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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
Sock Hop with Chucko and DJ Barticus
Fri Sep 29

6:00- 11:00 pm

Stuarts Opera House is hosting a sock Hop as part of Nelsonvilles Final Friday Car Show. Join us in the Stuarts lobby for dancing and music from WEAK Radios Chucko - host of The Rarest of the Rare - and Athens own DJ Barticus. This is a free event in our brand new lobby with a cash bar. The Car Show will happen from 5:00 - 11:00 pm and registrations starts at 3:00 pm.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Trio da Kali
Sun Oct 1

5:30 pm Community Potluck

7:00 pm Show

Ohio University African Studies and Ohio University Performing Arts Series are sponsoring this event.

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of the legendary griot singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the Trios vocalist. Her rich, expressive voice and her natural vibrato have brought comparisons with Mahalia Jackson, Americas great gospel singer. The Trios musical director is master balafonist Lassana Diabaté. One of Malis most astonishing musicians, Lassana has recorded and toured with many of West Africas foremost artists including Toumani Diabates Grammy-Award nominated Afrocubism album and Symmetric Orchestra project. The youngest member of the Trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté. Still in his mid-twenties, the eldest son of world-renowned Grammy nominated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté brings a contemporary feel to the traditions he has learnt from his father.

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.

JAMES ELKINGTON

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,
ABC Players present Godspell
Thu Oct 19Fri Oct 20Sat Oct 21Sun Oct 22

7:30 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday

2:00 pm Saturday, Sunday.

The ABC Players present -Godspell- the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Directed by Chris Parsons.

Cost: $12/adults, $8/Students

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,
The Wood Brothers
Thu Nov 9

8:00 pm

Dubbed -masters of soulful folk- by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, -Ways Not To Lose,- on Blue Note in 2006.

In a career chock full of highlights, The Wood Brothers hold a special place in their hearts for their performances at Levon Helms legendary Midnight Ramble. As repeat special guests at Helms famed Woodstock barn, the trio—guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix— developed a cherished friendship with the late icon that transcended simple musical collaboration and left an indelible mark on their songs and their lives. Live At The Barn follows 2015s critically acclaimed Paradise, which the band recorded at Dan Auerbachs Easy Eye studio in their adopted hometown of Nashville, TN. Hailed by Rolling Stone for songwriting -that hits both the heart and head- and praised by American Songwriter for its -spry, soulful folk-rock,- the album debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and launched The Wood Brothers into the most successful year of their career, with performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to Red Rocks to Carnegie Hall.

Cost: $24-39 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
ABC Players present Elf - The Musical Jr.
Fri Dec 1Sat Dec 2Sun Dec 3

7:30 pm Friday, Saturday

2:00 pm Saturday, Sunday.

The ABC Players present -Elf - the Musical Jr.- the story of Buddy, a human boy who was raised as one of Santas elves. Directed by Jodi MacNeal.

Cost: $12/adults, $8/Students

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage
Sun Jan 14

3:00 pm

Special Sunday Bluegrass Matinee. A firecracker of talent that powers one of the hottest shows in any genre of music. World Class Musicians, and an Award Winning Voice seamlessly set the stage for a breath-taking, one-of-a-kind, must-see performance; that reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music. Written words can give you but a glimpse of the artist known as The Queen of Bluegrass, as deemed by the Wall Street Journal. But it is only when you see this artist, that you can feel the energy and experience the excitement of her music, to truly know why she and her amazing band are the -Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History, with over 100 awards.-

Cost: $28-38 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Dwight Icenhower
Sat Feb 24

7:00 pm show.

We welcome back nationally recognized, Elvis Tribute Artist, Dwight Icenhower to Stuarts Opera House. Dwight Icenhower was raised in Pomeroy, Ohio and began his Elvis career by singing karaoke at a local fair when he was just 16 years old. Now, he is one of the very few Elvis Tribute Artists that have made a full-time career out of keeping the legend alive. Dwight performs 4-5 shows weekly and he keeps the audiences asking for more. Born four years after the King passed away, Dwight has studied every move that Elvis made and has mastered the 50s, 60s, and 70s eras of Elvis career. He has performed all over the United States as well as in England, Brazil and Mexico and has toured Japan several times. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some personal friends of Elvis including: DJ Fontana, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, Cynthia Pepper, Julie Parrish, Charlie Hodge, and Joe Esposito.

Reserved Seats: $28 advance - $33 door.

Box Seats: $33 advance - $38 door.

Cost: $28-38 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Nelsonville Music Festival 2018
Thu May 31Fri Jun 1Sat Jun 2Sun Jun 3

SAVE THE DATES. The 14th annual Nelsonville Music Festival takes place at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Presented by Stuarts Opera House, a non-profit historic theater and performing arts center in Nelsonville, NMF features over 60 musical acts in four days on multiple stages plus on-site camping, kids activities, food, a beer garden, artisan vendors, and much more. Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival -one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit-, and Andrew Bird said, -It is the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you would lose something.- The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Catch live music on multiple stages including a small -no-fi- cabin and a picturesque -porch- stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor. 2017 artists included Ween, they Might Be giants, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Rodriguez, and many more.

Cost: $30-140 per person

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

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