Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
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“Equal parts dry wit and dry martini.”


Washington, DC jazz sextet Chaise Lounge is a cadre of musical pros who formed for a one-day gig that has lasted 13 years…and counting. Composer and producer Charlie Barnett originally brought the group together as hired guns to record a film soundtrack. At that session, the chemistry was instant. The players’ shared interests in jazz, cinematic scoring, sixties pop, and vintage vinyl made for a joyous meeting of mod minds. A band was born. Seven albums later, Chaise Lounge has dazzled crowds at venues large and small, from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to the storied Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, California. Their one-of-a-kind sound—a mix of virtuoso jazz, singer/songwriter folk, and circa-1962 lounge—has made them one of the most popular live acts in the mid-Atlantic region and has shot their albums to top-20 rankings on the national CMJ jazz chart.


Listen to Marilyn Older’s luminous, inviting vocals for echoes of Anita O’Day and Peggy Lee. And listen, too, for wry lyrics that regularly inspire raucous audience sing-alongs as well as features on NPR. The players’ musical influences include Louis Prima, Sam Butera, and Sammy Davis Jr. Says renowned jazz writer Ken Borgers, “Chaise Lounge is a delicious, subtle, swinging ensemble that, to borrow a phrase from Duke Ellington, is beyond category.”


In concert, Chaise Lounge’s suits are vintage sharkskin and its performance is beguiling. Whether jamming in an intimate jazz club or fronting a full orchestra on one of their “Symphony Lounge” concert tours, the band displays serious chops with a decidedly lighthearted attitude. Members are Charlie Barnett on piano and guitar; Tommy Barrick on drums; Gary Gregg on sax, clarinet, and flute; Joe Jackson on trombone; Marilyn Older on vocals and piano; and Pete Ostle on bass. The band’s own tagline sums up its appeal: “Equal parts dry wit and dry martini.”


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $10


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Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:00pm
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"The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds."

The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle. The Woodshedders have played Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, PBS Song of the Mountains, WAMU’s Capital Americana, and are the host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest.


To open the night we have The Plate Scrapers out of Hagerstown, Maryland who describe themselves as “Hard Drivin Bluegrass Both New and Old”. Consisting of a four-piece string band they perform traditional bluegrass and old-time tunes, topped off with a helping of their own original material. The bands wide taste in music, ability to jam, and impeccable instrumentation, will keep you coming back for seconds!


Doors 8pm, Show at 9pm, Tickets $10


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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:00pm
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“Freekbass is the new spiritual warrior for the Funk” - Bootsy Collins


"Freekbass isn’t just another funk artist who regurgitates traditions. Despite growing up in the same Cincinnati/Dayton funk hotbed that produced James Brown’s pioneering King Records catalog and Bootsy Collins and the Ohio Players, he’s produced a 21st century style over the course of six releases that meshes traditional elements of funk with decidedly more modern soundscapes. “As much as I listen to Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, OutKast or George Clinton, I also listen to groove and feel groups such as Radiohead, Daft Punk, STS9 and DJ Shadow,” says Freekbass, whose current album, Junkyard Waltz, features guests like Mike Gordon, Buckethead, Bernie Worrell, Jen Durkin, and Gary “Mudbone” Cooper. “So, just like when P-Funk started and were influenced by groups like Zappa, Bowie, and The MC5, these groups of our era are what crawled into my funk.” Determined not to become a one-act show, he also plans to explore new dimensions of live electronica as a duo with turntablist Tobotius, contribute to the next Bootsy Collins record, release a third instructional DVD and develop a pilot for a children’s show."

