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.
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - Back Porch Revival 2pm to 5pm
Join us for a once in a lifetime experience to witness a Total Eclipse of the Sun on Monday, August 21st. The party will be from Noon until 4pm with the eclipse happening around 2:30pm. You will be able to experience a 99% blockage of the sun. We will have food specials, great beer and special musical guests putting together a set list worthy of such an occasion. Please remember, looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse, when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face within the narrow path of totality for up to 2.5 minutes. You can watch the progress of the eclipse for much longer with “Eclipse Shades” available all over town.
The Taproom at Sierra Nevada - Mills River, NC
Dedicated song crafting has always been the cornerstone of The Freeway Revival. A group forged on the road, they continue to use their lyrics as a window into the life of a traveling band on the current American landscape. The Freeway Revival’s refreshing and explosive blend of rock, blues, country, funk and soul translates to a genre-dissolving sound that feels strangely familiar yet remains entirely unique to itself.
Performing live, The Freeway balances organized, well-crafted tunes with a jam ethos that lends a raw and explorative power to the music. The blend of tasteful guitar harmonies, vibrant vocal harmonies, and a unique assortment of piano/organ melodies creates a soundscape that is both intricate and energetic. Rest that on the groove of a solid rhythm section, and you are sure to feel the magnetic force of this band! Each member plays a vital role in making the live experience unforgettable.
The band has toured the U.S. coast to coast as well as internationally, continually growing a dedicated grassroots fan base. After the successful release of their self-titled 2016 EP they are poised to release their first full length album, Revolution Road, in Summer of 2017. With multiple festivals and tours on the horizon, the Freeway’s journey is ongoing and exponential as they allow the livelihood of what they do to shape their sound and experience.
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - After-Nooner Series 2pm to 5pm
Groove-heavy and Genre-bending, The Georgia Flood’s music has evolved over the years. Their new album, People Like Ourselves, draws on indelible melodies, clever lyrics, and an infectious energy; weaving together an EP that hits all the right notes. The Atlanta based duo, Lane Kelly and Brooks Mason, are brothers who began playing when they were seven and nine years old respectively. Hustling birthday parties and family reunions the brothers changed sounds numerous times through their teens. Drawing on their exploration of numerous genres, their songwriting channels classic guitar driving riffs with modern pop sensibilities.
Self-financed, the band went into Jason Hoard’s Black Cat Studio to put together the seven songs contained within their new EP. Don’t let the EP status fool you though, the band toiled over 30+ tracks to carve out their favorites, coalescing into seven songs that journey through themes of love, good times, and tragedy. “We had a really tough time choosing just a few,” explains Brooks, The Georgia Flood’s lead guitar player and singer,.“We had so many songs that really brought the listener to amazing moments.”
“Whistle King,” the records infectious first single, encompasses much of what the record is about. “On the surface it seems sort of nonsensical and fun but the song really describes how crazy our lifestyle is on the road,” explains Lane, who plays bass and sings harmonies. “Playing in an indie band is a constant state of discovery, and lyrically, “Whistle King” exemplifies much of that exhilaration and frustration.”
The Georgia Flood will Rock the Amphitheater Stage in Mills River, NC Saturday, August 26th at 7pm.
Amphitheater Stage at The Taproom - Mills River, NC - Sunset Series 7pm to 9pm
Join us as we celebrate the season with a dinner in our Estate Garden. This family-style meal will be packed with our homegrown produce, local ingredients, world class beer, and good cheer. Gate will open at 7:15 p.m., dinner is served at 7:45. Must be 21 and up to attend.
Sierra Nevada Estate Garden - Chico, CA