Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Grammy Nominee & Mountain Stage host Larry Groce and his wife Sandra Groce, violist with the West Virginia Symphony, have made a new studio recording called Live Forever (Produced by Don Dixon). It includes three of Larry’s original songs and eight covers, mostly songs connected to Mountain Stage over the years. This very well received recording is Groce’s first album in over two decades.

 

"This album demonstrates that [Larry] should not have stayed away so long. While the album consists of mostly covers of songs done by artists who appeared on the show

--such as Townes Van Zandt, Jesse Winchester, and Billy Joe Shaver--the originals are the treasures. Most notably, 'What Do You Think About (When You Think Of Love),' which was inspired by the great American writer Raymond Carver. In it, Groce becomes the Robert Altman of song...'When the Mist Clears Away'...captures West Virginia, in all its magnificence and obscurity, like few others.” - Amos Perrine-No Depression

 

Larry Groce is a singer, songwriter and one of the founders of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage*,distributed nationally by NPR to over 170 stations. He’s been host and artistic director of the show since its beginning in 1983. Larry has recorded twenty-four albums. “Live Forever”, recorded with his wife Sandra on viola and produced by Don Dixon (REM, The Red Clay Ramblers, James McMurtry), was released in 2016, Larry’s top ten novelty single “Junk Food Junkie” was Dr. Demento’s Song of the Year in 1976 and one his children’s recordings for Walt Disney records was Grammy nominated for “Children’s Record of the Year”. He’s been profiled in The New York Times, People Magazine and other national publications and performed on The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, American Bandstand, The Midnight Special, The Rich Little Show, Nashville Now, The Disney Channel, Doctor Demento and A Prairie Home Companion. Larry was born in Dallas where he went to high school with Michael Martin Murphy (“Wildfire”), Ray Wylie Hubbard (“Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers”) and the late B.W. Stevenson (“My Maria”). He lived in New York and Los Angeles before moving to West Virginia in 1972.

 

Sandra Groce was the principal violist for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and its Montclaire String Quartet from 1996 until 2010 when she stepped down to raise the couple’s two daughters. She continues to perform with the WVSO and other regional orchestras. Previously, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, the Spoleto Orchestra (South Carolina and Italy) and the Central City (Colorado) Opera Orchestra. Performing folk, country and pop music has been a recent development in her long musical career and one she has taken to with a passion.

 

Michael Lipton guitarist of the Mountain Stage Band and leader of West Virginia’s premier rhythm & blues group The Carpenter Ants Band will accompany Larry and Sandra Groce.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm

Tickets $12

 

Watch & listen to Larry Groce:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aY7dnvNsgE

 

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Tim Burton’s Big Films

 

6pm - Big Fish (2003) 

Big Fish is the enchanting story of a father and son, but it's really the story of stories themselves. It's about all   kinds of stories, from the first stories whispered by a father to a sleepy child to the stories a son tells his father to comfort him as he nears death. Facts are fine, but some truths can only be told by fiction, and this movie tells a captivating tale that is a delight for the eye, the heart, and the spirit.

 

8:15pm - Big Eyes (2014) 

Directed and produced by Tim Burton, BIG EYES is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane's art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. BIG EYES centers on Margaret's awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work. (C) Weinstein

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm 

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Big Fish trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3YVTgTl-F0

 

Watch the Big Eyes trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUtnYr7cVds

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Buddhagraph Spaceship is an American rock band from Blacksburg, Virginia with roots stretching from the old time to the far side and all foundations between. Creating a bridge between accoustic and electronic improvisation, they blend elements of Funk, Jam, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Americana, Progressive Rock, Reggae, and much more to achieve their eclectic sound. With a passion for creativity and the motivation to push boundaries, the band functions upon a musical paradigm for the further of artistic expression.

 

Buddhagraph Spaceship was created in the spring of 2014 and has since been an active influence on the Virginia music scene. The band consists of six members and a variety of instruments including: Zach Lutman on guitar and vocals, Jake Lutman on guitar, keys, mandolin and vocals, Patrick Gallagher on violin, Hector Padella on bass, Seth Wright on drums and Ndiame Gueye on percussion.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10

 

Watch & listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5-CgwSPm3Q

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

George Clooney and CIA Stories

 

6pm - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) 

Directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts,   Rutger Hauer, Richard Kind, Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris, (Sam Rockwell) was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. Written by Anonymous

 

8pm - Burn After Reading (2008) 

Directed by the Coen Brother with An all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich, come together in this outrageous spy comedy about murder, blackmail, sex addiction and physical fitness! When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo are intent on exploiting their find. But since blackmail is a trade better left for the experts, events soon spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control, resulting in a non-stop series of hilarious encounters! From the Academy Award-winning directors of No Country For Old Men and The Big Lebowski, comes this brilliantly clever and endlessly entertaining movie that critics are calling, "smart, funny, and original" (Ben Lyons, E!).

