Rusty MONDAYS are back. Thank you to all the folks who came to our Information session; we recieved a lot of great feedback and new ideas. We will be showing one movie at 7pm (doors will open at 6:30). After the show, stick around to discuss your thoughts about the film with your fellow neighbors.
This Week's Patron Pick: Neither Wolf Nor Dog
A white author is sucked into a road trip through the heart on Native American Country by a Lakota elder and his best friend forcing the author into a deep understanding of contemporary native life.
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Award winning kings of the freak funk phenomenon, Dr. Slothclaw is an all out intergalactic, face-melting, tour de funk that has everyone talking in the east coast festival scene. With thunderous bass riffs, screaming guitars, pulsating drums and super-funky sing alongs, this freak-funk five piece bands genre’s and defies the laws of nature itself. Word has been spreading of their outrageous live shows, and they have won themselves a place as musical titans, with a never ending appetite for creatively pushing the envelope. To prove their point, they were awarded both “Indie Jam Band of the Year” (2012) and “Indie Funk Band of the Year” (2014) by the Tri-State Indie origination out of Philadelphia, PA, and have been featured at festivals big and small alike. Dr. Slothclaw has shared the stage with many amazing acts such as:
Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, Kung-Fu,The Heavy Pets, Mickey Heart Band, Yo Mommas Big Fat Booty Band, Particle, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ozric Tentacles, The Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Consider the Source, Dangermuffin, Rubble Bucket, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Recipe, Ekoostik Hookah and so many more great artists. Formed in 2006 out of York, PA, Dr. Slothclaw has been turning heads and shaking booties ever since. Keep your eyes open for the freak show and see for yourself what everyone is talking about.
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Grand Ole' Ditch is all about having some new fun with that old Appalachian sound. They began as a home-brewed bluegrass band out of the mountain town of Cumberland MD, deriving their name from an important piece of Western Maryland history: the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The Canal, nicknamed the Grand Old Ditch, carried coal from the Allegheny Mountains to the East Coast during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bluegrass told the story of the people of this era, and was an essential part of their culture.
Grand Ole' Ditch is now creating a presence of their own in the Mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene. Featuring the familiar bluegrass instruments we have all come to love, and a collaborative approach to original songwriting, the band has built a solid repertoire of music that is both steeped in tradition and refreshingly modern. Their critically acclaimed album work and lively performances have captured audiences of all ages. From one era to the next, it's music to your ears.
Since their formation in Fall of 2012, Grand Ole’ Ditch has now filled their calendar with numerous shows including appearances with Del McCoury, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The Seldom Scene, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, The Hackensaw Boys, Cabinet, and many more. They have appeared at many of the region's premier music festivals and venues, achieving several awards along the way. The band is currently touring full steam ahead, with new shows always around the bend.
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Doors open at 6:30, screening begins at 7:00PM, Free Admission.
A short drama about the West Virginia Heroin Epidemic loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Starring Jeffrey Marcum as Dr. Henry Jeffries, with Michael Pittell as Alex, and Temetrie Whaley Encarnacion as Dr. Stone. Film runs approximatley 15 Minutes.
Produced by Austin Susman Productions In association with the Shepherd University Department of Communications as Austin David Susman's Senior Capstone Project. Written, Edited and Directed by Austin David Susman, Production crew includes Jason McKahan, Breanna Gladden, Attalia Brown, Greg Havenner, Alex Ponton and Blair Cherelstein.
"Chelsea McBee's style of voice plays wonderfully into her roots-sounding mantra, all while maintaining her loyalty to a clear country music-bred background. Or, in other words, think about what it would be like if Norah Jones and Dolly Parton could have a daughter and that daughter just happened to grow up in West Virginia." - Colin McGuire, Frederick News Post
After having spent the majority of the last decade learning her craft and traveling across the country, McBee is back home in the panhandle and excited to get back to the Opera House Live stage. McBee pulls from all sorts of inspirations including singer/songwriters of the past and present as well as hot coffee, rye whiskey and late nights under the stars.
This go-round she is pleased to present some incredibly talented dudes. Jeremy Rogers rocks the bass, Steve Kemp lays it down on guitar, Matthew Metz jazzes it up on the mandolin and Doug Smith holds it down on drums. The evening wouldn't be complete without the chilling familial vocals that Melody Massimino and Teresa McBee add to each song. These will only be enhanced by the addition of Caleb McBee on vocals as well.
Feel free to check them out over at Facebook.com/chelseamcbeemusic
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Doors at 7:30pm
Outpatients @ 8pm
Dangermuffin @ 9pm
Charleston, SC’s Dangermuffin is proud to announce the release of their newest studio album Heritage on March 31st, 2017. Themes of sea, sun, and spiritual connection weave through the eight-track release combining a cohesive blend of Alt-Americana, Island grooves, Folk and Jam. In celebration of the band’s sixth release, Dangermuffin will tour throughout the spring and summer in support of the album.
On Heritage, Dangermuffin reach into their creative arsenal to craft an album showcasing the band’s signature coastal-influenced grooves melded with Americana sensibilities and Appalachian fingerpicking. The album’s lyrics contemplate the universal human connection to our ancestors, ancient traditions and symbols while yearning for humanity to get back to its roots. It is an audible showcase weaving introspective lyrics with catchy, nimble guitar riffs. Six of the eight songs were recorded acoustically adding to the album’s organic feel; and although Dangermuffin has performed as a trio for nearly a decade, the recent addition of their newest member Markus Helander of Finland on drums makes Heritage the band’s most progressive album to date. Fittingly, the album’s soaring vocals were recorded in Charleston’s historic Unitarian Church, a National Historic Landmark built in 1772.
