You can make Hopscotch a numbers game; an endurance test to see how many bands you can cram into three-plus days. You can stake out one venue for five hours. There are bands that will probably never play on the eastern seaboard again. There are local acts that might never play outside of the Triangle.
The world music and arts festival in Pipestem, W.Va. (held Sept. 6-9), includes Asheville-based bands A Ghost Like Me and Brushfire Stankgrass in its lineup.
The inaugural “radical in the best sense of the word” music festival, held in the River Arts District, is set for Saturday, Aug. 25. Photo of Reptar from theaudioperv.com.
Xpress staff and friends weigh in on the festival’s most-anticipated acts. Photo of Thomas Dolby from the musician’s blog.
This year’s African and Caribbean Cultural festival, Aug. 24-27, includes a few new features: A Friday night block party and a Sunday night concert at the Orange Peel by Arrested Development (photo from the band’s website).
The local musician offers a free download of his “Riversong” in celebration of the annual RiverLink fundraiser and all-day festival.
Whether you’re heading to Gnarnia Festival and want a preview, or you can’t make the festival and want a taste of what you’ll be missing, Asheville Music Hall has you covered. This Thursday’s Gnarnia Festival Official Showcase features Panther God (pictured), Amarru, Sonmi, Nomadic, Splynter and Old You. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to the show.
A colorful bus reminiscent of the Merry Pranksters Tour Bus took residence in downtown Asheville today to celebrate the conclusion of the Magic Love Bus 2012 LovEvolution Tour.
The local bluegrass band performs on Saturday, June 30 as part of Fan Appreciation Day.
It feels like weeks since we arrived at Bonnaroo. After four days in the sun, three nights in a tent, dozens of shows and uncomfortably close encounters with tens of thousands of red-faced music fans, it’s good to be home. But the relief comes with more than a little hesitation. Despite the discomfort, festivals can be an oasis, if you’re into that sort of thing, and Bonnaroo is the most epic of American music experiences. Luckily, there’s always next year.
By the third day of Bonnaroo, structural improvements have made all the difference. Shade is easy to find, bathroom lines are entirely reasonable and dust is minimal. Cool temperatures have done a lot to ease the experience, but organizers’ efforts will make even the most scorching festivals to come all the more comfortable.
This year’s festival includes 40 bands ranging from funk and Americana to hip-hop and Christian r&b. Headliners include Dr. Dog, David Mayfield Parade, Lucero and Brandi Carlile.
The literary festival, now in its fourth year, features author Elizabeth Kostova (pictured here) and continues tomorrow from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Plus, it’s free.
The day-long free event boasts two stages, along with vendors, dancers, crafts and more. Photo by photobug_fred.
Thousands turned out for the Big Love festival in Pack Square. Thank you, Asheville, we love you!
With temperatures set to be in the high ‘70s and the river running high, it’s all systems go for the Hot Springs-based music and rafting festival.
The spring edition of the twice-yearly festival is May 10-13, but tickets are only available online in advance, and volunteer slots are going quickly. Photo by Cameron Yeager.
The Mountain Xpress booth of Asheville Earth Day includes a tree giveaway and a chance to register to win Merlefest tickets.
This year Xpress will be covering SXSW’s music week (and, specifically, Asheville bands, like River Whyless, pictured here) in Austin, Tex. Want to follow along? Click the MX SXSW link in the top left corner of our website. We’ll be there Wednesday-Saturday, March 14-17.
Bands include Kovacs and the Polar Bear, Floating Action, Pleasure Chest and the Decent Lovers. Vendor applications are accepted until March 22.
The festival takes place Saturday, April 21 in downtown Asheville. Get in the Earth Day mood by uploading your photos. Six winning entries will be featured in Xpress and will win VIP passes to the festival. (Photo of the first Earth Day in 1970 from www.earthday.org.)