We’re alive. We finally made it into the Dark Carnival, the 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. We had lofty ambitions of broadcasting a live stream from the festival, but it turns out that 3G coverage in Cave-in-Rock, Ill., isn’t so great. Imagine that. For now, we’ll try and update this page as much as we can with pictures and what’s going on.
Sunday, Aug. 8, marked the debut of VegFest, Asheville’s first all-vegetarian festival. Vendors started setting up their booths as early as 10 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m., folks were already wandering toward Battery Park for the festivities. The event began officially at noon and lasted until 7 p.m. that night. Festival organizers estimate that more than 1,500 people attended.
Charleston, SC,-based roots and Americana band The Blue Dogs and Charlotte-based rockers The New Familiars perform at tonight’s at Downtown After 5.
Bonnaroo 2011 was hot – and we’re not just talking about the temps. Asheville guitar god Aaron “Woody” Wood played scorching sets that garnered national radio time; local b-boy crew Fresh Trix wowed crowds with their funky body contortions; locally based music marketing company Music Allies ran a huge backstage operation, and countless other peeps with local connections worked, played and partied hard just down the road in Manchester, Tenn. Photos by Jake Frankel
Our correspondent is having a hard time finding wireless access for his computer. His Thursday dispatch from Bonnaroo was delayed, but here it is — complete with ongoing live Twitter coverage.
Hard to believe it’s only seven weeks until Asheville’s largest street festival of the summer. But as the dates (Friday-Sunday, July 29-31) draw nearer, more bands are announcing their plans to play Bele Chere’s many stages.
The festival returns this year during the weekend of October 28-30. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 4 at noon. Photo by Reggie Tidwell.
Xpress snapped pictures of a lot of lovers at the first Big Love fest, a day of all-local festivities that we’d say was a Big Success. Also, check out the video.
With the end of April approaching, anticipation for LEAF is in the air. This spring’s schedule is jam-packed full of rich sounds and songs. Here, some highlights …
A serious injury will keep the full band from playing Moogfest. Still, the other members plan to attend. Details as they arise…
Foogmess, the “local alternative to the very expensive, very not locally focused Moogfest,” has 16 bands — all local — to Moogfest’s 61.
LaZoom begins its Haunted Comedy Tours this Friday, Asheville on Bikes’ annual Pumpkin Pedaller is coming, and there’s a family-friendly fall festy (no scary costumes!) in the works.
The free festival takes place today, on N. Lexington Ave., from noon-8 p.m.
Festivities at Music on the Mountaintop got an early start Saturday morning as the sun rose over the misty Boone hills and drowsy campers rubbed the sleep from their eyes.
The third annual Music on the Mountaintop opened Friday under cloudy skies in Boone, with performances by local favorites like Now You See Them, Uncle Mountain, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and more.
Boone fest hosts Toubab Krewe, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge and a bunch more.
The free street festival features local band Nuevo Montuno and Miami’s Spam Allstars.
Tickets for the Oct. 29-31 festival are now on sale; a number of bands including new wave act Devo have been added.
The free, all-day, French Broad River-saving, rafting, dancing, band-listening, local food-eating, dog parading festival is held at French Broad River Park on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Annual celebration of international culture and heritage runs for two weeks.