Although recent years have seen local indie-folk quartet River Whyless on the road with increasing frequency, the band is more connected to Asheville than ever. “I feel like we’re ambassadors out there,” says singer and guitarist Ryan O’Keefe. “I love to say it on the microphone. The reaction is always like, ‘You’re from Asheville? I […]
Orbit DVD owner and event organizer Marc McCloud is seeking performances from Asheville’s “seriously talented” and “sorta talented” for a variety show benefiting local musician Priya Ray. Lack of mobility stemming from a debilitating spinal injury in 1999 has spurred Ray to raise funds to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van — an asset that would enable […]
Pan Harmonia, now in its 15th season of bringing professional chamber music to diverse venues, presents the third of four 2015 Sonata Series programs, reuniting Pan Harmonia co-founder and former Ashevillean Liz Austin with several musical colleagues from her past. The cellist will accompany flutist Kate Steinback and pianist Fabio Parrini for favored classics, including […]
Starting a publishing house is something Asheville Poetry Review senior editor Luke Hankins has dreamed of doing for a long time — a dream realized on March 3 when the first book from his new publishing house, Orison Books, went on sale. Orison is “a nonprofit literary press that focuses on work that engages the […]
Shortly after casting an envious gaze on two guitar players during college orientation, Americana singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky swapped formal education for a musical pursuit all his own. Now, 11 albums later, the pianist-turned-guitarist has mastered the art of adorning his lyrical tales with eccentricity and wit. His song “2,000 Friends,” for instance, pokes fun at […]
Tiger Mountain wasn’t planning on being a music venue, at least not in the traditional sense. When Sean Bickford bought the former Emerald Lounge space and moved his business to North Lexington Avenue in August, he figured on keeping it as a bar with regular dance parties and occasional DJ shows. That changes with a […]
“You Will be Spending Time Outdoors, In the Mountains, Near Water” is the unwieldy but (after recent #avlsnomg episodes) very welcome title of the newest offering by Providence, R.I.-based chamber-folk act Vio/Miré. The project is that of sometimes soloist, sometimes bandleader Brendan Glasson, who shrinks and grows his lineup as needed to support his sweetly […]
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective has never shied away from uncomfortable themes. In the last five years, the group brought activism to the stage while making a distinct impact on the local theater landscape. With the new production of Zoë Flowers’ “ChoreoDrama” From Ashes To Angel’s Dust, Different Strokes tackles domestic violence. Directed by Steph […]
The description of WordLine‘s next show is fairly minimal: “Free event for UNCA students,” the local sci-fi rock band wrote on its Facebook invite. “Call to UNCA student artists, dancers and music fans. Paint, dance, create or simply observe. Live rock music and a multi-sensory experience … Bring your art supplies!” But in a way, […]
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. This week: self-reliance through chickens, new adventures at Firestorm Books and a re-published Tarot classic.
Be aware: Those sounds might be greener on the vine and more challenging to a listener than standards of classic minimalism. “I think contemporary music is far too often imprisoned in academic settings,” says Corey Denham of 10-can Percussion, “We’re interested in exploring performance in as many diverse venues as we can.”
It’s the story of Anna Münster and Armand Jacoubovitch that Mouillot recounts — or, rather, unearths. The couple survived the Holocaust only to sever all ties with each other shortly after the end of World War II. Mouillot also weaves her own story into the text. “A lot of what I was grappling with in the book is the daunting realization that life is always very complex,” she says.
BEAT LIFE performances aim to further Asheville’s presence in electronic music by pairing live shows with professional learning and networking opportunities. The event’s latest incarnation spotlights the work of New Orleans-based hip-hop artist Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, also known as AF THE NAYSAYER.
Now in its third season of presenting childhood favorites through theater, ACA will employ puppetry by co-founder Abby Felder and the talent of professional actors to reveal the big bad wolf’s alibi in this “hilarious rock musical.”
While the roots of punk are deep and varied, artists who identify as such share a common ethos: to freely express themselves despite limitation or oppression and attacking the status quo through self-radicalizing actions.
Jason DeCristofaro would like to see the community college’s music department receive acclaim similar to what the rest of A-B Tech has enjoyed. In an effort to showcase the talent of his fellow faculty, the adjunct instructor has organized a four-part concert series, which he says is the first that A-B Tech has ever held.
Renowned fiddler and Grand Ole Opry veteran Kate Lee, mandolin prodigy Forrest O’Connor and backing guitarist Jim Shirey had a productive post-holiday powwow, solidifying a handful of shiny new tunes for the contemporary folk duo’s February tour.