Authors Susan Reinhardt, Bob Mustin, Leslee N. Johnson and Veronica Watts launch new books.
Independent music organization NewSong, which relocated to Asheville from Brooklyn, N.Y. last year, has announced a partnership with local entrepreneurial advocate Venture Asheville (a division of the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition). “By teaming up, what NewSong and Venture Asheville aim to do is connect the dots between musicians, songwriters, producers, instrument manufacturers and others […]
This year’s Wild Goose Festival takes place at Hot Springs Campground, Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 8-11. Speech and Indigo Girls headline, with many more musicians, speakers, presenters and performers.
Asheville’s funk collective performed “Badonkadonk” live at Bele Chere. Click through for the video.
The Florida-based folk/Americana quintet will play Isis (in support of new album, “Nest of String”) on Friday, Aug. 2.
While Doc Aquatic’s Sunday show at Bele Chere was not the final set of the festival, the local band’s potent mix of psychedelic experimentation and relaxed indie-rock played like the final word on a weekend’s worth of music. Photos by John Zara.
“As opposed to somebody who knows a lot about one thing, I know a little about a lot of things,” says National Public Radio personality Peter Sagal. That doesn’t qualify him to do anything he says, “except for hosting shows in which I talk about a lot of things.” Luckily, after being tapped as a […]
The news came on Wednesday evening: Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival will not happen in 2013. The statement from festival director Arieh Samson and the Arts2People board of directors said that they “will use the time between now and Labor Day weekend 2014 to put on LAAFF’s revival and resume celebrating the fascinating culture […]
Electronic producer & DJ duo PANTyRAiD plays The Orange Peel on on Saturday, Aug. 3. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to the show.
Click through for photos (by John Zara) of Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Doc Aquatic and Mountain Goats.
Click through for photos (by John Zara) of Matrimony, Space Capone, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, David Holt, Moon Taxi, Son of Bill, Kishi Bashi, The Birchtree Band, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and videos (by Jesse Hamm) of Kishi Bashi and the Booty Band.
Kishi Bashi headlined a magical Saturday night at Bele Chere. Photos by John Zara.
Local funk ensemble Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band kicked off Bele Chere’s Saturday night with style to spare, and a fierce horn solo or two. Photos by John Zara.
The family band from Charlotte, N.C., put their own spin on roots-rock during an energetic and uplifting set. Photos by John Zara.
Former Sonmi members make up this electronic duo. They play One Stop on Friday, Aug. 2. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets.
Click through for photos (by John Zara) of Bright Lights Social Hour, Dan Deacon and Wanda Jackson, and videos (by Jesse Hamm) of CrazyHorse & Colston and Chuck Brodsky.
Although LAAFF will not take place this year, two other festivals (CCX Music Fest and Big Love) will fill downtown with revelry after Labor Day. Photo from loveasheville.org.
The local hip-hop act opened the festival in style, with a set of songs that celebrated the South (and specifically, Asheville) with plenty of swagger. And lots of guests.
Even if this is the final Bele Chere, the arts, crafts and wares for sale are as good as ever. Shop on Haywood and College Streets; Patton, Battery Park and Biltmore Avenues; and in the Art Park on Patton Avenue.
Here’s your guide to catching WNC-based bands at this year’s Bele Chere.
Looking for afterparties or an escape from festival crowds? There’s life (lots of it) beyond the borders of Bele Chere. For a full listing of events and activities, visit Clubland, Calendar and mountainx.com or our handy pocket guide included with this week’s issue.