May at Opera House Live


Friday, May 1, 2015


with the  THE 29ERS

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm,

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Shepherdstown, WV’s Tabasco Bustelo have been spreading their infectious blend of Americana and Folk music throughout the region since the band’s inception in early 2013. The band’s unique sound is owed as much to their surroundings as it is to the diverse musicians who create it. Songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Shannon Roberts set out to recruit a group of musicians to help realize the vision he had for a band. Matt Lewis and Daniel Tait, who play upright bass and drums, respectively, joined Roberts to form the initial lineup. Soon after their formation, mutli-instrumentalist Jacob Smith (piano, accordion, saxophone) was added to the group, bringing along his influences of World music and Gypsy Jazz. Rounding out the lineup was the addition of lead guitarist and banjoist, Kenny Bussey. The result is a blend of Swing, Rock-a-Billy, Folk, and Gypsy music, all delivered with a high energy and earnest performance. Currently in the studio recording their debut full-length record, the band aims to capture the passion and unpredictability of their raucous live shows. Tabasco Bustelo continue to evolve as a band, preserving timeless traditional music of the past, while infusing it with their own original material and touch.

The 29ers will open the show. The band members include Matt Metz, Matt Kline, Martin Metz, Chris Chilcoat. Former/current members of The Fox Hunt, The Red Oranges, and Metz Brothers Band. Made up of acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and drum kit. Playing harmony-driven rock music reminiscent of rock/country bands from 1970s California.


Thursday, May 7, 2015



Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm

Event is free and open to the public


Kickstarter Launch Party for West Virginia Based Feature Film


Filmmaker Keely Kernan is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help finance a feature film, based in West Virginia, that documents the impact of the fossil fuel industries upon people and communities throughout the Mountain State. A launch party for the Kickstarter campaign will be held at the Opera House on May 7th. Opening reception will start at 7 pm. There will be live music, food and drinks.Starting at 7:30 pm the event will feature a screening of a series of short films about environmental topics, including the water crisis in West Virginia and the effects that coal and natural gas extraction has had on residents and the landscape of Appalachia. The extended trailer for the feature film, “In the Hills and Hollows,” will also be screened. Speakers include filmmaker Keely Kernan, Elise Keaton from the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Autumn Long, a landowner in Harrison County, and additional guest speakers.“‘ In the Hills and Hollows’ is an intimate exploration of life in the midst of the natural gas boom in West Virginia and explores the often dire consequences of mono­economies based on fossil fuels.”

Questions? E­mail KeelyKernan: or 


Friday, May 8, 2015


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10, Buy Tickets Now

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“Down home rock and roll” out of Appalachia, Virginia.


Where many enthusiasts of string-band music play with the period-correct discipline of Civil War re-creationists, this humble quartet offers a refreshing take on Appalachian folk and classic Americana. If Birds Could Fly is uniquely a bird of a different feather. This Southwest VA quartet blends many genres to achieve their simplistic yet unmistakable sound. From Folk to Indie, there is something in their music that everyone can enjoy. From the soothing guitar melodies to the vocal chills, this act promises to deliver a sound truly from their heart to those willing to listen.


Saturday, May 9, 2015


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm,

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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.


Saturday, May 16, 2015


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm,

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10

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The Reckoning is a seven piece acoustic ensemble of seasoned musicians from all points of the tri-state area, creating acoustic music inspired by The Grateful Dead album, “Reckoning”.  These shows truly create an acoustic Grateful Dead experience. The band is firing on all cylinders after a great start in 2013. Selling out their first theatre performance, gaining lots of new fans and being mentioned on the David Gans radio show “The Golden Road” on Sirius Radio. The shows are becoming a community of friends and strangers enjoying the music they all love.


Sunday, May 17, 2015


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm


$12 in advance/ $15 day of show

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Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe.

Something unique to this “blues” project is the instrumentation. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at blues festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sighisoara, Romania, Sierre, Switzerland, Kemi, Finland, and 2012’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Davina and the Vagabonds will make their debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival this September.   Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

“Think of a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse, and you come close to understanding what Davina Sowers is all about…Davina is a real talent who deserves greater exposure- and I have no opinion but to highly recommend this band” –Blues in Britain (UK)


Friday, May 22, 2015


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

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Sensitive Big Boy Music

Out of Clarke County, Virginia

 The Bitter Liberals is a band of focused concentration and joyful collaboration, encompassing many years of musical experience. 

The Bitter Liberals plays all original music of texture and maturity, featuring rich story-telling, fine vocals, and the seasoned musicianship of Allen Kitselman, Mike Jewell, Clark Hansbarger, and Gary

McGraw. The Bitter Liberals first CD, 13, was released January 5th 2013.


Friday, May 29, 2015



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

Tickets $10

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“Local sludge punk aggressors, RHIN (Grimoire Records) return to the Opera House with a fresh arsenal of brand new jams to be performed live for the first time ever. RHIN will be entering the studio this summer to record a follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed Grimoire Records release, “Bastard”. Joining them on 5/29 will be legendary West Virginia heavy rock pioneers Karma to Burn and Baltimore psych-doom-groove crushers, Sixty Watt Shaman. Local singer/songwriter CassiRaye will open the show with a set of experimental medicine music.”


Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

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Two hometown bands, Ginada Pinata and Sacred Groove, will energize the party on Saturday, May 30. Ginada Pinata is a jazz, funk, fusion band that consists of Sam Jannotta on keys, Ken Bussey on guitar, Matt Lewis on bass and Jesse Shultzaberger on drums.

Dead Head tribute band Sacred Groove will open the night. They describe themselves as a unified crew exploring within the musical realm of the Grateful Dead

. Their members include Jeff Kauffman on guitar, Chris Crawford on drums, John Quintanilla on bass, Butch Sanders on percussion and Paul Markuski on keyboards.