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Stuart's Opera House

52 Public Square
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
Phone: 740-753-1924
Overview
Stuart's Opera House is an historic theatre that hosts over 75 events a year including concerts, theatre, films, and hosts the annual Nelsonville Music Festival.

The fully restored nineteenth century theater offers a variety of scheduled events; from community theater and art openings to nationally and internationally recognized performers.

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Calendar of Events
Stuart's Monthly Happy Hour Art Show
Wed Jul 25

5:00 pm

This is a free event. Stuarts Monthly Happy Hour. Join us for a full bar along with coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks. Stop out for good company and conversation in the brand new Grand Lobby.

Our newest gallery exhibit will be on display - The Picture Page: Portraits of Southeast Ohio from 1966-1971 is presented and curated by the Southeast Ohio History Center. The show features work from three photographers: Jon Webb, Bob Rogers, and Ken Steinhoff, all of whom worked with the Athens Messenger during 1966-1971. Bring friends and help us spread the work, see you there.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Appalachian Culture Mini-Workshops
Mon Jul 30

10:00 - 11:00 am Instrumental Petting Zoo

Hosted by ARTS/West

at Stuart's Opera House

3:00 pm Jam Session

Fiddlesticks

Hosted by ARTS/West

at Nelsonville Public Library

The Appalachian Music Program reflects the rich traditions of music and storytelling of the Appalachian Foothills Region. Classes are offered in some of the common Appalachian instruments and students can participate in an old-time stringband ensemble as well as learn about the historical development of the music.

Lunch provided by SEO Food Bank from 12-1pm each day at Stuarts.

Banjo - Mandolin - Fiddle - Ukelele - Guitar.

Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Appalachian Culture Mini-Workshops
Tue Jul 31

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Storytelling in the Appalachian Tradition

Hosted by Don Dudding

at Nelsonville Public Library

The Appalachian Music Program reflects the rich traditions of music and storytelling of the Appalachian Foothills Region. Classes are offered in some of the common Appalachian instruments and students can participate in an old-time stringband ensemble as well as learn about the historical development of the music.

Lunch provided by SEO Food Bank from 12-1pm each day at Stuarts.

Banjo - Mandolin - Fiddle - Ukelele - Guitar.

Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Appalachian Culture Mini-Workshops
Wed Aug 1

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Square Dane

Hosted by Joe Burdock

at Stuarts Opera House

Joe Burdock, Fiddle + Guitar Instructor. Joe is an old time fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, and square dance caller. He has performed all over the region, country, and over seas including with his band Fiddle Pie.

The Appalachian Music Program reflects the rich traditions of music and storytelling of the Appalachian Foothills Region. Classes are offered in some of the common Appalachian instruments and students can participate in an old-time stringband ensemble as well as learn about the historical development of the music.

Lunch provided by SEO Food Bank from 12-1pm each day at Stuarts.

Banjo - Mandolin - Fiddle - Ukelele - Guitar.

Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Appalachian Culture Mini-Workshops
Thu Aug 2

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Appalachian Foodways

Hosted by Live Healthy Appalachia

at Nelsonville Public Library

The Appalachian Music Program reflects the rich traditions of music and storytelling of the Appalachian Foothills Region. Classes are offered in some of the common Appalachian instruments and students can participate in an old-time stringband ensemble as well as learn about the historical development of the music.

Lunch provided by SEO Food Bank from 12-1pm each day at Stuarts.

Banjo - Mandolin - Fiddle - Ukelele - Guitar.

Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Appalachian Culture Mini-Workshops
Fri Aug 3

Instrument Repair

Hosted by Stewart-MacDonald

at Nelsonville Public Library

Flatfooting

Hosted by Joe Burdock

at Stuarts Opera House

and Open Stage All Day

at the Nelsonville Public Library (weather permitting)

The Appalachian Music Program reflects the rich traditions of music and storytelling of the Appalachian Foothills Region. Classes are offered in some of the common Appalachian instruments and students can participate in an old-time stringband ensemble as well as learn about the historical development of the music.

Lunch provided by SEO Food Bank from 12-1pm each day at Stuarts.

Banjo - Mandolin - Fiddle - Ukelele - Guitar.

Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Son Volt
Sun Aug 5

7:00 pm

Floor Seats: $33/advance $38/door

Balcony Seats: $28/advance $33/door

Box Seats: $38/advance $43/door

Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt.country movement of the 1990s. A movement that was the precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana. The seminal band Son Volts latest album, Notes Of Blue, features 10 songs inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for the new collection.

