Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage. Call it the new old-timey dance hall sound made fresh by some of the best soloists in the business. After placing several songs on ABC and Fox and having tunes featured in independent films like "Made In China" (winner of SXSW) winning Americana song of the year from the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits judging), playing festivals like Outside Lands and Live Oak and opening for bands like Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, the band began barnstorming more extensively across the USA. 

 

Founder Z. Lupetin came west from Chicago and placed a humble Craigslist ad to get the circus started. The group has grown steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast, into a traveling mini orchestra featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. 

 

With their latest record Carry Me Home rising on the Americana charts, the band is slated for a big 2014. A European tour is in the works. They will be recording their first live album at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and LA's famed Troubadour and have toured the Midwest and East coast.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 1:00pm
Free

 

Come home to West Virginia and celebrate the Mountain State at the Appalachian Heritage Festival in historic Shepherdstown WV on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  Now celebrating its 19th year, the Appalachian Heritage Festival offers unique opportunities to dance, sing, learn more master artists, and explore the fantastic restaurants and shops of West Virginia’s oldest town. 

 All of the events are free with the exception of the Festival’s Saturday Showcase Concert. Tickets to the concert are only $15 (general public),  $10 (those over 55 and Shepherd staff members).  Admission is free for kids under 18 and to Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.  Call the Shepherd University Bookstore at 304-876-5219 or visit www.shepherdbook.com to order today.

 This is event is sponsored by the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University (PASS) in partnership with the Shepherdstown Visitor’s Center. It is made possible by an allocation of Student Activity Fees from the Shepherd University Student Government Association. 

 For more information on where to eat, stay, and shop, visit www.shepherdstown.info or call the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786.For more information about the Festival events, contact rmeads@shepherd.edu

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:00pm
Free

Shepherdstown Opera House Live's Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon!
Five Wednesday horror double features on the big screen!
Each week promises something different from campy to spin-tingling. We are celebrating scary movies the whole month of October, join us every Wednesday for palm readings, popcorn, and of course-- plenty of blood and gore!
Doors will open at 5 The first feature starts at 6 and the second begins at 8. We will be showing obscure movie clips and trailers during a brief intermission.
Every Wednesday in October!!

October 1st: **Premiere Screening** of  Ghoulish Tales, a locally produced horror film @ 6 pm ; Dead Alive, the cult classic by director Peter Jackson @ 8 pm

 

 

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:00pm
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October 2, 7pm, $5

Lucia Mae Valentine hails from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a small town with a big sound. At 17, Lucia Mae is an aspiring artist who draws inspiration from the musical influences around her, as well as vocalists/writers both past and present. With an Iphone loaded with the likes of Otis Redding, Etta James,  Allison Krauss, Sara Barrellis, and  Whitney Houston, Lucia Mae's style is an amalgamation of bluegrass, old-tyme soul music, with a whole lot of R&B mixed in for good measure. A newcomer to performing live, Lucia Mae began  gigging regularly this summer in the Tri-state area both as an acoustic act and with her band The Valentines.
She has written two songs with Grammy Award winning writer Johnny Neel, and is currently recording three more tunes to be included on an upcoming EP release late fall of this year. She is a singer songwriter that embodies an organic soulfulness whether she is performing a classic Motown number, a contemporary pop hit or one of her sultry originals. Throwing all caution to the wind Lucia Mae is stepping out on the stage singing her way to wherever the music leads.

I'm very excited to announce that Ariel Cifala and Zoe Jenkins will be opening the evening. This teen-aged duo grew up together here in Shepherdstown singing and dancing all the time. They have started to develop their own sweet style and I can't wait to watch them grow in their craft!

- See more at: http://www.chelseamcbee.com/first_thursday_artist_series/#sthash.4RRCJFG...


    Lucia Mae Valentine hails from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a small town with a big sound. At 17, Lucia Mae is an aspiring artist who draws inspiration from the musical influences around her, as well as vocalists/writers both past and present. With an Iphone loaded with the likes of Otis Redding, Etta James,  Allison Krauss, Sara Barrellis, and  Whitney Houston, Lucia Mae's style is an amalgamation of bluegrass, old-tyme soul music, with a whole lot of R&B mixed in for good measure. A newcomer to performing live, Lucia Mae began  gigging regularly this summer in the Tri-state area both as an acoustic act and with her band The Valentines.
    She has written two songs with Grammy Award winning writer Johnny Neel, and is currently recording three more tunes to be included on an upcoming EP release late fall of this year. She is a singer songwriter that embodies an organic soulfulness whether she is performing a classic Motown number, a contemporary pop hit or one of her sultry originals. Throwing all caution to the wind Lucia Mae is stepping out on the stage singing her way to wherever the music leads.

