The Illinois-based contra dance, folk and swing band plays for three dances (with caller Diane Silver) at Lake Eden Arts Festival next weekend. Photo from the Mean Lids’ Facebook page.
The Howlin’ Brothers play The Grey Eagle on Saturday, May 11. In advance fiddler/vocalist/banjo player Ian Craft talked to Xpress about the band’s “nice gumbo of styles and tastes.” And writing a song with Warren Haynes. Photo by Loyda Cruz.
Abigail Washburn is a claw hammer banjo player, singer/songwriter, world traveler and, most recently, theatrical writer. She’s a former member of The Sparrow Quartet and a LEAF favorite.
Athens, Ga.-based sextet opens for Band of Horses at the U.S. Cellular Center on Wednesday, May 1. In advance, multi-instrumentalist Carter King talks to Xpress about why Athens produces great bands, the connection between art and self-determination and what the folkloric character Baba Yaga means to Futurebirds. Photo by Jason Thrasher.
WNC-based roots/folk/jazz/gospel singer and composer Lizz Wright has released four solo albums and contributed to many more projects with the likes of Jakob Dylan and Meshell Ndegecello. She plays Lake Eden Arts Festival with Free Planet radio — click through for dates and tickets info.
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
The Chamber rock outfit (from New Orleans by way of Ohio by way of the U.K. by way of Athens, Ga.) play The Emerald Lounge on Wednesday, April 24 with Sonmi and Peripheral. In advance the band talks about collaborating with family, the importance of place in their music, and new single and music video “Our Own God.”
The New York and D.C.-based power-pop outfit plays The Lab on Wednesday, April 17. In advance of that show, Vans answered our questions about unusual recording spaces, rare downtime, and why the band wants to make Asheville a regular stop on its tour route. Photo courtesy of the band.
The local electronic funk/rock band will introduce Asheville to its new album “Bootstraps” at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, April 12. Jahman Brahman also performs.
***UPDATE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** The Alabama-based guitarist is a former member of Leon Russell’s band and a tour de force as a solo act. He’ll play Emerald Lounge on Saturday, April 13. (The Chuck Beattie Band and Big Gene & Danny Lee’s Loud Pack also perform.) In advance of that show, Simmons talks about putting down roots, surprise musical faves (Foo Fighters and Bee Gees!) and how to beat the pre-show jitters. Photo courtesy of the musician.
Americana-rock outfit Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons play the Altamont Brewing Company on Friday, April 5. In advance of that show, Perley talks about songwriting, thrift shopping and her love affair with the musical saw.
The Rochester, N.Y.-based “jazz infused funk wrapped in soul” outfit plays One Stop on Tuesday, April 2, as part of the Two For Tuesdays series.
The Nashville-based roots-rockers spoke to Xpress about playing festivals, adding acoustic instruments and the song that best represents them. They return to Asheville on Thursday, March 28, playing The Grey Eagle. Photo by Melissa Madison Fuller.
Desert Noises performs at Jack of the Wood on Sunday, March 24. Hollis Brown and Drunken Prayer also perform. 10 p.m., $5. In advance, Henderson talked to Xpress about becoming full-time musicians, writing on the road, and what’s so great about Toledo. Photo courtesy of the band.
The L.A.-based band’s sophomore album “Hummingbird,” debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200; they recently performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and have been selling out shows across the country. Including their Tuesday, March 19 stop at The Orange Peel. In advance of that show, vocalist/guitarist Taylor Rice took a moment to talk to Xpress about the band’s visual artwork, the intimidation factor of the second album, and where they’re looking forward to playing overseas. Photo courtesy of Local Natives.
Avant-soul outfit The Mumbles return to Asheville on Tuesday, March 5. They’ll play One Stop in support of their new live album, “Last Night Wore the Crown.”
The Detroit-based band leader talks about fashion, lucid dreaming and Nick Cave in advance of her band’s March 6 performance at Emerald Lounge.
New York-based rock-and-soul octet Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds returns to Asheville this weekend to perform at Grey Eagle. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band headlines. In advance, Sister Sparrow talks about woman-fronted rock bands, dream tour partners and future plans. Photo courtesy of the band.
In a new web feature, we invite touring bands to answer a quick, five question interview. Get to know a little bit more about N.C.-based folk-pop quartet Bombadil, back on tour after nearly three years. They play Altamont Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 16 with Last Bison. Photo by Harry Taylor.