With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their folky-bluegrass sound. But what always seems to grab audiences immediately are their powerful vocals in three part harmony. All actors by trade, The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a new play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. They are singers and storytellers first; therein lies their ability to turn boisterous bars into attentive listening rooms and sleepy pubs into raucous parties as they weave stories with their exuberant performances.
Don’t miss their return on the Amphitheater Stage Memorial Day from 3pm to 5pm.
Amphitheater Stage - Mills River - 2pm to 5pm
Tickets go on sale April 30th at 10 AM. You can buy them in person at our Gift Shop or online with the “buy tickets” link below.
Sierra Nevada Big Room is proud to present Rising Appalachia, truly one of the rising musical stars in the roots/Americana genre. Don’t miss this chance to see why, up close and personal.
Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith tear into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up soul fires. Listen to their beautiful sound for banjo and fiddle duets and poetic harmonies like only sisters can do… Joined full-time by their beloved band, Biko Casini on percussion, and David Brown on stand-up bass and baritone guitar, expect everything from folk standards to jazz, to New Orleans soul, to old mountain traditionals, to activist anthems, as their style redefines folk music as a truly living art. Using sound as a tool to spark a cultural revolution and birth a new movement, come join them as they create soul sounds for us all…. Their shows have included and array of community-run venues and collective events, as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, NPR’s All Songs Considered, E-town, The School of America Vigil, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Emory University Shwartz Center, The Beacon Theater NYC, The Lake Eden Arts Festival, Radio Popular Verona, Italy, Guerilla Radio Amsterdam, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Highlander Center 75th Reunion, Burning Man, Urkult (Sweden), and Festa Del Fuoco (Stromboli Italy) and many more.
Rising Appalachia has been voted “Green Album of the Year” by the Huffington Post and Atlanta’s Best Folk Act by the Creative Loafing, and have been written up in Paste Magazine, The New York Times, The Performer Magazine, Dirty Linen, Sing Out, Anti-Gravity, Maverick and more. Their tours have taken them across Europe, through the Caribbean, into Central America, into the Indian subcontinent, and across the United States making sacred sounds and elaborate stages wherever they go.
Produced by multi Grammy winner Jim Scott, The Broadcast is a soulful blues roots rock band formed in New York City and developed in Asheville, North Carolina. Fronted by the explosive vocals of Caitlin Krisko, the bands live shows bring back the spirit of high energy performances originally made famous by 1970s classic rock bands.
Since 2013, The Broadcast has released two full length studio albums and performed over 1,000 shows across the United States and Europe from intimate house concerts to sold out amphitheaters. This is a band on the brink of something taste makers are taking note of.
Amphitheater Stage - Mills River - 7pm Sunset Series
In its third year, this is a 100-mile gravel road bicycle race starting and ending at Lake Davis, will take place Saturday, June 4th, 2016. Last year 484 intrepid souls lined up to ride a route that looped around Lake Davis, headed north through Red Clover Valley, then dropped into Genesee Valley before climbing back and returning to Lake Davis. Shorter 60- and 30- mile options will be available. Riders competing in the full 100-miler were faced with over 7000? of climbing on a route that was 80% gravel. There were many flat tires. Learn more at http://www.sierratrails.org/events/lost-and-found-bike-ride-2016
Lake Davis, CA
Hustle Souls is a high-voltage Soul-Jam act based in the hills of Asheville, NC with a reputation from Tennessee to New York City as one of the most exciting bands on the rise in the South. With undeniable originality, the music pushes the nostalgic sounds of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, into modern and refreshing territory. The band combines passionate songcraft, 4 part vocal harmony, New Orleans trumpet, brilliantly voiced guitar chords, and one of the most creative rhythm sections in a long time.
Amphitheater Stage - Mills River - 2pm to 5pm After-Nooner