Proceeds from the upcoming pre-Valentine’s Day dinner will support Youth Transformed for Life, an organization promoting self-improvement and personal responsibility among disadvantaged teens.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a new EP by quartet Whym (formerly The Friendly Beasts) and an organizational hub for all things creative writing.
The spatial construction of the sound alone takes it beyond any basic blues formation, but it’s easy in its experimentation, at peace with its inner weirdness and content to strut and sway no matter who might be watching.
This week’s roundup includes Reigning Sound playing Prom!, an Amy Winehouse tribute, jazz project The Core and rockabilly revivalist Jittery Jack.
Tips are highly encouraged at this competitive bartending event, not only to raise extra funds, but also because the celebrity guest with the most overflowing jar will be crowned the Mardi Gras King or Queen. The benefit night is at various bars on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Charles Gately and Brian Landrum recently purchased Sherwood’s Music from its namesake, Matthew Sherwood. The store is in the process of relocating to Lexington Avenue, a move the owners say will give them significantly more foot traffic than the current Patton Avenue location.
Tributes to J Dilla are staged in various cities on the rapper’s birthday. Asheville’s Dilla Day is at One Stop Sunday, Feb. 7, at 10 p.m.
Early on, Vanessa Carlton was marketed (and pegged) as a precious pop star. That guise didn’t fit her well, though. It took a few years (plus a few albums and a few record labels) to find a creative footing that felt right and the independence necessary to express her musical vision.
Jay Brown (Lazybirds) opens the Hill Country blues show at The Root Bar Saturday, Feb 6., at 9 p.m.
The members of Free Planet Radio have an ongoing impact on Asheville’s music scene, not to mention roughly a century of combined experience. They’ll play from the trio’s recent release Global Symphony Project at the Altamont Theatre on Friday, Feb. 5.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features two male vocalists with immediate opportunities to advance their separate music-making trajectories.
The latest edition of Acoustic Asheville features Asheville’s Hope Griffin Trio. The group brought its brand of soulful folk music for a quartet of songs at Pack’s Tavern.
Ben Phan and his band, the Soul Symphony, are preparing for a release party for their first original album, Dreams in Modern Folk.
A frequent visitor to Asheville, the teen virtuoso returns on Friday, Feb. 12, to perform at New Mountain. He shares the bill with Dead 27’s.
The raucous 1980s jukebox musical is a love story full of elaborate, high-energy dance numbers. It’s set to some of the biggest glam rock hits of the MTV generation, including songs by Poison, Styx, Twisted Sister and others. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Masonic Temple.
The singer/songwriter plays new, original music and revisits songs from his band The Dead Horse Sound Company at Ben’s Tune-Up on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.
Jon Farmer, J Youngin, Dirty Frost, Copper Kid Solo, Tripsta Trip, D Balla, Michael G and DJ Ra Mak open Diggypop Malone’s EP release show at New Mountain on Saturday, Jan. 30.
The gifted guitarist with a soulful, haunting voice has an early Album of the Year candidate in “Cautionary Tale,” produced by John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes).
Trout Steak Revival opens for the reconfigured quintet at the Orange Peel on Friday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 p.m.
A benefit concert by pianist David Troy Francis and vocalist Carol Duermit stands to earn $40,000 for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project in one evening. Asheville Country Club hosts the early show on Saturday, Jan. 31.
This week’s roundup includes Strutter, Bully, The Legendary Shack Shakers and Dark Star Orchestra