May 13

Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson has won many fans over the last several years with their spirited live performances and serious musical chops. Those fans should raise a glass, because they’re about to get their ears blown off with the new full-length album Through the Night, set for a late spring release. The album possesses a depth of sound that can only come from the frequent addition of piano, organ, and horns to guitar-based rock. This set of songs, written on the road and between tours, explores dark themes of relationships, the political climate of the country, and what it means to spend your days in a van, traveling the highways of America.

As anyone who has seen their live show will tell you, while there are several excellent solos and impressive individual moments, the thing that gets you – the thing that keeps you coming back – is that full sound. Sonically, the band is greater than the sum of its parts, in the best possible way. The unified musicianship of the band serves as a solid home base for the searching lyrics of lead singer and guitarist Kai Crowe-Getty. In addition, the band’s multi-instrumentalist, Henry Jones, takes a break from keys and trombone to jump on the mic for a few tracks, bringing an R&B urgency. The current lineup includes Jones’s brother Calloway on lead guitar, Andrew Hollifield on bass, and Johnny Stubblefield behind the sticks. With a full tour of the east coast and points west in the works, this is a band in command of their sound, bringing strong songs in hard times to towns across the country. Keep your head up.

Amphitheater Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 2pm to 5pm - Free Show
May 15

Taimane

Tickets go on sale April 15th at 10 AM. Available online or in person at the Gift Shop.
Doors: 6:00 PM | Dinner & Dessert: 6:00 - 7:30 PM | Taimane: 7:30 PM

NEW! The Big Room is now pre-selling buffet dinner and dessert tickets! Preview the menu below or in the Gift Shop and purchase ahead of time. Dinner and dessert will be sold separately or together. Dinner and dessert available from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Visit our FAQ page for more details.

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About Taimane
International ukulele virtuoso, Taimane, experienced a breakout year in 2017 launching herself into the national psyche thanks to performances in front of crowds of over 10,000 at iconic venues Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Gorge Amphitheater in July and her selling out a host of shows on the west coast and east coast thereafter during her first ever headline tours. Concert goers and arts presenters alike have responded with glowing praise and excitement.

“Every so often we discover an artist as he or she is about to emerge into a much bigger arena. These experiences have included Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington and Lake Street Dive. Now, we have a new discovery - Taimane. She’s destined for a big, bright future,and I encourage you to catch her show as soon as you can.” -Bruce Labadie, San Jose Jazz Artistic and Festival Director. While this rise in popularity has felt like a lightning strike in many ways, Taimane’s journey to this position has not been overnight. She began performing in public at age 10, busking in Waikiki in her home state of Hawaii every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home and workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a spot in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. At 17, Taimane received her own show, a Friday night residency at the expansive Hyatt Regency in the heart of Waikiki.

This is your chance to see a super star in the making. Dont miss this one time opportunity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22FXN5-iCiQ

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Taimane Dinner Menu
Fresh Brewery Baked Bread
Roasted Apple Salad [mixed greens, honey apple vinaigrette, feta cheese, seasonal vegetables, apples, dried cranberries, pecans]
Roasted Seasonal Vegetables [ with fresh herbs]
Mushroom Risotto [creamy Arborio rice, roasted mushrooms, parmesan cheese]
Tri Tip [herb rubbed, horseradish crème fraiche]
Vanilla Cake [vanilla bean cake, seasonal fruit, buttercream frosting, whipped cream]

A Heritage Show in the Big Room
May 19

Metaphonia

Formed in 2014 in Boone, NC, Metaphonia is the Prog-Funk brainchild of bassist/vocalist Alex Golden and keyboardist Mike Runyon. What started as a trio between Golden, Runyon, and drummer Jason Burch, swiftly turned into a head-spinning chamber orchestra of math-dance-madness. With a current lineup also featuring Blake Bostain (trumpet), John Portela (saxophone), Jeremiah Brown (keys), and Erik Brandt (guitar), Metaphonia boasts some of the finest and most diverse talents in the high country. So, if funky, complex, and seldom-apologetic, satirical lyrical content sound up your crooked alley, Metaphonia is just the nonsense for you!

Amphitheater Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 7pm to 9:30pm - Free Show
May 19

Jordan Okrend Experience

The Jordan Okrend Experience is more than one thing. First, there is the signature sound, vintage pop imbued with an infectious funky jazz edge. There is also something else. Soulful music with socially conscious lyrics, that has all been but lost in today’s current pop climate.

The Asheville NC based singer/songwriter released his first two EP’s, Unpredictable and Rising Up, between 2010 and 2012 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been performing extensively throughout the East Coast ever since. His 2015 EP World Keeps Turnin was a clear indication that Okrend had thrown his hat into the ring of other soul revival upstarts such as Allen Stone and Michael Kiwanuka. The EP blended the old school with the contemporary while echoing the conscious elements of his musical heroes-Lennon, Hendrix and Marley. Since settling in Asheville NC in 2016, Okrend has continued with his impressive musical journey. He was a winner in Asheville’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition and was also named as one of the top acts to see at MONDO, NYC.

Okrend’s new album, Dance By The Riverside is a buoyant meditation of the stresses of the modern world, with a distinctively funk and retro soul vibe. It may bring to mind classic soul artists like Stevie Wonder, but has a sound that firmly belongs in these times. With lyrics that reference “social media” as in the single Dance by The Riverside, the phenomenon of “ghosting” as in the hooky electric guitar driven Stranded, the call for “Unity” in the bonus live acoustic track written in response to the 2016 election, these songs resonate.

Recorded at Sound Temple Studios in Asheville, NC with engineer Robert George, there is a certain uncontrived timeless quality in the material that resulted from Jordan’s spontaneous approach to playing and recording. Four of the eight tracks on the album are marked by their use of horns that echo over catchy hooks including the single, Dance By The Riverside. The single also made into an Official Video was filmed by the French Broad River in Asheville, NC and captures the joy, freedom and positive vibes of Jordan’s music. “The emphasis is on speaking to the human experience”, Okrend asserts. “I hope this album inspires and uplifts all who hear it.”

Amphitheater Stage at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 2pm to 5pm - Free Show
May 20

Cults

Tickets On Sale March 25th! Available online or in the Gift Shop.

DOORS: 7:30 PM | SHOW: 8:30 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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Cults

Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band’s first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after Static, Cults returns with Offering, an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas–Cults are working in Technicolor now.

https://youtu.be/f8hBrLAmVkg

Sierra Nevada Presents! A Concert Series in the Big Room