Sep
17
12:00pm12:00pm

MOUNTAIN MUSIC FOR THE ANIMALS W/ BANANA EXPRESS

MOUNTAIN MUSIC FOR THE ANIMALS

BENEFIT FOR POTOMAC HIGHLANDS ANIMAL RESCUE (PHAR)

Everybody loves animals, and everybody loves PHAR! It's time to give back to the hardest working animal rescue group in Hardy County. Mark your calendars for Saturday, SEPT 17TH from 12-2 when we once again host the popular BANANA EXPRESS band, a local Americana/bluegrass/indie/old-time band. There'll be tshirts and snacks for sale and a corn hole tournament. Bring your dollars and give to this great cause!  

From the moment they take the stage, the four young musicians pour out their heart and soul into the songs they sing and the instruments they play, and the love for what they're doing and the pure, captivating sound of their music is so clear that it could quiet a room holding even the rowdiest of audiences.

A group playing music far beyond their years, Banana Express is an Americana, Folk and Oldtime band whose roots stretch from the mountains of the West Virginia Line, to the riverside of the Shenandoah in Front Royal, all the way to Martinsville, Indiana. Elizabeth Dunlap's captivating vocals are pulled together with her fiddle and clawhammer banjo playing, Lulu Furtado's harmony vocals and guitar playing, Taylor Baker's masterful mandolin skills and Mary Dunlap's solid bass to top it all off. The teenage musicians have put together a sound they call all their own, that can only be described as pure and unique. Wearing their Appalachian roots on their sleeves, Banana Express takes you on a musical roller coaster playing everything from Traditional folk music, to Gillian Welch, to Bob Dylan, to the Beatles.

The band was formed back in April of 2011 starting as a one-time, pick-up bluegrass band. Elizabeth, the most senior member of the band played fiddle, and had her older brothers to back her up on guitar and bass, along with some other members. The band transformed over the years from traditional bluegrass to the rootsy, down-to-earth sound they have now, and when Jack Dunlap decided to go full time with Bluegrass band Bud's Collective, Lulu Furtado joined Banana Express as their new guitar player. 

If you missed them last time, they packed the porch and sold their incredible CD. So come out and enjoy the day.

More information, pictures and show dates can be found at www.facebook.com/bananaexpress

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Aug
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

REBECCA WUDARSKI

LATE NIGHT WARDENSVILLE RETURNS! 

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR PRESENTS

REBECCA WUDARSKI
Saturday
AUG 27, 6:30-8:30PM, no cover

We are very excited to welcome Rebecca Wudarski to our Listening Hour stage! Based out of our neighboring mountain town of Thomas, WV, Rebecca is a full-time artist and musician. Her current music project is a one-woman-band where she concurrently plays guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, and sings. In this configuration she creates an indie-folk sound with original songwriting, and traditional folk songs re-imagined by smashing together elements of swing, indie rock, modern pop, and old-time. Rebecca has cultivated a unique sound produced with a high level of musicianship, energy, creativity and emotion. Her new album PALIMPSEST is out now, and you can head over to her website to hear her music.

NO DEPRESSION magazine included Wudarski in a recent article, A Baker's Dozen of Upcoming Albums, Through the Photographer's Eye on "outstanding new roots music releases heading our way in the next few weeks." --> "Last, but certainly not least, I turn my attention to two local favorites from my home state, West Virginia. First, Rebecca Wudarski has just released Palimpsest, her third album where she continues to explore and reimagine old-timey, traditional folk songs by smashing together swing and just the right amount of indie rock. All of this comes on a voice that belies her young age. She's a one-woman band, playing guitar (acoustic and electric), bass drum, and hi-hat. She's also a painter who usually takes art work with her, not just to see but to give the venue an ambience, as if to visually communicate as well as musically. Her songs can be streamed on her website. She can also be regularly heard live at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West Virginia -- one of my favorite music venues."  

