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.
The new day-long music/activities/vendors event, held the Asheville Outdoor Center, launches this Saturday, Oct. 13. Xpress will give away a family pack of passes. Pictured: headliners The Secret B-Sides.
And we have your complete guide to the fall festival, which features such rootsy heavy-hitters as The Mickey Hart Band, The Tony Rice Unit, The Be Good Tanyas and more. It’s time to plan your weekend!
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.