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund

 

Watch The Confessions of a Dangerous Mind trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xha4hZeXFtQ

 

Watch the Burn After Reading trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMWu6i7l5ec

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Our down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely our own. 

 

The musical influences and instrumentation of the band seamlessly combine tradition and modernity. Demian Lewis (guitar/vocals) and Waverly Milor (harmonica/vocals) are steeped in blues traditions of the American south. Conjuring the wails of Howlin’ Wolf, RL Burnside and Bukka White, they pen original compositions that harken to an old time blues show. Rooting the ensemble on upright and electric bass is Randy Ball whose unyielding pursuance of the groove has led him to study with luminaries Chuck Rainey and Victor Wooten. The rhythmic engine of the band is Jason Walker. His knowledge of musical traditions from Africa, its extension into the Caribbean, and their culmination in New Orleans in the American drum set, rumbles, growls and speaks in tongues through his cajon (box drum) based contraption set. 

 

With over two decades of honing our sound Hard Swimmin’ Fish shows are an infectious, danceable, roots music throwdown. Grab your dancing shoes and a partner. We’ll see you on the dance floor!

 

Shepherdstown’s own The Outpatients will open the show. They, (Rob Receveur, Jamie Daly & Steve Cifala), have been rockin for twenty years. Original & eclectic tunes make up the acoustic mayhem's repertoire.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10

 

Watch and listen to Hard Swimmin’ Fish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK_1GPoD9pA

 

For more on The Outpatients go to:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Outpatients-546733388691800/

 

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Featuring drummer Nasar Abadey, pianist Allyn Johnson, and bassist James King. They perform music from the threshold of Jazz to beyond space and time, while having an artistic license to express their compositions.

 

“Drawing influences from powerful drummers such as Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and Jack DeJohnette, Abadey knows how to swing hard, but not in a manner that’s bombastic and obtrusive.  Instead, he builds tension behind billowing solos, as on rolling “Brick by Brick” where he pushes Joe Ford’s darting soprano saxophone to the upper limits.” - John Murph, Jazz Times Magazine

 

“Abadey is not a background drummer. He is upfront and expressive, aggressively pounding out a wide array of propulsive rhythms that ignites his group SUPERNOVA into positive action.” - Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine

 

Nasar Abadey

Drummer and the founder, leader and driving force of his band SUPERNOVA. Though a bandleader for many years he has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups from his home base in Washington, DC; and he has performed and/or recorded with many artists throughout his career.  Inspired by Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and his cousin Frankie Dunlop (Thelonious Monk), he creates jazz music steeped in hard bop, modal, fusion, and avant-garde styles.  Nasar attended University of Buffalo, in NY; Howard University, and the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC.  Most recently SUPERNOVA® was selected by the US State Department and the Lincoln Center as Ambassadors to tour with the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road. This one month tour took them to five (5) countries in East Africa; Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique.  He is Professor of Jazz Percussion at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; teaches privately, and is a clinician as well.  His debut CD, Mirage was released on the Amosaya Record Label and a follow-up CD, Diamond In The Rough, was released on the DPC Music label in 2011.  Abadey has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Gary Bartz, Andrew White, Sonny Fortune, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra, Russell Malone, Malachi Thompson, and many other jazz greats. He has also appeared in various festivals in the USA and abroad.

 

James King

Bassist and composer, was born in Houston, Texas. James studied at Texas Southern University, Hampton University, and the University of the District of Colombia. He is a well-known bassist in the mid-Atlantic region, and performs in concerts and festival throughout the world. Mr. King has lived and worked in and around the Washington, D.C. area since 1977 and currently is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He has performed with Elvin Jones, Sonny Fortune, Stanley Turrentine, Gary Bartz, Marlena Shaw, Frank Morgan, Mulgrew Miller and Milt Jackson, just to name a few. King is a very gifted composer with a lyrical bass style. His debut CD is entitled “Allen’s Odyssey” and was released in 2009.