I'm very excited to announce that Ariel Cifala and Zoe Jenkins will be opening the evening. This teen-aged duo grew up together here in Shepherdstown singing and dancing all the time. They have started to develop their own sweet style and I can't wait to watch them grow in their craft!
- See more at: http://www.chelseamcbee.com/first_thursday_artist_series/#sthash.4RRCJFG...

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00pm
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The Hello Strangers 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. Timeless imagery and fables are at the core of each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter or a man gone wrong.

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. Ditto that for the Appalachian feel of “The World Knows Far Better,” where the harmony is chilling, as is the harmonica work from Brechyn. The sisters even match musical wits and talent with the incredible Jim Lauderdale on his gem “What You Don’t Know,” which they keep as haunting as his 1990s original.”

 

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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
Free

Shepherdstown Opera House Live's Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon!
Five Wednesday horror double features on the big screen!
Each week promises something different from campy to spin-tingling. We are celebrating scary movies the whole month of October, join us every Wednesday for palm readings, popcorn, and of course-- plenty of blood and gore!
Doors will open at 5 The first feature starts at 6 and the second begins at 8. We will be showing obscure movie clips and trailers during intermission.
Every Wednesday in October!!
Admission: Free

October 8th: **Guillermo del Toro Double Feature**

      Devil's Backbone @ 6pm, Pan's Labyrinth @ 8pm

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Miss Tess is a New York City based songwriter and performing musician, who tours regularly with her band, as “Miss Tess & The Talkbacks”. In addition to Tess’s tasty licks and prowess on her 1940s archtop guitar, the current lineup includes Will Graefe on guitar, Danny Weller on upright bass, and Matt Meyer on drums. Inspired by styles of vintage swing, blues, country, and folk, Miss Tess draws comparisons to artists such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee, and Chuck Berry, but maintains a style all of her own. “She’s a musical chameleon, recalling at various moments Tom Waits’ barfly humor, the cabaret-rock of Beirut, or even the wink-wink wit of early Bette Midler.” – Holly Hughes, Blog Critics.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Mix the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and a western swinging swagger and you've just conjured the sound of The Appleseed Collective.

 

 "The blends of swing, bluegrass, Dixieland ditties and alluring gypsy-folk whirls - is something close to a transcendent listen ... you're there, on some dirt road, being led on by these songs," raves Jeff Milo of iSpy Magazine. 

 

Formed in 2010, The Appleseed Collective has become a force of nature driven by their local community and developed by a strong sense of do-it-yourself drive. In an age of corporations and climate change, the band’s commitment to buying & selling local, eating from gardens, and being their own bosses has led to the kind of success that feels simply organic.  

 

The Appleseed Collective is not a bluegrass band. It’s not The Hot Club of Paris. It’s not a ragtime cover band. The Appleseed Collective represents Americana music rooted in traditions from all over the world and from every decade, creating a live experience that welcomes every soul and is impossible to replicate.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm
Free

Shepherdstown Opera House Live's Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon!
Five Wednesday horror double features on the big screen!
Each week promises something different from campy to spin-tingling. We are celebrating scary movies the whole month of October, join us every Wednesday for palm readings, popcorn, and of course-- plenty of blood and gore!
Doors will open at 5 The first feature starts at 6 and the second begins at 8. We will be showing obscure movie clips and trailers during intermission.
Every Wednesday in October!!

October 15: **Bill Moseley Double Feature** Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 @ 6pm, House of 1000 Corpses @ 8pm

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 9:00pm
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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 then 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. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm
Free

Shepherdstown Opera House Live's Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon!
Five Wednesday horror double features on the big screen!
Each week promises something different from campy to spin-tingling. We are celebrating scary movies the whole month of October, join us every Wednesday for palm readings, popcorn, and of course-- plenty of blood and gore!
Doors will open at 5 The first feature starts at 6 and the second begins at 8. We will be showing obscure movie clips and trailers during intermission.
Every Wednesday in October!!
Admission: Free

October 22: **John Carpenter Double Feature** They Live @ 6 pm, The Thing @ 8pm

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Day of Show: $25

Long the bards of downward mobility, Southern Culture on the Skids have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, good-natured, good-time take on the culture of the South. Recently described by Dwight Yoakam (in Filter) as "really on the outside, like Dick Dale meets Hank Thompson," SCOTS have mixed high and low culture for decades, endlessly touring, serving up moonshine martinis and poultry picking for fans everywhere.