Relix Magazine


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10


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Saturday, September 19, 2015 (All day)
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Join us for Cut To The Chase Film Festival on September 18–20 in Shepherdstown, WV. Kick off the weekend at their Premiere Party on Friday night at the Entler Hotel, Meet this year’s filmmakers, enjoy local food and drinks in the lovely garden at the historic Entler Hotel. Music for the evening will feature Kimbrey and JB from Israel Creek. All films will be screened at the Historic Shepherdstown Opera House, home of the first taking movies in WV. Owned and operated by the 2014 WV Filmmaker of the Year, Lawrence Cumbo. Join us for the first screening on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM.  Cast your vote for Fan Fave. Later that evening at 7:00 PM this year’s judges Catlin Renne Campbell, Sam Holdren and Katherine Burns will view the movies to determine Best Film for 2015. Audience members will have the opportunity to cast their vote for Fan Fave, which will be awarded on Sunday afternoon. There will be two additional screenings on Sunday at 2:00 and 4:00PM


Saturday 19th, 2015

Screening I - 2pm - Admission $8

Screening II - 7pm - Awards Ceremonies 

                      Wrap Party Admission $10


Sunday 20th, 2015 - Rewind Sunday

Screening I - 1pm - Admission $8

Screening II - 4pm - Fan Fave to be announced

                     Admission $8                      


For more information and tickets go to: C2CFILMFESTIVAL.COM

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 7:00pm
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“Musician, songwriter and professor”


The Living Well presents the documentary, Memoirs of a Hip ‘Ole Black Man followed by a short performance and Q&A by Vinx, the artist featured in the film.


“What can you do better than anyone else?” is a question that Vinx regularly asks his students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Whether out of shyness or their search for some lofty answer, they often fail to grasp that the ONLY thing each of us can do better than anyone else is to be OURSELVES.  And that is precisely what Vinx is most passionate about…

As a musician, songwriter, athlete and professor, VINX has fought to stay true to his vision for his art, his career and how he ultimately wants to be remembered…  and he says it is his unfailing commitment to that unique voice inside him that has made all the difference in the face of both tragedy and triumph.

After winning National Championships at Kansas State and recording the second longest triple jump in the world, Vinx was chosen for the 1980 Track and Field, US Olympic team, but the US boycott put an end to that dream and to those of so many amateur athletes at that time. 

After his athletic career, Vinx turned his focus to music and has built a career touring with some of the most iconic names in the business (Sting, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal, and many more) as well as recording and touring with his own bands and solo acts. The film Memoirs of a Hip 'Ole Black Man presents a view of Vinx's life and career as a lesson in perseverance, humility, hard work, focus and the importance of staying true to your own, unique path and your own, unique gifts.  It is an uplifting story and is perfect for audiences of all ages, interests and backgrounds.


The documentary was written, directed and edited by Ivar Iding (Visual Thought Productions, NL) and premiered in Amsterdam in April. 


Doors 6pm, Show 7pm



$15 for general public 

$10 for students with valid IDs.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
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The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim.  In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records.  NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar).  Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson's original songs.  By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group's permanent drummer.  Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert and drummer Spencer Dryden have passed away, co-founder John Dawson Passed away in 2009 due to ongoing health problems. His considerable talents will be missed but his songs and musical legacy will live on.  Before he passed he had given his blessing and was excited to know his music is being heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released its first CD in twenty years to rave reviews, Where I Come From (Woodstock Records).


Mountain Ride will open the night of great music. The band was forged in the Great Valley of south-central Pennsylvania, for the simple need to play bluegrass.  For these five friends, bluegrass is a necessity.  Hailing from the new generation of bluegrassers, they tend to bring a unique flair to the traditional, and a progressive twist to the original. Mountain Ride is composed of Eric Avey (guitar and vocals), Drew Jones (mandolin and vocals), Scott Matlock (fiddle and vocals), Corey Woodcock (banjo), and Kate Avey (bass and vocals). With years of experience under their straps and strings, they have found something new, something that can only be described as Mountain Ride.  


Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm


$30 in advance / $35 day of show


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Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Spreading the power of funk from coast to coast


If you missed Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band headlining Shepherdstown Street Fest this year, now is your chance! It turned out to be one of the biggest parties we’ve had at the Opera House.


Funk has a new spokes band, and that band is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure.


Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band formed in 2002 and went through a few incarnations before culminating into the dynamic ensemble it is today. Mary Frances “Mama Funk” creates a sultry platform for her keyboard and keytar playing with her powerhouse vocals. Laying down the bottom is Al Al “Sweet Nasty” Ingram on bass and vocals and Derrick “Dr Ock” Johnson on trombone. JP “Smoke Machine” Miller soars on guitar, and Lee “Insta Funk” Allen drives it all forward on drums. The five-piece funk rock outfit fuels their high-energy show with original compositions, triumphant horns, laid-back grooves and heavy backbeats.


             Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has rubbed elbows on stage with classic purveyors of the funk like Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins and have ventured into new territory with modern funksters The New Mastersounds and Orgone.


             Never abandoning the call of duty, Booty Band is spreading the gospel of funk throughout the country by playing an average of 150 shows per year. They have proven themselves to be a staple in the live music festival circuit by whipping fans into dancing frenzies at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot, Trinumeral and more. For years the Booty Band has been a mainstay at their hometown’s Bele Chere Festival, the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast that’s historically drawn over 350,000 attendees.


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

Tickets $10 in advance / $15 day of show


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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:00pm
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RHIN features local Ben Proudman, Tucker Riggleman, and Dominic Gianninoto playing their own blend of punk. Their album Bastard was released by Baltimore's Grimoire Records earlier this year and they are currently working on their follow up. They are sure to bring energy and passion to the stage.


"Our neighbors from the western land just over the mountains, Rhin blasts the doors open at the Golden Pony on Saturday with their driving, heavy brand of punk inspired stoner rock. If you’re not impressed by their capacity to build A LOT of sound with only three guys, let the breadth of their knowledge of all things heavy blow your brain away. All at once stoner doom, desert rock, American hardcore, and grime punk, Rhin keeps you on your toes with variations on volume, tone, and composition. These guys know what they’re doing and are definitely on the upswing of fame, so don’t miss out when they’re playing in our own backyard" Macrock


Doors 9pm, Show 10pm, Tickets $5

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:00pm
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It’s no exaggeration to say that The Cajun Country Revival is a supergroup of American Roots musicians. Leader Joel Savoy, the son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann, is best described as an instigator. He has been at the forefront of the Louisiana music revival of the last 20 years and as a result he has become a highly visible figure in the American roots music community. The founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a nine-time GRAMMY nominee, as well as a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award. He has worked and played with the best of the best in south Louisiana as well as folks like John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett.


Sharing the stage with Joel for the last 15 years is the legendary Cajun powerhouse, Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural pre-electricity home in Gueydan, LA, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, “crying” vocals. Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music and singing Cajun French songs for over 35 years. He is a winner of numerous CFMA awards: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.


Completing the group is the infamous Foghorn Stringband from Portland, Oregon, and together they present a music that seems to embody all of the things that make life wonderful. "[Foghorn Stringband} among the finest practitioners of American old-time music on the globe, a string band whose faithful renditions of songs from bygone decades are no less than living, breathing history." -Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets: $12 in advance/ $15 day of show


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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 9:00pm
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“Fierce roots rock that shakes up blues and classic rock with a dollop of punk spirit.”- Cool Cleveland (Nov 24, 2014)


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


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Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Join us on Saturday, October 31 for our annual Halloween costume party and Holy Ghost Tent Revival.


Have you seen Holy Ghost Tent Revival since they moved to Asheville, North Carolina? How about since their van broke down in the Canadian Rockies, leaving them trekking through a snowstorm across the border back into the States? Did you hear how their lead singer Stephen cut off part of his index finger? He's gotten pretty good at the trumpet lately and, having this bigger and better horn section (as well as background vocals reminiscent of the Motown Era), seems to have really filled out their new soulful sound.


Holy Ghost Tent Revival's exhilarating live show has uplifted audiences since the band formed in 2007. For the past eight years, they have been honing their unique sound, which NPR describes as that of a "soul-rock horn band that recalls 60s and 70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz."

