UNLUCKY SEVEN On Saturday, Oct. 25, Sound Tribe Sector 9 began its headlining show at the US Cellular Center without a hitch, but shortly thereafter, security personnel identified seven audience members suffering from drug-induced medical conditions. The seven were quickly transported to Mission Hospital, but over an hour later, the band’s set was stopped and the […]
The musicians comprising Tellico have been around Asheville for years, but the self-described “Appalachiacana” roots band itself is a new incarnation. Imagine each member’s astonishment when a $7,500 Kickstarter campaign supporting the band’s debut album was funded in under a day. “I am as surprised at the success as anyone,” says Anya Hinkle, who claims […]
Tricks, treats, haunted high schools, macabre masquerades, terrifying bike tours, frightening feasts, daring dance parties and maudlin makeout sessions: Xpress has hunted down the thrills and chills in and around Asheville. For more Halloween events, visit Clubland, Calendar and mountainx.com. • The Asheville Affiliates hosts a costume party at The Odditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-9 […]
There is no play with more of a reputation than Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In fact, it is the root of the most legendary of all theater superstitions. Somewhere along the lines it was deemed that Macbeth the play (much like Macbeth the man) was cursed, and that anyone who says the name aloud in a theater […]
At first glance, Shawnee, Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Samantha Crain makes an unlikely front woman. She might not be a boho trendsetter like Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the sisters of Swedish folk-pop outfit First Aid Kit for whom Crain is currently opening. But, even alone on stage (except for her guitar), Crain quickly proves why she’s warming […]
Beth Revis was having trouble getting her novel published. That may seem like an odd reversal for the author, who will be at Malaprop’s on Monday, Nov. 3, with a slate of other YA authors for the Compelling Reads Tour. She had just concluded her New York Times best-selling Across the Universe series. Her new […]
Asheville City Council voted unanimously Oct. 28 to sell the naming rights of an outdoor public space in the heart of downtown to the North Carolina State Employee’s Credit Union Foundation. Council also considered problems at the Asheville Police Department, heard an update from Duke Energy, and appointed three members to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Nashville-based bluegrass collective Lonesome River Band has been performing for more than 30 years. The group joined Steve Martin on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” it’s played the Grand Ole Opry along with numerous festivals and has taken home awards such as an IBMA for the song “Angeline the Baker.” But when it came […]
Founded in 2001 by artist Lelia Canter, the Weaverville Art Safari is a free, self-guided art studio tour that “provides the exclusive opportunity to delve into the thriving artist enclave located in Weaverville and Barnardsville.” Some 47 local artists will participate in the biannual crawl this fall, showcasing handmade artwork from a multitude of craft […]
Barbara Bates Smith probably isn’t feeling any butterflies relating to her upcoming theatrical performance at N.C. Stage Company, having already embodied gutsy mountain woman Ivy Rowe more than 700 times over the past 25 years. Rowe, the protagonist in Lee Smith’s bestselling novel Fair and Tender Ladies, brings an Appalachian flair to her exploits, which […]
For the Alayo Dance Company of San Francisco, C.A., choreography is used to communicate an Afro-Cuban narrative. Alayo’s work is especially dynamic because it draws from many styles and techniques, blending Afro-Cuban folkloric, modern and popular/contemporary Cuban dance into one.
Check your coat and your drama at the door. The Cosmic Happy Slam! youth poetry event was created to remind stressed teens that “in the midst of our crazy, busy lives, we can always access joy, laugh and have fun,” according to Soulspeak Asheville founder Mel Kelley. Word wranglers ages 12-21 are invited to compete […]
If someone was making a movie of Gavin Geoffrey Dillard’s life, Jared Leto would fall all over himself to land the lead role: An Asheville-born artist and writer (Dillard grew up on Sunset Mountain) leaves North Carolina for the bright lights of 1970s Los Angeles. He immerses himself in the excitement and excess of that […]
While there have been cellos and violins (and probably even the odd viola or two) on The Grey Eagle stage before, it’s possible that they’ve never been played with quite the breathless splendor of Andrew Joslyn’s Passenger String Quartet. That group, led by violinist and arranger Joslyn, with cellist Rebecca Chung Filice, Seth May-Patterson on […]
North Florida-based guitarist Daryl Hance (formerly of JJ Grey & Mofro) has a sound oft-compared to the watery lowlands of his home state. “Daryl Hance’s music is appropriately swampy. The sweltering jams are thick with humidity,” said Free Times in Columbia, SC. Hance recently teamed up with Asheville band Turchi for the Kudzu Swamp Spectacular, […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the Billy Jonas Band’s latest album and an LGBT shelter expansion.
Each week the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition sets the stage for local songwriters to showcase their craft. The winner of each week’s contest walks away with a cash prize and the chance to come back on Sunday, Nov. 23 to compete in the finals. Want to be a part of the 11-week event? There are […]
On its first three records, Brooklyn’s nine-member Budos Band has teased soul, funk and Afrobeat into its sweltering instrumental music, which slotted perfectly with similar-minded bands on the vaunted Daptone Records. But on its fourth and newest record, Burnt Offering, The Budos Band gets heavy, alchemizing ’70s psychedelic rock and proto-metal into its unique, horn-driven […]
The Asheville Art Museum is seeking approval from Asheville City Council to sell the naming rights of its outdoor plaza in the heart of downtown to the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.
There was quite a turnout at The Grey Eagle on Thursday night for New Orleans-based Hurray For The Riff Raff. The band is the project of the magnetic, 26-year-old powerhouse singer-songwriter, Alynda Lee Segarra. The fact that the folk-blues Americana band drew such a large, very attentive and engaged audience is no surprise. In addition to opening […]
From hand-built to hand-thrown, from raku to wood-fired, clay work covers a wide variety of techniques, finishes and forms. A good bit of that diversity will be on display at the WNC Pottery Festival in Dillsboro on Saturday, Nov. 1, with some 40 artists exhibiting. “Potters, like painters or sculptors, have developed their own look […]