The story of Fantastic Negrito is the stuff of Hollywood legends, but it has the distinction of being true. The man born Xavier Dphrepaulezz taught himself to play a multitude of instruments, scored a record deal, made a good album that stiffed, had a car wreck and nearly died, worked his way back to health, reinvented himself musically and got himself discovered all over again.
A Jamiroquai tribute act opens Déjà Fuze’s album release party — which also features live painting, local vendors and prizes — at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 2.
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Empire Strikes Brass’ upcoming album release and
Frequent collaborators Caine McDonald and Patrick Dodd open Heath’s release show, after which she’ll perform with a full band at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, May 27.
Kicking off the band’s spring tour is a hometown show with Fashion Bath and Maddie Shuler at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, April 22.
ON tour with Mumford & Sons, an improvised lineup gave trumpet player Nick Etwell a chance to bring his soul-jazz project, Filthy Six, to new audience — and they’ll perform at Asheville Music Hall on Wednesday, April 13.
Experienced includes an impressive, all-star list of guest players (Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams and many others) who augment and complement the core trio. “I like to showcase their talents while creating something unique and very special for the combo,” Keel says.
With its bar open for business, Asheville Music Hall hosts the free party on Saturday, Dec. 26, from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 27, from noon to 7 p.m.
The Christmas Jam is sold out but the Jam by Day and Kevn Kinney Jam are both open to listeners.
Space Jesus (or Jasha Tull, if you ask his Brooklyn neighbors) brings his alien rave tunes to Asheville Music Hall Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 p.m.
Local business owners have banded together under the mantra UnChain Asheville in an attempt to sway the public toward shopping with small businesses rather than chains.
From the first song, the band seemed ready to befriend the entire audience and perform at full-throttle, no warm-up required.
Backed by 414 fans who pledged a collective $36,299 earlier this year, Asheville-based tour veterans Papadosio independently released the new album Extras in a Movie in October. The 16-track collection feels like a joint expedition with lots of artistic pit stops along the way.
San Francisco-based rockers The Stone Foxes perform at Asheville Music Hall Saturday, Nov. 14.
From October: Dr. Dog, Trampled By Turtles, Drive-by Truckers, Rayland Baxter, Grace Potter, LEAF Festival, Colonel Bruce, Unspoken Tradition, Widespread Panic and more.
Local reggae group Satta Roots opens for the experimental players at Asheville Music Hall Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 p.m.
Asheville Music Hall hosts the 18+ event on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m.
Myrtle Beach-based reggae trio TreeHouse! wears tie-dye, practices karate and could offer a master class on having a good time. The group will bring the beach weather (and soundtrack) to Asheville Music Hall on Thursday, July 18, for a free show.
The Asheville Beat Tape Collective exists to connect local electronic musicians with national talent, often hosting multi-artist performances like the group’s upcoming two-night stint at Asheville Music Hall.
2014 was a prolific year for emcee and hip-hop producer Black Milk (also known as Curtis Cross) who polished his solo rap EP Glitches in the Break just months before releasing his sixth full-length record If There’s a Hell Below.
Fronted by former Asheville resident Will Bradford, SeepeopleS returns to the city with a show at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, March 13.