Not only would a brick-and-mortar location allow Smash Box Mobile Kitchen owners Ashley and Nestor Teran to serve more customers and grow their events business, but it would also accommodate an expansion of their Latin-inspired menu to include more complex dishes. Photo from the Terans' crowdfunding page

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a Smash Box’s expansion into a brick-and-mortar location, two locals’ efforts to empower citizens of Nepal to build resilient housing and The Village Potters’ new wood kiln project.

Acoustic Syndicate

Stage sights: Local concert highlights from June 2015

Each month concert photographer David Simchock of music news and reviews blog Front Row Focus shares some of his favorite images, captured on stages in and around Asheville. From June: Jon Stickley, Tellico, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, The Honeycutters, River Music, Aaron Burdett, Rising Appalachia, Indigo Girls, Acoustic Syndicate, The Wood Brothers, Omnitet, David Holt, […]

Hawaiian Fire dancer at Folkmoot

Video: A world’s worth of folk dancing comes to WNC July 16- July 26 during Folkmoot 2015

The pounding of bare feet and hard soled shoes resonated deeply with audiences in July 2014 at Folkmoot events when dance and music troops from far away performed the traditional dances of their home places. This year, new groups from other countries and cultures are preparing to wow North Carolina.  Represented in 2015 are dancers and […]

CREATIVE CONTROL: “If they give you $100K," says Drivin' N' Cryin' frontman Kevn Kinney, "you gotta let them have their input. Which is not good.”

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ deconstruc­ted

Since debuting in the mid 1980s, Atlanta-based Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ has crafted its own take on Southern rock. Led by guitarist/songwriter Kevn Kinney, the group has distilled its many influences into a sound all its own. A recent series of EPs set out to explore those various styles, and selections from those albums have been compiled on the new vinyl-only release, Best of Songs.