Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Valerie Meiss performs “Dumpsters & Divebars.”
The streets and squares of Asheville were quieter than usual on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 24. Despite brilliant sunshine and pleasant temperatures, some of the city’s best-known street performers crowded into a meeting room to give City Council members an earful about proposed busking regulations in three high-traffic areas downtown.
Food festival season is upon us, with Organicfest, BaconFest, MusicFest and CiderFest NC just around the corner. Plus, the French Broad Vignerons have named the best wines from the Asheville Wine & Food Festival.
Talley’s homecoming show will call upon the talents of bassist Bryan White and percussionist Bill Berg for a full band sound. The Grey Eagle hosts the celebration on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9 p.m.
In an effort to help support and raise awareness for the professional scene of which he’s an active member, Welsh has organized the inaugural Valley Music & Cook House Blues Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29. The lineup includes Miranda Clark, The Lowdown, Hurricane Bob, Zuzu Welsh Band, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, and Stolen Hearts
Cypher Univercity was started in 2010 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh by MC Mike L!ve. The five year anniversary of the movement will be celebrated — along with the release of FTOLive, a new album from Free the Optimus — at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Aug. 29.
The two groups’ collaborative album Global Symphony Project — recorded after receipt of a 2014 grant from the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program — will be released during a performance at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, at 8:30 p.m.
The Mantras open the show at Pisgah Brewing Co.’s outdoor stage on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.
The annual Three Days of Light Gathering — now in its fourth year — takes much of what’s great about summer festivals (camping, music, arts and craft vendors, nature) and enhances all of that with an element of spirituality and learning. The festival is held at Camp Grier in Old Fort, from Friday, Aug. 28, to Sunday, Aug. 30.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a fortuitous recording opportunity for local busker Chelsea Lynn La Bate and an alternative religious text by Dale Allen Hoffman.
Open Hearts Art Center’s forthcoming talent show features the visual and performance art of the nonprofit organization’s members.
Taking a break from touring as Neil Young’s current backing band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real recently brought their adventurous brand of rock ‘n’ roll to The Grey Eagle. As an exclusive for Xpress, the band performed “Carolina” before the show.
In celebration of new album Global Symphony Project, a collaboration with The Opal String Quartet, local world music trio Free Planet Radio just released a video for the track “Ecstatic Verses.”
Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Krekel and Whoa perform “How Can It Be?”
The Okeh Record sessions that took place in Asheville nearly 100 years ago. The New York-based label, in a bid to discover lesser-known Southern musicians, took trips to various locations where, with a portable studio, its engineers pressed wax test records. The Asheville session, held the last week of August in 1925, attracted musicians and vocalists from around the region, their styles ranging from jazz and minstrel offerings to gospel and country. A Friday, Aug. 28 concert and talk commemorates the recordings.
This year’s Snake Oil Medicine Show reunion concert is also a release party for “The Golden Hour.” Founding members Phil Cheney, Caroline Pond, George and Andy Pond, Jason Krekel and Jay Sanders will be joined by Billy Seawell on drums at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 21.
Ben’s Tune-Up hosts the free beach bash with a headlining set by surf rock act La Luz on Sunday, Aug. 23, from noon until 10 p.m.
During the gear-raiser on Saturday, Aug. 22, supporters can tour Experience Music’s Merrimon Avenue studio and enjoy refreshments and live music.
Daniel Merrill and Mike Folk, aka electronica duo Aligning Minds, headline The Orange Peel on Friday, Aug. 21. The band blends rural roots with synths and effects-processing. They’re also launching an eponymous label.
The concert to benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance kicks off at the Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center in Mars Hill on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m.
The duo’s CD release celebration takes place at the Paintbox’ new stage on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m.