 

Allyn Johnson

Pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Washington, and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies and the UDC Jazz Band, for his alma mater, the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked with Andrew White, Frank Morgan, Sonny Fortune, Fat Head Newman, Bennie Golson, and Stanley Turrentine among others. His debut recording “Premonition” with the trio Three for All”, is a perfect environment to showcase his compositions. Mr. Johnson has also arranged, composed, and recorded “Divine Order” and “Grace Transforming Journey” with his band Divine Order. His style is lyrical, fiery and bright. He is a very talented and gifted pianist.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets: $12

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH1YS4_BhtE

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

September Sci-Fi

 

6pm - The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

(aka Farewell to the Master and Journey to the World) 

A 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe and Sam Jaffe. In The Day the Earth Stood Still, a humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful eight-foot tall robot, Gort, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race. In 1995 The Day the Earth Stood Still was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

 

8pm - K- Pax (2001)

K-PAX is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film based on Gene Brewer's 1995 novel of the same name, directed by Lain Softley, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack and Alfre Woodard. The film is about a psychiatric patient who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX. During his treatment, the patient demonstrates an outlook on life that ultimately proves inspirational for his fellow patients and especially for his psychiatrist.

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund

 

Watch the The Day the Earth Stood Still trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfpSXI8_UpY

 

Watch the K-Pax trailer:

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

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $25

Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.

 

Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously.  It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm

Tickets $25 in advance/$30 DOS

 

Watch & listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-16VK4dwuI

 

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 2:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $8

Screening I

 

Cut to the Chase Film Festival is excited to celebrate its fourth season, Friday- Sunday, September 16-18.

 

The founders of the festival Natoma Reed-Vargason and Bill Veldran goal is to produce an annual short film festival that encourages people to engage their artistic desire, to share their imagination, opinions and vision within the framework of the Cut to The Chase Film Festival guidelines. This year the films must be 8min, including title and credits, and must include the “Key Element”, Water

 

The founders further mission is to create a film festival that enhances and complements the existing programs within our community and to create an event that has the opportunity to support local charitable organizations.

 

The festival will award the filmmakers whose films “make the cut” through the panel up of judges. This year’s lineup include:

 

Linda Shea, owner of Shea Design: Architectural Design and Consultation Services. She has been involved in several award winning film projects in WV including American Genius, Making of the Mob and The Men Who Built America.

 

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron a filmmaker currently living in Maryland. He recently completed his MFA in Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology while working at VIVA Creative. Ray spends his days designing and animating graphics for Live.

 

The third judge is Jack Kelly owner of 78 Degrees West Films, an independent production company, and the founding director of the Morgan Arts Council's Digital Media Center for Community Engagement. Before retiring to Berkeley Springs, Jack worked for nearly 35 years in public broadcasting creating local, regional and national programming.

 

This year the audience will have the pleasure of viewing 13 short films. Movies will be screened from local, regional and nation filmmakers. The Official Selection of films to be showcased t this year’ include:

“The Existential Zombie” by Susan Liên Whigham
“Dead Pan” by Gracie May
“Far Away to Ambon” by Andrea Esty
“Water, Water Everywhere by Austin David Susman
“Rain” by Beth Burkhardt
“The Flint 65” by JJ McQueen
“The Murder Upstairs” by Jackson Heath
“Should I” by Keith Sarich
“State Inspection” by David SmithJustin Litton
“Gina’s Good Farm” by Jennifer Wong
“Ghost Boys” by Bruce Paul Gaber
“Danske’s Flower Friends” by Jim Surkamp
“White Ceiling” by Derek Thomas

The audience gets a chance to judge the festival’s films and a prize for “Fan Favorite” is awarded on September 18 after screening 11 which starts at 4pm.

 

Doors open at 1:30pm . films start 2pm . Tickets $8 

 

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Screening II

& Finals/Judging/Award Ceremonies

 

Cut to the Chase Film Festival is excited to celebrate its fourth season, Friday- Sunday, September 16-18.

 

The founders of the festival Natoma Reed-Vargason and Bill Veldran goal is to produce an annual short film festival that encourages people to engage their artistic desire, to share their imagination, opinions and vision within the framework of the Cut to The Chase Film Festival guidelines. This year the films must be 8min, including title and credits, and must include the “Key Element”, Water

 

The founders further mission is to create a film festival that enhances and complements the existing programs within our community and to create an event that has the opportunity to support local charitable organizations.

