The Emerald Lounge, 112 N. Lexington Ave., during Moogfest 2014. (Hayley Benton/Mountain Xpress)

Save the Emerald Lounge: venue hosts fundraiser shows May 2 & 3

Though the Emerald Lounge remains in financial trouble and risk of closure, owner Christina Brunell-Fortini told Asheville Scene that she plans to keep the establishment, even though she has listed the venue for sale as a fallback option. Two benefit shows will take place this weekend to help support the continuance of the iconic downtown […]

Photo by Courtney Chappell

Ahleuchati­stas record a live show at The Mothlight, May 2, in advance of European tour

Ahleuchatistas are heading to Spain and Italy, and we should all be very jealous. So exciting is the duo’s upcoming tour that guitarist Shane Perlowin and percussionist Ryan Oslance listed their five overseas tour dates with three exclamations marks. Each. But even if you can’t pack a bag and follow Ahleuchatistas to Rincón Pío Sound!!!, […]

Idfest: "I've always wondered about the way an artist feels a connection with the audience," says Stephanie Morgan of stephaniesĭd. "It's really helpful for me to have people there."

Brave art

Set in the upstairs lounge of Isis Restaurant & Music Hall over the month of May, ĭd weekly will include two sets of music from stephaniesĭd split by a segment called “night of bravery” in which members of the audience can take the stage for up to five minutes.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars return to LEAF this spring. Photo by Zach Smith

A festival for one and all

For more festivals, visit Calendar and mountainx.com. LEAF, at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, returns for its spring installment with family-friendly camping, arts (performance, visual, healing, etc.), dance, crafts, kids activities and plenty of music. Headliners include Los Lobos, Beats Antique, Red Baraat, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and many more. Thursday-Sunday, May 8-11. Tickets […]

“You go on tour, you record records, and you don’t really think anything of it," says The Men drummer Rich Samis. "But from the outside, it seems like, ‘Oh my god! You guys are going crazy!’” Photo by Benjamin Trogdon

Reigning men

“Tomorrow’s Hits” is the band’s fifth record in as many years, discounting 2013’s gap-filling alternate-takes collection Campfire Songs. And the band is as hard-working as it is prolific, stringing together a seemingly infinite number of tour dates. The Men’s current tour, a month-long jaunt, comes to The Mothlight on Thursday, May 1.

Photo by Freda Corine Banks

Vinyl versus the air: Sean Hayes on change, solo shows and returning to the South

Singer-songwriter Sean Hayes has been crafting his soul-tinged songs for more than two decades. “I think one of the challenges of working at home alone is you can get a lost in your own world,” he says of the new experience of recording in his own studio. But a forthcoming project is currently on hold for a string of shows that brings Hayes back to The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, May 6.

An interfaith program will educate attendees on end-of-life planning on Monday, May 5.

In the end

Kristin Scott’s mother had strong preferences about her own medical care as she neared the end of her life. She was able to make those wishes clear in an advance care directive, sometimes called a living will. When she passed away two years ago, Scott, facilitator for the WNC Health Network, says, “It was so much easier for us knowing what she wanted.”

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MFA BFA RAD: A pop-up exhibition of new works by 18 WCU students

The exhibition, which opened Friday, April 25, is up through this Friday, May 2 at The Tannery, a studio and gallery space off of Old Lyman Street in the River Arts District. It was organized independently of the WCU art program and co-curated by MFA candidates Tonya Anderson and Laura Sellers. Its featured works offer a cross section of the department’s breadth.

Photo by Sarah Shoen

The feast in the fast

It was the first day of spring. I packed away the last of my sweaters and scarves in the boxes labeled, “stuff to wear when it’s too cold to do anything.” Cleaning my apartment, I noticed dust in the corners of my kitchen floor and piles of stuff I hadn’t bothered to look at in months. When I opened my refrigerator, empty containers and a carton of expired milk stared back at me. It was time to dig deeper and continue my spring cleaning beyond my floors and countertops. It was time to cleanse my body.