Monday, July 25, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Families with Very Strange Problems


6pm - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) 

Directed by Robert Aldrich, a crazed, aging star, (Bette Davis), torments her sister, (Joan Crawford), in a   decaying Hollywood mansion.


8:15pm - Stoker (2013) 

A film by Park Chan-Wook.After India's, (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn, (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.


Doors 5:30 . Films start at 6pm 

Entrance FREE but donations are appreciated


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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
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The Contemporary American Theater Festival will show three films at the Shepherdstown Opera House that compliment their 2016 productions.


The third film will be 

A Walk on the Moon (1999)

Wriitten Pamela Gray and directed by Tony Goldwyn. The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman. Starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen & Bobby Boriello – IMDb


Paired with CATF’s production of

20th Century Blues

A Sharply Funny and Evocative Exploration of Time

A World Premiere by Susan Miller

Directed by Ed Herendeen

Four women bond and become one another’s timetable of history.  Through the vagaries of love, careers, children, lost causes and tragedy, the women reunite once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves. But, when these private photographs have the potential to become part of a public exhibit, mutiny erupts and relationships are tested. The images unearth secrets and force the women to question who they are, what they’ve become, and how they’ll navigate whatever lies ahead.


Doors 1:30pm . Film 2pm . Tickets $5


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Monday, August 1, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

A Hot Summer Comedy Double Feature


Some like it Hot (1959) 

Directed by Billy Wilder, when two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. - IMDb. 1960 Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Orry-Kelly, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Jack Lemmon and  Best Director, Billy Wilder. Also, 1960 best Golden Globes winner for Best Motion Picture - Comedy, Best Actress - Comedy or Musical to Marilyn Monroe and Best Actor - Comedy or Musical to Jack Lemmon.


The Party (1968)

Directed by Blake Edwards, a clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star, (peter Sellers), being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired. - IMDb

The Party is considered a classic comedic cult film. Edwards biographers Peter Lehman and William Luhr said, "The Party may very well be one of the most radically experimental films in Hollywood history; in fact it may be the single most radical film since D. W. Griffith's style came to dominate the American cinema." Film historian Saul Austerlitz wrote, "Despite the offensiveness of Sellers's brownface routine, The Party is one of his very best films... Taking a page from Tati, this is neorealist comedy, purposefully lacking a director's guiding eye: look here, look there. The screen is crammed full of activity, and the audience's eyes are left to wander where they may." - Wikipedia


Doors 5:30 pm . Films start at 6pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to the Opera House Preservation Fund.


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Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 9:00pm
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“One of the most entertaining ‘live’ bands on the planet.” - R2 magazine


Close to the end of the set, she sang a Bessie Smith blues with the line, ‘I’m as good as any woman in your town.’ In New Orleans music, that’s a bold statement – but she is, and better, too.— Alison Fensterstock, New Orleans Times-Picayune


“Prozac for the soul!” - The Hairy Bikers


Direct from New Orleans, multi-time winner of 'Best Female Vocalist' and 'Best Traditional Jazz Artist,' Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns are some of the finest performers in New Orleans today. This grassroots organization has been at the forefront of the traditional jazz revival in New Orleans and has worked hard to create all of their own opportunities and successes. They have performed their signature brand of stomps, rags, blues, swing and early R&B at major jazz festivals both internationally and throughout the U.S, made appearances in film and television, including, NCIS and HBO’s Treme, and received glowing reviews and mentions from The New Yorker, DownBeat, the BBC and NPR.


Ms. Lake and her band of lowlifes and mischief makers are hard at work promoting their latest addition to America’s jukeboxes, with the band’s third record, Bad Kids Club. Fourteen songs that are anthems for reprobates, laments for the broken hearted, and odes to livin’ just a little bit dirty.


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10


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Friday, August 5, 2016 - 9:00pm
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The Black Lillies are a band for the ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. If you ask them, they’ll tell you they play “Tennessee music” combining strains of swampy Memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s classic country and East Tennessee’s traditional Appalachian style while Rolling Stone describes it as “country music with a soul-rock infusion, supported by bandleader Cruz Contreras' smart songwriting and tight musicianship.” Either way, it’s music that stirs your soul, touches your heart and makes you want to dance.


