Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:30pm
Free Admission

An investigative documentary that uncovers the U.S. healthcare system's true design.

 

Film Screening followed by a Q&A with Dr Dave Didden and Dr Mark Cucuzzella

 

Brought to you by Jefferson County Health Department

 

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Dan Tait is a well known local drummer that hosts a jazz jam at the Meck every third Thursday of the month and usually performs as a jazz trio. For this artist series,  he has put together a full big band with horns and all! They'll be putting together plenty of standards as some other great tunes that may not be as familiar. Chelsea is super excited to collaborate with them and sing some jazz.

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 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 band has 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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 9:00pm
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An immersive, live adventure into the world of burlesque, circus, roustabouts, freaks, barkers, dandies and women of questionable virtue.

 

“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  & Toronto Burlesque Festivals, and will be appearing in the 2014 London Burlesque Festival.

 

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
Free Admission

Join us for a free public screening of The Business of Being Born, a 2008 documentary film produced by Ricky Lake that explores the contemporary experience of childbirth in the United States and the growing popularity of in-home birth. 

Community midwives from Birthroot Midwifery in Shepherdstown will be available for Q & A from the audience after the screening.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Kicking off their summer schedule at the Opera House, join The Christian Lopez Band for some new songs and big news.

The Christian Lopez Band is not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Opening for Christian are local favorites Tabasco Bustelo.

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:00pm
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$10 at door

Les Racquet is a Brooklyn NY based Jazz/Roots/Rock power trio with three-part vocal harmonies and technically expressive musicianship. The trio performs songs that pique the interest of learned musicians and mainstream listeners alike.

The group conveys energy and vitality on stage by unleashing bursts of rock n’ roll improv around intimate vocal moments. The trio demonstrate the versatile fluidity to move between classic and worldly genres while adding their own contemporary edge to each style. The band respects the diversity of individual tastes and prides itself on the ability to entertain fans from all backgrounds.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Music and Laughter with Steve Cifala and Big Al Goodwin.

 

Celebrating Shepherd Graduation.

Show your diploma for 50% off.

 

Local picker and grinner Steve Cifala opens the show with an acoustic set inspired by americana, folk music.

 

Big Al connects with his audiences--getting them to appreciate the lighter side of their own lives relating his observations and experiences. Big Al was a winner on America's Funniest People, he has been interviewed on The Billy Bush Show, and he has been seen in numerous commercials on PBS. Having played almost every club and college in the country, Big Al progressed to larger venues and theaters opening for Jim Gaffigan, Dave Chappelle, Wayne Brady and Steven Wright.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana. The high energy, Nashville-based quintet perform Struthers’ original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she led her band to a blue ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks) and now her group is touring heavily in support of their latest release, Carnival. Struthers’ songs are as steeped in American history, and as well crafted, as the beautiful vintage dresses she wears on stage.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 1:00pm
Free Admission

1pm A Bug's Life

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.

 

3pm The Secret Garden

A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants' brothers, she begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 9:00pm
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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!

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 7:00pm
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$12 at door

 

Atlanta, Georgia based award-winning blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Little G Weevil is one of the most deeply moving entertainers on the American Roots and Blues scene today. With three highly acclaimed albums under his belt he is nominated for the 2014 Blues Music Award as "Acoustic Artist of the Year". He is the solo winner of the Blues Foundation`s  2013 International Blues Challenge.  His latest release "Moving" was ranked #3 Best Blues Album of the Year by the elite Mojo magazine.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Kipyn Martin is an emerging Americana singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Her voice is gathering a reputation in the region, hailed by listeners as "an instrument of unrefined purity" (Tony S.- Leicester Bangs) and "the most pure voice I've ever heard" (Karin Fuller- The Charleston Gazette). She currently plays festival stages in Virginia and Maryland and delights audiences at vineyards, coffeehouses, and house concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Kipyn was a multi-award winner at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Gold Award in Open category, Director's Choice Award, Honorable Mention in Folk/Acoustic), and she was also named a semi-finalist in the 2013 UK Song Contest. An honesty and vitality of voice make this woman a performing artist not to be missed.

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 9:00pm
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$12 at door

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.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 9:00pm
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The Reckoning is a 7-piece ensemble of musicians from Maryland and South-central Pennsylvania creating music from and in the vein of the Grateful Dead album "Reckoning". The band members are enthusiastic, experienced, passionate musicians who share a love of the Grateful Dead, and all of this is in evidence from the moment the band plays its first notes until the PA is switched off for the night.

Now, you might be thinking, "Acoustic Grateful Dead? Sounds like a great night of kicking back and relaxing to some good music." Nope! Make no mistake, these are songs you know and love to dance to, and this band will have you up and shaking your bones all night.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
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$10 at door

 

New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock Music

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 9:00pm
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What began as a coffee shop college town duo, doing tricks for tips, and trying to interpret the meaning of bluegrass, while occasionally pissing off cats that wasn’t hip to their experimental sounds, has turned into a vehicle for group improvisation and a melding of old time soul with futuristic funk. The Plankstompers are now embarking on a mission to engage both themselves and their audience in singing, dancing, clapping, and getting down with their bad selves.

 

“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 the Plankstompers 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.”

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Winners of the 2013 Watermelon Park Fest band competition, Grand Ole Ditch is a contemporary bluegrass band born in the mountains of Western Maryland. With a style steeped in Appalachian musical tradition, the band aims to reimagine contemporary music with bluegrass stylizations. The band derived its name from an important piece of Western Maryland history: the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The Canal, nicknamed the Grand Old Ditch, carried coal from theAllegheny Mountains to the East Coast during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bluegrass told the story of the people of this era, and was an essential part of their culture. Grand Ole’ Ditch is continuing the bluegrass narrative using today’s culture as its backdrop and each band member’s unique musical expressions as its language.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 9:00pm
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$10 at door

 

Thanks to tastefully gritty guitars, bombastic drums and plunky bass -- not to mention the sweet vocal harmonies and fanfaric brass of trumpet and trombone -- Holy Ghost Tent Revival delivers catchy, danceable numbers that will leave you humming and grinning time and time again. And it all comes straight from the heads and hearts of its talented young performers: six handsome gents from North Carolina who write dynamic, authentic songs and spend a whole lot of time traveling in a van together.

 

A soul-rock horn band that recalls '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz. -NPR

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Billy Thompson has been delivering guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe, setting the tone for this veteran musician’s sizzling performances, both live and in studio. In his original music, he combines world class slide guitar, searing licks and soulful vocals with a unique amalgamation of styles including blues, rock, funk, New Orleans and R&B.