LINK--> http://nodepression.com/article/bakers-dozen-upcoming-albums-through-photographers-eye

Find Rebecca on her website: http://www.rebeccawudarski.com/

SEE YOU ON MAIN STREET!

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Jul
22
11:00am11:00am

DORI KLEBER - Author of Picture Book MORE-IGAMI

CABIN READS

PRESENTS

A book reading and origami craft time with

DORI KLEBER

Author of MORE-IGAMI

Picture Book (Age 4-8)

More-igami tells the story of Joey, a boy who loves all things folded. When a classmate's mother makes an origami crane, Joey is determined to master the ancient art. He practices and practices -- sometimes on things that others in his family would prefer be left unfolded -- until his mother demands that he stop. Can he find a way to hone his craft, and maybe find a friend who shares his passion?

KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW ". . . encourages patience, practice, and sharing creativity, and finishes with a simple origami lesson for readers to try. A gem." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION  (JLG has selected More-igami to be sent to its member school and public libraries in 2016. Each year, JLG reviews more than 3,000 books and selects fewer than 800 for its collection. Over 95 percent of the titles JLG selects go on to win awards and/or favorable reviews.)

"A title for all collections..." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"It’s a quiet but effective reminder of the value of practice." PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

MORE-IGAMI. Text copyright © 2016 by Dori Kleber. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by G. Brian Karas. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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Jul
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

LATE NIGHT WARDENSVILLE with SALLY MAE FOSTER

Join us for live music on our Listening Hour stage for
LATE NIGHT WARDENSVILLE!  

SALLY MAE FOSTER
Saturday
July 16th, 6-8pm
no cover charge

Wardensville is staying up late for you, and we're providing some music for your enjoyment while you explore our little town. Sally Mae Foster sings loud and clear from the mountain tops around Front Royal, VA and all through the Shenandoah Valley. When she isn't out in the open air enjoying this beautiful neck of the woods with her darling children in tow you can sometimes find her busking on street corners, cafe's and fine dining establishments. She is a one woman band with lots of energy and charisma. She is partial to both composing her own songs and learning choice covers for her performances. So c'mon out and hear something old, something new and feed your soul through your ears.

Find out more about Sally Mae Foster on her about.me page->
https://about.me/sallymaefoster?promo=email_sig&utm_source=email_sig&utm_medium=email_sig&utm_campaign=external_links

Photo Credit: Esther Diehl of Flourish by Esther

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Jun
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP

SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP with MOUNTAIN MAMA APOTHECARIES

Join local soap aficionado DeAnna McCasland of MOUNTAIN MAMA APOTHECARIES for an afternoon of soap making on our patio! She will cover all the steps to make a successful batch of cold process soap, troubleshooting tips, and tricks she has learned over the past 3 years of soaping. Not only will you get to watch DeAnna craft up a batch of soap, but you will get to TAKE HOME YOUR OWN SOAP to unmold and slice, a WORKBOOK with 3 of her favorite recipes, as well as tips and tricks to get you going! 

TO REGISTER:
SPACE IS LIMITED so email DeAnna at mountainmamaapothecaries@gmail.com to snag your spot! The class is $40, payable directly to DeAnna, and space is limited to ensure a small and safe soaping environment.  

MATERIALS TO BRING:
Please bring dish washing gloves (the kind that goes up to your elbow), a Pringles can for a soap mold (they do not have to be lined), and a towel to insulate your soap.

NOTE: Participants will be handling lye which is caustic so please no children under the age of 10.

Get ready to get soaping!

