music + entertainment since 1910
The Opera House in Shepherdstown is one of the oldest active theaters in America -- our stage curtains first opened in 1910 to present vaudeville performances and silent films. We continue this tradition in 2018, programming an eclectic mix of live music, film, and performance acts.
Our theater is an intimate and friendly venue updated for the twenty-first century to provide an amazing experience for artists and audience alike.
The Opera House welcomes guests of all ages.
(100% ID check for bar service)
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APR 27 / 9PM
MAD TEA PARTY PRE-PARTY - LITZ W/ OF TOMORROW
LITZ brings together a wide array of musical influences ranging from funk, jam, go-go, soul, electronica and just about everywhere inbetween to amalgamate a new sound for the ears of the world. Their sound strides to sonically transport it's listeners to another planet free of the stress, struggles, and tribulations of modern day life through the use of funky horn riffs, wah-wah keys, pounding bass, driving/progressive rhythms and melt your face guitar. Of Tomorrow will be sharing the stage!
$12 / Advanced, $15 / Doors.
MAY 19 / 9PM BLACK MASALA
Brassy Washington DC-based multicultural outfit, Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. You can hear this sound all over the world now – from New Orleans (Hot 8) to Belgrade (Boban & Marko Markovic), Paris (Fanfarai) to Cotonou (Gangbe Brass Band), and right here on the east coast area as well (Red Baraat & No BS! Brass). A major party alert for this band – Black Masala puts on an amazing, high-energy live show!
JUN 1 / 9PM BUMPIN' UGLIES W/ SECONDHAND
For nearly a decade now, Bumpin Uglies have been playing their brand of groove-heavy jams – a curiously fun mix of ska, Reggae and good ole’ punk rock – all while putting strong lyrics at the forefront of the music. It’s a formula that quickly took them from local favorites, playing around Annapolis, to a national stage. With a wildly infectious sound, tattoo-worthy lyrics and an itch to take their music to the masses, the band piled into the van years ago and have rarely seen home since.
Secondhand is a reggae/rock band from Western Maryland. Formed in early 2010, the group consists of founding member Dan Morgan on guitar and lead vocals, Rob Adair on lead guitar and crazy effects to add atmosphere and ambience to the mix, Brandon Jimenez who keeps it thumping on the bass, Tommy Frederick on percussion, vocals and other odd sounds, and John Long killin' it on the drums. Although Secondhand combines many styles, no one can deny their true love of reggae music. It is the heart and soul of what they do.
Our first time at the Opera House and we will definitely be back. The sound was amazing - we saw The Larry Keel Experience and if it's possible for ears to smile-it happened last night. I'm pretty sure it happens all the time there. - M.S. 2017
Great little historic venue! I was visiting the area from Southern NJ and caught the Grateful Dead tribute Better Off Dead. Wow! Fantastic night of music! Staff was friendly and sound was great. Nice dance floor to shake your bones as well. - J.H. 2016
I absolutely love it here! Without a doubt the FRIENDLIEST staff around! Whether you want to bring the kids along or leave them at home, this is a great place for all ages. Plenty of floor space to dance as well as ample seating if you need to kick off your dancing shoes. We come here every chance we get. If you haven't checked this place out you need to! I cannot express how awesome this place is. If I could give them a million stars I would! - T.C. 2017
Great, cozy, intimate venue with a terrific sound system and great variety of artists. Reasonable ticket prices and has a dancing area for those who want to get up and move to the music. - C.L. 2017
Probably my favorite small venue to see live music. A sweet little theater in a sweet little town with very good Thai food right across the street. I love the Opera House. - T.W. 2017
Best venue in Shepherdstown. Occasional films & special screenings on the big screen, but the music lineup is really where it's at for this space. From big national acts to the best regional bands, the Opera House is an historic gem and a unique venue for experiencing a live music show. - S.H. 2017
RENT THE HISTORIC SHEPHERDSTOWN OPERA HOUSE FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS! We bring a truly dynamic and unique venue to the table. Perfect for:
PRIVATE FILM SCREENINGS / Q+A
In early 2011 we completed a massive light, sound and visual upgrade including a Presonus StudioLive 24 channel digital mixing board with a DBX spectrum analyzed room EQ. Supporting this we've got a stack of mains and a set of bass bins that can forcibly remove socks from your fans. The room can also be leveraged as a recording studio and a digital visual platform for just about anything. The green room has a full bathroom with shower, wardrobe, large outdoor balcony, and rooms with accommodation capabilities.
Front of House
PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixer including full dynamics(gate, compressor, limiter, expander, and parametric eq) on every channel
Graphic EQ on All Monitor Mixes
DBX Drive Rack PA+ Loudspeaker Management System
Four 18" speakers
Four 15" speakers
QSC 2450 and QSC 850 Power Amps
Two JBL Eons in back of House for supplementary fill
Six JBL Eon G2 monitor wedges
Four Separate Monitor Mixes
Shure Beta Series and Original Series Microphones
Other Microphones include Sennheiser Condensers, AKG, Audio Technica
1910 Schumann Full Upright Piano
Historic Shepherdstown is a charming and lively hub of arts, crafts, music, theater, and outdoor recreation in the northern Shenandoah Valley. The town, located in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, a short drive from both Baltimore and Washington DC, has a wide variety of dining and lodging options to welcome guests year-round (visit the Shepherdstown Visitor Center website for a complete calendar and guide).