Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
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On Saturday August 1st. Opera House Live will host an encore presentation of the Young Artists Series Spring performance. Back by popular demand the Young Artist Series returns to the stage to recreate and expand upon their original May 2015 spring show.

 

This encore performance will again feature original music from aspiring singer-songwriter Lucia Valentine. For this performance, Lucia will be debuting a new song not included in her recently released EP and played live for the first time! The YAS Horn Crew led by former U.S. Army Band saxophonist Justin Eller and featuring trumpeter Ian Livingston and trombonist Ally Ward, members of the award winning Jefferson High School Bands, will be adding several more tunes to their already blistering set.

 

YAS Horn Crew member Luigi Pagano will be stepping up to the mic to showcase his vocal abilities and returning YAS member and All State Band member Josephine Valentine will be rounding out the Horn Crew with her alto sax in hand. The Jazz Trio led by Don Oesher and featuring Ian King on Bass and Tighe Didden on drums will be showcasing their improvisational abilities. The dynamic backline of King and Didden will be joining us fresh from their several weeklong stint with the Governors School of the Arts program.

 

Mirella Vargas and Fiona Tracey will again be bringing their rich voices as both backing and lead vocalists. We are also excited to welcome two new performers to the YAS family. Professional keyboardist Sam Jannotta and University of Kentucky Music Education major and trombonist Bradley Myers will both be adding their skill and enthusiasm to this special expanded encore performance. Producer/Song Writer Scott Smith from Naked Blue and The Wood & Stone Room will be playing guitar and accompanied by the Backline Bruthers Jamie Leonard & Dominic Valentine. Join us for a night of great music from The Young Artist Series Encore Performance.

 

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets:

$5 for students and $8 for general public

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
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The Rhythm Bones Society is bringing their annual festival to Shepherdstown! Bonesfest XIX runs August 6th through 9th and draws some of the most exceptional rhythm bones players in the US and beyond. Join us here at the Opera House on Saturday, August 8th at 7 pm for a free concert that promises to showcase a wide range of talented bones players.

 

The Rhythm Bones Society is a non-profit educational society formed for the purpose of the continuation, promotion and improvement of the rhythm bones, one of the worlds oldest percussion instruments. 

 

Doors 6pm, Show 7pm

The concert is free but donations are appreciated

($5 suggested donation) 

 

For more information please visit:

http://www.rhythmbones.org/nextFest.html

 

Check out RBS members Sky Bartlett and Jessye Weinstein performing one of Jessye's original compositions in the Alamo at Bonesfest XV:

https://youtu.be/ZQ4GonHMNjw

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00pm
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What do you get when you take two sets of brothers, the broken remnants of an unheard Alt-Country band, and the skills of a veteran bassist? Is it countless cases of beer? Maybe it’s endless amounts of broken guitar strings, or perhaps more simply, it’s those late night practices in an empty wood shed knowing you have to drag your ass into work the next morning. Well, it’s all of those things. More importantly, it’s the perfect combination of those things. It's none other than a genuine love for music that has forged The Deer Run Drifters. With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.


Nearly four years ago after their recent musical venture had fallen through, Chris Link and Shane Edgell were left busking on the streets of Floyd, Virginia. The two had nothing more than a guitar and a banjo, a few old-time covers and a handful of originals penned by Link. All it took was a few passers-by to stop and lend an ear and the rest is history. From that day forward, what is now known as The Deer Run Drifters started taking form. The band is composed of Chris Link (guitar, vocals), Joe Link (mandolin), Shane Edgell (banjo), Sean Edgell (guitar, harmonica), and Will Norton (Bass). In May of 2012 on a goose-neck trailer stage, The Deer Run Drifters made their debut In Willis, Virginia, for the first ever Talford Rodeo. Fast forward to 2015, the band has over 200 shows beneath its belt, has traveled up and down the East Coast, has been in every dive bar Virginia has to offer and has successfully released their debut album, Appalachian Blues.

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $8

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr5mncFrw_8

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWIx9RaV_nY

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 12:00pm
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The Shepherdstown Opera House, in conjunction with Shepherdstown DogFest, will screen two canine films for kids on Sunday, August 16.

 

Come in get a cool beer or soda and some hot popcorn and enjoy the entertainment with your whole family!

 

At 12pm we will show 101 Dalmatians and at 2pm Fantastic Mr. Fox

 

Doors open at 11:30 am

Entrance is FREE!

 

Watch and listen:

101 Dalmatians: 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055254/

Fantastic Mr. Fox: 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0432283/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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

 

Watch & listen

www.reverbnation.com/rpk/video/302950

 

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.

 

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

 

Watch and listen: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPRGfMA8Lk0#t=24

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

 

Read about Freekbass in the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taraleigh-weathers/post_9331_b_7100436.htm...

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqWLhKjYsCA#t=11

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
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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).

 

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets:

$30 in advance / $35 day of show

 

Watch & listen:

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

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

 

Watch & listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGMqhA7iCm0

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} ...is 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

 

Watch and listen:

The Cajun Country Revival: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edQzol8ysXY

 

Foghorn Stringband: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4dqA_r65RI

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

 

Watch and listen: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7wLCEanM4I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IkahmzfDzc

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

 

Watch & listen:

http://www.holyghosttentrevival.com/video/

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.

 

Praise…

“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

 

Watch & listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brq4rKjMpa4 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6ihTuh9fkE&feature=youtu.be

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

 

Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYEkETNfs5E

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

Tickets:

$30 in advance / $35 day of show

 

Watch & listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBwRddleQJ7

 

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

 

Watch & listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cDLiXPo4jM