The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival‘s shows at The Mothlight featured an empowering female double bill. Strange Daughters by locla artist Jenni Cockrell brought an expressive dance performance celebration of femininity that was both inspiring and moving. The festival also fully embraced its international heritage with a pair of talented performers from the United Kingdom (and […]
You probably already know and love NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, which has hosts everyone from T-Pain to the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens and from Pixies to Asheville’s own Angel Olsen. The videos are always wonderful and the sheer number of them begs the question, if these mini-concerts are actually taking place at […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a music-inspired film intended to combat racism and a wheelchair accessible van for a local music veteran.
Local blacksmith and furniture artist Carley Eiseberg appears in competition with five other artists on the upcoming “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” Catch her in action on HGTV on Mondays at 9 p.m. to track her progress. Recently I sat down with Eisenberg to learn more about her, her art and her experience on television: Sworn to […]
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival kicked off its run of shows at The Odditorium with an eclectic double-bill that embrace the raw and slightly rough-around-the-edges aspects that make Fringe such a visceral delight to watch. Appalachian Winter by Michael Whitmire, a musical journey accompanied by interpretive dance, is the tale of a bear, a raven […]
“As far as I know, there’s never been anything like this,” says Asheville Aroma Tours creator Micheal Dale. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of Asheville’s walkable historic sites and a passion for aromatics, the local candlemaker has combined seemingly disparate modes of taking in local history — sights and smells — in his most recent […]
It may be a closed industry event, but, having to do with books, booksellers and the publishing industry, ABA’s Winter Institute is bringing a “powerhouse of authors” to Asheville — a number of which will appear at public readings.
Ithaca, N.Y.-based indie-pop outfit The Blind Spots (Maddy Walsh on vocals, Mike Suave on guitar and vocals, David Openshaw on keys, Khris Oursler on bass and Mike Parker on drums) has been on a bit of tear since releasing their most recent album, Rhizomatic. The group is included in this months IndiMusic TV Top 21 […]
Asheville’s music community is coming together to support one of the city’s most beloved percussionists in the wake of a tragedy that befell his family in Ivory Coast, West Africa. Adama Dembele moved to Asheville several years ago from Ivory Coast and has since made a name for himself as a member of Zansa and […]
When Shalene Hill notes the “talent, professionalism and dedication” of her cast, it doesn’t sound like she’s referring to a group of 9 to 14-year-old children. But she is. Eight area schools are represented by Into the Woods Jr.’s 18-member cast, which is managed by Hill and director James King in collaboration with a handful […]
Southern Indiana-based musician Nick Dittmeier was probably not one of the people ready to kick 2014 to the curb. Last year brought him a nomination for songwriter of the year at the inaugural Louisville Music Awards, opening slots for Hayes Carll, Justin Townes Earle and Whitey Morgan, and new album Light of Day. According to […]
When Martin Dockery touched down in Dakar, Senegal, on his way to Timbuktu, Mali, his luggage was gone. The traveler from New York City had nothing but his passport, his Lonely Planet guidebook and a copy of Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi. He didn’t speak any local languages, he didn’t have a change of […]
“They may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance, but they’ve taken the customary old-timey instrumentation to new heights,” reads a press release for Colorado trio Yonder Mountain String Band. Credited with pioneering “a renegade movement to rewrite the definition of the genre,” the Yonder Mountain pickers deliver their self-made brand of […]
“We can’t wait to share our new music with you!” reads the Facebook page for Hilton Head Island-based rock trio The Steppin Stones. Front woman Hannah Wicklund, bassist Andrew Ottimo and drummer Ryan Tye trekked north mid-winter to record their third full-length album at Echo Mountain Studios. Although they can’t celebrate the record’s impending completion […]
If you like country music, and especially if your taste spans contemporary and classic country (though seek your Little Big Town hits elsewhere), Junto is probably the band for you. The local five piece — Win Webster, Jay Franck, Chris Porter, Steve Harnois and Doug Blaney — is made up of members of Sanctum Sully, […]
“I love performing, but it scared the sh*t out of me forever,” says singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov. “Even now, when I’ve probably played more than a thousand shows … every single time. And that feels really good.” Isakov thinks about that when he’s home (when he isn’t touring, the musician runs a small farm in […]
For its past two appearances at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, local avant-garde theater company Anam Cara presented original pieces created by an ensemble. For 2015, its players are trying something slightly more traditional while still keeping with the Jan. 22-25 event’s focus on cross-genre collaboration and innovative performances. “The goal of Fringe is to […]
Canadian alt-country singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith recently performed at The Grey Eagle. In advance of that show, he played two acoustic songs for Xpress. The first, “Twin City Minnie,” is a new, as-yet-unreleased track. Videos by Jesse Hamm. “Twin City Minnie” “Thirty Years of Farming”
Tara Nevins and fellow Donna the Buffalo songwriter Jeb Puryear provide a perfect example of how doing what you love can change the world: For 25 years they’ve not only excited audiences but built community.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a traveling activist band’s sixth studio album recording and a community-building playground campaign in Hendersonville.