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





Out of Clarke 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.

 

Opening for the Bitter Liberals are John Miller, Kara Hansbarger and Friends. Charles Hale from Ninebullets says, "... John effortlessly blends dirt-under-your-nails realism with genuine human emotion. This kind of thing doesn’t happen enough in music, not some kind of hokey songs for the working man but actual songs with an awareness of work."

 

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $7

 

Watch and listen to the Bitter Liberals:

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

 

Watch and listen to John Miller:

http://www.reverbnation.com/johnrmiller

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

 

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Based in Washington, DC, the Empresarios sound is best described as “Tropicaliente”, and that is the vibe that the band brings to the stage as well.  Each and every time the Empresarios take the stage; there is a lively party that forms on the dancefloor.  Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians.  Band leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico, which comes through in the band’s unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub and house.  With several US tours and numerous solid releases under their belts, the Empresarios are ready to take the world by storm.  A global fan base is growing with the help of the Empresarios having their album title track “Sabor Tropical” placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game.  Most importantly, the Empresarios aim to have fun and bring a good vibe, so grab a mojito, hit the dance floor and let their sun drenched sounds warm up your body and soul.

 

Bachaco will open for the Empresarios. Based in Miami,Bachaco’s Reggae Rock and Latin Roots sounds perfectly blend feel-good Reggae Music with conscious lyrics and party jams to the beat of their own Afro-Caribbean Roots Rock inspired by new and classic sounds of Bob Marley songs, Latin Music and California Reggae.

 

Since 2007 Bachaco has performed over 300 concerts from Argentina to Canada sharing stage and performing at the same events and festivals as other big names in the reggae and world music scenes such as Stephen Marley and the Marley Brothers, Natiruts from Brazil, Israel Vibration, Toots & The Maytals, Tribal Seeds, Ozomatli, Luciano, Easy Star All-stars, Midnite, Cultura Profetica, Gondwana, Los Cafres, Los Pericos, Bahiano, Alika, Jarabe de Palo, Los Amigos Invisibles, WAR, King Chango and many more. Bachaco has also showcased during the SXSWand LAMC music conferences thanks to support from BMI.

 

What is a Bachaco? The word Bachaco is the name given to a Leafcutter Ant in Venezuela.  The insect is used by Venezuelan indians to create a ‘picante’ (hot sauce). We could say Bachaco is a musical picante.

 

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $10

 

Watch and listen:

Empresarios:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iawn8-JR-A

Bachaco:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrDZT-EA7-Q

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

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 9:00pm
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“4 x Grammy Nominated.”

 

"The Pine Leaf Boys cast a spell, combining a mysterious past - the nearly forgotten dialect and the archaic squeezebox's red bellows - with an unbiased rock 'n' roll energy conducive to the elbow-flying, hip-swiveling spirit on the dance floor." NEW YORK TIMES

 

"The next best thing to a dance on a Saturday night in Louisiana!" ROLLING STONE

 

Louisiana'a finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described as, "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and, "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time," the Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto. The variety and energy they release evolves through their shows, bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. Their mission is to present the awesome music of their ancestors and present the real Cajun music to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life.

 

Doors, 8pm, Show 9pm

Tickets:

$12 in advance/ $15 day of show

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10bEHzi2RBI

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Laura Mae Socks writes songs that reflect the sparse landscape of the rural prairie in Southwest Louisiana where she and Jon Bertrand (of the Pine Leaf Boys) call home. Often described as haunting due to her lilting vocal style and Jon's reverb-soaked Telecaster, they play songs reminiscent of a bygone era of country music. In addition to paying homage to the old-style country standards she learned from her mother, a country singer as well, Laura Mae performs a number of originals. Her Baked Goods include Jon Bertrand on guitar and accordion, John R. Miller on bass, Matt Metz on mandolin and Daniel Tait on drums.

 

Doors open 8pm, show 9pm, tickets $10

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIgCEymRQ4U

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, June 27, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Opera house LIVE and Shepherdstown Street Fest team together on Saturay, June 27 to bring the best entertainment and fun. 

 

We will open at 10am and remain open throughout Street Fest. Come in and chill out in the air-conditioned theater with films for kids, cold drinks (including beer and wine) and refreshments. All films are free.

 

At 9 pm we host the Shepherdstown Street Fest After-Party. Our musical guests include Shepherdstown’s own Sacred Groove a Grateful Dead Tribute Band sponsed by us and psychedelic/funk/rock groove king, Singh Birdsong out of New York City and sponsed by Downstream to Wellness. 

