Flow Tribe performs at Asheville Music Hall, Nov. 20

From a press release: Flow Tribe performs at Asheville Music Hall, Nov. 20 WHO: Flow Tribe WHERE: Asheville Music Hall WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 p.m., $8 “Back-bone cracking music.” That’s how the New Orleans natives in Flow Tribe describe their sound. It’s a groove-based gumbo, a mixture of classic Louisiana traditions (funk, jazz, electric […]

NATURAL SELECTIONS: WNC-based authors (clockwise from top left) Kathryn Stripling Byer, Wayne Caldwell, Catherine Reid and Thomas Rain Crow speak about setting prose and poetry in wild places. Byer's photo by Corinna Byer, other photos courtesy of the authors

In quotes: Creative Perspectives on Wilderness writers panel

Six writers participated in a panel on Friday night as the final installment in the three-part Within the Lines: Creative Perspectives on Wilderness. The exhibit and monthly panel discussions, held at HandMade in America’s offices, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Friday’s discussion seemed especially poignant as the recent election put a number […]

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Sound Track: Sidecar Honey

Sidecar Honey is the songwriting trifecta of Dave Dribbon, Jeff Honeycutt and Randy Dzielak — a self-described “down home roots sounds with an original modern edge” outfit. But what makes this Americana act (in a sea of roots-music bands) a stand out is the smart juxtaposition of shrewd songwriting and high-energy rhythm. Not that Sidecar […]

Orange Peel nominated for Pollstar “Nightclub of the Year” award

From a press release: Orange Peel nominated for Pollstar “Nightclub of the Year” award Asheville’s world-class music venue The Orange Peel, was nominated for “Nightclub of the Year” today by Pollstar magazine in its annual Concert Industry Awards. The Orange Peel has been long recognized as one of the best live music venues in the […]

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Leonard Hollifield CD release at Madison County Arts Council, Nov. 28

From a press release: Leonard Hollifield CD release at Madison County Arts Council, Nov. 28 The Madison County Arts Council Presents Leonard Hollifield CD release for A Gentle Southern Wind Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 available at (828) 649-1301 www.madisoncountyarts.com At the age of 88, most musicians are resting on their laurels […]

Town Mountain’s holiday bluegrass benefit for MANNA, Dec. 20

From a press release: Town Mountain’s holiday bluegrass benefit for MANNA, Dec. 20 On Friday, December 20th, 2014 Town Mountain and Mandolin Orange will play a benefit for two local hunger relief organizations, Funding America Through Entertainment (FATE) and MANNA FoodBank at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in Asheville, NC. New Belgium Brewing Company is […]

Webcast celebrates traditional 18th century holiday at Tryon Palace, Nov. 19

From a press release: Webcast celebrates traditional 18th century holiday at Tryon Palace, Nov. 19 Enjoy a virtual visit to Tryon Palace during a live broadcast Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. from His Royal Governor’s Cooking Office. The 45-minute webcast will explore the history of the holidays with an 18th-century cooking demonstration, a hands-on historic […]

Italian dinner fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Nov. 17

From a press release: Italian dinner fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network An authentic Italian Dinner in Honor of Bill Coleman and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month will be held at Bandido’s Restaurant on Monday, November 17th at 7pm. Bandido’s 697 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806 $42 per plate // ALL AGES // 7pm Buy tickets […]

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Faerie Arts Festival at the Renaissance Hotel, Nov. 15

From a press release: Faerie Arts Festival at the Renaissance Hotel, Nov. 15 This year’s Bioflyer Productions fundraiser for Eblen Charities takes place November 15 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. It will celebrate the holiday season with some of the region’s best artists and musicians. Daytime segment (3-6 p.m.) is family friendly with […]

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St. Lawrence String Quartet in concert, Nov. 16

From a press release:  St. Lawrence String Quartet in concert, Nov. 16 The Asheville Chamber Music Series will be featuring the acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet in concert Sunday afternoon, November 16th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Asheville, corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street. The concert will begin at 4:00 PM. Established in […]

Smile Train benefit for children with cleft palate at The White Horse, Nov. 16

From a press release: Smile Train benefit for children with cleft palate at The White Horse, Nov. 16 Sunday, November 16, 6 p.m.- “The Smile Train” benefit for children with cleft palate. Music by Shane Pruitt Band, Red Dirt Revelators, Citizen Mojo. White Horse Black Mountain. $15 donation Every year over 170,000 children worldwide are […]

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Smart bets: The Motet

“The world needs more funk, and these guys are leading the revival,” says a press release for Colorado-based prog collective The Motet. While that statement may be up for debate, for those hoping to up their funk intake, this seven-piece outfit offers a well-honed blend of Afrobeat, disco, electronic and soul, all based in the […]

NATURAL SELECTIONS: WNC-based authors (clockwise from top left) Kathryn Stripling Byer, Wayne Caldwell, Catherine Reid and Thomas Rain Crow speak about setting prose and poetry in wild places. Byer's photo by Corinna Byer, other photos courtesy of the authors

Regional writers panel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Southern writing evokes a certain set of expectations, from Flannery O’Connor’s “Christ-haunted” prose to Gail Godwin’s glimpses into shifting society. But when talking about North Carolina writers, there’s one theme that returns again and again: place. From Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Robert Morgan’s Gap Creek to Ron Rash’s Serena and Vicki Lane’s A Day […]