Food trucks are a known entity: Those mobile dispensaries of cheap, tasty meals drove into downtown Asheville (and our hearts) in 2011. And with revised city ordinances, a dedicated lot on Coxe Avenue and regular appearances at local festivals and music venues, food trucks have only increased in number. But sandwiches aren’t the only thing that can fit into a truck.
“The quest for the perfect blend of Old World Cirque and American Roadhouse fun will be seasoned with aerialists, singers and showgirl burlesque dancers to delight the senses,” according to a press release for Teatro del Gusto. Join the circus cabaret crew for a “feast of the senses” — it’s the first show in a series […]
Go local and bolster your DIY cred at the same time at The Big Crafty. There, artists and makers of all kinds will convene in downtown Asheville and sell their one-of-a-kind, handmade wares. “Our guiding principle is that buying handmade is good for the community, and our aim is to make doing so fun,” say the […]
Grab your kilt and your clan and get to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for “blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes and tons of tartan.” The four-day event begins with sheep-herding demonstrations and only gets more Celtic from there. Brawnier participants may enter heavyweight competitions such as “turning the caber” and “tossing the sheaf.” In the caber toss, […]
Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest, Asheville’s hyper-local street festival, returns for one final installment on Sunday, Aug. 31. And while that one-day celebration marks a farewell for the grassroots event that launched in 2002, it’s also the start of a new locally focused fest that will roll out in 2015. “The point is to celebrate […]
Asheville Community Theatre reprised their fundraiser Costume Drama: A Fashion Show for a third year on Monday, July 7. Designers and models from throughout the Southeast participated in the DIY runway event where they were challenged to create wearable art in themed categories: paper, nature, upcycled/recycled or — new this year— transformation.
Americana and world music are two genres that don’t often overlap, but after listening to The Billy Sea’s progressive, hypnotically rhythmic sound, you’ll be glad they did. The band perform at RiverLink’s RiverMusic on July 11.
Merge Records celebrates its 25th anniversary in style: with a four-day music festival. The lineup for the July 23-26 event, held in Durham and Carrboro, includes bands from the label — Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk, Reigning Sound, Imperial Teen, Hospitality, Hiss Golden Messenger and many others. Read about the lineup here. Full-festival passes are already […]
“At 21 years old, it had been decided for me the roles I was capable of dancing for the rest of my life,” says choreographer Nick Kepley. “That was kind of silly.” It’s also, at least in part, the reason he created MOTION Dance Theatre, a choreographic laboratory and three-week residency. From that comes a […]
As far back as Asaf Smilan can remember, the Lion of Judah has been present in his life. Growing up in Jerusalem in the 1980s and ’90s, the city’s symbol watched over him, and when he became interested in reggae music and Rastafarian culture around the turn of the century, the lion was there to […]
“We wanted a revolution, but they just ran us around in circles. Here to speak truth, to say what needs to be said,” says the Bandcamp page for Free the Optimus, a hip-hop collective whose members are based in Boone and Asheville. The group was founded by lead emcee, C.Shreve the Professor, who is about […]
Songs of water is about to release a new album and a documentary about the process of making that album. Stephen Roach, Greg Willette and Luke Skaggs talked about those projects as well as the band’s spirit of experimentation and what the world music genre means to them.
Asheville native Bryan Sutton isn’t just another guy with a guitar. After launching his career as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder, he went on to play and record with artists like Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Harry Connick Jr. “I simply want to make the best music possible with the best people possible,” […]
Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get you […]
We celebrate independent artists every day, but on the July 4 holiday weekend, it seems especially pertinent to play songs by local musicians, made without major (or even minor, in many cases) support. On this week’s playlist: • “Little by Little” by singer-songwriter Aaron Burdett, from his new album, Fruits of My Labor. He performs […]
On a magical night — Oscar night in 1952 — the sounds of Hoagy Carmichael’s smooth song stylings fill the tiny Stardust Super Club in Bloomington, Ind. The joint is named for one of Carmichael’s biggest tunes, and the owners have a special connection to the Oscar-nominated superstar. Tony was a close pal, back in […]
Last night, as team USA battled Belgium and local bars and restaurants like Wild Wings, Dirty Jack’s and the Orange Peel housed eager fans, a party of a different kind flowed under a tangle of sycamore branches, hanging lights, and electric wires. The Grey Eagle‘s free Tuesday night show featured Pat Reedy and the Longtime […]
Even after the Fourth of July fireworks fade from view, Asheville Music Hall will keep the show going with The Visionarium — “a July filled with projection mapping, visual performances and cutting-edge musical talent,” according to a press release. The series “aims to unite light, sound, talent and passion to create true magic” for six […]
Although the term “canoe” usually conjures images of river veneers and summer camp activities, in the case of fiber artist Krista Allison, the homophone Canoo equals soft toys from felted wool sweaters. “She now finds herself experimenting with other possibilities of the felting process, including shibori, machine stitching and hand embroidery … making vessels, wall […]
A good number of establishments still won’t book local rockers Posh Hammer. It’s not because they trash dressing rooms or reduce sound men to tears — it’s because of the band members’ ages. “We get there and we load in, and the bands playing with us or the people already there or the owners of […]