As Sunday, Aug. 24, approaches, don’t be alarmed if you see two people at Pack Square Park taking tape measures to sidewalks and other structures. It’s just Big Love Festival co-organizers Brandy Bourne and Justin Rabuck ensuring that their event is meeting safety and venue guidelines. Now in its fourth year, Big Love evolved out of […]
A half-century into his musical career, Baby Gramps has plenty of highlights from which to choose. Ask him to name a few, however, and he points to a pair of recent opportunities that arose from his inclusion the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest companion album Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys. Gramps’ […]
Wondering what comedic qualities make the best fit for the Asheville audience? Los Angeles television developer and live event businessman Charlie Gerencer has the answer. “We do our best to find famous comedians who also play a banjo, brew their own beer and build furniture out of sticks from the woods while waiting for their […]
Moog Music leads all local instrument builders in name recognition, and for good reason. With a legacy that dates back to Robert Moog’s first theremins in 1954 and first modular synthesizer in 1963, the company has remained at the forefront of the electronic music scene, thanks to steady innovation and popular events such as Moogfest. […]
In the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the Year of the Horse. For the United Nations, it’s the Year of Family Farming and Crystallography. And, as designated by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, it’s the Year of the Salamander. No stranger to celebrating diversity and creative thinking for all ages, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo honors […]
As far back as Asaf Smilan can remember, the Lion of Judah has been present in his life. Growing up in Jerusalem in the 1980s and ’90s, the city’s symbol watched over him, and when he became interested in reggae music and Rastafarian culture around the turn of the century, the lion was there to […]
A good number of establishments still won’t book local rockers Posh Hammer. It’s not because they trash dressing rooms or reduce sound men to tears — it’s because of the band members’ ages. “We get there and we load in, and the bands playing with us or the people already there or the owners of […]
With lines like “If God had an iPod, I’d be on his playlist” and “Ya’ll just some major haters and some math minors,” Atlanta rapper Cyhi The Prynce held his own alongside Kanye West, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz and RZA on “So Appalled,” one of the standout tracks off West’s 2010 album My Beautiful […]
After what he calls “years and years” of Roy “Futureman” Wooten preaching to him about pushing the art form to new compositional heights, Jonathan Scales at last decided to heed those words with “Mixtape Symphony,” his latest album with bassist Cody Wright and percussionist Phill Bronson. A record release show, slated for Friday, June 6, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall celebrates the dense, 33-minute work.
Looming in the distance throughout Beer Week has been Burial Beer Co.’s Skillet Donut Stout Six Ways. On Friday, May 30, the weeks of patiently waiting came to an end as the Buxton Avenue brewery triumphantly presented their staple 8 percent ABV brew (quite possibly the best beer in town, flagship or otherwise) aged with six different adjuncts. […]
Putting their own spin on Thirsty Thursday, Burial Beer Co. and its South Slope neighbor, Twin Leaf Brewery, unveiled Follow the Hops, their special Beer Week collaboration and hopefully the first of many co-ventures. Working from the same base recipe, a dozen different beers were dry-hopped with a single hop then shared with the public on […]
The Not So Big BIG Beer Fest, part two of the Thirsty Monk’s Thirsty Fest, attracted fans of strong tastes to Mill Room on May 28 for a night to remember. With some of the country’s top breweries lining the left wall, participants carried a taster glass and two-sided list of beers, checking off conquests and […]
Out-of-towners like Goose Island and Dogfish Head are set to descend upon Asheville as Beer Week rolls along, but the opening weekend belonged to a handful of local breweries and their special releases. Getting the festivities started was the Asheville Brewers’ Alliance White IPA. Made especially for Beer Week with input from 20 WNC brewers and made at Catawba […]
Beer festivals are an excellent way to sample a wide range of craft breweries and styles. But if the festival scene doesn’t sound appealing, beer fans can create their own diverse festival at their own pace on almost any day of the week – while also getting the most out their drinking budget. The answer: flights.
Beer Week got off to a mostly successful start on May 23 with the North Carolina Belgian Beer Festival, part one of the Thirsty Monk’s Thirsty Fest. Hosted at the new Woodfin location in Reynolds Village (which I’m dubbing RV-Monk, like Harvey Monk as if spoken by a pirate) and featuring many beers previously featured […]
Zansa kicks off big summer plans at Mountain Sports Festival Asheville Afropop band Zansa’s name comes from a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend.” True to that moniker, Adama Dembele (lead vocals and djembe), Patrick Fitzsimons (guitar), Sean Mason (drum set), Ryan Reardon (bass) and Matt Williams (acoustic and electric violins […]
Tribute concert raises funds for Dr. Bob’s Sound School Synthesist Erik Norlander first met the late Robert Moog in January 1997 at the annual National Association of Music Merchants trade show in Southern California. At the time, Norlander was the synthesizer product manager for instrument company Alesis and was designing an analog polyphonic synth called […]
Local stores Comic Envy, Orbit DVD, Pastimes, Blue Ridge Comics and Hero Hunter Comics participate in the May 3 event Along with the May 2 debut of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and May the 4th (aka Star Wars Day), Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) on Saturday, May 3, makes for a fine trilogy for the […]
For more festivals, visit Calendar and mountainx.com. LEAF, at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, returns for its spring installment with family-friendly camping, arts (performance, visual, healing, etc.), dance, crafts, kids activities and plenty of music. Headliners include Los Lobos, Beats Antique, Red Baraat, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and many more. Thursday-Sunday, May 8-11. Tickets […]
That fête returns with three days full of family-friendly music, art, camping and outdoor recreation from Friday-Sunday, May 2-4.
Tapping time-management skills and Don Quixote, Los Gatos Negros releases a record
With all that local musician Jeff Santiago has going on in his life, it’s a minor miracle that his new album, Rolling Towards the Moon, exists. On Saturday, April 12, the singer/guitarist and his indie rock band Los Gatos Negros celebrate that achievement with a record-release party at Asheville Music Hall.