 

The festival will award the filmmakers whose films “make the cut” through the panel up of judges. This year’s lineup include:

 

Linda Shea, owner of Shea Design: Architectural Design and Consultation Services. She has been involved in several award winning film projects in WV including American Genius, Making of the Mob and The Men Who Built America.

 

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron a filmmaker currently living in Maryland. He recently completed his MFA in Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology while working at VIVA Creative. Ray spends his days designing and animating graphics for Live.

 

The third judge is Jack Kelly owner of 78 Degrees West Films, an independent production company, and the founding director of the Morgan Arts Council's Digital Media Center for Community Engagement. Before retiring to Berkeley Springs, Jack worked for nearly 35 years in public broadcasting creating local, regional and national programming.

 

This year the audience will have the pleasure of viewing 13 short films. Movies will be screened from local, regional and nation filmmakers. The Official Selection of films to be showcased t this year’ include:

 

“The Existential Zombie” by Susan Liên Whigham
“Dead Pan” by Gracie May
“Far Away to Ambon” by Andrea Esty
“Water, Water Everywhere by Austin David Susman
“Rain” by Beth Burkhardt
“The Flint 65” by JJ McQueen
“The Murder Upstairs” by Jackson Heath
“Should I” by Keith Sarich
“State Inspection” by David SmithJustin Litton
“Gina’s Good Farm” by Jennifer Wong
“Ghost Boys” by Bruce Paul Gaber
“Danske’s Flower Friends” by Jim Surkamp
“White Ceiling” by Derek Thomas

 

The audience gets a chance to judge the festival’s films and a prize for “Fan Favorite” is awarded on September 18 after screening 11 which starts at 4pm.

 

Doors open at 6:30pm . films start at 7pm . Tickets $10

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 1:00pm
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Rewind Sunday - Screening I

 

Cut to the Chase Film Festival is excited to celebrate its fourth season, Friday- Sunday, September 16-18.

 

The founders of the festival Natoma Reed-Vargason and Bill Veldran goal is to produce an annual short film festival that encourages people to engage their artistic desire, to share their imagination, opinions and vision within the framework of the Cut to The Chase Film Festival guidelines. This year the films must be 8min, including title and credits, and must include the “Key Element”, Water

 

The founders further mission is to create a film festival that enhances and complements the existing programs within our community and to create an event that has the opportunity to support local charitable organizations.

 

The festival will award the filmmakers whose films “make the cut” through the panel up of judges. This year’s lineup include:

 

Linda Shea, owner of Shea Design: Architectural Design and Consultation Services. She has been involved in several award winning film projects in WV including American Genius, Making of the Mob and The Men Who Built America.

 

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron a filmmaker currently living in Maryland. He recently completed his MFA in Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology while working at VIVA Creative. Ray spends his days designing and animating graphics for Live.

 

The third judge is Jack Kelly owner of 78 Degrees West Films, an independent production company, and the founding director of the Morgan Arts Council's Digital Media Center for Community Engagement. Before retiring to Berkeley Springs, Jack worked for nearly 35 years in public broadcasting creating local, regional and national programming.

 

This year the audience will have the pleasure of viewing 13 short films. Movies will be screened from local, regional and nation filmmakers. The Official Selection of films to be showcased t this year’ include:

“The Existential Zombie” by Susan Liên Whigham
“Dead Pan” by Gracie May
“Far Away to Ambon” by Andrea Esty
“Water, Water Everywhere by Austin David Susman
“Rain” by Beth Burkhardt
“The Flint 65” by JJ McQueen
“The Murder Upstairs” by Jackson Heath
“Should I” by Keith Sarich
“State Inspection” by David Smith/ Justin Litton
“Gina’s Good Farm” by Jennifer Wong
“Ghost Boys” by Bruce Paul Gaber
“Danske’s Flower Friends” by Jim Surkamp
“White Ceiling” by Derek Thomas

 

The audience gets a chance to judge the festival’s films and a prize for “Fan Favorite” is awarded on September 18 after screening 11 which starts at 4pm.

 

Doors 12:30pm . Films start 1pm . Tickets $8

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
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Rewind Sunday

Screening II and Fan Favorite Awarded 

 

Cut to the Chase Film Festival is excited to celebrate its fourth season, Friday- Sunday, September 16-18.

 

The founders of the festival Natoma Reed-Vargason and Bill Veldran goal is to produce an annual short film festival that encourages people to engage their artistic desire, to share their imagination, opinions and vision within the framework of the Cut to The Chase Film Festival guidelines. This year the films must be 8min, including title and credits, and must include the “Key Element”, Water

 

The founders further mission is to create a film festival that enhances and complements the existing programs within our community and to create an event that has the opportunity to support local charitable organizations.