Since 1983, when they formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, SCOTS have played their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop (the band describes their sound as "toe sucking geek rock - kinda weird, but it feels good when you're doing it"), all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. Assisted by his cohorts in chaos — drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff — Miller and crew have been prolific and ubiquitous for over twenty years.

 

Not much is known about these four mutated mosquitos; their lives were as normal as most mosquitos until that fateful day they landed on Three Mile Island.  "I knew the moment I tasted their blood that something was wrong--horribly wrong!," B Negative  was rumored to have said that  day.  We believe it was that day, that very day, that changed them forever; at least this is what scientists at MIT believe.  You see, since that day they've all had this strange desire to play surf music.  Before the accident they had never heard of surf!  We think something happened during the mutation, something so horrible that they all found a longing for surf music.  From what we understand they were warned about the consequences of surf...there is no market for it....it's not really music to most people.  They knew they were on a musical road to obscurity.  But there was nothing we could do; something, something beyond our power, had taken control of them, and they will forever be known as  the "Atomic Mosquitos."
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:00pm
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**Opera House Live's Halloween Bash**

WestByGod is a four-piece, "Appalachian Hard Rock" band residing high in the mountains of West Virginia. Since the band's inception in 2003 they have produced a varied and expansive catalog of music focused on subject matter ranging from good country living to important regional issues such as mountain top removal. With the release of two independently produced albums as well as high energy live shows, WestByGod has moved into the regional spotlight - performing with such notable acts as CKY and Karma to Burn.

Ruckus Revival is a blended musical soup that has been stewing in basements and garages for a little over three years, waiting for the right time to be served to the public. The hip hop inspired band leaves no musical spice out of their blended style and thrives to present to their audiences something fresh and entertaining.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 6:00pm
Free

Shepherdstown Opera House Live's Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon!
Five Wednesday horror double features on the big screen!
Each week promises something different from campy to spin-tingling. We are celebrating scary movies the whole month of October, join us every Wednesday for palm readings, popcorn, and of course-- plenty of blood and gore!
Doors will open at 5 The first feature starts at 6 and the second begins at 8. We will be showing obscure movie clips and trailers during intermission.
Every Wednesday in October!!
Admission: Free

October 29: **Zombie Double Feature** George Romero's Dawn of the Dead @ 6pm, Shaun of the Dead @ 8pm

 

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. What he created was a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the Eastern United States playing large venues and has opened for national acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone. His debut release “The Musical Stylings Of” became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta making him the most requested band on the air. His last release and video “State Hotel” landed them a full feature in Creative Loafing Atlanta. In 2012 Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film “Old Man Cabbage”. The following year, Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue. Blair Crimmins now continues touring this year to support his newest studio album entitled “Sing-a-longs”, a break through record which showcases a band who have polished their signature sound from years of touring.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9:00pm
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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. The band’s latest recording, 2011’s Black Cloud, was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. In 2012 the band performed in 21 states and 6 countries in Europe, and the band is hard at work on a new record (due for release Fall 2013), spending time in the studio between tours.

 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 9:00pm
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PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop driven music with anything under the sun.

 

​PitchBlak has performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge, 92YTribeca, Southpaw, The Shrine, Toronto's NXNE Music Festival, Savannah Stopover Festival, Vermont’s legendary Nectar’s, Albany’s Red Square, and took home first prize at the 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition. In addition to performing live, PitchBlak trains and mentors young musicians in community outreach programs and classrooms throughout the country.

 

PitchBlak released its debut album, You See Us, in fall 2013.

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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9:00pm
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Day of Show: $10

The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their early jazz and country repertoire paints America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.  Deeply rooted in their love for early swing, blues, and old time country, Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals, re-imagining American roots music with both power and tenderness.  Recognized as the region's "Best Traditional Folk Band" at the 2013 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons have positioned themselves squarely at the helm of the young roots music scene in DC and Baltimore, pioneering a new, fresh take on American music. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

 

 

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:00pm
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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.  It’s been an exciting year in 2012 for the Reckoning after playing 3 festivals and many spots all around the tri-state area.  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 we all love.

Members: Eric Avey- Vocals and Guitar, Kate Avey- Vocals, Eric Fuller- Vocals and Guitar, Eric Wagaman- Vocals and Keys, Jason Darr- Percussion, Jared Wenerd- Bass, Todd Hocherl- Drums