The Outpatients have been rocking for over 25 years. They have played clubs & venues throughout the Tri-state area including the Shepherdstown Opera House. Original & eclectic tunes make up the acoustic mayhem's repertoire. Rob Receveur, Jamie Daly & hometown boy Steve Cifala.
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$17 in advance
$20 at the door
Distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable, Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people
One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America for since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people that is accessible, positive, and memorable. With roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and they are just simply fun to get out and celebrate life with.
“For the dizzying array of styles and genres with which they work, Donna The Buffalo maintain a surprising level of consistency… over the course of their 25-year career, they retain a sharp focus that has helped them create some truly lasting music…” writes Elmore. “Few groups are this comfortable as performers, and even fewer would take as many risks.”
Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It’s been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you’re playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it’s like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.”
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LITZ brings together a wide array of musical influences ranging from funk, jam, go-go, soul, electronica and just about everywhere inbetween to amalgamate a new sound for the ears of the world. Their sound strides to sonically transport its listeners to another planet free of the stress, struggles, and tribulations of modern day life through the use of funky horn riffs, wah-wah keys, pounding bass, driving/progressive rhythms and melt your face guitar.
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The Southern Belles are Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals) and Andrew Carper (bass/vocals). Playing a high-octane mix of funky southern psychedelic Rock & Roll, the Belles perform hundreds of shows and festivals each year. Their ability to instinctively communicate with one another was apparent right from the start, but as they've continued to play together this cultured ability has grown exponentially. The Southern Belles road-tested sound has earned them a devout following, with fans traveling far and wide to catch the show. With their new album "Close To Sunrise," released in July of 2015, the Southern Belles are picking up steam and gaining national notoriety for their original compositions and song craft. Their songs are both fun and moving, with lyrical stories evoking familiar emotions and complex musical journeys. Wherever the Southern Belles are, they are sure to bring the party with them.
The Southern Belles were formed in November of 2011 in Richmond, VA by Adrian Ciucci and Zach Hudgins. Early on Adrian and Zach added Raphael Katchnioff and Tommy Booker to their already eclectic sound. The Belles started playing monthly residencies in both their hometown of Richmond at Cary St. Cafe and The Camel, and in nearby Charlottesville, at Rapture. Right away it was clear that this band was different, and word began to spread. In 2012, they released their first album, "Sharp As A Knife," and took their show on the road. After several tours up and down the East Coast, the band was gaining national attention, getting picked up for festival both small and large. In early 2014, Zach stepped out as bass player for the Southern Belles, making way for the addition of Andrew Carper. Andrew breathed fresh life into an already dynamic sound, bringing his youthful energy to the group.
In early winter of 2015, the Southern Belles recorded their second album, "Close To Sunrise," at Sound of Music, the same studio they recorded "Sharp As A Knife," and again worked with Bryan Walthall as the producer of the record. Both albums have a similar feel, but it's clear on "Close To Sunrise" that the band is taking strides in their musical composition as well as lyrical content. With critical acclaim for the new record, the band was featured at large festivals in the summer of 2015, including both Lockn' and Floyd Fest.
The story of the Southern Belles continues to evolve. In January of 2016, the band underwent another lineup change, parting ways with Raphael Katchinoff and bringing on Aaron Zarrow on the drums. Aaron, formerly of Philadelphia based jazz-funk outfit The Royal Noise, adds a new degree of precision to the band. The Southern Belles continue to tour nation-wide and have big goals for 2016 and years to come. It's been an incredible adventure so far, and it will be exciting to see what the future holds for The Southern Belles.
Cosmic highways and scenic byways. Peace be the journey.
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$15 Day of Show
Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.
Produced by Larry Campbell–who has lent his talents to Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others–Charismo sees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all written by longtime Hackensaws David Sickmen and Ferd Moyse) are tinged with an attitude of scrappy resilience, spinning tales and metaphors of everyday, working class struggles and triumphs. With Campbell’s production, the Hackensaw’s somewhat casual, porch-front aesthetic is sharpened around the edges, focusing in on the simple beauty of their melodies and the earnestness in their delivery.
Transcendent of the parts that make up its whole, the record has a collective feel that reflects the band’s rambling history; the Hackensaws have been a home for dozens of musicians over the years, but have steadfastly endured through life’s many changes. With Charismo, the Boys don’t let down on providing their signature ever-present, feel-good energy. It’s the kind of intangible presence that reminds us of our connection to other people and to our history, to the idea that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves.
The name of the album is the same as the percussive instrument invented by Justin Neuhardt (who played with the band in its early days) that has been employed nightly since the band’s maiden tour 16 years ago. The charismo is made of recycled wood and scrap – tin cans, hubcaps, and so on – and is constantly broken down and re-assembled as the parts wear out and new ones are found. Much like the fluid, ever-changing nature of the instrument, Charismo shows us that Hackensaw Boys are always moving forward like a mighty wheel turning, continuing to spread the (not quite) bygone spirit of down-home music to old and new audiences alike
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