Vince Gill says it simply, and maybe best: “I’d rather hear Del McCoury sing ‘Are You Teasing Me’ than just about anything.” For fifty years, Del’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans-count Gill among them-as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre.
“It gives hope to everybody-fifty years is a long time to be playing music in any field,” says another fan, Elvis Costello. “But to keep the purity that you need to do this kind of music, and the drive and the energy takes a special kind of guy.” And indeed, McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. “Here’s a guy who has been playing for fifty years, and he’s still experimenting-still looking to do things outside the box, to bring other kinds of music into bluegrass form,” says Americana music icon Richard Thompson, who saw his “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” turned into a bluegrass standard when McCoury brought it into the fold. “I think that’s the best bluegrass band, period. That’s it.”
Legends don’t come to the Big Room often, so when they do, it’s truly a show not to miss.
The Big Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Tickets go on sale November 5th at 10 AM and they’re available at http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/california/big-room or in person at the gift shop.
Yes, gift shop tickets are back!!
I’m please to announce that HONEYHONEY will be making their first Nor Cal appearance and they’re doing it in the Big Room!! Lead singer/banjo player/violinist Suzanne Santo and vocalist/guitarist Ben Jaffe twist their gritty, harmony-driven brand of Southern-flavored rock & roll through tales of lost souls, broken boys and girls with gold in their spit. Their album Billy Jack (named one of the top albums of the year by American Songwriter and hailed for finding “the common pop thread between alt. country, spaghetti western soundtracks and swampy blues” by Paste), has launched them to the very top of the Americana circut. Billy Jack climbed to #15 on Billboard’s Folk Albums chart and soon began earning praise from the likes of The Onion’s A.V. Club and LA Weekly. This is your chance to see this unique collaboration in the wonderful musical environment that is the Big Room. If you’ve never heard them, here are a couple examples of the depth and beauty of their music.. This is going to be one special show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUfSYdoelfE
Sierra Nevada Big Room
The Grateful Bluegrass Boys w/ special guest James Nash roll into the Big Room for a pre-Christmas rock’n good time.
The Boys are a wonderful collection of bay area musical giants featuring members of Hot Buttered Rum, David Thom Band, Poor’s Whiskey and The Waybacks. They play traditional bluegrass versions of Classic Rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more. These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show. The dance floor is open so seriously….come on down!
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room
When we release brand new beers, we want our hometown to be the first to try a taste. Join us for a release party in the Big Room when we introduce Hazy Little Thing IPA and Hop Bullet Double IPA!
Hazy Little Thing is a juicy, unfiltered IPA that’s as hazy as the day is long. We serve this one raw and straight from the tanks to let the fruit-forward hop flavors shine.
Hop Bullet DIPA utilizes a new hopping technique with Magnum hops and lupulin dust—the source of hop flavor and aroma—for a ballistic burst of aggressive hop character.
Come on over for food, live music, dancing and new beers in the Big Room. Cheers!
Must be 21 or older.
Sierra Nevada Big Room - Chico, CA
Tickets go on sale November 19th at 10 AM and they’re available at http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/california/big-room or in person at the gift shop.
Yes, gift shop tickets are back!!
Holiday Swing with Maria Muldaur & John Jorgenson
Join masterful singer Maria Muldaur and virtuoso instrumentalist John Jorgenson as they put a jazzy spin on holiday classics and share rarely heard gems for the 20’s and 30’s.
The first time Maria and John performed together, the musical chemistry was obvious. Maria has curated a fantastic selection of wonderfully hip holiday tunes that John has put his special spin on. Expect holiday cheer wrapped up in songs both naughty and nice, with a large dose of swing!
“Muldaur mines the finest of alternative holiday music that jumps off the stage with her brazen, authentic vocals.” Cabaret Scenes Magazine.
John Jorgenson is one of the most respected guitar players in the world” Los Angeles Times.
Holiday fun for the whole family. Rounding out the band is Rick Reed on percussion and Simon Planting on Bass. Get your tickets early!!
Big Room at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.