This year, Independence Day falls on a Saturday, which leaves you with more freedom to explore what this historic day has to offer.
The local singer-songwriter talks about his newest release, his forthcoming projects, and gives an update on his son, Holmes, currently in treatment for a brain tumor.
PJ Bond’s catch phrase for his sound is “honest music about real things” — and that’s a damn good summation, but it suggests bit more earnestness than the 11 tracks of Where Were You actually reveal. Not that the songs are without integrity. In fact, with continued play, they seem to peel back layers, revealing strata of meaning, insight and imagery.
Rising country music act Christian Lopez Band made its Asheville debut at Jack of the Wood recently. Ahead of the show, the musician played two songs from their debut record, Onward, exclusively for Acoustic Asheville. “Morning Rise” “This Romance”
Warner finalized the sale of his Lexington Ave. bar to husband and wife team Khio and Mindy Dinh of Morganton after a serious heath scare cemented his decision to exit the industry. Although he’s divesting his involvement, Warner’s legacy in the local club scene remains significant.
Jeff Messer turns his focus to the folk and country music contributions of Burnsville native Lesley Riddle. Esley: The Life and Musical Legacy of Lesley Riddle, runs at Parkway Playhouse Saturday, June 27-Saturday, July 11.
Local troupe Trillium Dance Company stages “Rites of Summer” on Saturday, June 27. The show includes performances by The Fox & Beggar Theater with music from Starseed, Morphonic, Earthtone Soundsystem and MeltYum.
The multiplatinum recording artist and the man behind the ubiquitous 2009 hit “Say Hey (I Love You)” plays the New Mountain Amphitheater with his band, Spearhead, on Friday, June 26. The show was originally slated for Feb. 18 at The Orange Peel, but was rescheduled when Franti tore the meniscus in his left knee in late January.
Local organization Asheville Music Professionals teamed up with the Grammy-affiliated Recording Academy for a panel discussion on songwriting, followed by a songwriters-in-the-round performance.
This year marked the inaugural Make Music Day in Asheville, with a number of free events held on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21. Xpress stopped by Moog Music, The Mothlight and the Asheville Percussion Festival.
Tyler Nail Trio opens for Underhill Rose’s CD release show at the Grey Eagle on Saturday, June 27, at 9 p.m.
The magic of The Wood Brothers — who return to Asheville for a show at Pisgah Brewing Co. on Thursday, June 25 — are at work on new album, Paradise. Due out in October, it’s the first record the band has produced itself, and the first its members made while all living in the same town.
The eclectic and ever-smiling band plays in support of their aptly titled 12th album Dance! at New Mountain on Friday, June 26, at 10:30 p.m.
A recent performance by Maalouf and Spears was doubly significant for its association with both the fourth annual Asheville Percussion Festival and inaugural Make Music Asheville.
Two locally based acts and two artists who came to fame providing musical support for others are the focus of this edition’s roundup.
Musical selflessness and open-book lyrics infuse “Appalachiacana” band Tellico’s album Relics and Roses with honesty. The 45-minute collection of mountain-inspired tunes is out now.
Songwriter and guitarist Charlie Par performs at The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, June 24.
Rouse’s newest album, The Embers of Time (the tour for which brings him to New Mountain on Friday, June 19) contains plenty of contenders to add to his hits list. Lead track “Some days I’m Golden All Night” captures both tropical breeze and pragmatic angst. The Neil Young-flavored “New Young” aches with harmonica and thoughts of trading ambition for a slower pace of life.
Girls Rock Asheville is a six-day camp for girls ages 8 to 16. With no previous experience required, campers learn about making music, and working as a team. The camp culminates in a pair of showcase concerts at The Mothlight on Saturday, June 27.
The quirky musicians release their new album A Message for the Yogi during a set at Tiger Mountain on Saturday, June 20, at 9 p.m.
Nashville-based singer-songwriter spoke to Mountain Xpress while driving through the recent storms in Oklahoma — not idea travel conditions, but somehow fitting for his tour in support of solo album, Traveller. The journey brings him to The Orange Peel on Thursday, June 18.