Cost: $28-43 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Ohio State Fiddling Contest
Fri Aug 17

6:00 pm

Join us for one of the premier fiddling events in Ohio, part of Nelsonvilles Parade of the Hills. Whether you are a fiddler, or someone who enjoys fiddling, this contest offers something for you. Held in historic Stuarts Opera House, this event will put a smile on your face, and have you tapping your toes in no time. The first round of competition decides the winner of each age group, who then continue on to the championship round, and compete for the title of Grand Champion, as well as and additional $300 and a plaque.

You can always change your tune selections later, including the day of the contest. Due to the great response we have had the past four years, pre-registration is required. We have 10 spots available in each age group. Depending on the total number of registrants, we may allow day of entries if there is room.

12 and under / 13-18 / 19-54 / 55 and over

Rules note – the number of tunes in the opening round will be two(waltz and a hoedown). The championship round will play three tunes(hoedown, waltz, choice).

Cost: $8 / General Admission

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Summer Wine Express
Fri Aug 24

6:00 pm Doors open. 7:00 pm Departure.

Coach - $30 Advance / $35 Door

First Class - $40 Advance / $45 Door

Take a ride on the Stuarts Summer Wine Express. This beautiful train ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway includes wine, cheese, and more and its all for a good cause... to raise money for Stuarts Opera House. Show your support for Stuarts and join us for this great event, take a ride on a historic railway and enjoy wine and good company.

The entire train ride is roughly an hour and a half.

You will receive three drink tickets while boarding the train and you can exchange one ticket for a glass of wine. If you would like to purchase more drink tickets you can purchase additional tickets for $5 a ticket. No outside alcohol is permitted. Feel free to bring snacks in additional to the snacks provided. We hand out food boxes with a little bit of bread, cheese, fruit, and some candy when we reach the turn around point half way through the trip.

Cost: $30-45 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Birds of Chicago
Fri Sep 7

8:00 pm

Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the American world since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a wider audience across the world. Recorded in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep-divide and dread, Love in Wartime is a rock and roll suite with a cinematic sweep. Co-produced by Nero and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), it evokes epic efforts of the 60s and 70s, with love as the undeniable throughline. As Russell puts it, -Any act of love is an act of bravery. These songs are snapshots of covenants, big and small, of trust and understanding. We want to give people some good news, and we want them to be able to dance when they hear it.-

When BOC released its last album, the Joe Henry produced Real Midnight, in 2016, critics scrambled to find the right terminology to describe the deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and fevered musicality. . . -Secular gospel- Was one phrase that caught some traction. That fervor is evident in Love in Wartime as well: -Roll Away the heavy stone/roll away the heavy hours/roll on in the summer mon/whos alive whos alive whos alive- The invitation is joyous, but urgent. . . call it -secular gospel,- or call it what they used to call poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: rock n roll. The Birds consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost, and Love in Wartime doesn’t leave any doubt about that.

The Birds attract a mix of indy rockers, NPRists, jam-kids and folkies to their gigs, which alternate between moments of hushed attention and wild, rock and soul abandon. Says JT Nero, chief songwriter for the band, -A good show can send you back out into the night feeling–for at least a little while–that everything isn’t broken. . .Right now, we wanna dose out as much of that feeling as we can.-

Cost: $18 / Advance, $21 / Door

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Waxahatchee with Night Shop and Anna St. Louis
Thu Sep 13

8:00 pm

Floor Seats: $21/advance $26/door

Balcony Seats: $18/advance $23/door

Box Seats: $26/advance $31/door

Stuarts Opera House is excited to welcome an evening of music from three amazing acts. Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfields fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened.

NIGHT SHOP

Night Shop is the new solo project from Justin Sullivan, drummer for such people and bands as: Kevin Morby, The Babies, and Flat Worms. They are preceded by many more, as he has toured in bands for the past 18 years. His debut e.p. was recorded at Compny Studios in Los Angeles, engineered by Drew Fisher (Kevin Morby, The Babies, Girl Pool) and is comprised of world weary, melancholy songs with trace elements of optimism. He was joined in the recording effort by Will Ivy, on electric guitar, and Tim Hellman (Thee Oh Sees) on bass.

