Events

Prost!
Oktoberfest fun under the tent and out in the hop field.
Marvel at the artistry of local glassblowers.
Moustache contest hopefuls show off their facial stylings.
Jul 21

Marcia Ball

The Texas–born, Louisiana–raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groovy New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads, and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a favorite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. She’s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations). She’s received five Grammy Award nominations, including nominations for five of her six previous albums. Marcia and her band are guaranteed to keep the dance floor rockin’. Get you tickets early.

Sierra Nevada Big Room
Jul 24

Stephen Evans & the True Grits

Bridging folk-rock with Americana, Stephen Evan’s latest album showcases a mix of moods, including energetic rock sounds contrasted by wistful, lifting melodies. Stephen will be performing with his band The True Grits featuring Brian Shoemaker on bass and guitar, Sam Hess on drums and Woodstock on the mandolin. Learn more at https://www.reverbnation.com/stephenevansmusic

Amphitheater at the Taproom - Mills River
Jul 25

Paul Thorn (Monday)

Paul Thorn is back for two big nights!

Big Room fans simply can’t get enough of Paul Thorn and neither can the music industry—Bonnie Raitt calls him “one of my favorite artists.” Thorn deftly navigates blues, roots, country, gospel and more. His 2010 album “Pimps and Preachers” made it to #1 on the Americana charts, while illuminating his family history. Thorn was influenced by both his father, a Church of God Pentecostal minister, and his uncle, who spent time as a pimp.

The San Francisco Chronicle said Paul is the “real deal” which “comes along infrequently these days.” Legendary manager Miles Copeland discovered Paul during a performance at a pizza joint, and shortly thereafter he was touring with big-time heavy hitters such as Sting, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, Robert Cray, Marianne Faithfull and John Prine.

Paul and his talented band deliver Southern soul and hard-driving rock at their best. Since he’s sold out the Big Room each visit, get your tickets early. And yes, the dance floor is open!

Sierra Nevada Big Room
Jul 26

Paul Thorn (Tuesday)

Paul Thorn is back for two big nights!

Big Room fans simply can’t get enough of Paul Thorn and neither can the music industry—Bonnie Raitt calls him “one of my favorite artists.” Thorn deftly navigates blues, roots, country, gospel and more. His 2010 album “Pimps and Preachers” made it to #1 on the Americana charts, while illuminating his family history. Thorn was influenced by both his father, a Church of God Pentecostal minister, and his uncle, who spent time as a pimp.

The San Francisco Chronicle said Paul is the “real deal” which “comes along infrequently these days.” Legendary manager Miles Copeland discovered Paul during a performance at a pizza joint, and shortly thereafter he was touring with big-time heavy hitters such as Sting, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, Robert Cray, Marianne Faithfull and John Prine.

Paul and his talented band deliver Southern soul and hard-driving rock at their best. Since he’s sold out the Big Room each visit, get your tickets early. And yes, the dance floor is open!

Sierra Nevada Big Room
Jul 27

Floyd Fest

FloydFest’s dedication to family-friendliness, audience diversity, outdoor activities and conscious environmentalism, coupled with a commitment to showcasing the highest quality multi-genre musical line-up, have made it the hottest ticket on the East Coast festival scene. In 2013 FloydFest sold out to a capacity crowd of 18,000 per day. Learn more at www.floydfest.com

Floyd, VA