February 28, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00
Opry Night at the Opera House has come to showcase some of the best musical talent from the two Virginias. This season’s Opry Night features Virginia favorite Southern Rail Express and West Virginia banjo virtuoso Bob Shank. (more…)
March 13, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00
The Davis and Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble is a student string band and dance group, led by Dance Director Becky Hill and String Band Director Emily Miller. The dancers and four-piece band focus on the intersections of different American vernacular forms and their roots, ranging from old-time music and flatfooting to jazz music and tap dance, to Irish sean nós dance and numerous traditional American styles of harmony singing. Their performances include a variety of regional dance styles, contemporary choreography, and a selection of traditional songs and tunes performed by the Appalachian Ensemble’s string band. The Ensemble toured extensively in the fall of 2014, with performances at Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival in Maryland, Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music in Kentucky and in Charleston, as part of a U.S. State Department funded “Common Notes Partnership” with the Clay Center and Gorji County Museum in Romania. The Ensemble was named the “People’s Choice for Entertainment” for performances at the 2013 and 2014 Ramps and Rails Festival in Elkins, and was featured in a recent edition of Goldenseal, the magazine of West Virginia traditional life produced by the Division of Culture and History.
March 28, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00 | Website
Toting an ample supply of vintage instruments and a sound that brings listeners back to the days of old-time radio, Steppin’ In It is determined to make a dent in the roots community. Hailing from Lansing, Michigan—the heart of Factory Town, USA—these young men pound out their own brand of roots combining old-time country, swing and blues. Together, they achieve the seemingly impossible task of making the most traditional sounds contemporary playing what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls “some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around.” Upright Bassist Dominic Suchyta and multi-instrumentalist brothers Andy and Joe Wilson compliment the strong songwriting talents of singer/songwriter Josh Davis, whose haunting vocals paint a picture of rural and urban Michigan breaking its blue-collar back under troubled times. (more…)
April 10, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00
Potluck is a feast of stories, songs, and poems that will satisfy your soul, lift your heart, and tickle your funny bone. Karen Vuranch, Julie Adams, and Colleen Anderson have gathered their very best and very favorite pieces about cookery and community—and the connections between them—into an hour-long live performance that’s full to the brim with laughter and love. (more…)
April 25, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00 | Website
The Sweetback Sisters may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to the Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson. Their honky-tonk and western swing tunes touch on subjects of heartbreak, revenge, regret and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong.
Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong—albeit with a contemporary sensibility. (more…)
The Ladies for Liberty revive the great music of the 1940s and Word War II era in the style of the Andrews Sisters. Through their own rendition of vocals, costumes, hairstyles and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s, that period is remembered and celebrated by the Ladies of Liberty as “When America was at its finest.” The Ladies have performed for a number of national and international air shows, World War II reunions, dinner theaters, variety shows, hangar parties, aircraft museums military functions andcCeremonies, parades, television appearances, radio broadcasts, and any other events having a patriotic flavor. The Ladies for Liberty are very popular for their precision-timed, a cappella rendition of the National Anthem that has become their trademark at open-air shows across the country.