Join this 90-minute interactive tour of the beautiful Historic Masonic Theatre. The tour covers all four floors of this architectural and historic landmark. Learn the history, hear the stories and experience the state-of-the art sound and light capabilities of the Theatre. No charge for the tour, donations appreciated. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in the Theatre Annex ten minutes prior to the tour. The entire Theatre is handicap-accessible.
Clifton Forge Blues Fest: VIP Jam Live from the Underground Lounge and Café
Help us Kick-off the festival by sitting in on this up close and personal blues jam. VIP’s from Saturday line-up will sit in with a rotating group of talented blues musicians. You’ll wanna be a part of this special evening. Tickets are limited, so get yours early.
Live from the Underground Lounge and Café Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm Tickets: $15 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Clifton Forge Blues Festival VIP JAM in the Underground Lounge: Friday, January 26th at 7:30 pm MAIN STAGE CONCERT in the John E. Hillert Auditorium: Saturday, January 27 at 6:00PM to 10:00 pm
VIP JAM: Friday night, January 26 at 7:30pm in The Underground Lounge of the Historic Masonic Theatre. Bobby ‘Blackhat’ Walters will headline with a few of special guests rotating in and out of the set. The Underground Lounge is known as a laid-back and intimate listening room, perfect for this high-energy, up-close and personal kick-off to Saturday’s Blues Festival. Tickets for the event are $15 and are limited.
MAIN STAGE CONCERT in the John E. Hillert Auditorium
We’ve got the Blues and it feels so good! Join Headliner, The Bobby ‘Blackhat’ Walters Band and a line-up of award-winning blues musicians on Saturday, January 27 as they shake the walls of the John E. Hillert Auditorium. Featured artists scheduled to perform at the Blues Festival include Ruth Wyand, Jon Spear Band, and Tom Dikon & the Jukes Revival. Tickets are $25/$20/$15; Box Seats are $35.
Bobby "BlackHat" Walters (Robert Walters) is recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter and actor from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 40 years. Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.
Blues Guitarist Ruth Wyand raises the bar in the ‘guitarist with foot drums’ genre with her intricate picking style augmented by her alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums, and raw blues vocals. Ruth generates enough power to fuel a full band explosion. Ruth is an award-winning fingerpicker, slide player, songwriter, and music historian from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Beating a path to and from Juke Joints and Jazz clubs, Ruth performs at festivals, universities, and clubs across the US, UK, Europe, Kuwait, and New Zealand.
Nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for the prestigious “Best Live Blues Recording of 2016” award, the Jon Spear Band has received numerous favorable reviews and extensive airplay both in the U.S. and internationally. They were a 2016 WAMMIE nominee for best Blues/Traditional R&B Recording (Washington Area Music Association), and have opened for nationally touring acts including Debbie Davies, Delbert McClinton, the Iguanas, the Chris Duarte Group, and Memphis Gold. They've also appeared at the 31st and 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Although their ages span several generations, the band's members share a common determination to use their exceptional talents to create unique and memorable music.
Tom Dikon & The Jukes Revival and friends recall a bygone era of the blues while breathing new and refreshing life into it. Virginia based singer-harmonica player Tom Dikon’s harmonica chops are right up there with the best on the current scene. In 2010 he won the regional International Blues Challenge (IBC), and competed in the 2011 IBC in Memphis. His highly-acclaimed acoustic trio performances with vocalist/guitarist Jon Vallet and vocalist/bass player Rich Ridolfino offer their signature fluid, energetic and inventive style of playing. The fact that he has a cool and smooth vocal delivery doesn’t hurt either.
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, January 27 at 6:00PM to 10:00 pm Festival Tickets: Main Orch: $25; Rear Orch/Front Balc $20; Rear Balc: $15; Boxes: $35 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Internationally known quilt designer and lecturer, Kaye England, returns to Clifton Forge to lead a Quilt Retreat on her Graceful Gardens blocks and quilts. The cost of patterns is included with registration.
Registration limited to 30 students and is open to beginners, intermediate & advanced quilters!
Retreat includes 2 full days of instruction and quilting, as well as show & tell and a guest speaker.
Registration fee includes lunch and breaks on February 1 & 2 in the Masonic Underground Café and Lounge and dinner on February 2 at Ridgely and Ridgely Historic Gardens.
REGISTRATION: *Early bird registration (Discount registration ends December 31, 2017 at 11:59pm) $200.00 (50% non-refundable deposit required, with balance by 1/15, 2018).
*Regular registration (Full-price registration January 1, 2018) $250.00 (50% non-refundable deposit required, with balance by January 15, 2018).
Register online (using the 'Tickets' link on this event), by phone at 540-862-5655 or in person at the Historic Masonic Theatre box office. Box Office hours are Mon-Fri 10am to 3pm.
EVENT LOCATION: The Historic Masonic Theatre WestRock Community Room 510 Main Street Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Join the Virginia Opera for this delightful musical evening featuring arias and duet selections from Virginia Opera’s 17/18 Season: Samson and Delilah, The Girl of the Golden West, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lucia Di Lammermoor. This unique collection of popular song selections will be performed by Virginia Opera Mainstage and Emerging artists.
