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Woodshedders return to Opera House Live

By Staff | Oct 13, 2017

The Woodshedders return to the stage of the Shepherdstown Opera House tonight. The group, an Indie Roots Rock band, consists of Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on bass, Jesse Shultazaberger on drums, Jacob Smith on Saxophone and Keys, and Fiddlin’ Dave Van Deventer on Fiddle. The Woodshedders bring lyricism and musicality to fun, danceable shows that swerve through Honky-Tonk, Gypsy, Appalachian and Vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll, often in the same song.

The Opera House, built in 1909 by U.S. Martin, ran nightly movies in its early existence. In 1928, it became the first motion picture theater in West Virginia with sound, enabling it to show “talkies.”

After closing in 1956, the Opera House was purchased by Pam Rusty Berry, renovated and opened in 1992 to show American independent and foreign films. In 2004 the building was retrofitted to allow live musical and theatrical performances. In 2010, the venue was purchased by Lawrence and Julie Cumbo who had a vision to expand and create one of the area’s finest music and film venues.

The Woodshedders have been featured on the stage of the Opera House previously as well as multiple other venues including Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Deep Roots Mountain Revival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, PBS Song of the Mountains, The U.S. State Department’s Fourth of July Picnic, Opera House LIVE!, The Hamilton, Confluence Festival, The State Theatre, The Hippodrome, WAMU’s Capital Americana, The Jefferson Theatre, and their monthly residency at Hill Country BBQ in Washington, D.C. They are the also the host band of Virginia’s celebrated Watermelon Park Fest.

The band boasts four all-original studio albums, featuring multiple types of genres that the band is known to produce.

For tickets to Friday’s show, visit www.operahouselive.com or call the box office at 304-885-0051. The band takes the stage at 9 p.m.