ANNA ST. LOUIS

Despite her last name, Anna St. Louis was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up a painter and singing in punk bands, eventually leaving her hometown to attend art school in Philadelphia. After graduating she made the move to Los Angeles where she began teaching herself guitar, writing songs and recording them on her own in her bedroom. First Songs is the sound of someone discovering their talent in real time – a peak into the collage of a wonderful mind that is absorbing their new surroundings and using new tools to put them into the room. Listening to this collection you can feel the sun coming in through the window – Anna on the foot of the bed with a guitar on her knee, finding her voice. St. Louis wears her influences well – think Patsy Cline singing over John Fahey – but has a style all her own. And while you can take the artist out of the midwest, you cant take the midwest out of the artist – so let this be known; this is Midwestern music ran through a California filter.

Cost: $18-31 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Bonnie Prince Billy
Mon Oct 8

7:30 pm

Box: $38/advance $43/door

Floor: $33/advance $38/door

Balcony: $28/advance $33/door

The Other Years will open the show. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. Recent projects in 2016 include the collaborative LP with Bitchin Bajas (EPIC JAMMERS AND FORTUNATE LITTLE DITTIES); a split 7″ with Oscar Lee Riley Parsons; numerous performances with neo-classical ensemble 8th Blackbird; a collection of recordings, POND SCUM, made over the years under the auspices of John Peel’s BBC radio program; and co-writing and performing “The Dragon Song” in Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON movie. 2017 will find Bonny performing with Bitchin Bajas, Eighth Blackbird, in addition to rare and scattered solo shows.

Woo, boy! Summer is finally here and what a time to be alive, in the midst of a streaming roll out for the ages. See, since April, each week has brought another year from the Palace-Oldham-Bonny universe to streaming life chronologically, allowing worldwide streaming audiences the chance to join the BPB congregation en masse. It’s a common theme around these Drag City parts —ye old “Prince” giving and giving, happily bestowing upon your feeble, non-physical-buying, formless being. Just next weekend, he’s taking the solo show route for the first time, in, well, a long time! But Bonny’s boundless gifts don’t end there; beginning in the deep dog days of Summer the Prince and his ensemble–the Wandering All-Stars & Motor Royalty–are headed on the road again. Bonnie will be passing through the Southeast for a pair of public lectures at Duke University (oh, to be a fly on that wall!) as well as a special Bonnie performance before heading off on a proper tour with stops in the Midwest and Northeast. Early October will also see the release of Songs of Love and Horror, the definitive collection of Will Oldham’s lyrics—spanning three decades of songwriting with annotations that impart new meaning to his music. Copies of the book will be available at every show, this musical and literary combination is not to be missed. It’s been years since you’ve had the option to see Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy RAW: live, uncensored and in intimate settings, so hop to it!

THE OTHER YEARS

The Other Years from Louisville, Kentucky are a duet born from a sister friendship, two friendly vines headed up the same tree. Their voices combine in many forms, embarking on a journey of song writing influenced by the old time tradition.

Cost: $28-$43 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Pokey Lafarge
Sun Oct 14

7:00 pm

Box: $32/advance $37/door

Floor: $27/advance $32/door

Balcony: $22/advance $27/door

Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack Whites Third Man Records to release his fifth full-length album (Pokey LaFarge) in 2013, he performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Irelands RTÉ One network. Pokeys rendition of -Lovesick Blues- with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, featured on an episode of Boardwalk Empire, was selected for inclusion on the series official soundtrack (Vol. 2). Additionally, Pokey appeared in Disneys The Lone Ranger (both on screen and on the original score), was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPRs World Cafe, and recorded a song for ATO Records Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War, produced by Randall Poster. 2014 has been Pokeys most momentous year yet; by spring, he had brought his music to five continents, with international tours in India, Australia and New Zealand. In the past year, Pokeys tour trail (consisting of over 250 shows) included appearances at clubs and festivals across the USA and Canada as well as two extensive tours in Europe. Pokey has played with the likes of Jack White, The Raconteurs, Wanda Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and most recently, Carolina Chocolate Drops. As an opening act on Jack White’s Blunderbuss tour, he delighted sold out crowds at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Radio City Music Hall, among other notable venues in North America. Pokey is currently touring with a five-piece backing band, including his original bandmates (Ryan Koenig on harmonica, washboard and snare, Adam Hoskins on guitar and Joey Glynn on upright bass), in addition to Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet and TJ Muller on cornet. At only 31 years old, Pokeys career has not slowed in momentum since it began with his first release Marmalade (2007). Shortly followed by Beat, Move and Shake (2008) and Riverboat Soul (2010), Pokey quickly graduated from breakthrough artist to leading musical figure, receiving two consecutive Independent Music Awards for Best Americana Album (Riverboat Soul and Middle of Everywhere).

