Think of this Weekend on a Shoestring installment as a smorgasbord or low-cost offerings. A folk show here, a few DJs, a PRIDE rally, a little punk, a little Tex-Mex, a whole lot of eclectic sounds.
If you ever thought the life of a private investigator was only available to the likes of Magnum P.I. and Remington Steele, think again.
The Lake Eden Arts Festival, poised for its 29th installment, has a tradition of bringing both top-notch world-music performers and acts near and dear to the hearts of local festival-goers. And if that seems a rather tall and precarious order, the twice-yearly music, arts and camping event makes it look downright easy. Variety, fusion, festival: […]
Though downtown Asheville's streets are full of buskers — especially on a warm weekend night when the tourists and dinner crowds swarm Battery Park and the Grove Arcade — a stand-out act still does just that: Stands out. That's the story with Leeda Jones, aka Lyric. Nothing's going to break her stride: Lyric Jones performs […]
Photo by Anthony Bellemare.
Oh autumn, we love you with your crisp air, your bright colors, your proximity to Halloween, your shorter days but long nights in which to hear good music or (as is the case with this weekend) take in edgy new art. Big fun, small cover charge.
At first glance, the world of Taiyo la Paix's paintings is a bubble gum dream of carnival rides, palm trees and beautiful people in rock-star clothing. In fact, la Paix has been criticized for overindulging the fluffy fantasy. The many faces of Papillia / with additional illustration by Nathanael Roney "I actually think about heavy […]
If anyone had asked drummer Steve Gorman, back in 2002, if he'd ever tour with The Black Crowes again, the answer would have been a resounding no. "I quit," he tells Xpress. "I said for sure I'm not coming back. We were completely burnt out and exhausted." Now, a reunion and two albums later (just-released […]
• Take2 by WillBmusic The inspiration of singer/songwriter Will Baker, Take2 is one of those totally DIY projects. Baker performs all the instruments on this collection of 14 mellow, languidly groovy tracks (exception: "The Hill" is a collaboration with songwriter Jon Oakley). "Beautiful Moment" has a fluid feel from the jazzy cymbal taps to the […]
Turns out this is a perfect week to start the weekend early. Loads of exciting music is happening in and around Asheville all weekend and Thursday is a nice primer for all of that.
[Editor's note: dePaola's visit to Malaprop's was cancelled due to health circumstances; Strega Nona's Harvest is still available. Alli Marshall interviewed dePaola before the visit was cancelled.] Illustrations from Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona's Harvest. Reviewing a children's book is an interesting proposition. There's not much narrative arc to discuss; little in the way of foreshadowing […]
This weekend is shaping up to be an interesting on. It begins with the summer’s final Downtown After 5 and wraps up with a CGBG-themed showcase at The Boiler Room (Jeff Buckley tribute, anyone?). And it’s all super cheap — but you knew that.