Friday, September 8, 2017 - 9:00pm
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Born on the streets of Asheville, NC, Empire Strikes Brass has been exciting fans around the world with their unique and dynamic approach. Since their formation in 2013, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from around the globe. Arrangement and the writing process is a collaborative band effort, taking multiple genres of music and weaving them together through the horn section. The diversity present is what makes ESB unique. There are definite nods to Old School Funk, Ska, Southern Rock, Alt Country, Hip Hop, Boogaloo and New Orleans Jazz. Expect face melting guitar solos, soul shaking synthesizer solos, lush vocal harmonies, powerful moving drums, thick nasty bass, hypnotically rhythmic keys and wall to wall horn power. Very few brass bands are able to fuse so many styles and array of technique into their work, but Empire Strikes Brass makes it happen again and again.

ESB is thrilled to announce the release of its debut album, Theme For A Celebration, dropping Friday, February 3, 2017. The album “celebrates” the band’s love for brass instrumentation while drawing inspiration from different musical styles and influences. Throughout the band’s evolution, Empire Strikes Brass has developed its own unique sound that evolved from a traditional New Orleans Brass band to a ‘BrassFunkRock’ band with no limitations. They can share a world of high energy music in one setting that is packed full of flavor. In 2016 they played multiple festivals, had the pleasure of having Warren Haynes sit in with them at New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, celebrated the life of Dizzy Gillespie for the fourth year in a row in his hometown of Cheraw, SC, for the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival, co-billed with Dr. John & Lettuce and even paraded hundreds of folks to a secret stage late night at the Big What? Festival. Empire Strikes Brass is now primed to take things to the next level on the national and international scenes with their eclectically evolved sound.

 

Watch and Listen:

https://youtu.be/r8opVw93hv8

https://youtu.be/RiEmM5XIZFs

 

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:00pm
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Hard Swimmin' Fish is a blues quartet that has been making music together for over fifteen years. The band plays a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago, and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans' second line. This versatility allows Hard Swimmin' Fish to offer either acoustic or electric performances and play any venue.

The juxtaposition of old and new is also evident in both the band members and their play-list. The playing and singing of guitarist/vocalist Demian Lewis is deeply rooted in traditional styles and is powered by the sophisticated rhythms of drummer Jason Walker, and the virtuosity of bassist Randy Ball. Together they churn out a vibrant combination of originals, rearranged traditional material, and recognizable standards.

 

Watch and Listen:

https://youtu.be/NodcjTRs1Hk

https://youtu.be/3JVzlrx-09U

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 2:00pm
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With over 30 years combined experience in the arts and entertainment business, Natoma Reed-Vargason and Bill Veldran have been searching for a creative outlet to utilize that expertise in event planning and management. Having worked with a diverse clientele to create a world class event, they would like to bring that experience to our unique town. Working on a variety of established events led them to the desire to create a film festival that would enhance and complement existing programs within our community; including the opportunity to support charitable organizations.

 

Saturday – September 16, 2017
Historic Shepherdstown Opera House
Screening I: 2:00 PM – Tickets $8.00 each 
Screening II: Finals/Judging/Award Ceremonies 7:00 PM

Tickets $10 each 

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 2:00pm
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With over 30 years combined experience in the arts and entertainment business, Natoma Reed-Vargason and Bill Veldran have been searching for a creative outlet to utilize that expertise in event planning and management. Having worked with a diverse clientele to create a world class event, they would like to bring that experience to our unique town. Working on a variety of established events led them to the desire to create a film festival that would enhance and complement existing programs within our community; including the opportunity to support charitable organizations.

Sunday – September 17, 2017
Historic Shepherdstown Opera House
Rewind Sunday
Screening I 1:00 PM – Tickets $8.00 each 
Screening II 4:00 PM – Tickets $8.00 each Fan Favorite Awarded 

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 12:00pm
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The Opera House Preservation Fund will be hosting an all day Music Marathon Fundraiser to help preserve and maintain Shepherdstown's historic entertainment venue. 

We will be releasing more details and the full line up in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and mark your calendars.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 9:00pm
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$10 in Advance

$12 at the Door

 

The Woodshedders are an Indie Roots Rock band boasting four all-original studio albums and performances at hundreds of festivals and shows. The band consists of Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on bass, Jesse Shultazaberger on drums, Jacob Smith on Saxophone and Keys, and Fiddlin' Dave Van Deventer on Fiddle. The Woodshedders bring lyricism and musicality to fun, danceable shows that swerve through Honky-Tonk, Gypsy, Appalachian, and Vintage Rock n' Roll, often in the same song.