To learn more about MOUNTAIN MAMA APOTHECARIES, 

Follow her on FB: http://www.facebook.com/mountainmamaapothecaries

Shop at her Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MtnMamaApothecaries

Check out her website: http://mountainmamaapothecaries.com/

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Jun
25
5:00pm 5:00pm

RAGTIME ANNIE

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR PRESENTS

RAGTIME ANNIE 

Saturday, June 25, 2016, $10 at door only

Ragtime Annie combines the talents of four of the DC area's finest bluegrass musicians, with the added twist of being one of the few all-female groups on the scene today. While sometimes hosting guest members, the band is comprised of core members Avril Smith, Gina Clowes, Ashley Stewart and Malia Furtado who are each individually award winning and together create a sound that remains true to bluegrass tradition at times, and at other times boldly and creatively steps out into a little country, a little swing, and a little something of their own that can't really be dubbed anything by any genre. Malia and Ashley are frequently seen performing with regional favorite, Circa Blue. Avril plays with several bands including the U Liners, The Great Unknowns, and is a founding member of Della Mae. Gina recently played in regionally popular band Bud's Collective, and currently plays for Nashville based band, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers.

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Jun
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

CABIN READS: LOST RIVER WRITER'S RETREAT

CABIN READS

welcomes

THE LOST RIVER WRITER'S RETREAT

Thursday

JUNE 23, 6-7:30, free event

Join us for our first edition of CABIN READS, a recurring literary event between the mountains and the river, where we invite the book-loving community to engage with authors and illustrators about their published works and works in progress.

This month we are very excited to host the six writers representing the LOST RIVER WRITER'S RETREAT. Each writer will read for approximately 10 minutes. The group includes:

DeMisty D. Bellinger has an MFA from Southampton College in New York and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Her fiction, poetry, and essays can be found in many places, including Forklift, Ohio; Driftless Review; Specter Magazine; Former People and Necessary Fiction. DeMisty teaches creative writing, African American literature, and women, gender, and sexuality studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She lives in Fitchburg with her husband and twin daughters.

John Copenhaver is a fiction writer, mystery buff, and weekend resident of Lost River. Last year, he won the Larry Neal Writers’ Award for fiction,and launched a new crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website called “Blacklight.” He placed as a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for his first novel. He also was awarded a 2015 Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and completed his most recent novel, Empty Spaces, while in residence at Ragdale, VCCA, and VSC. His fiction has appeared recently in Glitterwolf Magazine and Gaslight.

Kate Hattemer is the author of the young adult novels The Land of 10,000 Madonnas and The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, which was named a best book of the year by the American Library Association, Kirkus, Bustle, and the LA Public Library. A native of Cincinnati, she now writes and teaches high school Latin in the DC metro area.

Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, February 2014), which was selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program, the Indies Next List by the American Booksellers' Association, named a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Review, and was a finalist for the 2015 Vermont Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Carolina Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Columbia Journal, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat and many others. She teaches writing at Champlain College and the low-residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She serves as the Managing & Nonfiction editor of Green Mountains Review.

Noah Stetzer is a graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and also a scholarship recipient from the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers & from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. His poems have appeared in various journals including: James Franco Review, The Collagist, The Volta, Tinderbox, & Phantom Press. His chapbook *Because I Can See Needing a Knife* (Red Bird) will be published in 2016. Noah is the community manager at Bull City Press.

Kara Waite is a freelance writer and English instructor living in Boston, MA. She's a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Arizona, where she held the Beverly Rogers Fellowship. Kara is working on a novel, Love Is Our Poison, and a memoir, Weightless. Her work has appeared in The Manifestation and a variety of anthologies including Roadside Curiosities: Stories on American Popular Culture (Picador, 2013).

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Apr
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

THE FLY BIRDS

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR PRESENTS

THE FLY BIRDS
APRIL 23RD, 5-7PM. $7 AT DOOR ONLY

THE FLY BIRDS are Elizabeth Baker, Mary Dunlap (both of Banana Express Band) & Sarah Jane Twigg. You don't want to miss this awesome new trio perform their special blend of rock and original music on banjo, upright bass and guitar, accompanying spectacular vocals. It's going to be a special night of music out under the stars! See you on Main Street.

 

 

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Mar
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

DANNY + ASHLEY STEWART

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR PRESENTS

DANNY + ASHLEY STEWART

March 26th, 5-7PM, $5 cover - tickets at the door only.

