Goombay kicks off, Greenlife celebrates five years in Asheville with food, drink and music, local bands commandeer Pritchard Park, poets recite, rockers reunite and DJs spin while shoppers scores some great sale prices. And it’s all super budget friendly.
Goombay fans have taken in a lot of eclectic world-beat sounds over the years, from African drums to Caribbean grooves. But here's something even the most astute world music fan might not know: The cowbell — that clunky but effective rhythm instrument — doesn't jive with the digital age. "You can take a cowbell and […]
The band name Drunken Prayer doesn't actually stem from the time singer/songwriter Morgan Geer and keyboardist Audra Fleming spent holed up in a cabin in California's wine country. It's also not about dogma, though Geer used to front Asheville-based blues-rock outfit The Unholy Trio. "Religious themes work as iconic imagery on an everyday level, without […]
Allysa, photographed by Anthony Bellemare.
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.