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Music and Theater

Music and Theater

Music on Friday and Saturday, theatre on Saturday.


Friday, July 7 — Main Stage

  • 8 to 9:30 pm — Washington Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, July 8 — Main Stage

The headliner, Moe Taters and The Gravy Train. Born as a “one-off” project for a “one-time” event, Moe Taters and The Gravy Train turned out to be so much fun for the five musicians involved that they decided to let it roll. In fact, immediately upon stepping off the bandstand at that first show, each member excitedly asked, “So when’s the next gig?” And so it began.... This talented group of musicians brings you some of the best Western Swing and Vintage Country Music around, coupled with some fun and catchy originals of their own, all guaranteed to get your boots moving. The band is led by Charlie Barath on Lead Vocals and just the right amount of Harmonica. Pete Freeman’s mastery of the Pedal Steel is a big part of this band’s sound, as is the truly amazing Guitar work of Donnie Bell. The Gravy Train also boasts a stellar rhythm section made up of Perry Pinto on Bass Guitar, and Bert Lerini in the driver’s seat on Drums.

John Inghram Band. Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, John Inghram was steeped in the historic music of the region. His mother’s side of the family were church musicians, and he was exposed to bluegrass, country, gospel, and old-time music as a kid. But for Inghram, it is neither the past nor the future that piques his interest. On his self-titled debut album, John Inghram, the accomplished bass player seizes the present moment to step into the spotlight as a frontman. With a collection of 60’s and 70’s psychedelic rock tunes, Inghram sets modern experiences to vintage sounds, allowing his listeners to feel time as circular in nature, hitting on the right now with both nostalgia and innovation.

Shelf Life String Band had a humble beginning in 2007 as a singer/songwriter guitar duo featuring Derek Dysart and Joe Dep. “The Pittsburgh music scene was lacking in local acoustic string music,” remembers Joe, “and Derek and I started performing as the Shelf Life to revive string music in the city.” The Shelf Life String Band recently recorded their long-awaited debut LP, “Another Evening and Other Tales,” which will release on March 20, 2014, at Howler’s Coyote Café in Bloomfield. Releasing in tandem with the album will be a new beer brewed by Rock Bottom Brewery and head brewer Brandon McCarthy called “Shelf Life India Pale Lager.”

Robin and Bob hailing from southwestern Pennsylvania, Robin & Bob are a musical duo that was formed in early 2017. Their sound is an eclectic, genre-defying mix of blues, rock, folk & old-timey country. The duo has opened for The Danielle Nicole Band, Albert Cummings, Davina and the Vagabonds and Tas Cru. The pair perform covers, as well as originals, throughout the tri-state area. Their debut CD, "Leave On" was released in 2018.

Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries, an Ohio Valley based acoustic trio featuring Bill Gorby on upright bass and vocals, Buck Allemond on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Jim Simpson on mandolin and vocals. The band specializes in 3-part vocal harmony, covering bluegrass, gospel, Americana, old time, and classic country material plus instrumentals.

MVAA Fife & Drum Band unit will not only be marching in the parade from 10am-11am but they will take the main stage at 12pm on Saturday, July 8th to kick off our music lineup! Mon Valley Academy for the Arts, Inc.

Time Band Name
12:30 to 12:45 pm MVAA Children's Fife and Rope Drum Band
1:30 to 2:15 pm Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenary
3 to 3:45 pm Robin and Bob
5:30 to 6:30 pm Shelf-Life String Band
7 to 8 pm John Inghram Band
8:30 to 9:30 pm Moe Taters and the Gravy Train

Street Theater

Saturday, July 8 — Main Street

Time Act
After Parade One - Firebrand
Noon Two - Fifteen Minutes in Bassettown
1 pm Three - Foul, Fetid, Fuming, Foggy, Filthy
2:30 pm Four - Sit down, John
4 pm Five - In the Executive Branch
5 pm Final - Someone is Going to the Infirmary

The historical theater troupe will be performing six acts right on Main Street, in front of the Observer Reporter. Characters include: David Bradford, Elizabeth Bradford, David Lennox, Mary McCammet, Edmond Randolph, John Holcroft, Rachel Holcroft, Alexander Hamilton, David Redick, the Excise Officer and the Town Crier.

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This event is brought to you by the Bradford House Historical Association.