 

The festival will award the filmmakers whose films “make the cut” through the panel up of judges. This year’s lineup include:

 

Linda Shea, owner of Shea Design: Architectural Design and Consultation Services. She has been involved in several award winning film projects in WV including American Genius, Making of the Mob and The Men Who Built America.

 

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron a filmmaker currently living in Maryland. He recently completed his MFA in Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology while working at VIVA Creative. Ray spends his days designing and animating graphics for Live.

 

The third judge is Jack Kelly owner of 78 Degrees West Films, an independent production company, and the founding director of the Morgan Arts Council's Digital Media Center for Community Engagement. Before retiring to Berkeley Springs, Jack worked for nearly 35 years in public broadcasting creating local, regional and national programming.

 

This year the audience will have the pleasure of viewing 13 short films. Movies will be screened from local, regional and nation filmmakers. The Official Selection of films to be showcased t this year’ include:

“The Existential Zombie” by Susan Liên Whigham
“Dead Pan” by Gracie May
“Far Away to Ambon” by Andrea Esty
“Water, Water Everywhere by Austin David Susman
“Rain” by Beth Burkhardt
“The Flint 65” by JJ McQueen
“The Murder Upstairs” by Jackson Heath
“Should I” by Keith Sarich
“State Inspection” by David Smith/ Justin Litton
“Gina’s Good Farm” by Jennifer Wong
“Ghost Boys” by Bruce Paul Gaber
“Danske’s Flower Friends” by Jim Surkamp
“White Ceiling” by Derek Thomas

 

The audience gets a chance to judge the festival’s films and a prize for “Fan Favorite” is awarded on September 18 after screening 11 which starts at 4pm.

 

Doors 3:30pm . Films start 4pm . Tickets $8

 

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Bovary & Bovery

 

Madame Bovary (2015) 

Directed by Sophie Barthes, desperate to escape the dullness of provincial life, a young married woman, (Mia Wasikowska), pursues forbidden fantasies through a series of indiscreet seductions and adulterous affairs. Based on 1859 Gustave Flaubert novel that transformed the Romantic era.

 

Gemma Bovery (2014) 

Martin, (Fabrice Luchini), an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert's heroes. Written by Posy Simmonds and directed by Anne Fontaine

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Madame Bovary Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La-clCmfWGo

 

Watch the Gemma Bovery Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg_Jm5jRHGw

 

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:00pm
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A Sam Rockwell Double Feature

 

Box of Moonlight (1996) 

Written and directed by Tom DiCillo, Al Fountain, (John Turturro), a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering takes him into the life of Kid, (Sam Rockwell), a free-spirited young man who helps Al escape from the routine of everyday life and find freedom to enjoy himself.

 

Choke (2008) 

Written by Chuck Palahniuk and directed by Clark Gregg a sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death. Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald and Brad William Henke won the Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival for Best Dramatic work by an ensemble cast

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch Box Full of Moonlight trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tof3iuaQHl0

 

Watch the Choke trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMZ3Mi1vT-w

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:00pm
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“Larry Keel, the Bluegrass Warrior, has kept the flame of mountain alive with intensity and clarity of singing and fiery guitar picking! Larry and Jenny both have big-ears and wide listening to open their music up to a growing young audience”  - Peter Rowan

 

“I love me some Keels. There is a certain genuine authenticity that Larry and Jenny possess.  When we get together, our wonder powers unite to form a giant, impenetrable sphere, of open minded, Appalachian psychedelic goodness in the blue grass style.  I'm honored to be a part of this record and allowed into the world of the Keels.”   - Keller Williams

 

“Larry Keel is a true original, be it traditional, progressive, improv- he does it all and with such joy. I love jamming with Keel. Enjoy the music, Larry does.”  - Sam Bush

 

Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He's also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it's a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone such as Tony Rice, Chris Thile, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass, Railroad Earth, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.

 

The Larry Keel Experience, features Jared Pool on Mandolin and Harmonies, penetrating vocals and exceptional song-writing contributions and Jenny Keel on upright bass, with impeccable timing, solid yet imaginative bass lines and vocal harmonies.

