You don’t have to be a fan of throwbacks to like this New York City-based collective. The group, created by pianist/composer/arranger Scott Bradlee, takes pop tracks and reworks them as vintage jazz, swing and ragtime songs.
NewSong is probably best-known for its annual songwriter competition, The NewSong Contest. The winner walks away with a prize package aimed at taking a career to the next level: a performance at ASCAP Cafe during the Sundance Film Festival, another concert at Lincoln Center and a chance to record an album on the NewSong Recordings label.
Local musician and composer Danny Peck, aka dep, has set a challenge for himself this month: To compose, record and post one song each day. The project, called Mayday 2015, is being updated a song at a time on Bandcamp and Facebook.
“All shows will start on time” insists the Facebook event page for Thrilla in Ashevilla!, a punk rock music festival scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, May 28-31. And that might seem a little not-so-punk rock, but it’s their party and they’ll be punctual if they want to. Plus the line up deserves promptness — how else to […]
C.J. Chenier, son of the ‘King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier headlines Downtown After 5 on Friday, May 15. This is the first installment of the free music series that run on the third Friday of the month, May-September. Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association’s 27th season of Downtown After 5, […]
Local musicians and artists come together for a night of music and art under the heading, ZODIAC: Moon in Cancer. The show, featuring local bands illanthropy, Live Animals and The Ghost Of, takes place at The Boiler Room on Saturday, May 23. Press release from organizers: On Saturday, May 23, Full Phase Media and Plugged […]
Nashville-born soul musician Charles “Wigg” Walker has been recording since 1959 and, in the 1960s, was one of the most in-demand soul acts in New York City. Walker has also written songs for Motown records. He’ll perform at The Altamont Theatre on Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m. $15 advance/$20 at the door. Press release […]
New versatile project space SOLID Studios, located at 144 Tunnel Rd., holds its inaugural opening event on Friday, May 22. Work on exhibit is by sculptors Molly Sawyer and Jameid Ferrin; members of Pan Harmonia will perform. Press release from organizers: SOLID Studios announces it’s Inaugural, Opening Evening Event. The walls will be shared by […]
Screenwriter and playwright Maryedith Burrell debuted her play, #OUCH! at the BeBe in October where it was met with acclaim. Before taking the production to the New York International Fringe Festival and The Groundlings in L.A., Burrell stages three performances at the newly reopened Magnetic Theatre on Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23, at […]
What do you do if your sibling has noteworthy literary debut, becomes the new best thing in Southern Lit and gets invited to give the commencement address at your shared alma mater? If you’re stand-up comedian Cliff Cash, you turn it into material.
If there was an award for most prolific filmmaker at this year’s Music Video Asheville, Western North Carolina native Andrew Anderson would have been a shoe-in. Six of the 29 entries at this year’s show came from Andrews’ Double A Productions company.
The Brooklyn-based indie-dance band plays in Asheville on Wednesday, May 20, at 9 p.m. Vacationer and local buskers Midnight Snack also perform.
The grand prize for this battle of the bands is $350 in cash, a full promotional kit from Peppermint Media and three songs professionally recorded, mixed and mastered by Giraffe Studios.
“Half a Heart,” the lead track to the self titled debut EP from local indie-soul outfit Magenta Sunshine, might have a sad-sounding name, but it plays like a tropical beach party.
Local actor Tom Chalmers hosts the monthly series, Listen to This: Stories in Performance. The next installment, “It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To: Fond Memories of Funerals, Wakes, and Memorials,” takes place at 35Below on Thursday, May 28. Press release from Asheville Community Theatre: Listen to This: Stories in Performance, a […]
Underground artists Blueprint, Supastition, Bobby FKN White, DJ Appaloosa and DJ Rare Groove all perform as part of the next installment of the “Thank You Asheville” series held at Timo’s House on Saturday, May 30. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is free.
Short films, improv skits and sketch comedy are all included in a night of comedy shorts. The event takes place at White Horse Black Mountain on Wednesday, May 27. 7:30 p.m. show time, $7 cover. Press release form organizers: Short attention span? Love to laugh? Join us for an evening packed with adult comedy: short […]
Local artist Lisa René, aka Pinky Rasta, works in acrylic and canvas as well as atypical mediums such as found-object sculpture, broken glass on canvas, and as a model for her own photography. The exhibit of her work runs through May.
New local letterpress, Tenpenny Press in Southside Studios, creates creates fine stationery and custom wedding invitations. The press also announces work by Tenpenny owner/mixed-media artist Joshua Norman and painter/illustrator Lisa Nance. An exhibition of Norman and Nance’s work opens on Saturday, May 23 at the Asheville Loft Gallery, 52 Broadway St., Suite 3B. The opening […]
An extension of sketch comedy production The Kathy and Mo Show, the play Parallel Lives explores “what it’s like to be a woman in today’s society in a hilarious fashion.” Parallel Lives runs May 13-June 7 at North Carolina Stage Company. Press release from NC Stage: Parallel Lives is an extension of the off-Broadway hit The […]
SERFA is the Southeastern Regional chapter of The Folk Alliance International, an organization created to “preserve, promote, develop and celebrate the diverse heritage, of roots and indigenous music, dance, storytelling and related arts of the Southeastern United States.”