For years, “home” was a place The Ragbirds rarely visited. The band’s music — a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world — was as broad as their audience, which stretched from the group’s hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the shores of Osaka, Japan (where they scored a Number One pop hot with the song “Book of Matches”). Show by show, in venues ranging from rock clubs and performing arts centers to festivals encompassing everything from bluegrass to electronica, The Ragbirds developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music.
Written and recorded in the wake of the birth of co-founders Erin Zindle and Randall Moore’s first child, ‘The Threshold & The Hearth’ — the band’s fifth studio album, out March 25 on Rock Ridge Music – adds another dimension to the band’s catalog. It’s an album that explores the ways in which love and family relationships can weather the storms of life, year after year. An album that asks questions. An album that offers an answer, too: hope.
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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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Better Off Dead
We come at the music collected and lovingly reimagined by The Grateful Dead and The Jerry Garcia Band with the same sense of discovery, care, and exploration as our heroes. The songs we play—all music associated with the Dead or Garcia in one form or another—come from a beautiful American lineage: blues, country, jazz, rock, and soul. It is music that belongs to all of us, and that so many of us learned from Jerry and the band as they made it part of their unique, democratic language of rhythm, melody, and harmony.
Better Off Dead aspires to play the music anew, often with fidelity to the past but just as often with the daring to forge our own path. We feel privileged to connect to the wonderful community of fans who love the Dead, and this grand and enduring tradition, as much as we do.
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7pm Film Screening
Guest Speaker: Dr. Margraet Flowers
Admission is free
We've seen enough to know that insurance-based healthcare is not effective for keeping costs down and giving everyone access to needed medical care. Advocates are totally committed to changing the healthcare system, and polls indicate that the general public supports the idea of universal healthcare. So it should be a no-brainer, right? Well, no. Some of the obstacles are obvious. Big money. Fear of government. But there seems to be something more, like a fog that keeps people from moving forward together. What is so difficult about the idea of looking after each other? This film intends to expose the fog, and will leave viewers examining what it means to be an American and what it takes to step into action.
Featured in the film, Dr. Flowers, a pediatrician, left practice in 2007 to work full-time for improved Medicare for all. She served on the staff of Physicians for a National Health Program, is on the board of Healthcare-Now and Health Over Profit.
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AFTER FUNK is a fun filled, soul driven, power funk explosion. Hailed as "The grooviest band north of the border" (Live for Live Music), the Toronto based funk family has been blazing a trail through the music scene leaving only happy hearts and dancing feet in their wake. The combination of Yanick Allwood (keyboards& vocals), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Justin Bontje (bass), and Phil Tessis (guitar) results in an infectiously fun show, as well as virtuosity and beauty that will challenge your musical mind. After Funk's sound and hard work have not gone unnoticed either. They were selected as the Electric Forest's Instrumental Forester, which earned them two sets at the festival in 2014. The band has features alongside other familiar artists like Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu, The Nth Power and Walk Off the Earth.
Look out for After Funk's extensive fall tour, including dates at Great North Festival, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, and the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues festival in St. John's Newfoundland. The band has released 2 albums to help you prepare for the experience: 'Til The Sun Comes Up (2015) features Canadian hip-hop legend Choclair and earned over $10,000 in crowd funkding presales and their self-titled debut EP was mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. Both albums promise to have you rocking out and singing along to catchy melodies and funky grooves. But if you truly want to find out what comes after the funk, you'll just have to come experience it for yourself!
