Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:00pm
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             Shepherdstown, WV’s Tabasco Bustelo have been spreading their infectious blend of Americana and Folk music throughout the region since the band’s inception in early 2013. The band’s unique sound is owed as much to their surroundings as it is to the diverse musicians who create it. Songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Shannon Roberts set out to recruit a group of musicians to help realize the vision he had for a band. Matt Lewis and Daniel Tait, who play upright bass and drums, respectively, joined Roberts to form the initial lineup. Soon after their formation, mutli-instrumentalist Jacob Smith (piano, accordion, saxophone) was added to the group, bringing along his influences of World music and Gypsy Jazz. Rounding out the lineup was the addition of lead guitarist and banjoist, Kenny Bussey. The result is a blend of Swing, Rock-a-Billy, Folk, and Gypsy music, all delivered with a high energy and earnest performance. Currently in the studio recording their debut full-length record, the band aims to capture the passion and unpredictability of their raucous live shows. Tabasco Bustelo continue to evolve as a band, preserving timeless traditional music of the past, while infusing it with their own original material and touch.

             The 29ers will open the show. The band members include Matt Metz, Matt Kline, Martin Metz, Chris Chilcoat. Former/current members of The Fox Hunt, The Red Oranges, and Metz Brothers Band. Made up of acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and drum kit. Playing harmony-driven rock music reminiscent of rock/country bands from 1970s California.              

 

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

 

Watch and listen Tabasco Bustelo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK3DqVYTlM0

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Kickstarter Launch Party

for West Virginia Based Feature Film

 

Filmmaker Keely Kernan is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help finance a feature film, based in West Virginia, that documents the impact of the fossil fuel industries upon people and communities throughout the Mountain State. A launch party for the Kickstarter campaign will be held at the Opera House on May 7th. Opening reception will start at 7 pm. ​There will be live music, food and drinks.Starting at 7:30 pm the event will feature ​a screening of a series of short films about environmental topics, including the water crisis in West Virginia and the effects that coal and natural gas extraction has had on residents and the landscape of Appalachia. The extended trailer for the feature film, “In the Hills and Hollows,”​will also be screened. ​Speakers include filmmaker Keely Kernan, Elise Keaton from the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Autumn Long, a landowner in Harrison County, and additional guest speakers.“‘​In the Hills and Hollows’ ​is an intimate exploration of life in the midst of the natural gas boom in West Virginia and explores the often dire consequences of mono­economies based on fossil fuels.” 
 
Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm  
Event is free and open to the public 
 
Questions? E­mail KeelyKernan​
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9:00pm
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“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
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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

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:00pm
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On Friday, May 15 The Young Artist Series (YAS) hits the Opera House Live Stage with an explosion of talent. This YAS performance will feature original music from aspiring singer-songwriter Lucia Valentine. Lucia will be premièring four songs from her upcoming EP! A full-horn section led by former U.S. Army Band saxophonist Justin Eller and featuring trumpeter Ian Livingston and trombonist Ally Ward, members of the award winning Jefferson High School Bands, will blast out a number of R&B, Soul and Pop tunes. Past YAS members, bassist Ian King and trumpeter Jennifer Beibel, will be returning to the stage. Both have been busy racking up accolades on their own, Ian as a member of the WV Honor Jazz Band and WV Governor’s School of Arts Selectee, and Jenn as a member of the prestigious Army All-American Band. WV All State Band member, Josephine Valentine, will also be returning to the YAS family as a member of the YAS horn section. Joining Ian and guitar aficionado Don Oehser will be first time YAS participant Tighe Didden. Tighe will anchor this trio with his unique jazz drumming as he and Ian provide the backline for the talented Oehser. Aspiring vocalists Fiona Tracy and Mirella Vargas will each be bringing their rich voices as both backing and lead vocalists. And as always the YAS Pros are top notch. We are very happy to announce that joining the list of acclaimed professional musicians will be Jennifer & Scott Smith. Scott and Jen have led a long and successful career as recording artists Naked Blue. Scott is also a much sought after producer who works out of his studio The Wood & Stone Room.  Guitarist Don Oehser has played with bluesmen Catfish Hodge, J.B. Hutto, Phil Wiggins, Tom Principato, among others; jazzmen Brooks Tegler, Ron Holloway, Vince McCool, Ralph Gordon, among others; roots-rock icon Billy Hancock; boogie-woogie piano man Daryl Davis; Saxophonist and Band Leader, Justin Eller is a former member of the prestigious U.S. Army Band and performs regularly with his Quartet; Donnie Walton has played keyboards for a number of national touring acts including Tower of Power, Average White Band, The Beach Boys, The Johnny Neel Band as well as local artists Paul Pfau & Christian Lopez; and the Backline Bruthers, Jamie Leonard & Dominic Valentine, will be holding down the fort on drums and Bass.

 

 

Doors open at 8, Showtime 9pm

Tickets: General $10, Students $8

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 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. 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
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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. 

 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
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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

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, 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