Ryan “RnB” Barber is a proud staple of Asheville NC’s legendary music scene, at the forefront of its funk and R&B community. Drawing from a lifetime of singing, rapping, producing and touring across the nation, Ryan has released 6 full length studio albums. He has also been featured on many high profile projects, including producing on two of R&B stalwart W. Ellington Felton’s recent albums, and also singing and rapping on the 2017 GRAMMY winning album “Infinity Plus One” by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, just one of the groups he actively tours with.
Born to a musical family and steeped in gospel and R&B from his first heartbeat, Ryan started his musical education in the church choir at the age of nine, and continued adding to a deepening knowledge of rhythm and percussion by joining the school marching band at sixteen. But it was love for hip hop, funk, jazz, new jack swing and especially R&B that beat in his chest, so he quickly began applying all he’d learned to producing his own tracks, inspired by J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, Gerald Levert and Teddy Riley. Mixing a classic beat production feel with soulful Southern singing and a fearless falsetto, Ryan solidified his musical identity as a recording artist as well as a highly sought after performer and collaborator.
Already known throughout the SouthEast as a standout voice, charismatic bandleader, and musical workhorse, Ryan “RnB” Barber has begun spreading his soaring funkiness across the nation, recently rocking sets at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival and performing live on SiriusXM in Washington, DC, delivering uplifting messages with a timeless soul that sounds like both yesterday and tomorrow.
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - After-Nooner Series 2pm to 5pm
Midnight Snack is an art pop band based in Asheville by way of Boston.
The 5 piece integrates elements of psych rock, indie-dance, and folk into their music.
Featuring Jack Victor (vocals, drums), Michael Johnson (guitar, synthesizers), Katie Richter (vocals, trumpet), Peter Brownlee (bass), and Zack Kardon (guitar), Midnight Snack tours nationally, charming audiences with prominent vocal harmonies, lush instrumentation and introspective performances.
“They’ve taken the best elements of dance music, psychedelic music, and folk music to make their own sound.”
-David Paul Kleinman, Alt Daily
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - Sunset Series 7pm to 9pm
Tickets go on sale September 10th at 10 AM and they’re available at http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/california/big-room or in person at the gift shop.
Yes, gift shop tickets are back!!
Since her first appearance in the Big Room as a teenager, Sarah has become one of the most sought after acoustic artists performing today. Undercurrent, her latest album accentuates the growth and maturity that Jarosz, now 25, has achieved since graduating from New England Conservatory and moving to New York City. The change in approach garnered Jarosz two Grammy Awards in 2017—Best Folk Album for Undercurrent and Best American Roots Performance for “House Of Mercy.” Undercurrent also picked up the award for 2017 Album of the Year from Folk Alliance International.
Jarosz ended 2016 and began 2017 building on her previous successes in the UK and Ireland, including sold out shows at Union Chapel in London and City Halls in Glasgow. She also continues to make frequent appearances on the new Chris Thile-hosted A Prairie Home Companion. Sarah will tour throughout 2017 supporting Undercurrent, with musicians Jeff Picker on bass and Anthony da Costa on guitars and vocals. Opening the show will be Brother Roy.
The Big Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Be it watching the leaves turn or building that first fire, we all have rituals that signal a change in the season. At the brewery, we’ve got our own annual tradition: the release of our Celebration Fresh Hop IPA.
In the 36 years we’ve been brewing Celebration, it’s become one of our most beloved releases. Celebration features the freshest hops of the harvest and is one of the few hop-forward holiday beers on the market. The beer is famous for its bold flavor, signature hop character and intense citrus and pine aromas.
Join us for an evening of revelry, live music, and food and beer for purchase as we toast the start of Celebration season.
Must be 21 or older.
Sierra Nevada Big Room
Fireside Collective, a Progressive Folk band heavily influence by American Roots Music, features strong musicianship, colorful harmonies, and contemporary original music. Proud to be a part of Asheville, North Carolina’s burgeoning music and art scene, the Collective seeks to bridge the gaps between early folk music, the urban folk revival, and the current folk renaissance happening today. Expect to see an energetic live show featuring songs of leaving, songs of love, and songs of life.
Fireside Collective was the first band to play the Taproom and we are proud to have them close out our Summer Music Series.
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - Back Porch Revival Series 2pm to 5pm