Their raucous live show has earned them festival slots and enthralled audiences at venues ranging from Bonnaroo and Stagecoach to the legendary Grand Ole Opry, where they hold the distinction of having performed more often than any other independent band. The music is breakneck, brazen and beautiful; sultry soul, honky-tonk heartache, winding jams and flat-out rock’n’roll, tied together with soaring harmonies that “bring back echoes of practically every great male/female duo of the past several decades…[the sound is] one for the ages, and, one suspects, ages yet to come,” according to Glide Magazine.

Make no mistake: when you see The Black Lillies live, you definitely won’t be hard to please.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $15


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Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Nagavora, Noetic Pull, and Nice Couch are combining to bring you a true triple bill event.  3 bands, 3 sets, 1 full night of Rock N’ Roll!  Join us for an evening of original music and stellar musicianship.  A full audio visual spectacle…


Nagavora, pronounced Nah - guh - vawr - uh, is a three piece rock band originating from Shepherdstown, WV. Their influences range from go-go and funk to underground punk rock and everything in between. Launched in 2015, Nagavora took time crafting an all or nothing sound by focusing on original compositions and influences from all members.  This group features drummer, Steve Wattay, and his brother and guitarist, Will Jackson.  It’s the first time have brought their musicianship together to form a full time band.  Ethan Grace, on bass, is the glue that puts it all together,  Their individual styles culminate into a driving, textured, high energy sonic tsunami of progressive rock n’ roll.

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Noetic Pull is energy. Conceived in 2006, dubbed ‘Bass Aliens’, no one seems to notice Noetic does not employ a guitar player. Purely original: two bass players, drums, voice and percussion are the ingredients for the Noetic Pull recipe. Logan on 5-string bass and vocals has been bringing the thunder since 1992.  Tommy layers in the percussion and mad lib vocals.  Drew holds the line with potent 4-string bass riffs.  The drummer Tom, aka “The General”, keeps it locked down with his creative funk and reggae infused grooves. Noetic Pull will have you chanting, “We Like Bass!” For more on Noetic Pull:


Nice Couch is a regional touring rock band out of the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Their music has been described everywhere from Psychedelic-Funk to Progressive Rock and everywhere in-between. Nice Couch pulls influences from Classic Rock to 90s Alternative while at times even touching on some type of Thrash-Metal and Punk. Blending these while not stemming off of their pure original sound, while letting the music come as natural as possible, Nice Couch has created some kind of a new sound described as Slay-Rock. Nice Couch has a freshly released self titled EP and they are working on finishing their first full-length studio album. For more on Nice Couch:


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $7


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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

 International Shorts


Paris, je t’aime (2006) 

Paris, je t'aime (Paris, I love you) is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The 22 directors include Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Gérard Depardieu, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Nobuhiro Suwa, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Yolande Moreau and Gus Van Sant. - Wikipedia


Wild Tales (2014)

Damián Szifron's jet-black comedy Wild Tales contains six shorts that all tell disturbing and funny stories. The first involves a plane full of people who discover they have something in common. The second is a tale of revenge. The third tells the story of a road-rage incident that escalates to unbelievable proportions. The fourth follows a man fed up with governmental bureaucracy. The fifth features a wealthy family attempting to buy their son out of a jail stint after he kills someone in a car accident. The final episode takes place at a wedding where a jealous bride turns her reception into a Grand Guignol experience for her husband and some of her guests. Wild Tales screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film of the Year - Argentina


Doors 5:30 pm . Films start at 6pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to the Opera House Preservation Fund.


Watch The Paris je t’aime trailer:


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Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Grammy Nominee & Mountain Stage host Larry Groce and his wife Sandra Groce, violist with the West Virginia Symphony, have made a new studio recording called Live Forever (Produced by Don Dixon). It includes three of Larry’s original songs and eight covers, mostly songs connected to Mountain Stage over the years. This very well received recording is Groce’s first album in over two decades.


