Eat, drink and be merry: For this may be the final Bele Chere. The 35-year-old street festival will no longer receive city funding. Photo by Max Cooper

Last hurrah

It’s a strange thing to be ramping up for a festival that’s in the process of winding down. Not that Bele Chere, which began in 1979, won’t be as crowded/colorful/overwhelming/noisy/jubilant/arty/street food-y/dance-y as ever. But there’s a very good chance that 2013 marks not only firsts (will septuagenarian rockabilly songstress Wanda Jackson and Baltimore-based electronic musician/Moogfest […]

World turning: Kristen Hedberg and Dominic Aquilino star as Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow in Carousel, a musical nearly 70 years old that still offers up relevant themes.

What comes around

It’s a night at the symphony and a night at the theater, says Dominic Aquilino, assistant director of Asheville Lyric Opera’s upcoming production of Carousel. He means it’s like an evening out at both venues at the same time, because this version of the classic musical includes 30 musicians on stage, led by Asheville Symphony […]

Music-oriented talk show launches Sunday, July 21

Asheville Music Today, a live-streamed talk show, launches at, beginning on Sunday, July 21. “Asheville Music Today is an innovative weekly one-hour live talk show featuring and promoting local music of all genres from Asheville, Western North Carolina and East Tennessee,” says press for the new broadcast. “The show is hosted by national broadcasting […]

Mountains to sea: Highland and coastal influences meet on RBTS WIN’s Palm Sunday. Photo by Eric Graham

Sunday school

“We had an idea of how we wanted it to sound,” says Cliff Worsham, half of local electronic project RBTS WIN. He’s talking about the band’s new album, Palm Sunday, which just released this week (though it’s been in process for most of a year). The collection of songs was envisioned by Worsham and collaborator […]

Music City does Motor City: DeRobert and the Half-Truths is one of the bands with Nashville-based G.E.D. Records, a soul music label.

Soul satisfacti­on

There’s a definite rise in the number of soul music groups, and not just in the back-in-the-day-revival, televised for a PBS fundraiser special bands. You know: The Drifters, The Miracles, The Bar-Kays. It’s hard to turn on pop radio today without catching a Mayer Hawthorne or Fitz and the Tantrums song. But the real contemporary […]

Class act: Whether it’s clothing or drink or his innovative-meets-preservationist, self-coined “riverboat soul,” Asheville busker-turned-Third Man-recording-artist Pokey LaFarge is about quality. Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Time management

“People think, with me, that it’s a dress-up contest or a history project,” says dapper roots musician (and former, albeit briefly, Asheville resident) Pokey LaFarge. “I just choose to look nice. When I dress nice I feel good and hopefully that passes on to other people.” In the instance that LaFarge’s sharp suit, shined shoes […]