Music

Festival Live Music

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Perhaps nothing draws more people or more interest to the Whiskey Rebellion Festival than the musical performances. From the new kick-off Thursday night with classic Rock, Roll and Soul Show to the pulsing Blues and R&B on Friday to non-stop Americana/Heritage music to Saturday’s nationally recognized headliner. This year we close the festival on Sunday with stirring spiritual music from the 18th Century and performances by ensembles of the WSO and the voices of the Washington Festival Chorale. Whatever your passion, the festival’s music scene is eclectic and exhilarating.

2018 Friday Evening Headliner

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Amanda Fish

8:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

2018 Saturday Evening Headliner

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Wood & Wire

8:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

2018 Thursday Evening

The Whiskey Rebellion presents: "The Legends of Washington"
Thursday, July 5th at 6:00PM
Community Pavilion - South Main Street in Downtown Washington

2018 Friday Evening

New Vintage Big Band

6:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Based right here in Washington County, the New Vintage Big Band brings its big band and swing music to the Whiskey Rebellion Festival to kick off Friday night’s Blues Brews and BBQs. Bring your dancing shoes!

Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues

7:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues is an all-star, down-home, acoustic trio consisting of the incredible guitar and vocal work of Eleanor Ellis, the blues harmonica virtuosity of Jay Summerour, and the percussion talents of Eric Selby. Together they deliver real deal acoustic blues, from the Piedmont to the Hills to the Swamp, blues without compromise in a relaxed, fun musical atmosphere…just like sittin’ with friends having a jam session on the back porch. Back Porch Blues has performed at various venues throughout the country including the Greenwood Blues Cruise in South Carolina, The Music Center at Strathmore and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

www.eleanorellis.com

Amanda Fish

Evening Headliner
8:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Indie blues artist Amanda Fish formed her Kansas City roots rock and soul band in 2014. The band’s dual slide and rock guitars along with Amanda’s signature ‘from the gut’ vocals lock into a sturdy grove. Awarded the Blues Blast “Rising Star” award in 2016, Amanda and her band set Beale Street on fire in the 2017 International Blues Challenge semi-finals.

www.amandafishband.com

2018 Saturday Evening

18 Strings

6PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

18 Strings is an acoustic string trio based out of Morgantown, WV, with a growing local following. The three members come from different musical backgrounds spanning everything from jazz to folk, and rock to classical. The result is a seamless fusion of styles that incorporates smart songwriting, tight harmonies, refined instrumental technique, and an airtight groove. The band’s second album, Single Wide, was released last October.

www.18strings.net

Grand Bon Rien

7PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Grand Bon Rien is Western Pennsylania’s source for live, traditional, Cajun music. Known for their driving, danceable beat on traditional two-steps and waltzes, and their tight harmonies on songs sung in Cajun French, Grand Bon Rien features Chuck Ettensohn (accordion), Mark Tamsula (fiddle), Roberta Miller (fiddle), Annie Trimble (guitar), and Steve Steinman (bass and guitar). Laissez le bon temps rouler!

www.grandbonrien.com

Wood & Wire

Evening Headliner
8:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

It’s been five years now since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of Austin, Texas. In that time, they’ve recorded five albums and performed at some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country. Mixing in elements of Americana, swing and blues into their well-crafted original music and traditional bluegrass tunes, Wood & Wire keeps people on their toes, with a cappella ballads, funky jams and rippin’ fast instrumentals. Tony Kamel (guitar), Dom Fisher (bass), Trevor Smith (Banjo), and Billy Bright (mandolin). “Our goal is to show up and drive, so that the energy hits you, and it’s undeniable,” says bassist Dom Fisher.

www.woodandwireband.com

Main Stage

11:30AM – The Fly Birds, Morgantown, WV

12:30PM – The Wayward Companions, Pittsburgh

1:30PM – Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues, Washington, DC

2:45PM – Devilish Merry, Pittsburgh

4:00PM – Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries, Ohio Valley

Pioneer Room

12PM – Devilish Merry, Pittsburgh

1PM – The Fly Birds, Morgantown, WV

2PM – Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries, Ohio Valley

3PM – Richard Withers & Mark Tamsula, Pittsburgh

4PM – The Beau Street Players, Washington

Bradford House Garden

12:15PM –  The Beau Street Players, Washington

1:30PM – Richard Withers & Mark Tamsula, Pittsburgh

2:30PM – Christian Wig, Ohio

3:30PM – The Wayward Companions, Pittsburgh

2018 Sunday Music Line Up

This year, we close the festival on Sunday on the upswing with stirring spiritual music from the 18th Century and performances by ensembles of the WSO and the voices of the Washington Festival Chorale.

The WSO String Quartet is composed of the principal string players of the Washington Symphony Orchestra and brings the sound of the WSO to smaller venues across the area. Currently it is comprised of Barbara Butler and Caryn Rogers, violins; Andrew Adams, viola; and Greta Schottman, cello. For more information about the WSO go to www.washsym.org.

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