"This album demonstrates that [Larry] should not have stayed away so long. While the album consists of mostly covers of songs done by artists who appeared on the show

--such as Townes Van Zandt, Jesse Winchester, and Billy Joe Shaver--the originals are the treasures. Most notably, 'What Do You Think About (When You Think Of Love),' which was inspired by the great American writer Raymond Carver. In it, Groce becomes the Robert Altman of song...'When the Mist Clears Away'...captures West Virginia, in all its magnificence and obscurity, like few others.” - Amos Perrine-No Depression


Larry Groce is a singer, songwriter and one of the founders of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage*,distributed nationally by NPR to over 170 stations. He’s been host and artistic director of the show since its beginning in 1983.


Sandra Groce was the principal violist for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and its Montclaire String Quartet from 1996 until 2010 when she stepped down to raise the couple’s two daughters. She continues to perform with the WVSO and other regional orchestras. Previously, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, the Spoleto Orchestra (South Carolina and Italy) and the Central City (Colorado) Opera Orchestra. Performing folk, country and pop music has been a recent development in her long musical career and one she has taken to with a passion.


Larry has recorded twenty-four albums. “Live Forever”, recorded with his wife Sandra on viola and produced by Don Dixon (REM, The Red Clay Ramblers, James McMurtry), was released in 2016, Larry’s top ten novelty single “Junk Food Junkie” was Dr. Demento’s Song of the Year in 1976 and one his children’s recordings for Walt Disney records was Grammy nominated for “Children’s Record of the Year”. He’s been profiled in The New York Times, People Magazine and other national publications and performed on The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, American Bandstand, The Midnight Special, The Rich Little Show, Nashville Now, The Disney Channel, Doctor Demento and A Prairie Home Companion. Larry was born in Dallas where he went to high school with Michael Martin Murphy (“Wildfire”), Ray Wylie Hubbard (“Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers”) and the late B.W. Stevenson (“My Maria”). He lived in New York and Los Angeles before moving to West Virginia in 1972.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm

Tickets $12


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Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Buddhagraph Spaceship is an American rock band from Blacksburg, Virginia with roots stretching from the old time to the far side and all foundations between. Creating a bridge between accoustic and electronic improvisation, they blend elements of Funk, Jam, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Americana, Progressive Rock, Reggae, and much more to achieve their eclectic sound. With a passion for creativity and the motivation to push boundaries, the band functions upon a musical paradigm for the further of artistic expression.


Buddhagraph Spaceship was created in the spring of 2014 and has since been an active influence on the Virginia music scene. The band consists of six members and a variety of instruments including: Zach Lutman on guitar and vocals, Jake Lutman on guitar, keys, mandolin and vocals, Patrick Gallagher on violin, Hector Padella on bass, Seth Wright on drums and Ndiame Gueye on percussion.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10


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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Our down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely our own. 


The musical influences and instrumentation of the band seamlessly combine tradition and modernity. Demian Lewis (guitar/vocals) and Waverly Milor (harmonica/vocals) are steeped in blues traditions of the American south. Conjuring the wails of Howlin’ Wolf, RL Burnside and Bukka White, they pen original compositions that harken to an old time blues show. Rooting the ensemble on upright and electric bass is Randy Ball whose unyielding pursuance of the groove has led him to study with luminaries Chuck Rainey and Victor Wooten. The rhythmic engine of the band is Jason Walker. His knowledge of musical traditions from Africa, its extension into the Caribbean, and their culmination in New Orleans in the American drum set, rumbles, growls and speaks in tongues through his cajon (box drum) based contraption set. 


With over two decades of honing our sound Hard Swimmin’ Fish shows are an infectious, danceable, roots music throwdown. Grab your dancing shoes and a partner. We’ll see you on the dance floor!


Shepherdstown’s own The Outpatients will open the show.

They, (Rob Receveur, Jamie Daly & Steve Cifala), have been rockin for twenty years. Original & eclectic tunes make up the acoustic mayhem's repertoire.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10


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Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Featuring drummer Nasar Abadey, pianist Allyn Johnson, and bassist James King. They perform music from the threshold of Jazz to beyond space and time, while having an artistic license to express their compositions.


