14th Annual Brew HaHa featuring Sol’Jibe Set for January 24 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Sparks/Reno, Nev. – Nevada’s biggest party is back, bigger and better than ever, as Brew HaHa 14 returns Saturday, January 24, 2009, to the Rose Ballroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Celebrating an effervescent fermentation of music and brews, this year’s 14th annual benefit for Sierra Arts features local favorites Sol’Jibe as the evening’s headline entertainer. And, once again, a single price includes responsibly unlimited tastings from more the 35 microbrewery selections – the most selections in the event’s history! A fantastic raffle will also be offered, with super prizes including a Florida trip for two.

This year’s brewers/suppliers include: Silver Peak, Great Basin, New Belgium, New Castle, Pyramid, Crown, Oskar Blues, Full Sail, Unibroue, Merchant du Vin, Speakeasy, Buckbean, Anderson Valley, North Coast, Coors, Binding Brauere, Heineken, Mammoth, Eel River, Laguntas, Stone, Mendocino, Deschutes, Big Sky, Moosehead, Sierra Nevada, Alaskan, Black Diamond, Luce $ Sons, Gordon Biersch, Anheuser Busch, Kona, Red Hook, Sam Adams and Rail City.

Hours for this year’s Brew HaHa are 8 p.m. to Midnight. Tickets are $50 per person general admission, and $60 each for VIP reserved (which guarantees seating and allows admission at 7:30 p.m.). Be sure to purchase early, as ticket prices go up $10 on the day of the event.

Reno’s own Sol’Jibe’ — which is often described as Dave Matthews meets the Afro-Cuban All Stars — is driven by the expressive vocals and violin of Tim Snider, who began playing classical violin at the age of three. Snider longed to immerse himself in the music of other cultures. After graduating from high school he trekked to southern Spain to study music with the Gypsies, honing his skills and enriching his style. He returned home and started a band in 2002 with a distinct sound that can only be described as Sol’Jibe. The group has toured relentlessly ever since, staging upwards of 200 concerts and clinics annually. However, Sol’Jibe’s growing reputation for musical innovation also reflects the talents of a half-dozen other diverse, extraordinary musicians: bassist Fernando “El Nando” Flores, pianist Joel “J” Cowell, drummer Caleb “Escandalo” Dolister, multi-instrumentalist Justin “JK” Kruger, and saxophonists Jonathan Phillips and Jimmy Hoover.

Sierra Arts is a local arts organization dedicated to presenting and promoting cultural events, arts in education, art in public places and other arts programs as needed in our community. The non-profit provides facility management for gallery spaces, while giving financial and technical support to artists and arts organizations. Sierra Arts leads the community in assessing the cultural needs of our region and developing programs that make this a better place in which to live. Visit sierra-arts.org for more information.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget is a premier casino resort owned and operated by the Ascuaga family in Sparks, Nevada. For more information, call 800-648-1177 or 775-356-3300, or click here.

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