History & Hops

Experience History on a 20ft screen, with drinks and food with an in depth, knowledgeable and entertaining host!

The Confederate Army’s 8th Virginia Infantry, composed largely of men from Loudoun County, participated in some of the most significant engagements of the Civil War. This talk will examine the regiment’s history, with a focus on the experiences, actions and memories of soldiers who took part in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. Presented in partnership with the Loudoun Museum.

History and Hops is Loudoun County Public Library’s program for adults 21 and older that pairs Loudoun history with local beer at Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville. Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/yye23zoj

The J.O.B. band Live!

Fueled by the sheer power of human connection, The J.O.B. from Richmond, Virginia is a band on a mission: to touch the lives of everyday people with their music.
The band’s founders, Jim O’Ferrell and Jason Crawford, originally met in 2007 in between O’Ferrell’s deployments from the war in Iraq when he searched for a lead guitar player to play his music. Without hesitation, Crawford knew this was something he wanted to be a part of. O’Ferrell and Crawford recorded their first EP, Stranger in the short time available before O’Ferrell’s return to the war.
Despite coming from different musical backgrounds, and one of them in combat from continents away, the two never lost the desire to embark on this creative endeavor. A year later, in 2008, O’Ferrell was back from the war for good. With a new reality and perspective that only a soldier can have, he had a list of experiences just waiting to be turned into something more, and that is when The J.O.B. put their musical vehicle in drive.
The two-piece band began looking for other musicians to fill in the spaces. Drummer Eric Bandy joined the band in 2014 after auditioning and sweeping away all other candidates. Bandy learned the entire 30-song live show setlist in time to tour just two weeks later. In 2016, The J.O.B. discovered bassist Jared Merrill. As the youngest member, Merrill brought a new expertise and fresh energy into the band. He also brought another singing voice that they had been without for several years, adding a new, rich texture to the vocals. A multi-instrumentalist, Jared’s addition was the final step in their music development and completes the well-rounded sound that The J.O.B. has today.
The love of music and performing is the catalyst that connected four people from four entirely different walks of life. As O’Ferrell says, “The band brought us all together, we weren’t childhood friends sharing mix tapes in school.” The chemistry between band members is undeniable, and their greatest hope is to share that and spread the comradery with anyone who sees them play.
Many of the songs are inspired by the humble nature of the human heart, the souls of people O’Ferrell has met throughout life, and of the things he has seen in his military time serving our country.
The J.O.B. are storytellers, taking authentic human experiences and reflecting them like a mirror onto their audience. Giving a voice to those that may have buried their own somewhere deep inside, their music is a true companion that makes people’s emotions relevant and meaningful. Every face in the crowd is an individual opportunity to form a bond.
Performing live is where the rubber meets the road, and The J.O.B. travel at full speed while also taking time to appreciate every stop along the way. Their music portfolio includes 6 albums, 3 nationally charted songs, and scores of live performances ranging from saloons to festivals. Their newest album, Highway of Shadows, was chosen as 1 of the “50 Best Richmond Records of 2018” by The Auricular.
O’Ferrell says, “I’ve been lucky, and I’ve been cursed. I’ve accomplished some great things and I’ve failed miserably. And now, I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do when I was 17 years old.”
The J.O.B.’s music is in rotation on commercial, independent, and internet radio stations all over the United States and across the globe.
What fans are saying:

“True to their self-described Alt-Rock with a Blues soul and Americana roots, the band stirs these genres into one potent and tuneful brew.”
—The Big Takeover
“…a sound that sucks you along like the tail wind of a Mack truck. It leaves any crowd wondering what hit ’em.” – Sara Metz, Metz Productions
” For these folks, not expressing themselves through music would be ludicrous, and it shows in the passion and dedication that’s infused into every note of their songs.” – Ryan Mason, Magazine33
“…superbly written compositions within the wall of sound…” – Tim Whale, UK Indie Bands Blog
“American Rock’s most fist-clinching, teeth grinding, death-defying, and truth-be-told band…” – Rampage448 on iTunes

Wayne Lee Band

Named for their legendary hard-drinkin’, forever honky-tonkin’, chronically-absent – and fictional – lead juice harp player, Wayne Lee Ray represents the outlaw in all of us. Hailing from Winchester, Virginia, this five-piece band of brothers has energized local audiences, bringing their hard-edged, twangy telecaster and harmonica-driven sound to favorite tunes by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson and other outlaw country favorites. Led by vocalist/guitarist “Johnny Lee Ray” Genthner, the band features the hard-blowin’ harp and vocals of “Scotty Lee Ray” Pardue, “Gerry Lee Ray” Kinzie on guitar and background vocals, “Davey Lee Ray” Hurt on bass and “Donnie Lee Ray” Hess on drums.

Anthony Semiao Live

Anthony was born and raised in Sayreville, NJ.   If you know your rock 'n roll
trivia, then you know that's home to John Bongiovi, better known as Jon Bon Jovi. 
Anthony grew up on the 80's sound and the great "hair bands" of the era.  
While the 80's synthesizer and the distorted electric guitar were at the forefont 
of Anthony's music influences he also played acoustic guitar in folk and church 
groups.  
As time has rolled on, Anthony has been influenced by music from all genres including
artists like Eric Clapton, Rush, U2, CCR and the Allman Brothers.  Living in the 
rural setting of western Loudoun County, VA has opened the world of country music 
influences too.  At his core, Anthony enjoys taking classics from any genre and 
stripping them down to an acoustic guitar.  You are sure to hear 70's and 80's 
classics arranged for the solo acoustic, contemporary takes on 50 and 60's classics 
or some of the most recent chart toppers at Anthony's shows.

Ladies Night at Dragon Hops Brewing with DJ LK3MY5T (Alchemist)

Come relax and enjoy great Lady’s Night every Friday with Music by DJ LK3MY5T (promounced “alchemist”), starting this Friday, May 3rd. He’ll be playing music for you every other Friday night. Request what you want to hear and order what you’d like to enjoy. Super Specials for Ladies and regular Happy Hour pricing for everyone ’til 9pm. Get Out and Play! Unwind and get ready for your weekend!