“Drawing influences from powerful drummers such as Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and Jack DeJohnette, Abadey knows how to swing hard, but not in a manner that’s bombastic and obtrusive.  Instead, he builds tension behind billowing solos, as on rolling “Brick by Brick” where he pushes Joe Ford’s darting soprano saxophone to the upper limits.” - John Murph, Jazz Times Magazine


“Abadey is not a background drummer. He is upfront and expressive, aggressively pounding out a wide array of propulsive rhythms that ignites his group SUPERNOVA into positive action.” - Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine


Nasar Abadey

Drummer and the founder, leader and driving force of his band SUPERNOVA. Though a bandleader for many years he has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups from his home base in Washington, DC; and he has performed and/or recorded with many artists throughout his career.  Inspired by Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and his cousin Frankie Dunlop (Thelonious Monk), he creates jazz music steeped in hard bop, modal, fusion, and avant-garde styles.  Nasar attended University of Buffalo, in NY; Howard University, and the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC.  Most recently SUPERNOVA® was selected by the US State Department and the Lincoln Center as Ambassadors to tour with the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road. This one month tour took them to five (5) countries in East Africa; Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique.  He is Professor of Jazz Percussion at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; teaches privately, and is a clinician as well.  His debut CD, Mirage was released on the Amosaya Record Label and a follow-up CD, Diamond In The Rough, was released on the DPC Music label in 2011.  Abadey has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Gary Bartz, Andrew White, Sonny Fortune, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra, Russell Malone, Malachi Thompson, and many other jazz greats. He has also appeared in various festivals in the USA and abroad.


James King

Bassist and composer, was born in Houston, Texas. James studied at Texas Southern University, Hampton University, and the University of the District of Colombia. He is a well-known bassist in the mid-Atlantic region, and performs in concerts and festival throughout the world. Mr. King has lived and worked in and around the Washington, D.C. area since 1977 and currently is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He has performed with Elvin Jones, Sonny Fortune, Stanley Turrentine, Gary Bartz, Marlena Shaw, Frank Morgan, Mulgrew Miller and Milt Jackson, just to name a few. King is a very gifted composer with a lyrical bass style. His debut CD is entitled “Allen’s Odyssey” and was released in 2009.


Allyn Johnson

Pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Washington, and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies and the UDC Jazz Band, for his alma mater, the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked with Andrew White, Frank Morgan, Sonny Fortune, Fat Head Newman, Bennie Golson, and Stanley Turrentine among others. His debut recording “Premonition” with the trio Three for All”, is a perfect environment to showcase his compositions. Mr. Johnson has also arranged, composed, and recorded “Divine Order” and “Grace Transforming Journey” with his band Divine Order. His style is lyrical, fiery and bright. He is a very talented and gifted pianist.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets: $12


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 8:00pm
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“Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics…propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.” -The New York Times


Grammy Award winner and American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. (a.k.a. Buckwheat Zydeco ) is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana’s zydeco music. If you’ve gotten into zydeco music, or felt its influence, or watched the world celebrate this great aspect of Louisiana culture over the past 30+ years it’s likely been because of Buckwheat Zydeco. In February, 2010 the album Lay Your Burden Down won the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album.


 The Big News in the Big Easy is Buckwheat Zydeco was named the honoree at the 2014 Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Gala. Past headliners at this event have included Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Fats Domino, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, and Little Richard.


Over the course of Buckwheat Zydeco’s career, Buck has gigged with everyone from Eric Clapton and U2 to The Boston Pops. The band performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics and at both of President Clinton’s Inaugurals. Television appearances include, the opening of the final episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, PBS’s tribute to Paul Simon where Buck performed with Lyle Lovett; The band has appeared six times on Lettermanand on CNN, The TodayShowMTVNBC News, CBS Morning News and many others.


Buckwheat Zydeco also started a new sideline as a blogger for the Huffington Post posting with Ted Fox. His first post called, “Mardi Gras Is The Flip Side of the Blues,” was published in March 2014 


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

Tickets $20 in advance and $25 day of show


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Friday, September 16, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.


Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously.  It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm

Tickets $25 in advance/$30 DOS


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Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Join us for our Halloween Party with The Christian Lopez Band.


Christian Lopez Band (CLB) 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. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling. Lopez is turning traditional songwriting on its head. Lopez takes listeners on a heartfelt rampage through emotion, energy and excitement caring less about the hook than hooking them in with the range and passion in his voice. One moment the music traverses the depths of one’s interior life and the next it rips the listener into a frenzy - a call to stomp, romp and roll.


Doors 8pm . Show 9pm 

Tickets $10 in advance/$12 DOS


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