Jazz this weekend

Saturday brings the chance to enjoy renowned Israeli jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader Anat Cohen as the Shepherd University Friends of Music hosts its Jazz Festival Concert.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center.

Friends of Music, the nonprofit that promotes music excellence at Shepherd and throughout the region, will offer two other shows next month: the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra March 9 and The Lee Konitz New Quartet March 28.

Those shows also begin at 8 p.m. at the Frank.

Friends of Music has two more shows on the lineup for the following month: the Masterworks Chorale at 7 p.m. April 14 and The 5 Browns at 8 p.m. April 10.

For tickets and other information, call 304-876-5765, email friends@sufom.org or go to sufom.org.

First Tuesdays kick off

Charles Town’s the Tap House next week debuts First Tuesdays, its new open-mic event.

The new monthly event is open to bands or individuals, including musicians of any ability or age. Performers will enjoy the bar’s big stage and state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. It’s also possible to get a recording of any live performance.

Besides being a hub for music, the Tap House is known for its wide selection of draft beers, more than 50 at last count and still growing. No other bar in the Mountain State has so many varieties on tap.

The venue, which offers bowling on site as well, is smoke-free and family friendly. To learn more, stop by 107 Keyes Ferry Road just west of Gold’s Gym and the Somerset Plaza Shopping Center or call the Tap House at 304-728-1001.

Ranson touts Southern rock

RANSON – Ranson Civic Center will host a special music event next month, with the Baltimore-based, country/Southern rock band Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River performing from 7 to 11 p.m. March 16.

Tickets cost $20. They will be available at the door or may be reserved now by calling organizer Jessica Palencar at 304-724-3862.

The civic center is located at 431 W. Second Ave.

Civil War books

A new book by Dennis Frye, chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, will be the focus of a special talk and dinner next month in Shepherdstown.

Frye, who wrote “September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril,” will be in the spotlight March 16 along with Tom Clemens, the Hagerstown Community College professor behind a second volume of Ezra Carmen’s “The Maryland Campaign of September 1862.”

Clemens is president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, the group co-sponsoring the event at the War Memorial Building at 102 E. German St. The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. also is a co-sponsor.

The night’s menu includes either vegetarian lasagna or filet de Boeuf with mushroom Madeira sauce, garlic-roasted potatoes, green beans almondine, minted carrots and a salad of field greens with hearts of palm, artichokes, shaved Parmesan and lemon vinaigrette. Dessert is lemon pannacotta, fresh fruit and cookies. Tables of eight will share a bottle of white wine and a bottle of red; additional wine, beer and iced tea also will be for sale.

A cocktail hour and book signing begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, an auction of Civil War-related items and then a discussion period with the two authors. Tickets cost $45.

For details or to make reservations, go to battleofshepherdstown.org or call 732-930-3132.

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