Live Music

Great beer and live music—from local artists to national tours (pictured: Drive-By Truckers)—combine at Sierra Nevada.

Live music and craft beer under the Carolina sky.

Good music and great beer have always gone hand in hand, and our music spaces in Mills River are the perfect places to showcase them both. We host live music as it ought to be experienced—under the open sky with a beer in hand! Come out to our outdoor amphitheater and enjoy the best rhythm, blues, and brews Western North Carolina has to offer.


Taproom Concert Series

Join us at the amphitheater behind the Taproom for our free Concert Series every Saturday and Sunday this summer. These weekly jams feature local and touring acts in a serene and beautiful setting among the trees at our beautiful Mills River, NC brewery. Grab a beer and head out back for some great music and a good time. All shows are Saturdays 2pm – 5pm & 7pm – 9pm, and Sundays 2pm – 5pm.


Trae Pierce & The T-Stones

Grammy Award-winning bassist Trae Pierce is leading a wild new musical experience known as
Trae Pierce & the T-Stones (TPTS). Defined by hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock
and blues, TPTS has developed a high-energy live show with a modern feel that also recalls the
unstoppable grooves of Bootsy Collins: they “wants to funk you up!” Trae is a world-class
bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) who
cut his bass chops as a member of The Ohio Players.
From his Florida home, this bass “monster” has hand-picked a vibrant young group of musicians
with limitless energy and extreme talent, and together they’ve been tearing up dance floors
throughout the Southeast with a genre-blending twist of funk-rock rhythms that bring out the
best in every beat. After sharing the stage with funk powerhouses George Clinton, Parliament
Funkadelic, The Revivalists, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and
The Main Squeeze among others, TPTS is ready to take their party to you.

Don’t miss them Saturday, August 19th on the Amphitheater Stage in Mills River, NC at 7pm.


The Berlyn Trio

The Berlyn Trio from Asheville, North Carolina features James Berlyn on alto and tenor saxophones, Dan Clare on 8-string guitar, and Kevin Scott on drums and percussion. The group composes danceable arrangements of crowd friendly jazz, funk, and fusion standards for events of all shapes and sizes.
Don’t miss The Berlyn Trio on the Amphitheater Stage in Mills River, NC Saturday, August 19th from 2pm to 5pm.


Lara Hope and the Ark Tones

Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Rockabilly Female, and named the “Best Up-and-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are NY’s premier Rockabilly, Roots Rock n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues outfit.

Born from a hybrid of Lara’s former Rockabilly band The Champtones, and upright bassist Matt’s international Psychobilly act The Arkhams, The Ark-Tones hit the ground running in 2012, and they haven’t slowed down since. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with their own original musical offerings in the vintage style as well as re-workings of classics and standards. This “travelin’ band” is out there pleasing listeners of all ages and walks of life…wherever they roam. Their second full length album, “Love You To Life” come out Summer 2017.