Cost: $22-$37 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Amy Ray
Tue Nov 13

7:00 pm

Box: $27/advance $32/door

Floor: $22/advance $27/door

Amy Ray teamed up with Emily Saliers while in high school, and soon the duo became a staple in the Atlanta music scene. In 1981, their independent music career began with a basement recording called Tuesdays Children. One thing led to another, and they signed with Epic Records in 1988. Despite almost polar-opposite styles, they met on the common ground of harmony and the love of meaningful music. Ray brought fire and earth, Saliers the wind and water. The alchemy proved magical, and their brand of folk-rock hit at just the right time alongside the successes of Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, and 10,000 Maniacs.

Inspired by the music of the Southern punk/indie rock scene, Ray embarked on a solo adventure in 2000. Traveling around the Southeast with guitar and amp in tow, she wrote, rehearsed, and recorded Stag, teaming up with The Butchies, The RockATeens, Danielle Howle, and 1945, with a quick stop in NYC to play with Joan Jett, Kate Schellenbach, and Josephine Wiggs. Stag hit the streets in March 2001, and changed her trajectory from that point on. The depths and intensity of her artistry and emotions are revealed in awe-inspiring punk performances on its ten songs, giving Ray a forum to more fully express her political stances and questions of self. Stag was followed by the similarly themed Prom in 2005. Ray issued Live from Knoxville in 2007. Following several well-received Indigo Girls albums, she released the introspective solo offering Didnt It Feel Kinder in 2008, MVP Live in 2010, and Lung of Love in early 2012 – all on Daemon. The latter contained guest vocal spots from Brandi Carlile and My Morning Jackets Jim James. In early 2014, Ray released Goodnight Tender, her first country album. Guests on the set of tunes include Bon Ivers Justin Vernon, and Susan Tedeschi. Her current release is a live record from a 2014 show at Seattles Triple Door theater, a riff on Goodnight Tender, The Tender Hour covers songs from her country record plus her earlier releases with her stellar and versatile band.

Amy Ray and her bands new country album, Holler will be released on September 28, 2018. It was recorded live to tape at her mainstay Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, with the added power and swagger of horns and strings that harken back to the country music of the late 60s. Holler features special guests: Alison Brown on banjo, Kofi Burbridge on keys, Derek Trucks on guitar; Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Justin Vernon, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Phil Cook on harmonies. Amy and her band will be hitting the road throughout the Fall of 2018 and beyond.

Amythyst Kiah opens the show. A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiahs commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, she studied old time music and music performance, and it proved to be a pivotal moment in her life as she transformed from a long-time closet musician into a well-rounded, captivating performer.

Cost: $22-$32 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Lone Bellow - the Triiio Tour
Tue Dec 11

7:00 pm

Floor Seats: $27/advance $32/door

Balcony Seats: $22/advance $27/door

Box Seats: $32/advance $37/door

The Lone Bellows third studio album, Walk Into A Storm, was released last fall on Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN.

It has been three years since the bands victorious, Then Came The Morning was released. The album was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and nominated for an Americana Music Award. The Lone Bellow appeared on Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, CBS This Morning, Later…with Jools Holland and James Corden in support of the album. In the years since the release the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn and moved to Nashville, TN.

Cost: $22-37 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage
Sun Jan 13

3:00 pm

Stuarts welcomes back Bluegrass legend Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage for a special Sunday Bluegrass Matinee. Rhonda Vincents career spans 24 albums and she has worked with everyone from Dolly Parton and George Jones to Faith Hill. She has received over 40 awards including an unprecedented 8 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and 6 Grammy nominations. And if you add in her band The Rage they emerge as the most awarded band in Bluegrass music with over 100 awards.

Famously crowned as --The New Queen of Bluegrass-- by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincents music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Vincent has also performed and recorded with the best of the best, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Daryle Singletary, Richard Marx, Hank Williams Jr and more. While being a 15-time --Entertainer of the Year,-- Vincent has established herself as one of the most visible, best-selling artists in the genre, whose cross-over appeal stretches well into the mainstream media.

Cost: $29-39 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Website: www.stuartsoperahouse.org/
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