Local Afropop band Zansa has big news: Frontman Adama Dembele recently returned from a trip to his home country, Ivory Coast, where he performed at the weeklong MASA Festival, according to a press release. Fellow Ivory Coast native and dancer Barakissa Coulibaly (pictured) just made her way to Asheville, where she’ll be teaching and performing […]
Take a moment to wrap your head around this spectacle: "Performing as the voice of Ray Charles, Zach Deputy will pair up with the ultimate groove band and play a funky tribute to a music legend." That legend is Ray Charles. AKA “the only true genius in show business.” Or The Genius, for short. How […]
In the 35 years that Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre has operated in Asheville, it has earned a reputation for producing complex and thought-provoking work. Lead by artistic director Susan Collard and co-director Giles Collard, the company is drawn to dark subject matter, probing the complexity and dilemmas of the human world through modern dance and […]
The annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival was founded by folklorist Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. Each year, the event — the indoor, ticketed companion to Shindig on the Green — showcases "mountain performers who share songs and dances that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage," according to press. This year's […]
The unique local dance troupe performs on the ground and in the air. Their show “Jump Sessions,” featuring live music by Hello Hugo, closes out tonight at The Orange Peel. 7 p.m., $14. Photo by Michael Oppenheim.
The spark for Reborn came by way of a number of sources, from a bag of pantyhose to a photography series to the birth of Heather Maloy’s son. But Maloy, artistic director of Asheville’s Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, says that she doesn’t set out to collaborate with artists of various media when she’s creating a […]
If you want more dance, it’s a good time to find it. Here are some more movement events happening in the coming weeks. Bromelia takes to the air Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective knows how to fly. Its members will hurdle through the Orange Peel's atmosphere (while being careful not to hit to the giant fan) […]
Asheville native Elliot Heller (aka DJ Equal) is based in New York City but returns to WNC on Friday, May 24 for a show at Club Tetrus. RBTS WIN also perform a DJ set as Brutal Wizards. (Mountain Xpress:) Tell us about your show at Club Tetrus. Heller: It's a dance party, it's a DJ […]
The Nashville-based alt-rock outfit returns to Asheville on Saturday, Jan. 5. They’ll play a 9 p.m. show at Emerald Lounge with fellow Tennessee bands A Great Disaster and Matt Sanders Band.
Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket plays The Orange Peel on Thursday, Nov. 8. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to the show.
Bear in Heaven has always occupied an ambiguous space, somewhere between experimental indie rock and noisy, towering electronics. The band’s latest album, I Love You, It’s Cool, blurs the line even more, unapologetic in its polished, synth-driven dance aesthetic. One could argue that’s where the band has always been headed, but this time the evolution […]
Zansa, The Secret B-Sides and Diali Cissokho & Kairaba make a night of it at Asheville Music Hall on Thursday, Aug. 30. The event includes dance lessons and African cuisine.
Learn how to belly dance at a low-pressure, outdoor group class at Western Carolina University.