They have shared this unique musical alchemy at venues near and far, including Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Deep Roots Mountain Revival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, PBS Song of the Mountains, The U.S. State Department's Fourth of July Picnic, Opera House LIVE!, The Hamilton, Confluence Festival, The State Theatre, The Hippodrome, WAMU’s Capital Americana, The Jefferson Theatre, and their monthly residency at Hill Country BBQ in D.C. They are the also the host band of Virginia’s celebrated Watermelon Park Fest.

 

Watch and Listen:

https://youtu.be/0CebUFUxLnU

https://youtu.be/AvMqxyATd_M

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 9:00pm
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Of Tomorrow

Genre-melding and blending, breaking and remaking, the Washington, D.C. funk / rock / reggae / samba / hip-hop / soul supergroup Of Tomorrow derives its fiery sound straight from the future. 

Blowing up at dozens of major festivals and venues this summer - including DC's 9:30 Club, The Mad Tea Party Jam, Doah Fest, The BIG What?, and more - this is a band on the rise, and one you absolutely must not miss.

Full-time founders Jon Modell (drums), Geoff Browning (guitar, vocals), and Nicholas Söderström (bass) curate a rotating "who's who" of DC guest stars, breathing new life and energy into the thoughtful, melodic, strong song structures of Tomorrow with every show.

of Tomorrow has built a strong following and reputation in the mid-Atlantic for their power, precision, and fire. Come out and see why!



Watch and Listen:
 

https://www.facebook.com/bandoftomorrow/videos/1820844461516746/

https://www.facebook.com/bandoftomorrow/videos/1838893339711858/

 

 

AZTEC SUN

Since it’s inception in late 2012, Washington DC-based band AZTEC SUN has hypnotized the ears and feet of the District’s live music aficionados. No matter the scale of the venue, this ensemble maintains an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70's Funk and Soul, Jazz, Afro-funk and Motown-era pop. Their infectious songwriting and energetic live performances have yielded rewards for the group - such as being named Best Local Original Band by the Washington City Paper and sharing the stage with international and national touring acts such as two-time Grammy Award winning keyboardist Shaun Martin (from Snarky Puppy), Burning Spear, The Suffers, Pimps of Joytime, Naughty Professor, Alanna Royale, and Major and the Monbacks. 

AZTEC SUN marked the end of a fantastic 2016 year with the release of their debut studio EP, Set You Free. The self-produced and live-tracked project is both a preview of a full-length album planned for 2018 and an example of the band’s incessant desire to challenge its own rhythmic and melodic versatility. With an EP under their belt, an ever-growing fan base and a passion for spreading feel-good music, AZTEC SUN will seek new audiences to entertain and opportunities to push their brand of “Funk with Soul” in the new year.

 

Watch and Listen:

https://youtu.be/7tQ1Fb0BEDQ

https://youtu.be/XP3lfm3JYu0

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00pm
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Founded in 2012, Our band is inspired to bring an exceptional energetic experience to those fans who are touched by this music as much as we are. "The connection between the band members themselves as well as their fans is as undeniable as is their talent and dedication to the music that they play." We are dedicated to pushing the envelop of improvisation and create unique and mind blowing shows for our fans. "Take our advice", and come ride on the Better Off Dead train!

 

Watch and Listen:

https://youtu.be/p5rsKffjW3c

https://youtu.be/mXZbgQFwgN4

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 9:00pm
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Baltimore’s Fractal Cat writes and performs music influenced by the classic decades of rock ‘n’ roll, from Buddy Holly to Smokey Robinson to Syd Barrett. As a seven-piece cosmic rock ‘n’ roll band with horns and strings, or as an acoustic trio, the band combines multipart harmonies with lyrical themes combining social commentary and mysticism. The song “Tryptide,” from the album Lovingkind, was named by WTMD Radio’s Sam Sessa as one of the top 14 Baltimore songs of 2014. Fractal Cat recently completed its third album of all-original material. The Tower drops in early 2017.   

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https://youtu.be/TqaDv-cX1Y4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SoulXchange

 

 

SoulXchange is comprised of four musicians with an extensive background in multiple genres of music. All with an intense passion for spreading positivity through music. Neil and Evan Durr (guitar/ bass) grew up in a musical household and from an early age dedicated themselves to their craft. Andrew Kuhens (guitar)also dedicated himself to music from an early age, working his way to Berklee College of music. With the addition of Joe Benny (drums) , the band completes it's line up with a passionate musician with experience in musical engineering and touring with his project Secret Panda Society . These four members come together with common goals in mind. To entertain and excite people everywhere and to invoke a feeling of love and togetherness through the art of music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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https://youtu.be/fR0Lob0fELY

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/Soulxchangemusic/videos/909765505804927/