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Stuart's Opera House

52 Public Square
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
Phone: 740-753-1924
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
Intimate Evening with Graham Nash
Wed Aug 2

7:30 pm.

An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash. A Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a Grammy Award winner.

Ticket prices are: Floor $80, Balcony $70, Box Seats $95, all fees included in ticket price.

MEET and GREET VIP PACKAGE $375 includes - One reserved ticket in Front Row, Meet and Greet with Graham Nash during intermission, Visit to pre-show Sound Check with Graham Nash, One autographed Graham Nash laminate, One commemorative Graham Nash ticket, Crowd free merchandise shopping, On site VIP staff. All VIP up-charges go to the artist, not Stuarts Opera House.

Graham Nash Soundcheck Package $275 includes - One reserved floor ticket within first 5 rows, visit to pre-show Sound Check with Graham Nash, One autographed tour poster, One commemorative Graham Nash laminate, One commemorative Graham Nash ticket, Crowd free merchandise shopping, On site VIP staff. All VIP up-charges go to the artist, not Stuarts Opera House.

Guacamole Fund Benefit Ticket $250 includes - In exchange for your payment of $250 to attend the concert, a portion of the net proceeds for each ticket sale will be donated to M.U.S.E. on behalf of Graham Nash. Graham Nashs passionate voice has often been heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. During this tour, Graham is partnering with Musicians United for Safe Energy (M.U.S.E.) to raise funds on its behalf by offering you special benefit seating. M.U.S.E. is a non-profit organization that supports organizations worldwide that promote safe, alternative non-nuclear energy.

Cost: $70-$375 per person

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Valley Queen - 30 Public Square
Sat Aug 19

8:00 pm.

We welcome back Californias Valley Queen to Nelsonville for their first Stuarts show after a great set at this years Nelsonville Music Festival. Valley Queen has blended their bluesy southern rock influences into creating an Americana Indie rock phenomenon that is lighting up stages all across the country. There is nothing more California centric than this band. Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with lead vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Their sound brings to mind the soul and power of southern rock combined with inspired and personal lyrics. Over the past year, Valley Queen has been recording tracks for their debut, full-length LP and have played lauded shows at an array of venues, opening for Lucero, LP, Laura Marling and The Wild Reeds, as well as headlining Pappy and Harriets in Joshua Tree, the Echo Park Rising Festival and Broke LA Festival in Los Angeles. Within the past year, they have also played a triumphant string of shows at the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon in NYC and SXSW in Austin. They have most recently played at Make Music Pasadena, Lightning in a Bottle in California and a Tiny Desk concert at the NPR offices in DC. Valley Queen headlined their first residency series at The Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles through out July to raucous crowds for three consecutive weeks. In August of 2016, the band released the singles -In My Place- and -High Expectations- on Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records to wide acclaim.

Cost: $14-$17 per person

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Los Lobos - An evening with
Sun Aug 20

7:00 pm.

After celebrating their 40th anniversary with the cleverly titled 2013 live album Disconnected In New York City, the hard working, constantly touring band – David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin – leaps headfirst into their fifth decade with an invitation to join them as they open fresh and exciting new Gates of Gold, their first full length studio album since 2010s Tin Can Trust (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and second with Savoy/429 Records. The dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes and eclectic blend of styles on the 11 track collection has resulted in an American saga in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Yet true to form, these typically humble musical wolves started in on the project without any grand vision or musical road map. Over 30 years after Los Lobos major label breakthrough How Will The Wolf Survive? - their 1984 album that ranks #30 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s – their main challenge when they get off the road and head back into the studio is, as Berlin says, -trying not to do stuff we have already done. To a certain extent, we are always drawing from the same multi-faceted paint box, and we sound like what we sound like. We are proud of what we feel is an honest body of work. We just want to keep finding new ways to say things.- In the bands early recording days - those years just before and after -La Bamba,- their worldwide crossover hit from the 1987 film which reached #1 on the U.S. and UK singles chart - they prepared for album recording sessions with top producers like T-Bone Burnett with pre-production that included multiple rehearsals and -outlining- what the project was going to be. The more spontaneous approach to writing and recording that they took on their 1992 Mitchell Froom co-produced set Kiko still exists today. Rosas says, -When I listen to our catalog, doing things more spontaneously in the studio has led to some of our best work.- Unlike many bands that write, gather and catalog material between studio releases, Los Lobos prefers to create their magic on the fly when they decide it is time to record. Perez says, -We never come in with a cache of 20 songs. Our thing is to write as we are recording. It is like starting with a blank canvass every time.-

Cost: $48-68 per person

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Sat Aug 26

11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Live Healthy Appalachia is thrilled to announce the first ever Kitchen Fest. Kitchen Fest is a celebration of the time we spend in our kitchens cooking and sharing food with friends and family.

A limited number of -All You Can Eat- passes are available for $50. These passes cover all workshop fees and attendees get a Kitchen Fest swag bag. OR you can pay for workshops individually on the day of for $10 each.

All You Can Eat Pass (Admission + Workshop Fees)


Admission to KitchenFest is $5 and all workshops are $10 each.

