Turns out this is a perfect week to start the weekend early. Loads of exciting music is happening in and around Asheville all weekend and Thursday is a nice primer for all of that.
[Editor's note: dePaola's visit to Malaprop's was cancelled due to health circumstances; Strega Nona's Harvest is still available. Alli Marshall interviewed dePaola before the visit was cancelled.] Illustrations from Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona's Harvest. Reviewing a children's book is an interesting proposition. There's not much narrative arc to discuss; little in the way of foreshadowing […]
This weekend is shaping up to be an interesting on. It begins with the summer’s final Downtown After 5 and wraps up with a CGBG-themed showcase at The Boiler Room (Jeff Buckley tribute, anyone?). And it’s all super cheap — but you knew that.
Photos from the Xpress photo booth at this years’ Lexington Ave. Arts & Fun Festival. Brooke & Ryan Juggler with The Runaway Circus & the Loose Caboose Kim & Nathanael Sam & Aja
Electronica and indie pop to country-punk and good ol’ soul. Stick to downtown Asheville or head for the Mountain State Fair — either way you can dance your booty off without coughing up more than five bucks.
Steve Martin (yes, the comedian) comes to Brevard’s Mountain Song Festival, touring his album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.
This year's Trinumeral Music & Arts Festival boasts a heady lineup: World beat trio Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer headline, along with experimental jazz collective Sun Ra Arkestra, "new funk" act The New Mastersounds and Asheville's own rock/Afro-beat quintet Toubab Krewe. But, before you start comparing Trinumeral's extensive long-weekend lineup to that of […]
"It's a big world out there," says Harrison Stafford, the vocalist/guitarist of roots-reggae outfit Groundation. Stafford should know: Already this year the nine-member group has toured South America and Europe and headlined Tel Aviv's Open Air Festival in July. But it's not all jet-set vacation for Stafford and company. "We call ourselves road warriors," he […]
Think "bluegrass festival," and immediately the images appear: Rowdy cloggers, fiery fiddlers, hoedowns and hootenannies. That's all good, but the Mountain Song Festival — now in its fourth year at Brevard Music Center's Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, puts a refined twist on all the pickin' and grinnin.' Sharing the stage: The Steep Canyon Rangers have been gigging […]
Kip Veno of Rubber Cushions. Photo by Jon Elliston.
Joanna Smith Rakoff’s debut novel the sort of book that presents characters who feel like friends and who the reader will sorely miss after the final chapter.
This weekend is somewhat of a free festival sandwich. You’ve got Apple Fest beginning Friday, LAAFF rounding out Sunday and in between… bluegrass, punk rock, a house party, a couple CD releases and some excellent singer/songwriters playing for tips.
Speaking of fun, the best way to get into the spirit of LAAFF is to come in costume. Yeah, Asheville is pretty open to all manner of dress. Jeans and flip-flops are de rigeur, dresses are paired with boots, dudes wear skirts, wings and horns are perfectly acceptable accessories. Even so, why pass up a […]