Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

"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

 

Grand Ole' Ditch will open the night. They describe themselves as a "progressive bluegrass from Cumberland MD, who utilize nickel-wound vibrations emanating from historically pigeon-holed boxes composed of wires and wood. Featuring inventive song writing, caramelized 5-part harmonies, dazzling banjo, silky dobro, fiery mandolin, galloping bass, sizzling fiddle and freight train guitar".

Doors 8pm, show 9pm

 

Tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of concert

 

Watch and listen:

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

Grand Ole' Ditch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBTHni7TGeI

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 4:30pm
Buy Tickets Now

The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) will celebrate spring with a movie and dinner party on April 11 featuring the film Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, its filmmaker, and special guests involved with farming and veterans’ issues. Dulanie Ellis, the filmmaker of Ground Operations, and Edgar Hercila, a farmer-veteran, will be coming from Los Angeles to join the party and participate in a discussion following the movie and before dinner.

Festivities begin at 4:30pm at the Opera House with the screening of this award-winning 40-minute documentary that champions combat vets who are rebuilding their lives as organic farmers and ranchers and revitalizing their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food. The film was screened at ACFF’s 2014 Festival and has been a valuable tool in making people aware of this effort and providing resources to veterans looking for meaningful employment.

Following the movie, the party will move to the Shepherdstown Community Club for a cocktail hour, discussion with the special guests including West Virginia farmer-veterans James McCormick and Calvin Riggleman, local farmer-author Forrest Pritchard and Barbara Hartman, Chief of Nutrition and Food Service at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, and a locally-sourced buffet dinner. The party will serve as a fundraiser for ACFF, who is going into its 13th year of bringing outstanding conservation films, filmmakers, and educational programs to Shepherdstown and beyond. A few very special items will be live auctioned to add to the fun and coffers.

Space is limited and tickets are $50 per person, $200 for two at the Sponsor level, and $600 for a reserved table of 8. 

PURCHASE TICKETS TO EVENT HERE

Questions? E-mail Jennifer Lee at jennifer@conservationfilm.org or call 540-539-6150

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $15

"Whiskey Tango arose one serendipitous evening in 2009 when the winds whispered ‘Side…Show…!’ across the flickering embers of some dance-school drop outs. From there the spark ignited and the Whiskey Tango Sideshow fire burns bright bringing together dancers, singers, musicians, costumers and performers of all varieties. Today, the sizzling sirens of W.T.S. are proud to showcase their special brand of performance art, dubbed "Cabaret Nouveau" across The Finger Lakes region and beyond! 
From some serious sass, to the downright bizarre, the Whiskey Tango Sideshow brings something for all…a true variety show experience. Every act is an original creation to dazzle the senses and tickle the soul. So remember, everyone is lavishly wealthy when the Whiskey Tango Sideshow is in town! Make sure mend that hole in your pocket and tuck junior in to bed…this is one ticket you don’t wanna lose!

Door 8pm,  Show 9pm, Tickets $15

Watch and listen;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGq80Rk6Yok

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

"The Best Damn Band You've Ever Seen"



 

Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained the reputation as one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago Delta Blues and rock & roll.

Featuring four powerful horns, a driving rhythm section and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their relentless energy, charisma and enthusiasm. The band performs regularly in NYC at the Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall, The Blue Note, BB King’s and Radegast Hall when not touring across the USA an Europe. Notable 2014 festival performances include the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & blues Festival, the Umbria jazz festival in Italy, the SILDA Jazz festival in Norway and the Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Members of the Rad Trads continue to perform with top groups such as Truth & Soul Record’s “Lee Field & The Expressions,” “Lady,” “EMEFE,” Broadway giant Jason Robert Brown, and have performed or recorded with artists such as Deer Tick, Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human, Antibalas, St Paul & the Broken Bones, Ikebe Shakedown, Lenny Pickett and Joe Lovano among many others. 

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

Watch and listen:

http://vimeo.com/83465247

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

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 8, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

“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
Buy Tickets Now - $10

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
Buy Tickets Now - $10

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
Buy Tickets Now - $12

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
Buy Tickets Now - $7

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $8

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 $8

Watch and listen:

Ginada Pinata

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

 

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

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 20, 2015 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

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
Buy Tickets Now

“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