A Tribute to Doc Watson

Local folk musician and Grammy winner David Holt presents a tribute to his friend and collaborator, the late Doc Watson. The concert takes place at Diana Wortham Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and benefit Shindig on the Green. According to a press release, “Four-time Grammy award winner David Holt […]

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File under ‘moms who rock’

Singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell’s new record is a concept album about becoming a single mom to twins. But don’t expect lullabies and Seussian rhymes: this is a cool collection of vintage tones, girl band vocals, and soulful flourishes. Mandell plays The Grey Eagle with Benji Hughes on Tuesday, July 24. Photo from Mandell’s Facebook page.

The Asheville Area Arts Council’s Tangerine Ball is set for Sept. 15

The Asheville Area Arts Council’s annual color ball fundraiser has been around since 1952 (then known as the Beaux Arts Ball). The year’s color is tangerine, and this year’s event will be held at the Orange Peel on Saturday, Sept. 15. According to the event’s website, “Proceeds from the Color Ball directly support AAAC’s year-round […]

“We’ve done a lot sitting on each others’ steps”: Toubab Krewe has played festivals everywhere from Vermont (their own) to the Desert Music Festival in Mali. And they’ve jammed with the likes of Donna the Buffalo and Ivan Neville, both of whom play Carnavalito.

Their life is a carnival

Asheville-founded Afro-Americana fusion outfit Toubab Krewe knows a thing or two about festivals. They’ve done a few Jam Cruises. This summer alone they’re playing Afro Roots Music Festival, gathering of the Vibes, Nottoway Nights, Floyd Fest and newly created Gnarnia Music Festival (see sidebar). The band is also celebrating the 10th anniversary, this year, of […]

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African odyssey

Motherland International Relations’ co-directors plan to spend the next 14 months traveling to Ghana and Ethiopia to facilitate a number of economic, educational and service-oriented projects. Follow their progress and adventures through their blog. Photo from motherlandinternational.org.