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Friday, February 9 at 7:30 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $15; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $12 Rear Balc: $10; Boxes: $25 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Deep River: The Marian Anderson Journey A live musical history performed by Virginia Opera
Virginia Opera brings back to The Historic Masonic Theatre stage its moving musical history of one of the most celebrated singers in the twentieth century. Marian Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States. Virginia Opera celebrates Ms. Anderson’s incredible journey with a newly commissioned program about her rise to a pre-eminent spot among the world's concert artists despite racial attitudes of the times, which she met with courage, grace, and determination
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, February 10 at 2:30 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $15; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $12; Rear Balc: $10; Boxes: $25 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Join this 90-minute interactive tour and learn all about the uniquely beautiful Theatre. All four floors are open and the tour includes history, stories, video and hands-on sound and light experiences. The Theatre is handicap accessible. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in the Theatre Annex, 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge.
Appalfolks of America Association presents the "Sweethearts Show". Keith Bryant, Nashville recording artist, will share the stage with The Virginia Opry band and vocalists in the "Sweethearts Show".
Saturday, February 17 at 7:00 PM in the John E. Hillert Auditorium. General Admission $10 ($12 at the door) Box Seats $25 - If you wish to reserve Box Seats, please call 540-862-5655 or come by the Box Office 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Barter Theatre makes its first appearance on our renovated stage, bringing this this twisted comedy that takes a serious subject and gives it a hilarious biting edge. Set in the not-so-distant future, nursing home residents are housed in a government-run, repurposed penitentiary (because the prisons have been outsourced to China, naturally!) and the Head Nurse is being a real pill. Suffice it to say that resident morale is a little down. All is doom and gloom until Joe Taylor a new resident and former actor arrives. Fresh new life is about to be breathed into Nursing Home #273 whether Nurse Claudia and her orderlies approve or not!
With each repressive rule and outrageous cost saving measure imposed by Nurse Claudia, and with Joe's help, these feisty boomers plot a coup d'état to show everyone that they aren't ready to give up on life just yet!
"A Facility for Living" pulls out all the stops when it comes to addressing all the vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings of the "system"-in this case government's response to the issue of aging in America. Sometimes it's funny because it's just so wrong," says Richard Rose, Barter Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Because of the language and content, viewer discretion is advised. In 1946, Barter Theatre was designated as the State Theatre of Virginia. Today, Barter is one of the last year-round professional resident repertory theaters remaining in the United States.
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Friday, March 2 at 8:00 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $25; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $20; Rear Balc: $15; Boxes: $35 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Aesop’s Fables Presented by the Barter Theatre ENCORE Players
Barter Theatre presents an afternoon of family fun and discovery. Aesop is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, able to weave fantastic tales with timeless lessons of truth. Join Aesop and his friends in this exciting musical adventure and experience fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Tortoise and The Hare, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf brought to life as only the Barter Players can.
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $15; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $12; Rear Balc: $10; Boxes: $25 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Can you dig it? Last Season you saw Robbie Limon as Buddy Holly and Hank Williams, Sr., this season get ready to dig out your bell bottoms and enjoy the 70s as Robbie and his talented musicians return to our stage to get down.
Rummage through your closet, because special prizes will be awarded for the best 70s outfits we see. Get your friends together and make plans to do The Hustle in our aisles as The Robbie Limon band fires up the way back machine to a time when chokers were hip, platforms were cool, and Betamax tapes were the rage!
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $25; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $20; Rear Balc: $15; Boxes: $35 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Get your St. Patty’s Day groove on with us! Love Canon doesn't cover the music of the '80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. It's a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. There's no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fool's errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony.
By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players — including Old School Freight Train's Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker, and dobro Jedi Jay Starling — add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks.
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, March 17 at 8:00PM Tickets: Main Orch: $30; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $25 Rear Balc: $20; Boxes: $40 Tickets go on sale for this show Oct 10, 2017 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
Join this 90-minute interactive tour and learn all about the uniquely beautiful Theatre. All four floors are open and the tour includes history, stories, video and hands-on sound and light experiences.
The Theatre is handicap accessible--wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in the Theatre Annex, 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge.
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.
And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens.
The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Hulda, Sophia and Grace were ages 7, 10 and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton, and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do. The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.
Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters.
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Thursday, April 26 a 7:30 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $30; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $25; Rear Balc: $20; Boxes: $40 **SUBSCRIBE and Save, part of our subscription series**
The talented performers of STARS return for a musical springtime celebration. In the John E. Hillert Auditorium
STARS (Special Theatrical Artists Revue & Showcase), presented by Appalfolks of America Association is in its 22nd performance season, and the troupe of performers who face mental or physical challenges will perform the type of variety show that STARS has become noted for over the past two decades.
Paula Crance and Sonya Kimberlin will co-direct the performance, and Chris Fisher will return as master of ceremonies. Westrock continues to be the sponsor of STARS, with support from the Town of Clifton Forge. Advanced Tickets: Orch. $10; Balc. $6; Boxes $15 At The Door: Orch. $12; Balc. $8; Boxes $17 *Not part of our subscription series