If you follow the local social media happenings, the recent Asheville Twestival (that is, Twitter-festival) isn’t news to you. “That is so five days ago,” you’re saying to yourself right now. For those of you who either didn’t go, didn’t know it was happening, or have no idea what Twitter is or why it would deserve a festival, this video is for you. The event was held to benefit the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.
For people who love a good local ghost story, Helen’s Bridge is a true landmark. Although there are dozens of variations, the basic story goes something like this: A woman named Helen hung herself from the bridge following the tragic death of her daughter. If you go out to the bridge late at night and say mean things about her baby, weird, spooky stuff will happen. Maybe you’ll see her floating towards you, neck broken, in the rear-view mirror. Or maybe your car won’t start. It’s great stuff if you’re into getting creeped out. Seen in the daylight, however, Helen’s Bridge isn’t so bad. See?
Speaking of Asheville traditions, here’s one that’s not at all scary. Unless, that is, you have an irrational fear of traditional Irish music and/or jam sessions. It’s a video from a recent Sunday jam at Jack of the Wood in downtown.
While it’s not a tradition yet, the local stand-up comedy scene has really blossomed in the last few years, largely thanks to events like the Laugh Your Asheville Off series. It’s even filtering down to the bar scene, as demonstrated by the New French Bar’s “Tomato Tuesday” events. Here’s a not work safe set by would-be comic Charles Massey.
And when it comes to music that flies in the face of tradition, you’d be hard-pressed to find a local band better suited to the description than Ahleuchatistas. Here’s the trio performing “2/3 Consensus on the Un-finite Possibilities” from their album Of the Body Prone.
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