During January, which is Human Trafficking Awareness month, newly launched local organization Project FIGHT is hosting several events aimed at raising awareness and funds to combat trafficking in Western North Carolina. Rock band Armadilla will headline one such benefit concert at The Mothlight on Sunday, Jan. 29.
In addition to performances by The Moon and You and Rob Nance and the Lost Souls, an upcoming benefit for the ACLU will include three literary readings by A.C. Reynolds High School students. The Mothlight hosts the event on Friday, Jan. 13.
For those of us who want to kick this year to the curb and see in — albeit with some trepidation — 2017, here’s where to sip some bubbly, wear a wacky hat, dance like no one’s watching and party like it’s 1999 (there’s no shame if you secretly wish it was).
“We are proud to support NARAL and the worthy cause of protecting women’s reproductive rights in the United States,” says Melissa Hyman of Sweet Claudette, the band headlining an upcoming fundraiser for the nonprofit. The Mothlight hosts the show on Thursday, Jan. 5.
The final roundup of 2016 includes Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Nth Power, The Cheeksters and Marching Church.
From the standpoint of live music, this year has been another remarkable one for Western North Carolina. In addition to some superb homegrown/local talent, Asheville remains a popular destination for some of the very best touring musical acts.
The band will perform a Home Alone-themed show at The Mothlight on Friday, Dec. 23.
If Section Secrets, a nine-track mix of rock, experimental and ambient sounds will be released with a show at The Mothlight on Sunday, Dec. 18.
The band, led by singer-songwriter Eric D. Johnson, returns to The Mothlight on Sunday, Dec. 4.
For their second full-length album, The Resonant Rogues are returning to Echo Mountain Recording Studios. Their crowdfunding campaign for the project culminates on Friday, Nov. 18, when the band performs at The Mothlight.
“I didn’t have a plan that I was going to write political songs, but the songs occurred out of the unavoidable situation we’ve been in,” Townsend says. “It’s always a tenuous line to walk: music, politics, that kind of thing.”
The couple met in 2009 at the National Old-Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho.
The growth Natalie Mering exhibits on her new Weyes Blood album Front Row Seat to Earth is the type of breakthrough music lovers dream about, yet rarely see.
“The songs lend themselves to a lot of space,” Tirey says. “I don’t apply some kind of aesthetic intention; it just happens that way.” When it’s proposed that there’s a southern-Gothic feel to his songs, he demurs a bit, suggesting instead, “just an American ethos.”
Hiss Golden Messenger’s international tour begins at The Mothlight on Friday, Oct. 14. The Dead Tongues opens.
Analog Moon songwriter/musician Todd Britton. He thought that futurist Ray Kurzweil’s ideas about the future would make a fun concept for an album, especially if he could “take it in a sci-fi direction, as opposed to [basing it upon] the actual scientific papers.”
The Nashville-based instrumental guitarist presents his music with a gifted ensemble.
WORD features three spoken word artists and takes place at Trad & Lore Coffee on Friday, Sept. 16.
Crank County Daredevils’ fall tour begins with a hometown show at The Mothlight on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Parish and Oslance play a free show with Ava Mendoza and Jessica Pavone at The Mothlight on Monday, Aug. 22.
“The American blues form is foreign to us,” says Malian master guitarist Mamadou Kelly. That may come as a surprise to American audiences who hear in Kelly’s music a connection between his soulful approach and the American indigenous musical form born in the Mississippi Delta.