Each month concert photographer David Simchock of music news and reviews blog Front Row Focus shares some of his favorite images, captured on stages in and around Asheville. From April: Elephant Revival, Keb’ Mo’, Snarky Puppy, The Fritz, RJD2, moe., Unspoken Traditions, Peter Rowan, Black Lips, MarchFourth, Aaron Burdett and Caravan of Thieves make the […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a local designer’s efforts to create a living wage, ethical garment factory and multiple Grammy-winning musician David Holt’s televised programming to preserve Appalachian traditions.
The Tuesday, May 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting might be one for the books, as the board will discuss a new art, culture and history project that may result in the addition of a new landmark on the horizon. The board will discuss this, as well as a few environmental interests.
LEAF is almost here — the festival’s 40th iteration runs Thursday-Sunday, May 7-10. In advance, Xpress is talking to performers about what they have planned and why being part of LEAF’s 20th anniversary is so special. Grammy-nominated kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has been regularly making the trip back to LEAF from his new […]
Even at 11 tracks, the new self-titled album from former Ashevillean Woody Pines is just over 30 minutes long. It’s an album that wastes little time. Each note feels precise, the melodies are wrench-tight and the lyrics are delivered with an efficient snap. That said, each of those 11 tracks is packed with humor, history […]
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Santos is community activist as well as a musician. This year, instead of performing his own set, he’ll be working with LEAF Schools & Streets students at the festival.
Castell Photography and Blue Spiral 1 are teaming up for a one-night-only collaborative opening event on Friday, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Both galleries will debut group photography exhibitions in conjunction with the Downtown Asheville Arts District’s monthly first Friday art walk.
The 2015 lineup for LEAF, which prides itself on its globally conscious reach, is unsurprisingly excellent. Topping the bills each night are acts that range from soul revival firebrand Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires to Australian world-roots act Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, demonstrating the festival’s knack for mixing quality bedrock American music with an eclectic range of styles that span the Earth.
Buskers, however innately transient, also boast a collective permanence in downtown Asheville. During his solo set, singer and guitarist Jason Brazzel paired his sturdy rasp with peppy strums, covers with originals.
World music trio Free Planet Radio (Chris Rosser, River Guerguerian and Eliot Wadopian) has played many a LEAF festival — and the three musicians also have their hands in a number of other projects, from LEAF stages to world tours.
In the last week, Josh Phillips has stumbled into both disaster and the opportunity to help those in need. Known around Asheville for his performances with the Josh Phillips Folk Festival and Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, Phillips happened to be visiting Kathmandu in the central region of Nepal this weekend when tragedy struck.
It was almost exactly a year ago that local indie-pop band stephaniesĭd launched ĭd Weekly a month-long residency in the upstairs lounge of Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Included in those weekly intimate concerts was a segment called “night of bravery” in which members of the audience could take the stage for up to five minutes.
How do you sum up 20 years of festivals? That’s two decades of twice-yearly campouts, dances, new musical discoveries and fond favorites; of friends made and family bonds strengthened; of campfire hangouts and sunny-day revelry. For LEAF, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May, it’s expressed in the theme, “Global Gratitude.”
Every year, in conjunction with the annual publication of The Rhapsodist, A-B Tech’s student literary magazine, the magazine’s editorial team awards the Helen Dehnke Smith Memorial Writing Scholarship to a Rhapsodist contributor. This year the scholarship was awarded to Magnolia Wilson, currently a student at A-B Tech.
Featuring intriguing and textural instrumentals with unexpected influences and surprising end results, Ouroboros Boys will come to the Mothlight to share a bill with fellow locals Analog Moon, an experimental psychedelic indie-rock band, and Birmingham, Ala.-based power-gaze act Wray.
The collection aims to evoke thoughts on both individual experience and the “collective unconscious” as they relate to the colorful spectrum of dream states.
Folk-rock troubadour Langhorne Slim is known for spending nine months of the year on the road. He’s a true road warrior who’s built a dedicated fan base through constant touring, lots of festival dates and live shows that pair roadhouse grit with tent revival soul — and he’ll return to The Grey Eagle on Thursday, April 30.
The 2015 Wordfest takes place Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Asheville campus. The festival is a chance to see narrative as a connective force across communities and this year’s theme is an expansion of what many authors live for and love — community, creativity and Asheville itself.
The Austin-based couple’s latest effort, Man, Woman, Beast, marks their first full-length album and offers “more of a complete picture of where we are at as a band.”
From illusionists to jugglers, conjurers to balloon artists, storytellers to face painters, the second Asheville Magic Festival brings more than 20 entertainers downtown for a “nonstop celebration of wonder.”
It’s official. Festival season is here, marked by two favorite local spring celebrations. Both show boatloads of love for the French Broad River: RiverLink’s RiverMusic series, which began in 2012, and French Broad River Festival, now in its 18th year of raising river awareness.