Brian J, frontman for Brooklyn-based The Pimps of Joytime, playing Asheville’s Downtown After 5 street festival.
Based on the award-winning book of the same name, actor/author Peter Neofotis’ Concord, Virginia presents some excellent story telling, quirky characters, and a some not-for-the-easily-offended content.
Tom Stanford of Asheville’s Wayfarers All rocks a skirt and pumps. We know the Rolling Stones and U2 went in drag on occasion, but why Stanford? “It seemed like something fun to do,” he says. Wayfarers All plays a CD release show for their new, self-titled disc, at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, […]
There’s plenty going on besides DIG, too. Downtown After Five returns, as does reggae band Inner Visions (pictured). Local author Charles Price reads and Hunk Clothing celebrates a month-long sale with DJs and drinks.
It's hard to recall the chill of winter during the sultry heat of summer. But local musician Erika Ferraby, who fronts bluesy-folk quartet Erika Jane & Remember the Bees, does recollect one shivery January when she, gospel-rocker David Earl Tomlinson, Americana howler Pierce Edens and soulful folkie Oso Rey sat around BoBo Gallery "doing jams" […]
"We're still honest and good, just a lot hairier," says Bill "Smitty" Smith, drummer for indie-rock sextet Truth & Salvage Co., coming to the Grey Eagle this week. That band (well, most of its members) used to be Asheville's stomp-boogie band, Scrappy Hamilton, but moving to Los Angeles has a way of changing things. Stoned […]
Chuck Lichtenberger (perhaps best known as the keys player in local pop group stephaniesid) is not exactly new on the scene. His own jazz project, the Chuck Lichtenberger Collective, has played a standing Tuesday night gig at Tressa's for the last couple years and boasts a stellar lineup: Michael Libramento (Floating Action, Ice Cream) on […]
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.)