 

The After-Party is also free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Shepherdstown's own Giant Souls bring to you an experience of blues, soul, funk, gospel and jazz delivered by seasoned musicians who have played together for a long time. Each musician has brought their influences to this band making it a diverse mixture of songs that you don't hear everyday. The musicianship of this band is striking and the relationship between the members is very warm and inviting. The band members include vocalist Lisa Lafferty with Sam Jannotta on Keys, Hugh Johnson on bass, Don Oehser on Guitar, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums and Anita Thomas on sax.

 

Doors 7pm, show 8pm, tickets $5

 

Watch and listen: 

www.facebook.com/392436087583947/videos/vb.392436087583947/392848970875992/

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 9:00pm
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As former lead singer/songwriter for the Squirrel Nut Zippers between 1994 and 1999, Maxwell became a critic’s darling and his song “Hell” became a smash top-20 hit.  Tom’s songs propelled the Squirrel Nut Zippers to multi-platinum status, selling over 3 million albums. Songs Tom wrote for them have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows including Sesame Street and Sex and the City, a Super Bowl commercial and a Tony Award-winning Broadway soundtrack.

 

Since leaving the Squirrel Nut Zippers in 1999, Tom Maxwell has told people he lives in a state of "permanent semi-retirement." He performs occasionally and recorded rarely. Even so on August 26, 2014 Tom released an album with his new band Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag, and on the same day released a memoir, My Life in Hell, on Oyster Print Press,that chronicles the early days of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

 

Don't miss this rare performance at Opera House Live, Tom will play his Zipper hits, some new songs, and even some storytelling.

 

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $15

 

Read about Tom in USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/07/07/

tom-maxwell-ani-difranco-roll-with-it-premiere/12284783/

 

Watch and Listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HouA4KmDDrs

 

Watch and listen:

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

 

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

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
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The Rhythm Bones Society is bringing their annual festival to Shepherdstown! Bonesfest XIX runs August 6th through 9th and draws some of the most exceptional rhythm bones players in the US and beyond. Join us here at the Opera House on Saturday, August 8th at 7 pm for a free concert that promises to showcase a wide range of talented bones players.

 

The Rhythm Bones Society is a non-profit educational society formed for the purpose of the continuation, promotion and improvement of the rhythm bones, one of the worlds oldest percussion instruments. 

 

Doors 6pm, Show 7pm

The concert is free but donations are appreciated

($5 suggested donation) 

 

For more information please visit:

http://www.rhythmbones.org/nextFest.html

 

Check out RBS members Sky Bartlett and Jessye Weinstein performing one of Jessye's original compositions in the Alamo at Bonesfest XV:

https://youtu.be/ZQ4GonHMNjw

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00pm
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What do you get when you take two sets of brothers, the broken remnants of an unheard Alt-Country band, and the skills of a veteran bassist? Is it countless cases of beer? Maybe it’s endless amounts of broken guitar strings, or perhaps more simply, it’s those late night practices in an empty wood shed knowing you have to drag your ass into work the next morning. Well, it’s all of those things. More importantly, it’s the perfect combination of those things. It's none other than a genuine love for music that has forged The Deer Run Drifters. With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.


Nearly four years ago after their recent musical venture had fallen through, Chris Link and Shane Edgell were left busking on the streets of Floyd, Virginia. The two had nothing more than a guitar and a banjo, a few old-time covers and a handful of originals penned by Link. All it took was a few passers-by to stop and lend an ear and the rest is history. From that day forward, what is now known as The Deer Run Drifters started taking form. The band is composed of Chris Link (guitar, vocals), Joe Link (mandolin), Shane Edgell (banjo), Sean Edgell (guitar, harmonica), and Will Norton (Bass). In May of 2012 on a goose-neck trailer stage, The Deer Run Drifters made their debut In Willis, Virginia, for the first ever Talford Rodeo. Fast forward to 2015, the band has over 200 shows beneath its belt, has traveled up and down the East Coast, has been in every dive bar Virginia has to offer and has successfully released their debut album, Appalachian Blues.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $8

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr5mncFrw_8

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWIx9RaV_nY

Friday, September 18, 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

 

Read about Freekbass in the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taraleigh-weathers/post_9331_b_7100436.htm...

 

Watch and listen:

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