If you like your festival with more edge and less sideshow, Gurp Fest may be what you're looking for. The two-day hip-hop lineup (with all of the Gurp City South bands) takes to the Emerald Lounge stage on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. First, what's Gurp City South, you ask? It's the Southeast […]
"Come prepared for raucous humor, bad girls, noteworthy indecency, empowered, naked wit and naked ladies." No, this is not a report on late-night downtown debauchery following Bele Chere. It's in the press release for No She Didn't! Good Girls Gone Bad and the Dances That Happen. The show, which runs at The Magnetic Field, uses […]
Head east (OK, only as far as Black Mountain) for "a night of shared songs" — which, by its name alone, is pretty much the antithesis of a street festival. This show, held at the airy and relaxing White Horse Black Mountain, includes Annie Lalley, Joe Ebel, Ray Chesna and Jimmy Landry. Asheville native Annie […]
To local hip-hop band CrazyHorse & Colston, playing Bele Chere is a big deal — partly because the duo (Max Hupertz and Bryan Godleski) both grew up in Western North Carolina, and partly because at last year’s festival, hip-hop fans voiced their disappointment about the lack of the genre on the lineup. “It does feel […]
According to Blackberry Smoke singer/guitarist Charlie Starr, the term “Southern rock” isn't a bad thing. "It's not an insult to us," he says. "Just don't short-change us: We're not a tribute act and we're not a cover band." There is plenty about the quintet that suggests the '70s, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers — […]
Brandi Carlile isn't just playing Bele Chere because some booking agent somewhere routed her tour through Western North Carolina. She loves this town, she tells Xpress. And, having played the Grey Eagle and the Orange Peel already, "I thought I'd try something different." A festival seems just about right for the singer-songwriter (and Lillith Fair […]
It’s easy to image that the passports of David Wax Museum’s three core players (frontman David Wax, Suz Slezak and Greg Glassman) are dog-eared and stamped to capacity from use. In addition to touring the U.S. and traveling to Mexico to collect field recordings for September release Knock Knock Get Up (it was produced on […]
There’s more to a festival than rock bands, misting tents, funnel cakes and sunburns. There’s shopping! And Bele Chere doesn’t just have a few booths; it’s lined with vendors from end to end, selling everything from lawn art and broomstick skirts to paper hats and leather jewelry. Whether you’re planning to knock out your holiday […]
Whether you’re heading to Gnarnia Festival and want a preview, or you can’t make the festival and want a taste of what you’ll be missing, Asheville Music Hall has you covered. This Thursday’s Gnarnia Festival Official Showcase features Panther God (pictured), Amarru, Sonmi, Nomadic, Splynter and Old You. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to the show.
Asheville gets a new club this weekend, just in time for Bele Chere. Slated to be a “new space for discerning tastes,” Club Tetrus will open this Saturday, July 28, in the upstairs level of Arcade Asheville (130 College St.). According to a press release, “Club Tetrus plans to be a classic dance club spinning […]
Striped dropwaist dress with a floral hem, yellow clutch and lace-up sandals from Copenhagen.
The local indie-pop band has a plan to help out in that respect — by turning their Sunday set into a water show. Photo by Michael Oppenheim.
A new full-length album is in the works for early next year, but in the meantime the Nashville-by-way-of-L.A.-by-way-of-Asheville rockers have dropped limited-release Salvage Songs, Vol. 1.
Ohio-born alt-country singer Lydia Loveless writes about boozing, more boozing, and being stalked by Steve Earle. And, at just 21, she’s already making a name for herself among those who revere true country music. She plays Jack of the Wood on Tuesday. Photo by Ely Bros.
Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth, performs at the Orange Peel on Tuesday, July 24. His live show is hailed as captivating, soulful, dynamic, intimate, precise, unnerving and interspersed with moments of beauty. Aka, not to be missed. (He’ll also be on the syndicated show eTown this Sunday at 6 p.m., streaming on local radio station WNCW-FM 8.7 FM.)
Two different performances this Saturday and Sunday help to fund the upcoming Fringe Arts Festival and to send a local delegation to this year’s World Fringe Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Wesley Duffee-Braun.
Pleated skirt, camisole and vintage nautical hat on Patton Ave.
Submissions are being accepted now through Saturday, Sept. 1 for the seventh annual Anything Goes—Everything Shows exhibition, to be on display at The Courtyard Gallery (109 Roberts St. in the River Arts District), Sept. 15 through Oct. 27. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m. Artists are “encouraged to demonstrate […]
The Brooklyn-based psychedelic indie-rock duo performed a headliner-worthy opening slot on Tuesday night.
A flowery dress and stocking with combat boots on Lexington Ave.
Based on “the musicy words and wordy music of Woody Guthrie,” “Hard Travelin’ with Woody” — written and performed by Randy Noojin — was produced in the 2011 New York Fringe Festival. According to press for the show, “At a Depression-era union meeting, Woody plays for striking mine workers who are unexpectedly on the verge […]