The Shiley Acres website states that it "is an outdoor concert venue located in Inwood, West Virginia. For over 30 years Shiley Acres has seen many local and national acts grace it's stage."
This venue was out of commission for a number of years but has recently began featuring outdoor concerts again, much to the pleasure of the locals! Find out how my first experience was at Shiley Acres seeing a concert and general information about this venue.
Shiley Acres is an outdoor concert venue located at 1446 Nadenbousch Lane, Inwood, WV 25428. It is a fairly short distance from Greencastle, Hagerstown, Martinsburg, Charles Town, and other areas in the tri-state region of West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It's a nice alternative for me to drive literally ten minutes down the street for an outdoor concert rather than about an hour and a half to go to DC or Baltimore.
We arrived a bit late because we really only wanted to see the last two bands out of perhaps six total bands. There was still a good amount of parking when we arrived. It was incredibly easy to find. We followed Route 11 (Winchester Avenue) to Nadenbousch Lane and drove about a mile up the road. We did almost miss the entrance as there was only a small sign. If I hadn't been paying attention, we might have kept driving a bit up the road before realizing we'd gone too far.
We purchased tickets at the gate and were given wristbands. We were informed if we wanted to drink alcohol we'd need to get our identification checked and wear a second wristband, which we did. My boyfriend was patted down but they only looked inside my purse before I entered the field.
Drinks inside the outdoor venue can only be purchased with drink tickets. There are beer tickets and mixed drink tickets. I felt they were priced very reasonably. The beers were priced three for $10 and the other drink tickets were $5 each. Tickets are purchased by the entry area with cash. I am unsure whether credit cards are accepted, but I believe they are.
There were plenty of stands from which to buy beverages and a food stand that sold several items. We didn't buy any food so I cannot fairly evaluate it.
I didn't notice any ATMs there, but I wasn't on the lookout for them, so I'm unsure whether there were any present. However, if there are automated teller machines there, it's probably wise to get cash from your bank's ATM to avoid extra fees.
Chairs are welcome, and there were plenty of fans there in chairs when I went, but the website warns no umbrellas or tents are allowed as they may block the view for others trying to enjoy the show. (An exception to this rule is if rain is possible.)
The field was a nice size, although certainly not anywhere near as huge as Jiffy Lube Live or Merriweather Post Pavilion. There was one stage which was built many years ago and bears the Shiley Acres emblem at the top in a triangular area. It was adequate for the performing acts and also neat to see a concert at a local venue with such a rich rock history under it's belt.
The audio was good. There was a set of speakers on either side of the stage which provided decent quality sound for the fans.
We also saw a good amount of security at the show wearing bright green shirts and patrolling the field.
The shows tend to end relatively early, around 8 or 9 pm, and I can only guess it's due to the fact that Shiley Acres is situated in a neighborhood with many residential homes nearby.
There were some domestic beer choices such as Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light and also some others. They also served some frozen pouch coolers of pina coladas or strawberry daiquiris as well as Mike's Hard Lemonade in original and black cherry flavors.
Those attending the concert are permitted to bring in one bottle of water, according to the website.
There were port-a-johns located on both sides of the grass. On each side there were about fifteen or twenty portable stalls. They were typical port-a-potties, some were cleaner than others but nothing special.
Where to Buy Concert Tickets
Tickets for concerts at Shiley Acres are available online at TicketLeap.com and other sites as well as at selected businesses in the vicinity. I purchased my tickets at the gate, and they were a little more pricier to buy there rather than in advance. Be advised if you plan on purchasing at the gate the concert might be sold out, so always check ahead of time if this is the option you choose.
Summer Jam at Shiley Acres (image from Facebook)
Shiley Acres Website
PHOTO CREDIT: images from Shiley Acres Facebook Page