Play it forward

External play: Informal jams are as much a part of Shindig on the Green as the singers and dancers who perform on stage. Construction at City/County Plaza this summer may threaten this portion of the decades-old event. “There’s a reason why Asheville is a center of mountain music,” reveals historian and Grammy-winning musician David Holt. […]

Poetic justice

“When the official notice came out, the phone was ringing off the hook — it was crazy,” exclaims Cullowhee-based writer Kathryn Stripling Byer. The longtime Western North Carolina resident calls herself a “stay-at-home person,” but all that’s about to change: Byer has just been named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate. Nice work if you can get […]

Making dreams, not making do

Got it made: Asheville is home to increasingly well-known designers, including Kelledy Francis (work shown above). Wearing something handmade to school used to mean social suicide. And while teens may still be label-obsessed, in the past 20 years, the idea of DIY has gone from the unhip ministrations of unicorn-themed latch-hook to the tasty trimmings […]

Recording studios

[PLEASE NOTE: Information listed here was accurate as of March 16, 2005. Please call the studio to verify information.] There are cheaper recording rooms in town staffed by better spellers, but Collapseable Studios in West Asheville enjoys the hippest reputation. From old-school gospel to experimental surf rock, there’s a local studio ready to commit your […]

Open mics

[PLEASE NOTE: Information listed here was accurate as of March 16, 2005. Please call the venue to verify information.] Ready to break into the local-music scene? Here’s the lowdown on what the area’s best-known open mics have to offer. Sundays • Sweet Heaven, 35-B Montford Ave. (259-9848) — Folky, family-friendly entertainment kicks off at 7 […]

Reality, when it doesn’t bite

“It’s important to learn the principles Nathaniel teaches,” explains a character in Dr. Michael Mamas’ new book, The Golden Frog (1st World Publishing, 2004). “But what’s most important about Nathaniel’s teachings can’t be boiled down to a handful of facts or concepts,” the rationale continues. “It’s more about the effect those teachings have on you.” […]

School of mixology

“I’ve heard a lot of crap from different towns and record labels …,” says Aaron Price. The failure of these places to offer up solid compilation CDs is what he’s lamenting. It’s a test the local multi-instrumentalist thinks he’s aced with Peaks & Curves: Music from Asheville, produced by Price and Bill Reynolds at Price’s […]