Gingerfunk Allstars and various savants have made appearances across Northern Virginia for more than two years, bringing a wide variety of hits and forgotten treasures to audiences young and less young, new and comfortably broken in. Original members Seth Penick (Percussion) and Mike Preston (Guitar/Vocals) have searched tirelessly for the missing link. Like musical archaeologists uncovering hidden jewels of rock n roll and funk paragons, they journeyed to the center of the musical earth to find lost wonders of good vibrations. Satisfied upon enrichment, Seth and Mike began hauling the rosetta stones of sonic fury back home. To complete their prodigal journey whilst carrying such heaviness, they needed essential parishioners from the Faith of Funk to bring forth the rediscovered beats, and to bestow said nuggets of knowledge upon the hungry masses. With frequent guests such as fantastic guitarists Sol Roots and Scott Wilbur, or vocalist David M. Body, the GFAS crew is set to reignite stale pool halls, sticky-floored watering holes, greasy dives, and boisterous clubs.
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An Evening of Burlesque and Variety
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 at OPERA HOUSE LIVE
Do enjoy a bygone era when variety shows were all the rage? Are you attracted to the high glamour of classic burlesque?
May 20, 2017, Baltimore’s Best and premiere burlesque troupe, Gilded Lily Burlesque, returns to Opera House LIVE with another production of all-star talent for a dazzling display of delicious burlesque and variety!
Witness the glitz, glamour and unquestionable skill of Limelight Cabaret starring:
Maria Bella (Baltimore)
Kittie Glitter (DC)
Mourna Handful (Baltimore)
Ruby Spruce (Baltimore)
Tempete La Coeur (Baltimore)
Valeria Voxx (Baltimore)
Cherie Nuit (Baltimore)
Opera House LIVE
131 W. German St.
Shepherdstown, WV, 25443
Tickets: $17 adv/$22 at the door
Tickets can be found at http://www.operahouselive.com/
Always challenging their collective internal status quo with fresh ideas and new perspectives, Sons of Pitches bring their own brand of improvisation to the stage for a thrilling live event. Their instrumental country jazz originals, and unique arrangements of standards affectionately called “Cowboy Jazz,” provide a musical landscape for staking their claim and pushing on to new frontiers. They swing, they rip, they dip, they dive, they fly…they melt hearts & faces.
It was backstage after New Year’s Eve 2015 performances at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA when (The Hello Strangers) band-mates, guitarist/songwriter Spencer Pheil and bassist Tommy Hoy, met Dave Hadley, pedal steel extraordinaire. That night, with a mutual yearning for a musical milieu where the sky was the limit and the emphasis was improvisation, the idea took shape to make a bold statement musically. Drummer Jim Aguzzi, who had performed in many ensembles with Pheil & Hoy, was the last piece of the puzzle, bringing a wealth of musical taste, chops, and clever puns.
Sons of Pitches hail from the Mason Dixon line on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border where Pheil owns a recording studio. The band is slated to release its first self-titled album in November 2016. Collectively, Sons of Pitches has thousands of shows under its belt. Although still in its nascent stages, the band has already received high praise for its live shows, varied set lists, and inspiring musicianship. Their goal is to create music for ordinary folks. Their brand of improvisation is meant to be visceral and tactile: music for the people. Sons of Pitches will be touring and recording extensively in 2017 and look forward to continuing their quest to unearth new musical ideas.
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$12 in Advance
$15 Day of Show
ROOTS OF CREATION Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam favorites like Gathering of The Vibes, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Fishbone, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation (RoC) offer up a high-energy, infectious experience. Recognized as a Top 20 artist on the Relix/Jamband radio chart, a festival staple, and an internationally touring powerhouse, RoC have been awarded “Favorite Jam Band” by Cider Magazine and “Best Band In New Hampshire” by the New England Music Awards. RoC mix their jam-reggae hybrid sound with homegrown roots, guitar-heavy rock, and lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and conscious laden lyrics.
Named after a Sublime song on the B-Side of the Badfish CD single, Roots of Creation is made up of founding members, guitarist/lead singer Brett Wilson, keyboardist Tal Pearson, and drummer Mike Chadinha. The trio came together at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire where they embraced the state motto, "Live Free or Die," in their music and message. Today the original trio is joined by newest members Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish) on trombone, rhythm guitar, keys and harmony vocals, Andrew Riordan on saxophone, synth and harmony vocals, and Nick Minicucci on bass guitar.
