Big Room

Wild Child w/ Solar Estates - Monday, August 13 2018
Asleep at the Wheel - Saturday, August 18 2018
Amanda Shires w/ Lilly Hiatt - Tuesday, August 21 2018
Anderson East w/ Los Colognes - Monday, August 27 2018
The Mother Hips - Tuesday & Wednesday, August 28 & 29 2018

Sierra Nevada Presents!

Live in the Big Room

Known as one of the premier venues in the North State, the Big Room at Sierra Nevada is an upscale live music and event space located at the brewery in Chico, California.  Sierra Nevada presents many different types of shows, including our Heritage Series – dinner-theater-style concerts rich in the traditions of Americana and bluegrass, offered in an intimate setting.  Sierra Nevada will also present rock, alternative, independent and R&B music and much more!

Upcoming Shows

Oct25
Big Room

Carl Broemel w/ Steelism

Tickets On Sale August 3rd at 10:00 AM
Available online or in the Gift Shop
Mezzanine Doors: 7:00 PM | Big Room Doors: 7:30 PM
Steelism 8:00 PM | Carl Broemel 9:00 PM
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Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket)

Years before Carl Broemel joined My Morning Jacket — the Grammy-nominated, globetrotting rock band featuring his guitar playing, saxophone solos, harmony singing, pedal steel riffs, and songwriting support — he wrote his very first songs in his Indiana bedroom.

From the start, he was a multi-instrumentalist with a singer’s gift for melody. A sideman capable of handling a frontman’s job. As his guitar-playing career blossomed, Broemel continued writing songs of his own, carving out a personal, introspective sound that reached beyond My Morning Jacket’s sonic landscape. With his third solo album, Wished Out, he merges articulate, pensive songwriting — including ruminations about science, love, the passing of time, and the grind of the artistic struggle — with some of the most energetic, rock-inspired songs to date.

Watch: https://youtu.be/WqphKiOiy_c

w/ support from Steelism

Oct29
Big Room

Lindsay Lou

Tickets On Sale: August 17th at 10:00 AM
Doors: 6:00 PM | Dinner & Dessert: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Lindsay Lou: 7:30 PM
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Lindsay Lou

Lindsay Lou has been making beautiful, soul-shaking music for the last decade with her band The Flatbellys, though 2018 marks what might be the biggest year for the band. Now with four albums under their belts - 2010’s Lindsay Lou, A Different Tune, 2012’s Release Your Shrouds, and 2015’s Ionia - the band just release their latest, a transformative and heart-wrenching album titled Southland. The identity for this particular record - the beauty with which its sound slips into the ether - didn’t come by crazy random happenstance. The year leading up to its recording, 2016, was a trying year emotionally for several of the band members so - after taking a beat to really delve into the roots of it all - the band is re-emerging with material written during that time in a cathartic and transformative light.

Raised with a sense of community that was cultivated by a humble but culturally enriched and musical family, Lindsay is an absolute powerhouse. Her singing seems to float over the instrumental mastery and deep groove of her band soulfully fierce intensity and a tender intimacy that demands your attention. In the words of David Grier, “Lindsay…sings the way you would want to if you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it’s all there. Effortless seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don’t miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” Her sound is made even more recognizable by talented multi-instrumentalists and harmony singers; Joshua Rilko, PJ George and Jeff Wilson.

https://youtu.be/so0ShHYRNUY

Nov06
Big Room

of Montreal w/ Reptaliens

Tickets On Sale July 11th at 10:00 AM
Available online or in the Gift Shop
Mezzanine Doors: 7:00 PM | Big Room Doors: 7:30 PM
Reptaliens 8:00 PM | of Montreal 9:00 PM
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of Montreal

Two important events occurred during the making of White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. I became “Simulated Reality” paranoid and I fell in LOVE.

Well a lot more happened during the process of writing and recording, but those are the two big ones. I also reached a healthy point of self-forgiveness for my failed marriage and became deeply educated in the lies of America the Great.

I feel like a switch was recently turned on in my brain and now I’m beginning to see through the lies that have been fed to me my whole life by the masters of media and by those who control and manipulate the narrative of our cultural identity and social order.

My paranoia began during the presidential election cycle and reached a dangerous peak shortly after the inauguration. In the meantime I watched and read countless works of art in a mad effort to be reminded of how many truly brilliant people there are living/struggling among us and to try to maintain a positive outlook. The works of Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Chris Kraus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the Autobiographies of Malcolm X and Mark E Smith were all great inspirations, to name a few.

Musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for pop singles back in the ‘80s. It’s so cool how a lot of the 80’s hits had these really intricate and interesting longer versions that wouldn’t get played on the radio and could only be heard in the clubs. I used that template with these tracks, I wanted them all to feel like the extended “club edit” of album tracks.

I also decided to abandon the “live band in a room” approach that I had been using on the recent albums and work more on my own or remotely with collaborators. I used the same drum sample packs throughout because I wanted the album to have a rhythmic continuity to it. I wanted the drums to have a strong and consistent identity, similar to how Prince’s Linn Electronics LM-1 drum machine played such an important role on his classic albums. Zac Colwell also played a huge role on this album, adding saxophones and synths to most of the songs. I also got a lot of help from long time collaborators, and “of Montreal” touring members, Clayton Rychlik and JoJo Glidewell.

The two title concept came to me when I was thinking about how difficult it is to frame the message of a song with just one title, because so often the songs are about so many different subjects. ‘White Is Relic’ was inspired by James Baldwin’s writings regarding the creation and propagation of a toxic American White identity. I’ve come to learn how it’s just a tool wielded by the 1% to give poor white people a false sense of superiority in an effort to keep the masses placated and numb to how deeply we’re all getting fucked by our capitalist rulers. An ‘Irrealis Mood’ is a linguistic indicator that something isn’t yet reality but does have the potential to become so.

I’m always searching for new identities so this concept of the death of “Whiteness” appeals to me greatly. Might be the only way to save the world.

-Kevin Barnes, January 2018

w/ support from Reptaliens

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