Mar 24

The Ryan Barber Band

High Gravity Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada Mills River, NC 6pm to 8:30pm - Free Show

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.

High Gravity Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada Mills River, NC 6pm to 8:30pm - Free Show
Mar 27

Della Mae

Tickets go on sale February 25th at 10 AM and they’re available at http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/california/big-room or in person at the gift shop.

Della Mae returns to the Big Room by popular demand.

Originating from different musical backgrounds and states across the US and Canada, each member brings distinct elements that make Della Mae such a beloved band. Together they have a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

They were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015,” and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music. They’ve sold out their two previous appearances in the Big Room. Give a look and listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S9wWGmtAiU

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room
Mar 31

Window Cat

High Gravity Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada Mills River, NC 6pm to 8:30pm - Free Show

Inspired by contemporary neo-soul artists like Hiatus Kaiyote, as well the modern, groove-based instrumentals of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck, Window Cat’s originative sounds create an energy that listeners can’t help but latch on to. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the seven piece band is unified by a goal to create innovative, yet palatable, art that can be enjoyed by any audience. Whether you’re a party-all-night-long dancer or a sit-in-the-back chin-scratcher, experiencing these soulful vocal melodies matched with dirty synths, perfectly placed guitar, and tight horn melodies is sure to satisfy your taste for something better than the same old.

High Gravity Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada Mills River, NC 6pm to 8:30pm - Free Show
Apr 03

Lil Smokies

Tickets go on sale March 3rd at 10 AM and they’re available at http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/california/big-room or in person at the gift shop.

When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their new album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.“We wanted to duplicate the energy of our live shows. It’s a perfect mixture of improvisation and composition. The record shows how fearless we’ve become in the last year,” says Andy Dunnigan, lead songwriter, singer and dobro player. They cut Changing Shades in a lighthearted, week-long session at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, MT with engineer Brett Allen (The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Béla Fleck) and co-producer Rob Gordon (Elephant Revival). “It was a breeze,” Dunnigan says. “Rob got us to focus on what makes each song special. We refined and recorded them live, together in one room, just like on stage.”

The first incarnation of The Lil Smokies got together in Missoula, Montana, during the winter of 2009. Through the years, the band transformed and settled into the current lineup – Scott Parker on bass; Jake Simpson on fiddle; Matt Rieger on guitar; Matt Cornette on banjo and Dunnigan on dobro. Previously, the band has won the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and took home the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award. They’ve also wowed fans at the High Sierra, FreshGrass, Telluride Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Del Fest, Floyd Fest and String Summit festivals, to name a few.

This is their first Big Room appearance. Come see whey they’re taking the best of the nations festivals by storm.

Give a look and listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG4bCNBaohA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room
Apr 08

The Chico Comedy Festival

The Chico Comedy Festival is back in the Big Room!

DNA Presents The Chico Comedy Festival, this year with headliner Kevin Camia. Camia is a stand up comic from San Francisco, now based in Los Angeles. Kevin Camia was voted Best Up and Coming Comic at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, selected as a Comic’s Comic on Esquire.com and his first CD ‘Kindness’ was voted Top 10 Comedy Albums of 2010 on iTunes. Camia has headlined 4 sold out shows at Just For Laughs Toronto, and has performed at The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, RiotLA, The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, SF Sketchfest, Small Town Comedy Festival and The San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival.

The Comedy Festival will also feature the best of Bay Area and Chico talent including:

Mark Smalls
Nicole Calasich
Emily Van Dyke
Johnny Taylor Jr.
Chad Opitz
Travis Dowdy

Music will be provided by the Mike Waltz Trio.

https://youtu.be/BiqYz02BoJ4
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Tickets On Sale February 25th online or in the Gift Shop.

Please note that this show may contain some adult material and vulgarity.

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