makes you want to dance. And dance hard.
For more on Jonny Grave go to: http://www.jonnygrave.com/
Doors 8pm, show 9pm, tickets $15
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Morgantown, WV's Goodwolf is a powerhouse garage rock band devised and fronted by West Virginia native Tyler Grady. Rounded out by a rotating cast of friends, the road-tested and unapologetically melodic band brings a loud-but-inviting live show with stark dynamics and themes that can at once force the listener to feel the sense of adult disillusionment, yet a sort of spiteful pride at not quite throwing in the towel on the idealism of youth. With an expansive knowledge (and unabashed love) of the underdogs of independent rock and roll, as well as the distinct knack for a well-placed hook, Grady will make you listen to what he has to say and by the end of it you might have to believe him.
With one foot firmly planted in the country-tinged rock of the 1970's, and the other foot wandering between alternative, power-pop and folk, The 29ers make a refreshing new kind of music that still feels familiar. Matt Metz and Matt Kline, who share lead singing and songwriting duties, have played in multiple bands and genres together for over 10 years. Their harmonizing vocals and guitars are complemented by Chris Chilcoat on drums, Martin Metz on bass, and Eric Watland on keyboards. Metz and Kline made up half of the folk string band The Fox Hunt, which spent 8 years touring around much of the United States, as well as parts of Ireland, Scotland, and Japan. Prior to that, they played with Chilcoat in the instrumental post-punk/metal band The Red Oranges, who had garnered a reputation for complex song structures and frenetic live shows.Pulling inspiration from the past and stepping confidently into the future, The 29ers are bringing their brand of rock and roll to stages in their home state of West Virginia and beyond.
John R. Miller’s friends and musical contemporaries could tell you all about it and more. Like, for instance, his knack for twining, in ways not at all overused, internal places, like the lonely American heart, with exterior places, such as highways and parking lots, or bars at closing time (where his songs so often take place). Or, say, about his ability to draw straight from the American folk canon and forge original analogies and melodies from therein – his songs are ever the opposite of tired. J.R. Miller’s work is distinctly American, sure, and it could sit comfortably with all those other works you might think of. His influences are not covert, and when you notice those influences what you’ll hear is mindful admiration, never leaning lazy.
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $5
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Zach Deputy is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Savannah, GA and best known for his live looping shows. He describes his style as "island-infused drum n' bass gospel ninja soul."
Deputy has a diverse ethnic background, having Puerto Rican, Irish, African, British, French, and Cherokee heritage, which opens him to influence from Latin, Caribbean, and African music. Deputy's music is often about "the highs of life," and he has said that songwriting is a way to "take pictures of the things that I want to remind myself of 10 years from now."
His looping shows are known for their variety. It's very free formed. Every show can be extremely different from another. “I try to have little consistency when it comes to my show. I never want to get bored with myself." His fans will seek out live recordings of particular shows because each is so unique.
Deputy spends most of the year touring and at one time averaged 300 shows a year. He has played many large festivals such as Jam Cruise, Mountain Jam, High Sierra Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and All Good Music Festival.
Shepherdstown’s own CassiRaye will open the evening. Her earthy, sensual voice and original songs lead listeners into the most intimate depths of the human experience.
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Valentine’s ticket special: $10
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Drive through Pennsylvania’s countryside and you’re bound to end up crossing one of the many avenues named Colebrook Road. They’re all over the state, in many different counties. The band derives their name from this commonly driven thoroughfare, and has been using it since their inception in 2009. A unique sound is achieved by combining musicians of varied backgrounds with college degrees ranging from music to medicine to biology, to sound engineering.
Based out of Harrisburg Pennsylvania but performing all over the MidAtlantic region, Colebrook Road is an original band. Almost ninety percent of what they perform is from original compositions within the band. They are a group of dynamic performers who bring excitement, introspection and enjoyment to each performance. The unique sound of the band comes from years studying music theory and bluegrass music in particular, while putting a modern spin on that old sound through original songwriting, highly creative and detailed song arrangement, and polished three and four part vocal harmony.
The band was named winners of the 2015 Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Connecticut, the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest band contest in Virginia, and the 2011 Pickin’ In The Panhandle band contest in West Virginia. With an ever-increasing touring schedule that covers a wide geographic range, the music of Colebrook Road brings energy to any stage and every audience.
The Gypsy Ramblers will open for Colebrook Road. They are a five-piece acoustic band who play a blend of gypsy, jazz, 'dawg', and blues music. Their repertoire is a mix of instrumental and vocal songs, more than half of which is original material written by the band.
The band features Matt Robinson on mandolin, Jeff Kauffman on guitar, Bill Unger on bass, Butch Sanders on percussion, and Lavinia Reid on violin. Influences include David Grisman, Joe Craven, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Irvin Berlin, Louis Armstrong and BB King, to name a few, and the sound is reminiscent of these artists.
