The 2015 lineup for LEAF, which prides itself on its globally conscious reach, is unsurprisingly excellent. Topping the bills each night are acts that range from soul revival firebrand Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires to Australian world-roots act Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, demonstrating the festival’s knack for mixing quality bedrock American music with an eclectic range of styles that span the Earth.
The ecstatic dance band will perform at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, March 8.
Abigail Washburn debuts her new genre- and culture-blending trio, The Wu Force (with Wu Fei and Kai Welch), at The Grey Eagle on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The 20-track double-album by local chant and world music group Shantavaani is a collection of ancient and modern spiritual songs and writings from Asian, paired with contemporary folk originals.
The Grammy-nominated performer presents a concert and workshop this weekend.
Toubab Krewe has no shortage of enthusiasts in Asheville. But fans of exotic pop music have another compelling reason to catch the band’s Jan. 19 show (part of a two-night run) at The Orange Peel.
Bensusan’s gorgeous music is hard to pigeonhole, as it draws upon a wealth of styles from Celtic to middle-eastern to jazz and beyond, in a seamless blend that’s definitely more than the sum of its parts. “Astonishing” was the word overheard from the adjoining table, and it fits.
The North African songwriter and guitarist has already lived through war, played in bands for half of his life, worked with Keith Richards and Angelina Jolie, and achieved fame in his homeland. He plays Grey Eagle on Thursday.
Xpress got to listen to an advance copy of Grooves for Odd Times by local percussionist River Guerguerian.
When Arundas plays, the crowd is a mix of friends and family, belly dancers and the broad array of Asheville freaks who want to get down and boogie. Arundas plays a range of collaborative music that explores fantasy-like mystical rhythms, incorporating sitar, dun-duns, chanting and heavy, heavy drumming. Arundas tunes in to far-flung inspirations and […]
It's a well-documented fact at this juncture: Asheville's sound is a melting pot, a smorgasbord, a sonic gumbo. But just in case you needed further proof, this week's roundup — pulled at random from a stack of submitted CDs — turns up rock, Americana, world/spiritual, bluegrass and jazz guitar. Consider it potluck listening. Shed by […]