Author Tommy Hays and banned book advocate Pam Scales at Malaprop’s, Oct. 12

From a press release: Author Tommy Hays and banned book advocate Pam Scales at Malaprop’s, Oct. 12 Novelist Tommy Hays, director of UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, will team with first amendment advocate Pam Scales for a discussion of Hays’ middle-grades novel and issues facing children’s authors and young readers at 3 p.m. on […]

David LaMotte book release for “Worldchanging 101” at White Horse, Oct. 12

From a press release: David LaMotte book release for “Worldchanging 101” at White Horse, Oct. 12 Montreat singer-songwriter David LaMotte has been a force on the local scene and beyond for over eighteen years, not only for his acclaimed songs but as a voice for positive change. His songs, tireless touring and gentle authority have […]

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5 questions with North of Nashville

“America’s two-man outlaw country band” is the tagline for North of Nashville, the collaborating between Jay Basiner (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, harmonica, percussion) and Andrew Martelle (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals). As the duo’s name suggests, they’re located north of Music City. Far north. In Maine. But Basiner and Martelle have a pitch-perfect country sound, from […]

Celtober at White Horse and Highland Brewing Co., Oct. 24-26

From a press release: Celtober at White Horse and Highland Brewing Co., Oct. 24-26 Western Carolina residents, get ready for an explosion of Celtic Tribal/Rock/Pop/Fusion, as the Third Annual “Celtober” comes to Asheville and Black Mountain. Celtober marks the first-ever appearance of acclaimed Irish sister act, The Screaming Orphans, in Western Carolina. Scottish powerhouse Albannach […]

Jamey Aebersold leads jazz workshop at Asheville Music School, Oct. 13

From a press release: Jamey Aebersold leads jazz workshop at Asheville Music School, Oct. 13 Jamey Aebersold, internationally known saxophonist and authority on Jazz education and improvisation and 2014 recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Award (the Nation’s highest honor) for his lifetime achievement and exceptional contributions to the advancement of […]

Brevard Music Center launches Monday concert series, Oct. 6

From a press release: Brevard Music Center launches Monday concert series, Oct. 6 The Brevard Music Center (BMC) opens the 2014-15 season of its First Mondays concert series on Monday, October 6. BMC is pleased to continue its successful partnership with Brevard College in presenting free concerts to the community. Performances will take place at […]

THE MUSIC MAN: Bascom Lamar Lunsford, third from left, appears in this photo from the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Scrapbook, Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University. The caption reads, “The Lovingood sisters and the Greer sisters with Bascom about 1933, ‘still feeding my soul!’”

Mars Hill’s Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival celebrates a folk hero

While many people wear multiple proverbial hats and dabble in more than one career, Madison County-born Bascom Lamar Lunsford epitomized that concept. A lawyer and a folklorist, the Mars Hill native campaigned against hillbilly stereotypes while preserving Appalachian mountain music traditions. A performer himself — his recordings are included in the Archive of American Folk […]

David LaMotte celebreates release of “Worldchanging 101″ with Oct. 12 event

From a press release: David LaMotte celebreates release of “Worldchanging 101″ with Oct. 12 event David LaMotte is best known as a musician, but the imminent publishing of his third book, Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness, is likely to change that. He will be celebrating its release with friends and fans at the […]

Visionary Arts Fair of Asheville, Oct. 18

From a press release: Visionary Arts Fair of Asheville, Oct. 18 On October 18th, New Mountain will once again be transformed into a multi-dimentional world of psychedelic eye candy, and musical landscapes. Some of the southeast’s most talented artists come together to create this full sensory experience, the Visionary Arts Fair of Asheville. WORLD RENOWNED […]

More IBMA nominations for Balsam Range

From a press release: More IBMA nominations for Balsam Range The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the nominees for the Momentum Awards. Each artist was chosen by committees through a multi-stage process involving both musicians and music industry leaders. “One of the distinctive features of the bluegrass world is that the peak years […]

Local transgender playwright performs staged reading in Asheville before New York production

From a press release: Local transgender playwright performs staged reading in Asheville before New York production INCONGRUENCE: A (trans) Gender Looking Glass, by Carla Pridgen With the love and generosity of friends, a special staged reading and fundraiser is in the making. The play will be presented by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective and the […]