Sprung from the far outskirts of Appalachian Americana, Emma’s Lounge plays a dynamic and gritty blend of music they call “Folk Wave.” With a heavy measure of vulnerability and soul, Emma’s Lounge doses their audience with raw, pure energy until it becomes impossible to have a bad time.
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - After-Nooner Series 2pm to 5pm
After five years of traveling the East Coast and steadily building a reputation as a live act not to be missed, Asheville music ambassadors, The Fritz, played a strong year of sets showing thousands of new fans what throngs of Southeastern music lovers have known for years: The Fritz likes to get funky. As much as they take their funk seriously, the band takes it’s rock-honed songwriting just as seriously, but the well crafted song is not the only final product in the live forum. Individually, the members of The Fritz are masters of improvisation, carefully weaving their personality into each performance.
While the music may range from hard driving soul to progressive rock, a common thread of The Fritz’s passionate energy reigns true in each show. Whether live or in the studio, the band creates an energetic dance party every time. Their 2013 release, Bootstrap, released positive acclaim around the region. The Fritz brought several unforgettable performances to festivals all over the East Coast. As 2016 rounds to a close, the boys are preparing to enter the studio to record a new album with the help of Dave Brandwein (Turkuaz, The London Souls, Zongo Junction). The Fritz looks forward to a great year in 2017, as they continue to spread the good Fritz gospel of intoxicating live music.
Don’t miss them Saturday, July29th on the Amphitheater Stage at 7pm
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - Sunset Series 7pm to 9pm
Lazybirds is a classic American band with roots in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Formed in 1996, the quartet began by immersing into the old forgotten styles of blues, jazz, country, and ragtime that had been the soundtrack of the American underground several decades earlier. The band quickly developed a reputation in the High Country for playing music that touches people at their core in a way that hearkens back to a time when music was more closely intertwined with nature. With Mitchell Johnston on stand up bass and vocals, James T. Browne on drums and vocals, Jay Brown on guitar, harmonica and vocals, and Alfred Michels on fiddle and guitar, Lazybirds have created a sound that is all their own, at once familiar and original. Loyal fans have danced through a decade and a half with the band at bars, festivals, and parties across the southeast. Much like the old New Orleans Jazz bands, Lazybirds keep on doin’ their thing … and every year, they do it a little better.
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - Back Porch Revival Series 2pm to 5pm
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on July 2nd in the gift shop or on-line at www.sierranevada.com
Lukas and his band return to Chico and this time, they’re playing the Big Room. Lukas Nelson and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) are an American rock n roll band based out of California. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father (Willie Nelson) and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs. The band has released 5 records but it’s their live stage shows that’s causing them to sell out night after night. And if that wasn’t enough, Chico favorite Nicki Bluhm will be opening the show.
Sierra Nevada Big Room
Race or ride the epic cross country to the Sierra Crest and back to town, or take in a double dose with 15 miles of the Downieville Downhill in the All Mountain World Championships. Or just come to enjoy the bike festival for the weekend. Either way, you win. Learn more at http://www.downievilleclassic.com