Jun 09

Black Masala

Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 7pm to 9:30pm - Free Show

Brassy Washington DC-based outfit, Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. You can hear this sound all over the world now – from New Orleans (Hot 8) to Belgrade (Boban & Marko Markovic), Paris (Fanfarai) to Cotonou (Gangbe Brass Band), and right here on the east coast area as well (Red Baraat & No BS! Brass). A major party alert for this band – Black Masala puts on an amazing, high-energy live show!

In 2015 Black Masala released their second studio album, I Love You Madly as well 3 volumes of remixes featuring DJ’s from all around the world. I Love You Madly was well received and reached #2 on the CMJ World Chart and #4 on Canada’s national Earshot radio chart.

On their second album it is clear that Black Masala are having a lot of fun incorporating various musical influences into their go-anywhere Brass sound. Ranging from Gypsy punk, Balkan brass and New Orleans funk, to Bhangra and bounce, this is an album for the multicultural music listener. The heavy horns and danceable rhythms tie “I Love You Madly” together and create an album that can be played for a wide range of audiences.

Whether they are performing live shows or releasing new music, Black Masala push the boundaries between genres and explore new musical frontiers. This unorthodox and highly creative approach is what makes the shows so much fun with a wild and unpredictable vibe for the audience.

Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 7pm to 9:30pm - Free Show
Jun 09

Fly Casual

Amphitheater Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 2pm to 5pm - Free Show

Fly Casual will bring an afternoon of swinging and soulful organ jazz to the amphitheater. The group is led by Brian Felix, UNC Asheville Associate Professor of Music and formerly of the jazz-funk group OM Trio.

Fly Casual is comprised of some of WNC’s finest: Brian Felix (organ), Jacob Rodriguez (sax), Mike Barnes (guitar) and Evan Martin (drums).

The group will be playing a mix of originals and jazz/funk standards, including versions of tunes by Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, the Beatles and more!

website: www.brianfelix.com

Amphitheater Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 2pm to 5pm - Free Show
Jun 10

Circus No. 9

Amphitheater Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 2pm to 5pm - Free Show

Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, Jambands, and more. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, and Vince Ilagan, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.

“Circus No. 9 represents everything that’s good about the new generation of acoustic music. These guys already exhibit a maturity and musicianship that has me thinking we’re going to be hearing great stuff from them for a long time!” - Bryan Sutton

Banjo extraordinaire Matthew Davis is the winner of both the National Banjo Championship and the Rockygrass Banjo Contest, not to mention the achievement of his musical chops at just age 18. Davis has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other venues and shows around the country.

On the mandolin is Virginia’s own Thomas Cassell, a now Tennessee transplant. Cassell is the winner of the 2016 Rockygrass Mandolin contest, and has performed on stage beside artists including Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Aofie O’Donovan, Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Billy Strings, and more.

Holding down the low end for the band is Knoxville’s Vince Ilagan, also holding a Bass Performance degree from the University of Tennessee and years of studio and touring experience. Ilagan has performed with artists including Justin Townes Earle, Jeff Sipe, Scott Miller, and many others.

Amphitheater Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 2pm to 5pm - Free Show
Jun 11

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

Join us on Monday, June 11th at 5:30 for a 1 hour workshop focused on home energy efficiency. During this free workshop, home energy experts will walk you through a wealth of tips on how to lower your homes energy usage and the many benefits you, and the environment, will receive from doing so! Topics covered include housing envelopes, HVAC efficiency, simple behavior changes, and much more!

High Gravity - Mills River, NC
Jun 12

Nicki Bluhm w/ Mapache

Tickets On Sale: Friday, March 30th at 10:00 AM
Available online or in the Gift Shop
Doors 7:30 PM | Mapache 8:00 PM | Nicki Bluhm 9:00 PM

Please note that there will be a new food program for this show. NO DINNER BUFFET will be offered for this show, however there will be snacks for purchase.

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About Nicki Bluhm

After nearly a decade spent with the Gramblers, and recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Infamous StringDusters, Ryan Adams), and a split from her husband and musical mentor, vocalist and songwriter Nicki Bluhm is stepping out on her own with her new album, TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL. The songs were written over a two-year period in Bluhm’s life and chronicle her fundamental life changes, which found the West Coast native living in Nashville, TN. “These songs are the conversations I never got to have, the words I never had the chance to say, and the catharsis I wouldn’t have survived without,” she says. Recorded in Memphis, TN at legendary Sam Phillips Recording, Bluhm brought in producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell), for these live band, analog sessions. The studio band includes Will Sexton (guitar), Ross-Spang (guitars), Ken Coomer (drums and percussion), Al Gamble (Hammond B3), Rick Steff (piano), Dave Smith (bass), with Sam Shoup (string arrangements) and various special guests. TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL tells the story of a woman searching for light among darkness and reveals her emergence as a powerful songwriter and vocalist of great depth and immediacy.

https://youtu.be/iAHUxREIHJM

w/ support Mapache

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