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

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Friday, November 6, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Original Pennsyltucky Fried Sister Folk


Meet The Hello Strangers …

Haunting harmonies by sweet and lonesome sister duo meld with indie-twang, old-timey pulp, and the sounds of a midnight train.The Band includes: Spencer Pheil on lead guitar, Trent Renshaw on drums, and Tom Hoy on bass.



“Sibling outfits always stand out whenever it comes to harmony and synchronicity...The latest pairing to prove their mettle are Brechyn Chace and Larissa Chace Smith, a duo that calls themselves The Hello Strangers. Even if they hadn’t been sisters, they would still be worthy of praise; as demonstrated on their eponymous debut, they boast a classic sound and style that already finds them sounding like country royalty.”- Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

"Quickly, the chemistry of two soaring, sisterly voices became clear and moving...gorgeous vocal harmonies as well as tight, grooving instrumentation." - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10


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Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 9:00pm
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 Winners of 2014 Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival for Best Band, Best Mandolin Pickin’ and Best Flatpick Guitar Pickin’!


Colebrook Road is a five-piece string band that creates original music on banjo, mandolin, upright bass, guitar, dobro and fiddle. Be prepared to be wowed by this dynamic band’s driving sound, characterized by quick picking, tight harmonies and soaring solo work. Ninety percent of what Colebrook Road performs is original music composed by band members; the remainder of their repertoire includes skillfully reworked covers of tunes both in and out of the bluegrass genre.


The band is based in Harrisburg but performs all over the Mid-Atlantic region. Their unique sound comes from a solid understanding of bluegrass traditions gained through careful study of the genre and a mastery of music theory. As is true with many in this current generation of bluegrass musicians, they put a modern spin on the old sound through original songwriting and arrangement of three- and four-part vocal harmony. The result is an exciting, joyful sound to which audiences readily respond.


The group chose its name as a nod to the many streets and thoroughfares throughout Pennsylvania that are called “Colebrook Road” (including the one on which the band’s guitarist Jesse Eisenbise grew up). The band says bluegrass music is meant to draw people together, and that’s what the band name does. It could be anybody’s Colebrook Road.

Colebrook Road features Wade Yankey on mandolin, Mark Rast on banjo and dobro, Jeff Campbell on upright bass, and Jesse Eisenbise on guitar and lead vocals and Joseph McAnulty on fiddle who just took first place in the Fiddle Contest at the Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention on June 13th.


The three wins for Colebrook Road at the 2014, Watermelon Park Fest include:

Colebrook Road, 1st place winner of the Band Contest 

Wade Yankey, 1st place winner of the Mandolin Pickin’ Contest

Jesse Eisenbise, 2nd  place winner of the Flatpick Guitar Pickin’  contest


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $10


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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
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2 X GRAMMY winners and 12 X GRAMMY nominated!


"Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, they play music that's honest to the bone!"  Allen Toussaint.


For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.


Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY with L’amour Ou La Folie (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including twelve GRAMMY nominations, the latest being their 2009 release Alligator Purse. They are regular guests on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion, where Keillor has dubbed them as “the best Cajun band in the world,” and their music is so integral to the Cajun culture that they have been featured on the New Orleans–based hit HBO program Treme. (Look for an on-camera performance from the band this year during the final season of the show). Critics unanimously agree that it is “bon temps, every time they play,” (New York Times).


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm


$30 in advance / $35 day of show


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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar”.


After his years of playing alongside the aforementioned gamut of celebrity musicians, Vignola set out to start a rock band and originally auditioned Raniolo for electric bass. After performing together for a year or so, it became apparent that the young music student had his own fair share of bionic skill on the guitar, and Frank & Vinny was born


Vinny Raniolo says he met Frank when he was about 15. Frank generously gave Vinny one of his albums at the time. Both musician come from Long Island both and attended the Long Island High School for the Arts. Still in his 20s, Raniolo has already performed alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman.


Vignola and Raniolo have been touring together as a guitar duo for nearly five years, and have played hundreds of shows together.


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $15


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