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?
Beyond the snarl of Bele Chere’s festival crowds and hawkers, what sort of free or low-cost happenings can be found?
Festive attire at a recent Downtown After Five street party. Photos by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Local (at least for the summers) artist Miguel Paredes introduces his Miami/N.Y., lush/urban, complex/stark collection of oils, acrylics, and mixed media on canvas at The Satellite Gallery.
She was modeling the dress for a photo shoot on Walnut St. Check out the shoes in the final frame.
image by Kathleen McCafferty
Is it just me, or does a weekend that starts with a free festival seem somehow more auspicious than those weekends that don’t? (Even if you’re not a fan of this Friday’s Downtown After Five lineup, you can get your money’s worth—$0—in people-watching alone.) Beyond that, there’s free theater, a CD release and some of the area’s best-loved bands—including the reunion of Pure, on hiatus for the past 18 years. All for five bucks or less.
Photo by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Sensitive, sweet and real (yet blissfully light in all the places it so easily could be dark), Gin Phillips’ The Well and The Mine moves with the ease of a beach read yet offers the pithy substance of a time-tested classic.
—Photo by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
‘Til Beth Do Us Part, the new comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, premieres at Asheville Community Theatre.