 

For Keel the musical mission is always clear: to let technical skill, honest emotion and fearlessness connect the playing and singing to audiences, to entertain and to thoroughly enjoy the experience of creating and sharing in music.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $20

 

Watch & llisten to The Larry Keel Experience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0PlauwMK_E

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00pm
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"As Americana shape-shifters, the Woodshedders deftly move between various styles of roots music. The five-piece string band first formed out of a weekly gypsy-jazz gig in Harpers Ferry, but on its third album, “Wildfire,” the group reveals a much broader range of influences.

-  Jedd Ferris, The Washington Post

 

"The Woodshedders, “The Americana Shapeshifters”, the house will be cooking with these guys! They bring together the diverse influences of American Country, Rhythm & Blues, Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Jazz. "These guys are good, know they’re good, and they take the kind of chances that will leave your flabber well and truly gasted when you’re not throwing down dance shapes like a backwoods preacher who’s got the Holy Spirit.”

- David Burke, R2 Rock N' Reel Magazinehttp://www.rock-n-reel.co.uk/

 

"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.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10

 

Watch and Listen to the Woodshedders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSNrjJj12EQ

 

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 9:00pm
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The Rumpke Mountain Boys exemplify what it is to be a Jamgrass band as they throw everything into their acoustic repertoire but the kitchen sink. The Cincinnati-based group can play a fired-up fiddle tune or they can put a new spin on Pink Floyd’s “Hey You.”  --Citybeat

 

The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time.

 

Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”

 

Like playing around a campfire, the Boys take turns calling the next tune, distilling shows from a sea of infinite notes created from years of jamming. Drawing upon a growing catalog of originals and and an ecclectic mix of covers, the Rumpke Mountain Boys blend music like a fine Irish whiskey-- the result affectionately dubbed Trashgrass. The Boys titled their 2012 album release with the same name, followed by their 2013 release, Moon, which was recorded at the famed Royal Studios in Memphis. The latest studio release, “High Time, Low Tide” is available mid-January.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm 

Tickets $10 in advance/$12 day of show

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MlYL0i_NUA

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 9:00pm
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“Freekbass is the new spiritual warrior for the Funk” - Bootsy Collins

 

“…Virtuoso is a word that should be used rarely. But when discussing someone that oozes talent and skill like Cincinnati’s Freekbass (born Chris Sherman), we feel comfortable applying the noun…” New Times Broward-Palm Beach (December 2014)

 

Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Freekbass was an only child who initially wanted to be a magician. Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and Midnight Star. While working in a music shop to pay off his first electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Bootsy with a bass in one hand, and an MPC2000 in the other.

 

Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch, and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs “Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) “, and TrueFire.com just released the instructional DVD/download “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know”. In 2010 Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics. In 2015 Freek released his next album, “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real”, which was produced by Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James/Ben Sollee) and includes P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson, horn man Skerik, and Trey Anastasio Band vocalist/trumpet Jennifer Hartswick . Also, he was a part of London Bass Guitar Show in the UK giving a master class and performing. Plus he will be doing extensive touring with his mainstay funk group, “Freekbass & The Bump Assembly” which also includes Big Bamn on drums and Dan Barger on saxophones and horns. He also signed with the esteemed label Ropeadope.

 

“Freekbass is still a magician because when he has a bass in his hands, magic happens. I have been drawn to his magic for years and I’m so grateful to shine a light onto all of his awesome.” - Taraleigh Weathers – Huffington Post Blogger  

 

The Bump Assembly include Freekbass on Bass/Vox, P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson on keys/synths and P-Funk’s Rico Lewis on Drums/Vox.

 

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10

 

Watch & listen to Freekbass and the Bump Assembly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqWLhKjYsCA

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Join us for our Halloween Party with The Christian Lopez Band.

 

Christian Lopez Band (CLB) is not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling. Lopez is turning traditional songwriting on its head. Lopez takes listeners on a heartfelt rampage through emotion, energy and excitement caring less about the hook than hooking them in with the range and passion in his voice. One moment the music traverses the depths of one’s interior life and the next it rips the listener into a frenzy - a call to stomp, romp and roll.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm 

Tickets $10 in advance/$12 DOS

 

Watch & listen to The Christian Lopez Band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXMAMzfl5KY

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Maryland's premier Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tribute band, recreate the Dead's feel and energy for fans of this great music! Founded in 2012, Better Off Dead is inspired to bring an exceptional energetic experience to the fans who are touched by this music as much as they 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." They are dedicated to pushing the envelop of improvisation and create unique and mind blowing shows. "Take our advice", and come ride on the Better Off Dead train!

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10