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Second Hand Reggae Band
The legendary Son House (1902-1988) was known to say “Blues is a feelin’”. Eli Cook’s music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock.
Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.
Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album “Miss Blues’ Child” on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release “ElectricHolyFireWater”. During this time he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's east coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadellic, Gary Clark JR, Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, “Static in the Blood", a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, “Ace Jack & King", a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.”
In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appici (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio) and Tinsley Ellis. The album was released in Spring 2014.
This band of D.C. music veterans combines melodic, soulful songwriting with unmatched skill and precision. Their live shows that are nothing short of explosive. Their 10-song LP, The Squids, is coming next month and is very, very highly anticipated. You should make space on your playlist now, because we have a feeling of Tomorrow’s record is going to be the soundtrack to your Fall 2016.
If you like Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, Radiohead, Snarky Puppy, or high-caliber genre bending artists in general, you will love of Tomorrow and should seriously put these DC residency dates on your show calendar. For starters, the band’s band’s bass player, Nick Söderström, is insanely good. He’s pretty much a bass prodigy. You need to see it to believe it. One of the tracks on the album, Basslove, features dueling solos between Nick and special guest John Ferrara of Consider the Source – LMD was able to preview the track, and the amount of bass facemeltage is mind-boggling.
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Ladies!! Mark your calendars & tell your friend’s you have a date with the #1 Girls Night Out Show in the
Country! Girls Night Out The Show has quickly become the hottest ticket for Ladies Entertainment on
the road today! Our legendary touring troupe is known for their fully choreographed performances and
elaborate costumes. On Stage for the Biggest, Most Exciting Ladies Night Event of the Year!
This Exhilarating Show revisits Classic Fantasies, steamy exotic temptations and features some of the
most physically perfect male dancers that artistically capture a wide range of female desires, delighting
audiences with a series of disarmingly sexy, yet tasteful, dance numbers and exciting routines with one
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GIRLS NIGHT OUT IS A MUST SEE SHOW!
Ladies get ready for a night you will NOT forget, Girls Night Out The Show is the Perfect way to start your
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General Admission is only $20 and a Limited Amount of VIP Packages are offered at $60 each!
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Since forming in the Rustbelt of Cleveland, OH in 2010, Broccoli Samurai has been taking the club and festival scene by storm. The band's synth-laden, drum and bass influenced, progressive electronica has been thrilling audiences throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast markets, winning them a massive and fiercely loyal fanbase. Eager fans pack dance floors and late-night festival sets with smiles across their faces, waiting to get lost in the band's ambient soundscapes, anticipating every bass drop that will force them to move with reckless abandon. Broccoli Samurai's line-up includes founding member Ryan "Bruce" Hodson on keys and synth, and Cameron Bickley on drums and percussion. Accomplished bassist Zach Wolfe anchors the rhythm section, while guitarist Michael Vincent weaves in and out, exploring new sonic territory.
The band has played countless festivals such as Peach Music Festival, Electric Forest, Catskill Chill Music Festival, Aura Music and Art Festival, The Werk Out, BIG What?!, Domefest, Paradise Music and Art Festival, Rootwire, The Mad Tea Party Jam, The Ville, SummerDance, Disc Jam, Night Lights Fall Music Festival, The Gathering At Chaffee's, Utica Music and Art Festival, and Hyperion Fest. Broccoli Samurai has directly supported and toured with many known bands including Dopapod, Papadosio, Lotus, Conspirator, The Werks, Ozric Tentacles, BoomBOX, Big Gigantic, Rusted Root, O.A.R., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, and BIG Something. Broccoli Samurai's extensive tour schedule has them playing high profile venues and major cities regularly, and the band will be increasing the number of performances and expanding their reach into the West Coast and Southern markets in 2015. This band is making big moves and the time to take notice is now.
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