Awesome music; excellent sense of style. Langhorne Slim and friends in Asheville, following Langhorne’s show.
Start the weekend early. Thursday has a ton of not-to-be-missed events, from a local short film festival to Vendetta Creme in Saluda. Then ease on into the weekend. Got 5 bucks? Catch a punk show at the Boiler room or a rock band at Mo Daddy’s. Got 3 bucks? Check out a gospel festival or a Dead cover band. Got nothin’? Relax: there’s plenty to do for free, too.
The Chucks, the leopard print, the neon accents… if it weren’t for the late-model vehicles, I’d swear this was the 80s.
This seems to be the weekend for small, homegrown festivals. The sort where you take the kids and a cooler (check on the rules first; some of these festivals don’t allow cervezas) and ease into a lawn chair along Main Street somewhere.
Even these days, when electric guitars and keyboards rule and mountain music is the stuff of Smithsonian recordings and PBS specials, a banjo player is easy enough to find. Asheville writer Gene Senyak recently published Banjo Camp!, Tyler Ramsey picked his way through a Band of Horses song, and Shindig on the Green — now […]
Bands tour with other bands. Some follow a festival circuit. And there are fans (often in vintage VW microbuses) who tail certain bands. But, as actor/screenwriter Andy Stuckey puts it, "No bands that I know of have ever been on the road with a movie they did the soundtrack for. And no movies that I […]
Author Denise Giardina, often considered an Appalachian writer, crosses the Atlantic to recreate the life of 19th century Wuthering Heights novelist Emily Brontë. (Worth noting: today, July 30, is Emily’s birthday.)
Bele Chere is behind us now, but the weekend unfolds ahead comes jam-packed with enough musical, outdoor, art, literary and general good summery fun to seem like we’re right back in festival mode.
According to bassist (and Grupo Fantasma founding member) Greg Gonzalez, "We have so many influences, when you come to see us it's a gumbo of sound." An apt metaphor for this pepper pot of a Latin jazz-funk fusion outfit currently boasting 10 members. Gonzales adds that the group's collective experience —and most of a decade […]
When vocalist and composer Mariam Matossian made the move from her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia to Greenville, S.C., she didn't figure on meeting any fellow Armenian musicians. In fact, for her first year in Greenville, when Matossian performed it was mostly at venues thousands of miles away with her Canadian backing band. Vocalist Mariam […]
From the opening notes, fuzzy and aggressive through Stella Blue's downstairs sound system, Wooden Toothe plants its feet firmly in the fuzzy-and-aggressive territory between country and punk. Yet this is no country-punk outfit. The quartet, fronted by sprightly bass player Pierce Harmon, nods to both Uncle Tupelo and the Sex Pistols with neither a twang […]
Patton Ave. during Bele Chere. At Bele Chere’s Coxe Ave. stage. Carolina Gator Gumbo accordion player Jean Prewitt. Do they know they’re wearing the same dress?