Feb 19

John Medeski's Mad Skillet

Available online or in the Gift Shop
Big Room Doors: 6:00 PM | Dinner & Dessert (Must Purchase in Advance) 6:00-7:30 PM
John Medeski’s Mad Skillet 7:30 PM

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Mad Skillet was born of a late night show in New Orleans, LA during Jazz Fest 2015. It came out kicking and screaming, laughing and wailing, laying down a deep New Orleans groove steeped in jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and R&B.

Band members are lead keyboardist John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood, The Word), Grammy nominated guitarist/bandleader Will Bernard (Medicine Hat, Party Hats), New Orleans native sousaphone player Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Backyard Groove), and drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ani DiFranco) also a New Orleans native.

Medeski and Bernard’s yearly quest to play together during Jazz Fest found a special chemistry with the addition of Joseph and Higgins. The eclectic, far-reaching backgrounds of Medeski and Bernard alongside this legendary NOLA rhythm section generated what Medeski calls,”a vast musical universe with limitless potential.”

“Terence and Kirk are a great rhythm section. Classic. They’re overflowing with tradition, yet always ready to go any direction the music calls for. It’s rare to find musicians with such deep roots who are also open to experimentation. I’ve always wanted an excuse to play with them, so when Will mentioned using Kirk on the gig, I thought it was the perfect time to bring Terence in too. And Will Bernard… well, something happens to Will when he’s in The Crescent City. It’s like superman coming out of the phone booth! “says Medeski.

John Medeski is best known for his buoyant, organ-centric approach to jazz as a part of trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood, he also collaborates often with John Zorn and John Scofield and plays in lauded super-groups The Word, Spectrum Road, and Phil & Friends and in 2013 he released a introspective solo piano album on OKeh/Sony Records called, A Different Time.

Watch John Medeski’s Mad Skillet Here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2TZgbDE2og

Mad Skillet Menu (Sold Separately):
-Fresh Brewery Baked Bread
-Sierra Nevada Salad
-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
-Wild Rice and Mushroom
-Pork Loin

Dessert (Sold Separately):
-Apple Crisp

Sierra Nevada Heritage Series: A Concert Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA
Feb 26

Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan

Doors: 6:00 PM
Dinner & Dessert (Must Purchase in Advance) 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan: 7:30 PM
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Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010 in addition to IBMA’s Banjo Player of the year in 2014 and 2017. Universal Favorite (Rounder Records, 2017) is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it’s truly his solo debut. His previous solo efforts—including 2014’s landmark Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe— were full-band affairs that revealed his abilities as a dynamic bandleader while reinforcing his reputation as an inventive accompanist – with both albums receiving Grammy nominations. Universal Favorite features only the man himself, playing lovely originals and covers that showcase his unique approach to the instrument and compositional flair. He recorded them live in the studio without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, embracing the challenges and exploring the new possibilities of the solo setting. And, for the first time in his career, Pikelny even sings. It turns out he has a striking deadpan baritone that conveys humor and melancholy in equal measure. This album, he says, is “is the most personal statement I’ve put forward. The setting couldn’t be more stark and I think it lays bare my musical core. Most importantly, it’s an incredibly honest solo album, in that there are honestly no other people on this record other than me.”

Watch them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlcWyr1T8S0

Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan Menu (Sold Separately):
-Fresh Brewery Baked Bread
-Caesar Salad
-Roasted Root Vegetables
-Mushroom Risotto
-Tri Tip

Dessert (Sold Separately):
-Vanilla Cake

A Heritage Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA
Mar 03

Darlingside w/ River Whyless

Available online or in Gift Shop
Big Room Doors 7:00
River Whyless 8:00 | Darlingside 9:00
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The word “extraordinary” is defined as something beyond, amazing, or incredible. The word “extralife” doesn’t exist. But in the world of Darlingside—another previously non-existent word—it’s all about invention, expansion, and elevating everything into the realm of the extraordinary both conceptually and through musical performance.

The band’s new album Extralife intensifies the journey begun on its critically acclaimed 2015 album Birds Say. On that project, Darlingside’s quartet of bassist Dave Senft, guitarist/banjoist Don Mitchell, violinist/mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist/guitarist Harris Paseltiner fused assertions (“Go Back”), assumptions (“God Of Loss”), predictions (“The Ancestor”), projections (“Do You Ever Live?”) and reflections (“White Horses”). “We put our four heads together and created this collective consciousness about bits and pieces from our past and how we saw the world based upon reminiscences,” explains Paseltiner about that sojourn. It having been the Massachusetts group’s second full-length outing, Birds Say mastered a musical and lyrical path that led to the more challenging territory explored on Extralife. Mukharji describes the “Extralife” concept as “…a life beyond where we are now, whether that’s a brand new thing, a rebirth, or just a new version of ourselves as we move forward.” So by abandoning Birds Say’s nostalgia and its tales of “what once was,” Darlingside created its polar opposite with Extralife, the new album exploring “what is now” and “what might be” simultaneously in the brave new world.

Watch Darlingside - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8sHrD48zPU

Sierra Nevada Presents! A Concert Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA
Mar 05

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen w/ Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Available in Gift Shop or Online
Big Room Doors 6:00 | Dinner & Dessert(Must Purchase in Advance) 6-7:30
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley 7:00 | Dirty Kitchen 8:00

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With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there.

Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew of infinite instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills soon to be featured once again on their new album If You Can’t Stand the Heat, slated to drop January 25th, 2019.

Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on stage, with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.

Watch Dirty Kitchen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LIK0OI4KEw

Frank Solivan & DIrty Kitchen Menu (Sold Separately):
-Fresh Brewery Baked Bread
-Italian Salad
-Ricotta Salata Risotto
-Winter Ratatouille
-Chicken Cacciatore

Dessert (Sold Separately):
-Cheesecake

Sierra Nevada Heritage Series: A Concert Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA
Mar 13

The Quebe Sisters

Available in Gift Shop or Online
Doors 6:00 PM
Dinner & Dessert (Must Purchase in Advance) 6:00 - 7:30 PM
The Quebe Sisters 7:30 PM
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When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.

Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others. Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters.

The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, have taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.

“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like The Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

Watch The Quebe Sisters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3UHoktDEbs&width=1280&height=720

Quebe Sisters Buffet Menu (Sold Separately):
-Fresh Brewery Baked Bread
-Caesar Salad
-Braised Red Cabbage
-Mashed Red Potatoes
-Apple and Cinnamon Brined Pork Loin

Dessert (Sold Separately):
-S’mores Torte

Sierra Nevada Heritage Series: A Concert Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA