Asheville probably has more public sculpture than most cities of similar size — a direct result of the region’s rich arts-and-crafts heritage. For starters, there’s Passage, Albert Paley’s abstract steel sculpture at the Veach-Baley Federal Complex on Patton Avenue; Dirck Cruser’s Energy Loop, the first city-purchased sculpture, which sits across the street from City-County Plaza; […]
“There was no stereo in the Wilson household, but the home was filled with songs: Hymns, murder ballads, songs about love, songs about work, songs about death, all played with the passion of a southern gentleman who could never quite shake the cold light of professorial logic.” So says the bio for Charlottesville, Va.-based Americana […]
Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to crack open a spooky read. But W. Scott Poole, author of Monsters in America, brings us no mere piece of werewolf or zombie fiction. His new work, Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror is a biography. It examines the story of actress, artist […]
Blue Ridge Pride’s Yvonne Cook-Riley estimates that 35-40 percent of attendees at Pack Square Park for the organization’s festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, will be straight allies. That is, people who identify as heterosexual but back their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning friends and family. What accounts for such strong support of […]
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
By Jesse Hamm Folly Beach, S.C. is not only the official beach destination of most of Asheville, but the home of Americana roots-rockers Dangermuffin. According to the trio’s bio, their sound “encompasses ska, calypso, and even Southern rock, often within the same song.” And Relix wrote, “Just like many a funny named band before them […]
Asheville Area Arts Council held their annual color ball at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27. This year’s gilded theme was inspired by the organization’s new location in the Grove Arcade and the legacy of the Vanderbilts and the family’s involvement in Asheville’s art scene during the early 20th century.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features renovations at the Magnetic Theatre and Holiday Childress’ debut solo album.
Take an accomplished Hollywood writer, director and actress with decades of comedy writing experience, throw her unexpectedly into the flawed and unpredictable American healthcare system, and you’re bound to end up with entertaining anecdotes. Such as: A mysterious accident catapults an Asheville woman into a dystopia of drugs, disillusionment and worst of all, the dreaded […]
This week’s playlist starts with a deeply soulful groove and wraps up with delicate finger-strumming. In between, there’s trip-hop, hip-hop, indie-rock and reggae — all of which will make you want to dance, even if it’s a slow dance with your sweetie. • “Merci” by HoveyKraft, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Hovey, from his new […]
When you think about it, it’s not a stretch that the co-creator of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band would go on to write classical music. Paul McCartney has written oratorios, chamber music, sound collages and even an orchestral piece for a video game, all of which make the name of the upcoming concert by […]
If you enjoy three-part harmonies, talented violinists, drum kits with kitchen pots, a bass player who occasionally plays the harmonium and the kind of lead guitarist who weaves a feather between between his frets, I sincerely hope you were at the River Whyless show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday. (If not, the next best […]
While every band doesn’t need a drum set, sometimes powerful percussion is exactly what elevates an interesting indie-rock outfit above the sea of competition. And making that drum set portable is even more important, which is why Boston-based The Ballroom Thieves are smart to travel with a kit formed from a djembe, floor tom and […]
Greensboro-based The Grand Ole Uproar describes its live show as “cosmic Americana [that] conjures up the Texas twang of Waylon Jennings … the improvisation of the Grateful Dead and the laid-back swampy sound of J.J. Cale.” And, while the band calls the Piedmont home, it’s already hit up a number of Asheville venues as well […]
It’s just after noon on the final day of 2013’s South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The fatigue that the marathon music festival inflicts is readily evident in a grand ballroom in Austin’s labyrinthine convention center. A small crowd has gathered to watch New Orleans rapper Big Freedia (pronounced FREE-duh) perform a daytime set, but their […]
Break out the candles! Western Carolina University celebrates its 125th year during the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival, a free event to recollect WCU’s rich history. Two stages and a dedicated dance floor will host clogging team performances and concerts (including Grammy Award-winner David Holt), and more than 100 vendor booths will sprawl into […]
For more Wood Brothers images, check out David Simchock’s blog, Front Row Focus. Not long into The Wood Brothers’ sold-out Saturday night show at The Orange Peel, Chris and Oliver Wood told a story about playing the same venue a few years back. It was a seated concert and they optimistically set out 100 chairs. […]
“I gotta get my Asheville fix!” writes Shimshai on his own concert’s Facebook page, where several giddy fans have already responded with victorious tales of acquiring admission tickets. The California-based mantra musician, a self-described “seeker of truth,” sends lyrics into the crowd on gentle waves of finger-picked guitar, leaving plenty of inspired devotees in the […]
This is the final week of viewing for a small self-titled exhib by Penland-based ceramicist and sculptor Cristina Córdova. The show, on view through Saturday, Sept. 27, at Blue Spiral 1, marks the artist’s first exhibition in downtown Asheville in nearly eight years. Córdova’s work occupies only three small walls in the back of the […]
The past year has been an especially successful one for the Asheville Area Arts Council. In addition to receiving record funding from the city of Asheville and Buncombe County, the AAAC was assigned the county’s disseminator of arts programming funds through the state’s Grassroots Arts Program, helping to further its mission as the collective local […]