Three and a half decades of taxpayer-funded and city-organized fanfare and fury for an annual festival celebrating the region’s art, music and cuisine set amidst a backdrop fire with social, business and financial love and despair came to end on Sunday afternoon. Bele Chere was 35.
It’s time to say goodbye (or good riddance) to Bele Chere, and Xpress wants you to help write the festival’s obituary. Use #RIPBeleChere to be part of the fun this weekend.
While organizers have pulled the plug on the 2013 Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, they remain hopeful that the beloved street party will return in 2014.
Lake Eden Arts Festival announces a spooky, rootsy, psychedelic-laced lineup for Fall 2013 LEAF.
The Lavender Festival near Burnsville will celebrate this classic herb with one last festival before Mountain Farm turns to dairy goats as its primary focus.
The inaugural Siren Mountain Jam is set for Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at High Country Fairgrounds in Boone, N.C. Joan Osborne and Me’Shell Ndegeocello headline a roster than includes local and regional musicians.
The monthly free summer music series kicks off this Friday and to sweeten the deal, free shuttle service is provided from downtown and the River Arts District. Photo of Mary Frances by David Oppenheimer.
Mountain Oasis announces its first round of bands, including Nine Inch Nails and Neutral Milk Hotel. Weekend passes go on sale this Thursday, May 2. Silver Apples photo by Sasha Stamatovski.
The West Asheville festival returns this Saturday (April 27) with bands, a skateboarding showcase and Savor the Westside, a VIP food and drink tasting. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to Savor the Westside. Click through for details. Photo of The Critters by Max Cooper.
Northern California-based musician and yoga teacher MC Yogi fuses Hindu chants with hip-hop. He returns to Lake Eden Arts Festival this May — click through for dates and tickets info. Image from Smithsonianmag.com
Moogfest will return in April of 2014 with more outdoor and daytime programming, more workshops and panels, more boundary-pushing music and “More of a focus on people who are doing things like Bob Moog did things — stepping out on a limb and trying to make something new.”
The local electronic music festival will return in April of next year. It will also partner with Paxahau, the Detroit-based producer of the Movement Electronic Music Festival and Detroit Jazzfest.
…To vote for your favorite band. A poll is open until March 1, the top vote-getter wins a performance slot at the April 27 festival.
The festival, held May 9-12, features headliners Mavis Staples (pictured), Ozomatli, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits and Abigail Washburn.
AC Entertainment will not license the Moogfest name in 2013. Photo by Rich Orris.
The Asheville Chocolate & Arts Festival pairs music, dance, fashion, film and visual art with a wide array of chocolate treats. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the US Cellular Center.
Velvet Truckstop releases new Johnny Sandlin-produced album “Southbound and Down” on Saturday, Nov. 3, as part of Highland Brewing’s Wee Bit Louder Fest.
In case you were busy running around in costume to get to a different venue (or never made it in because of those long lines), these are the tweets, photos and more from folks on the ground at all of the shows at Moogfest last night. From Nas to Ana Sia, we’ve got you covered. (Featured photo by Rich Orris)
Thursday night’s show by Justice served as the kickoff for this year’s Moogfest. However, Justice wasn’t the only event to get the weekend-long dance party started. Check out the tweets, photos and more from folks on the ground at Justice, Minimoogfest and so much more. (featured photo by @NickLeTellier on Instagram)
Last Sunday, Oct. 21, the 10th annual Hard Lox Festival returned to Pack Square. The festival celebrates Jewish life in Asheville through food, music, dance and more. Pictured: Marty Gillen introduces Bandana Klezmer on the performance stage. (photos by Bill Rhodes)
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, Oct. 13 with this local festival. Vendors, dancers, foods from Venezuela, Cuba and Mexico, and a sizzling musical lineup. Spanglish Fly (pictured) from Brooklyn headlines.