Singer-songwriter Mikey Wax recently performed at The Altamont Theatre. His songs have aired on TV shows like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Switched at Birth,” and he’s known for playing house parties. He talks about interacting with fans and being on his first headlining tour […]
It seems unlikely that a washboard would be the thing to set a band apart. But that’s kind of the case with indie-folk act Elephant Revival. Bonnie Paine’s washboard gives the band its shimmying percussive sound.
LEAF is almost here — the festival’s 40th iteration runs Thursday-Sunday, May 7-10. In advance, Xpress is talking to performers about what they have planned and why being part of LEAF’s 20th anniversary is so special.
LaZooms Tours performers Earlene Hooch and Augusta Wind lead a special 75-minute Mother’s Day ride and show on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Two shows each day, $23. Press release from LaZoom: For anyone looking for the perfect gift for mom this Mother’s Day weekend (the kind she’ll never forget), look no further! […]
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Windgate Fellowship, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announces its newest group of recipients. Press release from the CCCD: This year, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Windgate Fellowship Award, marking $1.5 million awarded to 100 emerging craft artists nationwide. […]
In part 1, we revisited purple wigs, long-suffering pets, long-lost eateries and the 2004 demand for more adult entertainment. But we’ll try to keep things wholesome for this next look back at Best Of’s past.
Stars and Dust, the new album by Songs of Water (out in June), is not easy listening — which is not to say it’s un easy listening. But these 10 tracks demand attention. From the first staccato notes of “11 Miles,” the album is a journey, transportive and transformative.
A new art exhibit, #FANART, opens at Downtown Books and News on Friday, May 1. The show tribute to cultural heroes and media makers; it will be on display through Tuesday, June 30. Press release from organizers: #FANART, an exhibit that pays tribute to cultural heroes and media makers opens Friday May 1st; on display […]
Your Best of WNC votes actually create a historic narrative of our region — albeit an often humorous one.
Katherine de Vos Devine, a Ph.D. in Art History candidate at Duke University, has been appointed the executive director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. She will provide strategic and operational leadership for the organization as it expands its facilities and programs. Press release from Bow Bridge Communications: Katherine de Vos Devine has […]
Colorado by way of Florida hip-hop performer Ciggy Pop, who is now based in Black Mountain, performs at White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, April 30. Press release from the venue: Anyone who has explored Black Mountain knows that it’s capable of surprising the visitor. The picturesque town nestled at the head of the Swannanoa […]
UNC Asheville student art, starting at $5, will be for sale on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. Press release from UNCA: UNC Asheville’s Department of Art and Art History will hold its annual Spring Art Sale from 4–7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, in the […]
Mountain Spirit Coffee House, a concert series held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday, May 17. The special concert, a benefit for programs at the UUCA, features nine musical acts. Press release from organizers: Join us for great music, special food and beverages and a plethora of CDs […]
Along with craft beer, the drum circle and a nun on a tall bike, outdoor event spaces are primed to become one of Asheville’s defining factors. But unlike other venues located on the outskirts of the city, New Mountain plans to implement an outdoor stage within the walkable area of downtown Asheville.
Flatiron Writers holds quarterly workshops for the boarder local writing community. The next one on Saturday, April 25, deals with improving public reading skills. The workshop takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Church, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Press release from organizers: Flatiron Writers will once again sponsor the popular “From Page To Podium” Writer’s Workshop […]
Catie Curtis was dubbed a “folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker — an impressive title that still doesn’t manage to sum up the singer-songwriter’s remarkable career.
Local social and civic organization Date My City hosts the event “Asheville: Slavery to Freedom” on Sunday, April 26. Described as “a teach-in with story and song,” the observance remembers April 26, 1865, when Union troops helped newly freed slaves in Asheville find save passage out of Western North Carolina. Press release from organizers: When […]
Combs and his band opened for Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at New Mountain on Saturday as part of the after-party following moe. on the venue’s outdoor stage. The crowd was party-weary from several hours of live music and beer, but seemed instantly entranced by the opening notes of “Foolin’.”
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2, with a champagne reception a literary trivia challenge and more. Press release from the bookstore: Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores […]
Husband and wife authors Elise and Phil Okrend share their coffee table book, Messages to the Heart, Reflections of Beauty and Truth in 2014, at Blue Ridge Books (152 S. Main St., Waynesville). The event is on Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. Press release from the book store: Asheville couple, Elise Okrend and her […]
A group show at 474 Gallery Studio, (474 Haywood Rd., West Asheville), features work by Alli Good, Gus Cutty, Erin Hardy, Ted Harper, Ishmael, Megan Kelly, Jeremy Russell and Dustin Spagnola. The show runs May 8-31 with an opening reception on Friday, May 8, 6-9 p.m. Press release from organizer: 474 Gallery Studio Opening Reception […]