A local group of musicians has focused on the nexus where music and technology intersect, creating the Asheville Electro Music Festival to showcase local and international music. The event takes place Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, in Black Mountain.
Through use of a wide array of supremely challenging and/or obscure vocal techniques, the group creates a sound like nothing else. The modern classical Roomful of Teeth comes to the Masonic Temple on Thursday, April 28, as this month’s marquee event in Free Range Asheville’s inaugural season.
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 you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get to the […]
Western North Carolina is home to a number of Earth Day-related festivities and programs. Here’s a rundown of some of the most notable events.
As organizer Kelly Denson explained near the end of the evening’s program, Music Video Asheville began nine years ago and has grown steadily every year. This year’s award ceremony (held Wednesday, April 14) once again made clear the bounty of local talent that exists in and around Asheville. Twenty-five videos competed in several categories, and […]
The fundraiser at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall supports those goals and also provides financing for scholarships and an outreach program. “Since 2012, Asheville Music School and the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund have awarded over 400 full or partial scholarships, totaling over $30,000,” says Melissa Reardon.
This week’s roundup includes Hot Tuna, Orgone, Jazz is Chamber Music! and Karen Lovely.
Solivan will combine his bluegrass with menu selections from his upcoming cook book when he and his band Dirty Kitchen play at Isis Music Hall & Restaurant on Thursday, March 31.
Experienced includes an impressive, all-star list of guest players (Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams and many others) who augment and complement the core trio. “I like to showcase their talents while creating something unique and very special for the combo,” Keel says.
Four touring acts coming to Asheville include wide-eyed acoustic-pop, Texas dream-gaze, folk history with a pop sensibility and stand-up comedy.
“We’re into the pirate thing; we’re into the carnival and circus thing. But we’re not defining ourselves by those genres,” says songwriter and keyboardist Danny Tetrault. “There’s a kind of carnival scene in Asheville, and we love being part of that. But you can tell by our music: We’re a rock band.”
Nonprofit Girls Rock Asheville organization has been putting on its annual summer camp since 2014. As a means of raising funds — and also letting adult women in on the fun — the organization created Ladies Rock Camp, which runs Friday through Sunday, March 11-13.
With a totally new approach and new collaborators, Trixie Whitley re-entered the studio and created Porta Bohemica, released in January. Her current tour brings her to The Grey Eagle on Saturday, March 12.
This week’s roundup includes Supersuckers, a tribute to Herbie Hancock, Don Dixon & Marti Jones and They Might Be Giants.
“A lot of people make a blues connection to that music, but what I’m attracted to in all of that is the groove,” says Reed Turchi. Hooks and melody are qualities that he “definitely focused on. I’m always interested in chasing new musical ideas, and I am also interested in trying to make the best music possible.”
This week’s roundup includes Marbin, BJ Leiderman, the Zuzu Welsh Band and MacSabbath.
“Sometimes people ask me, ‘Are you just trying to get a rise out of people, or play Devil’s advocate?’ … I always say exactly what I think, whether my own audience boos me or not,” says Bill Maher, who will share what’s on his mind at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Saturday, Feb. 20.
Colin Hay fronted Australian pop-rock band Men at Work during the ’80s. His latest record, Next Year People, is his 12th solo album. Hay brings his warm and textured musical storytelling to the Diana Wortham Theatre Friday, Feb. 12.
This week’s roundup includes Reigning Sound playing Prom!, an Amy Winehouse tribute, jazz project The Core and rockabilly revivalist Jittery Jack.
Early on, Vanessa Carlton was marketed (and pegged) as a precious pop star. That guise didn’t fit her well, though. It took a few years (plus a few albums and a few record labels) to find a creative footing that felt right and the independence necessary to express her musical vision.
This week’s roundup includes Strutter, Bully, The Legendary Shack Shakers and Dark Star Orchestra