Danny and Ashley Stewart met at college while studying in the Bluegrass and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University. Both grew up in musical families, and have shared the bond of playing music together since they met. Danny has toured with several bluegrass bands including Danny Paisley, Larry Stephenson, and many others. Ashley had also played in various bluegrass groups, and most recently has become the bass player with Circa Blue and Ragtime Annie. As a duo, they enjoy playing banjo tunes and singing their old bluegrass favorites! Come out and enjoy this talented duo. See you on Main Street!

https://www.facebook.com/events/743213155815338/

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Feb
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

BANANA EXPRESS

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR RETURNS IN FEBRUARY!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20th when we host BANANA EXPRESS, a local   Americana/bluegrass/indie/old-time band.  They'll be here to perform LIVE in the store on Saturday from 5:00-7:00pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

From the moment they take the stage, the four young musicians pour out their heart and soul into the songs they sing and the instruments they play, and the love for what they're doing and the pure, captivating sound of their music is so clear that it could quiet a room holding even the rowdiest of audiences.

A group playing music far beyond their years, Banana Express is an Americana, Folk and Oldtime band whose roots stretch from the mountains of the West Virginia Line, to the riverside of the Shenandoah in Front Royal, all the way to Martinsville, Indiana. Elizabeth Dunlap's captivating vocals are pulled together with her fiddle and clawhammer banjo playing, Lulu Furtado's harmony vocals and guitar playing, Taylor Baker's masterful mandolin skills and Mary Dunlap's solid bass to top it all off. The teenage musicians have put together a sound they call all their own, that can only be described as pure and unique. Wearing their Appalachian roots on their sleeves, Banana Express takes you on a musical roller coaster playing everything from Traditional folk music, to Gillian Welch, to Bob Dylan, to the Beatles.

The band was formed back in April of 2011 starting as a one-time, pick-up bluegrass band. Elizabeth, the most senior member of the band played fiddle, and had her older brothers to back her up on guitar and bass, along with some other members. The band transformed over the years from traditional bluegrass to the rootsy, down-to-earth sound they have now, and when Jack Dunlap decided to go full time with Bluegrass band Bud's Collective, Lulu Furtado joined Banana Express as their new guitar player. The band recorded their first CD in March of 2013, which has yet to be released. 

More information, pictures and show dates can be found at www.facebook.com/bananaexpress

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Jan
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

RAGTIME ANNIE

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR RETURNS!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 30th when we host a first-ever performance by local bluegrass trio RAGTIME ANNIE. The members are well-known in the local music scene but will be performing for the first time as a trio LIVE on our stage! Banjo player Gina Clowes (Bud's Collective), award-winning fiddle player Malia Furtado (Circa Blue) and bass player Ashley Stewart (Circa Blue) will all hit our new stage on Saturday from 5:00-7:00pm. Tickets are $5 at the door which includes a shot at winning a spectacular raffle basket of goodies given out during the show.

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Dec
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

AMY ANDREWS LIVE

LUCKY JOHNSON LISTENING HOUR PRESENTS:

AMY ANDREWS LIVE: Caroling on the Cacapon

Dec 19, 2-4pm  
Join us for our inaugural Listening Hour programming when Baltimore native Amy Andrews performs LIVE in the store. Stop by for coffee or tea, have a seat and listen in. Andrews' classically-trained vocals are pristine, soulful and honest, and she's been compared to both Ella Fitzgerald and Elvis. 

Amy has shared some of folk music's most respected stages and venues with musicians from Gregory Alan Isakov to Rose Cousins, Joseph Arthur to Catie Curtis, Rebecca Loebe to Glen Phillips, of Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more.

Her holiday shows are a perfect opportunity to experience her sound for the first time. You'll hear everything from classics like Let It Snow! and Baby, It's Cold Outside, to her version of Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of the season. There's no cover charge. See you then!

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