Mar 20

Achilles Wheel

Tickets go on sale February 18th at 10 AM and they’re available at or in person at the gift shop.

The Rock/Roots monster out of Nevada City that is Achilles Wheel once again will bring their high energy brand of rock and Dead inspired jams to the Big Room. This is a band that’s on the move and it’s only a matter of time before they just explode on the national sceen. And, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Here is a review of their show from this years High Sierra Festival.

“I caught the Achilles Wheel set at the Big Meadow. These guys are bound for greatness so make sure to check them out while they still play smaller venues. I give these guys one more year before we see them headlining venues like The Fillmore in San Francisco. Their honest and homespun approach to rock is infectious as noted by the swaying crowds. I can’t get enough of the Wheel!” - Michael Pegram JBO (Jam Bands Online)

If you like to dance and you have plenty of energy, we’ll see you there.

A Heritage Show in the Big Room
Mar 27

Della Mae

Tickets go on sale February 25th at 10 AM and they’re available at or in person at the gift shop.

Della Mae returns to the Big Room by popular demand.

Originating from different musical backgrounds and states across the US and Canada, each member brings distinct elements that make Della Mae such a beloved band. Together they have a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

They were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015,” and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music. They’ve sold out their two previous appearances in the Big Room. Give a look and listen.

A Heritage Show in the Big Room
Apr 02

Summerfest Release Party

Join us in the Big Room as we celebrate the return of a beloved warm-weather favorite, Summerfest!

Summerfest is our take on the Bohemian, German Pilsener-style beer. Crisp, golden, dry, and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor and spicy and floral hop character—the perfect warm-weather beer.

To celebrate its annual release, we’ll have live music, Summerfest-inspired food and beer for purchase, and a good time all around. Join us as we welcome back this annual favorite!

Live music provided by local Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
Must be 21 years or older.

A Beer Release Party in the Big Room
Apr 03

Lil Smokies

Tickets go on sale March 4th at 10 AM. Available online or in person at the gift shop.

About The Lil Smokies
When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their new album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.“We wanted to duplicate the energy of our live shows. It’s a perfect mixture of improvisation and composition. The record shows how fearless we’ve become in the last year,” says Andy Dunnigan, lead songwriter, singer and dobro player. They cut Changing Shades in a lighthearted, week-long session at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, MT with engineer Brett Allen (The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Béla Fleck) and co-producer Rob Gordon (Elephant Revival). “It was a breeze,” Dunnigan says. “Rob got us to focus on what makes each song special. We refined and recorded them live, together in one room, just like on stage.”

The first incarnation of The Lil Smokies got together in Missoula, Montana, during the winter of 2009. Through the years, the band transformed and settled into the current lineup – Scott Parker on bass; Jake Simpson on fiddle; Matt Rieger on guitar; Matt Cornette on banjo and Dunnigan on dobro. Previously, the band has won the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and took home the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award. They’ve also wowed fans at the High Sierra, FreshGrass, Telluride Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Del Fest, Floyd Fest and String Summit festivals, to name a few.

This is their first Big Room appearance. Come see why they’re taking the best of the nation’s festivals by storm.

Give a look and listen:

A Heritage Show in the Big Room
Apr 08

The Chico Comedy Festival

The Chico Comedy Festival is back in the Big Room!

DNA Presents The Chico Comedy Festival, this year with headliner Kevin Camia. Camia is a stand up comic from San Francisco, now based in Los Angeles. Kevin Camia was voted Best Up and Coming Comic at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, selected as a Comic’s Comic on and his first CD ‘Kindness’ was voted Top 10 Comedy Albums of 2010 on iTunes. Camia has headlined 4 sold out shows at Just For Laughs Toronto, and has performed at The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, RiotLA, The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, SF Sketchfest, Small Town Comedy Festival and The San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival.

The Comedy Festival will also feature the best of Bay Area and Chico talent including:

Mark Smalls
Nicole Calasich
Emily Van Dyke
Johnny Taylor Jr.
Chad Opitz
Travis Dowdy

Music will be provided by the Mike Waltz Trio.

Tickets On Sale February 25th online or in the Gift Shop.

Please note that this show may contain some adult material and vulgarity.

A Comedy Show in the Big Room