The group is comfortable playing any venue and the music is well-suited for any audience. Whether you want to sit back and listen or get up and dance, the Gypsy Ramblers are sure to satisfy!
Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10
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“Larry Keel is a triple threat... songwriter, guitar player, entertainer. He can do it all,”… “I think what makes Larry so powerful is that he has lived his songs, he’s not sitting in a room trying to write the hit of the week, he’s writing what’s in his heart and on his mind.” Del McCoury
“I love me some Keels. There is a certain genuine authenticity that Larry and Jenny possess,” ….“When we get together, our wonder-powers unite to form a giant, impenetrable sphere of open-minded, Appalachian psychedelic goodness.” Keller Williams.
Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. He has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music.
Larry Keel has dazzled music-lovers once more with his 15th self-released album Experienced, due out February 26, 2016. The album is an entirely original work of The Larry Keel Experience that showcases both Larry’s and bandmate Will Lee’s exceptional songwriting, singing and jaw-dropping instrumental performances, accompanied by Keel’s equally talented wife Jenny Keel on upright bass and harmony vocals. It was recorded at Wally Cleaver Studio in Fredericksburg, VA with engineer (and guest drummer) Jeff Covert and mastered by the award-winning industry great Bill Wolf (Willie Nelson, Tony Rice, Doc Watson) in Arlington, VA.
Throughout his prolific career, Keel has released 15 albums, including Experienced, and is featured on 10 others. Along with those that guest on the new album, Keel has performed with a multitude of top acoustic and electric musicians alive, and some now gone, including Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Tony Rice, Bill Monroe, Bob Weir, Jorma Kaukonen, Little Feat, Trombone Shorty, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon and many many others. Larry has written songs being performed by the likes of Del McCoury Band, Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band and has a tune on Del McCoury’s GRAMMY-winning album The Company We Keep  entitled ‘The Mountain Song.’
For Keel the musical mission is always clear: to let technical skill, honest emotion and fearlessness connect the playing and singing to audiences, to entertain and to thoroughly enjoy the experience of creating and sharing in music.
Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $20
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On The Bus is the premier Grateful Dead tribute band in the Washington, D.C area, known for its faithful recreation of the music, vibe and experience of a Grateful Dead show. On The Bus is not just a tribute to the Dead, but a tribute to the musical environment that spawned a multi-generational genre that artfully blends the essential elements of rock, blues, jazz, funk, country, bluegrass, and soul.
The group was formed in early 2002 and performed in the area as a three-piece band for the first 4 years. The late Vince Welnick of the Grateful Dead commented on the trio saying "They're something you gotta see!" As the band's mission grew to embrace the idea of being as "Dead-like" as possible, the band expanded to the current 5 members. On The Bus plays clubs, parties and regional festivals, and has shared the stage with Jefferson Starship, Vince Welnick, John Kadlecik, Cornmeal, Ekoostic Hookah, and many other regional and national acts. The band is a proud member of the Rex Foundation Travelling Caravan, the Grateful Dead's charity founded by Jerry Garcia. On the Bus plays an annual social on Capitol Hill for Senator Patrick Leahy from Vermont, and has made many local weddings and private parties Grateful events to remember. Come join the party!
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10
Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJt1SmaQtXo
Better Off Dead, Maryland's premier Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tribute band, recreate the Dead's feel and energy for fans of this great music! Founded in 2012, Better Off Dead is inspired to bring an exceptional energetic experience to the fans who are touched by this music as much as they are. "The connection between the band members themselves as well as their fans is as undeniable as is their talent and dedication to the music that they play." They are dedicated to pushing the envelop of improvisation and create unique and mind blowing shows. "Take our advice", and come ride on the Better Off Dead train!
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10
Pennsyltucky – fried – Sister harmonies – Roots - Americana
Pick for Rolling Stone’s “30 Great Country Albums You Probably Didn’t Hear” and Nashville Scene’s “Thirty-four”.
“...completely captivating.” - Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine
What does Austin-influenced, rural-Pennsylvanian, indie sister-folk sound like? Verbosity aside, it sounds uniquely like The Hello Strangers, a band fronted by sister duo Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace, whose haunting harmonies and original, wittingly noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound.
The Hello Strangers were born out of the Austin, Texas music scene in 2006 when the sisters wrote their first song together, entitled “Pregnant in Jail.” Based on true events, it was a preamble to a string of original tunes the pair crafted in a little cottage off South Congress Avenue. Soon, however, the mountains of Pennsylvania beckoned the girls back north, and so they packed up their lives, dogs, and Larissa’s husband and returned to their two-stoplight hometown.
The move has since proven to be a boon for the duo. The sisters have created a catalogue of original music with nods to American folk traditions, modern indie rock, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can create.
The sisters are supported by a dynamic and talented trio: Spencer Pheil on lead guitar, Trent Renshaw on drums, and Tom Hoy on bass.
Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville says, “They are just – for lack of a more sophisticated term – Damn Good. Take a listen to a cut like “Chances,” and if you are not totally hooked by their spellbinding harmony, your hearing must not be working right. It’s a sonically brilliant cut – from start to finish, one that simply needs to be heard. ”
The Plank Stompers will open the show. The band does not like to think of itself as a group; but rather, as a movement. Before knowing Plank Stompers, you must first know the Preamble to the Stompstitution: “We, the Stompers of the United Planks, in order to form a more funky union, establish ruckus, insure intergalactic stank-quility, and provide listening pleasure to whoever we may encounter along the way, do hereby proclaim: If sound was butter, and the last 250 years were a biscuit, then Plank Stompers would be the hypothetical knife that smears, scrapes, and swirls all of the sounds from the past together. Pickaxes and pianos, war woops and woodwinds, fiddles sawin’ and crows cawin’, bass drones and mobile phones, all getting pushed into a greasy noise anthology….Lace up yer stomping shoes”
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10
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Beginning on the streets of Charlottesville, VA in 1999, the Hackensaw Boys achieved early success following their first cross country venture in a donated 1964 GMC bus nicknamed the “Dirty Bird.” On that tour, and the outings and albums that followed, the Hackensaws perfected their original, American roots inspired music that fuses vintage tones with modern sensibilities. Their efforts did not go unnoticed and the Hackensaws went on to tour and perform with a diverse roster of groups including Cake, The Flaming Lips, Trey Anastasio, The Black Crowes, Railroad Earth, Camper Van Beethoven and De La Soul. It’s been an exciting and strange journey. For instance, they are the only band that has both had a member poached by Modest Mouse and served as Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin’s backing band! Currently the group plays hundreds of shows each year across the United States and Europe. Their newest album, Charismo was produced by the award winning team of Larry Campbell and Justin Guip whose inspirational work with artists like Bob Dylan and Levon Helm made them the perfect team to help the Hackensaws create their finest recordings to date. So, whether you are a longtime fan or new to Hackensaw music, you’ll find reason to celebrate Charismo and their next visit to your town.
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Tickets $12 in advance/ $15 Day of Show
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Steve Kimock and son John Morgan Kimock, (drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist), take music fans on an exquisite new journey with K I M O C K, an intimate listening experience that signal new inspirations for the guitar master. Bassist Bobby Vega and special guest vocalist Leslie Mendelson join the touring lineup. This new tour supports their latest album, Last Danger of Frost to be released on March 18.
Fans will encounter a listening experience that spotlights Steve’s remarkable tone in an intuitive flow of Eastern and Western folk music, heartfelt acoustic guitar, ambient electronic expressions, inventive covers, and contemporary compositions. Also planned for the new touring project is Steve’s longtime bass-playing left hand, Bobby Vega, who will bring 30 years’ worth of chemistry and collaboration, deep grooves and rich tones to the mix. Add to that special guest vocalist Leslie Mendelson, with whom the duo has also been composing, and you have the makings of an inspired new project. K I M O C K invites audiences to lean in, listen and experience the symbiosis.
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm,
Tickets: $30 in advance/ $35 day of show
Watch & listen: https://vimeo.com/120868875
"Their hellacious devil music will make you get up and dance!" - Stephen D. Winick, the Huffington Post, 2015
"One of the grooviest band to come out of Washington, DC." - Fatea Magazine, 2015
In December, 2015 Jess won the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest in the Jazz and Vocal Categories with "Pretty Mama Put a Spell on Me!"
The Bumper Jacksons have also been accepted into the Touring Artist Roster for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. This means they will be performing in super cool performance arts and community spaces all over NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, DC and even the US Virgin Islands.
Chris and Jess are Strathmore Artists in Residence for the 2015-2016 year! They will be presenting new work in February at the Strathmore Mansion and collaborating with an amazing group of musicians.
Congratulations to you all!
Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10
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"Gorgeous" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
"Furnace Mountain are a truly exceptional group and deserve to be in the upper tier of American roots groups" - Rachel Devine, Rock and Reel (R2) Magazine
"Like the mountains and rivers, their sounds reflect the soul of the region" - The Piedmont Virginian
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.
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.
Shepherdstown’s own The Outpatients will open for Furnace Mountain. They have been rockin for twenty years. Original & eclectic tunes make up the acoustic mayhem's repertoire. Rob Receveur, Jamie Daly & Steve Cifala.
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10
Watch & listen to Furnace Mountain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGfwag42xDs