With an oversaturated club scene and new bands forming every week, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to break into the local music scene. Now, thanks to management at One Stop Deli and Bar, up-and-coming bands have a casual and encouraging place to start. Last month, the venue began hosting Two for Tuesday, an all-ages weekly residency that offers two local performances for a mere $2.
“This is a showcase, a chance for bands local to Asheville to show us what they got,” reads a page on the One Stop’s website. “Geniass Productions is looking for bands to play a great show, bring a good crowd and who are eager to share their music with the Asheville live music community. Show us how passionate you are about your music and perhaps you will earn the chance to play a primetime slot at The One Stop.”
This week, the series will include sets from Poet Radio and The Moon and You, a duo comprised of Ten Cent Poetry‘s Melissa Hyman and Ryan Furstenberg of Uncle Mountain. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and are followed immediately by the highly popular Tuesday Night Funk Jam. More on the bands from their respective websites:
The Moon and You
“Melissa Hussein Hyman and Ryan Gertrude Furstenberg have had a long and sordid history, beginning with the formation of Canadian punk band Electric Shark Thermometer. They achieved early fame but were quickly disillusioned with stardom and broke up in the early 1970s due to irreconcilable differences exacerbated by Hyman’s lust for power. Their second incarnation, The Moon and You, has proved the two haven’t lost their ability to write gripping, intelligent lyrics combined with innovative instrumentation. This time, however, they employ a softer, sweeter sound that has delighted and warmed the hearts of audiences across the nation.”
“Poet Radio professes the deep soul of American music. Fronted by vocalist and keyboardist Madison Maxwell, the Asheville quartet flowers from deep roots. MadMax and drummer RyCo picked up their lives in Northern Michigan, footed a cab bill to Asheville, and set up shop as Poet Radio. Native North Carolinian Sean McBride joined on bass and scholarly interludes, and guitarist/road tripper Lauren Landes came from LA via everywhere else to play those higher register strings. Poet Radio is ready to tour states and venues, if only to walk around and play tunes in them: wonderful, desert freakout sessions like “I’m Clean” and chocolatey, sultry savors like “Sugar from Salt.” Combining the emotional heights and depths of MadMax’s voice and keys with RyCo’s beat spiritualism of another echelon, Sean’s fluid bass lines and Lauren’s rollicking and rolling guitarness, Poet Radio gives you a sense that just under the surface of haberdashery and machines lies something which is magical.”