Workshops include - Kitchen Organization Methods, Entertaining 101: How to Plan a Dinner Party, Pastabilities: A Pasta-Making Introduction, Cultivating the Cooking Connection with Kids, Preserving Garden Goodies: Easy Food Preservation Revealed, Meal Planning Lifehacks: Good Food-Easy Prep, How to Create a Better Kitchen on a Budget, Cooking with Confidence: Kitchen Basics and Safety, Plantification: Re-Engineering Recipes with the Power of Plants, The Art and Science of Homebrewing, Introduction to Winemaking, and DIY Cleaning Supplies.

Cost: $5-50 per person

Contact: Live Healthy Appalachia, Phone: 740-856-6100

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Summer Wine Express
Sat Aug 26

7:00 pm.

Coach - $30

First Class - $40

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: $30-40 per person

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Stray Birds
Wed Aug 30

8:00 pm.

Stuarts welcomes The Stray Birds for a show in our brand new space at 30 Public Square. All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It did not take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. They have been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise, including being named by NPR as one of Folk Alleys Top Ten Records of 2016. With time, their sound has evolved to a palate broader than what it first was on the street corners and in the markets, but this much remains true: The Stray Birds is a band of musicians as subtle and nuanced as they are energetic, a band of writers as blatant and bold as they are coy, and perhaps most importantly, a band of people as friendly and compassionate as they are talented. It is safe to imagine that most who hear their music come back for another listen, time and again.

Cost: $14-17 per person

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Thu Sep 14

7:30 pm.

Galumpha combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet. Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography (Edinburgh Festival Critics Choice Award, Moers International Comedy Arts Prize).

Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg OBrien, Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity. Highlights include -Velcro- as seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, Crook and Chase (TNN) and the 2002 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, and -Clackers- seen on MTV, Showtime, A and E, Just for Laughs in Montreal, and by over one billion television viewers around the globe. Other pieces feature experiments in human architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and the virtuoso Czech band Jablkon, making for an exceptionally entertaining program.

Cost: Free Show

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
An Evening with Shovels and Rope
Fri Oct 6

8:00 pm.

Stuarts is thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite acts, Shovels and Rope for an evening of music. Little Seeds, the electrifying New West Records bow by Shovels and Rope, finds the award-winning South Carolina duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst exploring fresh dimensions in their sound with a brace of bold, candid, highly personal new songs. The 12-song collection, produced by Trent at the couples home studio in Charleston, succeeds 2014s Swimmin Time and 2012s O Be Joyful; the latter title garnered the twosome Americana Music Awards for Song of the Year (for -Birmingham-) and Emerging Artist of the Year. Last years Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 was a collaborative collection of covers featuring such top talents as the Milk Carton Kids, Lucius, JD McPherson and Butch Walker.

Cost: Sold Out

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Everly Brothers Experience by The Bird Dogs
Sat Oct 7

7:00 pm

The Bird Dogs come to the Stuarts stage to present a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience. The Zmed brothers, Dylan and Zachary, celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. When the guitar became electric, The Everly Brothers bridged the gap between Country and Rock and Roll. With countless hits and classics, The Everly Brothers inspired bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, and many groups that utilize the blend of two part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and continues to influence artists around the world.

Floor: $20 advance $25 door,

Balcony: $17 advance $22 door,

Box: $25 advance $30 door

Cost: $17-30 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Joan Shelley
Fri Oct 13

8:00 pm

James Elkington will open the show. Stuarts is thrilled to welcome back Joan Shelley to Nelsonville for a set in our brand new space The Stage at 30 Public Square. The stunning, self-titled fourth album from the Kentucky singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joan Shelley began, surprisingly, with a fiddle. In the summer of 2014, Shelley fell for -Hog of the Forsaken,- a bowed rollick at the end of Michael Hurleys wayward folk circus, Long Journey, then nearly forty years old. Hurleys voice, it seemed to Shelley, clung to the fiddles melody, dipping where it dipped and climbing where it climbed. This was a small, significant revelation, prompting the guitarist to trade temporarily six strings for four and, as she puts it, -try to play like Michael.- That is, she wanted to sing what she played, to play what she sang. She tried it, for a spell, with the fiddle.


Drawing from British folk, avant-rock, and jazz traditions alike, Wintres Woma-- Old English for -the sound of winter--- is James Elkingtons debut solo record, but you have likely heard his masterful guitar playing and arranging, even if you did not realize it. Elkington (an Englishman living in Chicago) is an inveterate collaborator who brings his lyrical compositional and improvisational sensibilities to any group. He has toured, recorded, and/or collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg and Brokeback, to name just a few of his many enthusiastic admirers. His assured album, recorded at Wilcos Loft, is baroquely detailed and beautifully constructed, featuring both his baritone vocals and some of Chicagos finest, including Tomeka Reid.

Cost: $17-22 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
An Evening with Noam Pikelny
Sat Nov 4

8:00 pm

Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation and we welcome him to Stuarts for an evening of music. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a 3-time Grammy Nominee and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010. Universal Favorite is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it is truly his solo debut. His previous efforts—including 2011s Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail and 2014s landmark Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe—were full-band affairs that revealed his abilities as a dynamic bandleader while reinforcing his reputation as an inventive accompanist. The new release features only the man himself, playing lovely originals and covers that showcase his unique approach to the instrument and compositional flair. He recorded them live in the studio without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, embracing the challenges and exploring the new possibilities of the solo setting.

Cost: $19-34 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
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