“This is where we are now”: The Jonathan Scales Fourcestra (with help from Victor Wooten and Howard Levy) releases a new album whose tracks are as slinky and limber as titles like “Contortionist Ballet” and “Lurkin’” suggest.

Triple score

The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has hit its stride — as a trio. But the discrepency of the name works itself out in the local steel pan-fusion band’s favor, says Scales. “We’re already a strange collective, so it’s just one more little thing that makes it even stranger.”  He adds that the Fourchestra name is a […]

Write what you know: Though Something Real is a diverse collection of sounds, influences and writing styles, the band says, “All of the songs speak to what’s going on in our lives right now.” Photo by Daniel Coston

Deepen the harmonies

“I feel like I have a rock ‘n’ roll heart, but it comes out as country,” says Salley Williamson, bassist of local Americana trio Underhill Rose. Songs on the band’s new album, Something Real, are true to the group’s roots music foundation, while also subtly drawing on each of the three musicians’ backgrounds. Vocalist and […]

This and that: N.C. Stage wraps its Mainstage season with a pithy dark comedy about a group of friends facing down middle age, unfortunate decisions and ambiguous phrases. Photo by Jen Lepkowski

There for you

It’s hard to talk about Melissa James Gibson’s This, mainly because the title is tricky, and the subject matter is prickly. Not that the play doesn’t deserve buzz — reviews use words like “tart” and phrases such as “melancholy comedy” and “quirky cult appeal.” There’s emotional depth and sparkling dialogue. “There’s one scene in particular […]

Duets and duels: Lyle Laney and Alyssa Belcher dance the principal roles in a ballet that draws inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, the music of Aaron Copland and the surrounding mountains. Photo by Duncan Barnes

Spring fling

There are many inspirational forces at work behind The Asheville Ballet's production of An Appalachian Romance. The music of late composer Aaron Copland, a connection with local chamber music ensemble Pan Harmonia and the story of Romeo and Juliet are among those influences. But it was Ann Dunn's move to Asheville in 1980 that set […]

Homeward bound: Set mainly in one house, Flora is haunted by ghosts and family secrets.

Cruel summer

“It has the feel of a town where you can write something,” author Gail Godwin says of Asheville. It’s the town where she grew up, and it often appears in her writing (she calls it Mountain City in fiction). And while it’s not named as such, there are hints of Asheville in Godwin’s new novel, […]