The title track brings together sly humor and an understanding of the hard truths of modern life for a memorable number that recalls Kirsty MacColl’s forays into country and western.
The quintet is headed by singer Whitney Moore and includes members from other local groups, such as Sirius B, The Low Down Sires, Drayton and the Dreamboats, and Hot Point Trio.
The Cabbage School, which describes itself as a “rigorous skill based fool school,” takes inspiration from the rural craft school tradition and educational communities such as Rural Studio and Black Mountain College.
“We always say, ‘It takes a village to run this place,’” says Amy Marshall, who owns the West Asheville venue with her partner, Tamy Kuper.
According to Tyler Jackson, the album is not only conceptual in a lyrical sense, it explores his idea of “the other side” in a musical sense as well.
The Asheville rockers play a benefit show for Everytown for Gun Safety on May 27 at Salvage Station.
The Philadelphia dark-pop quartet plays Fleetwood’s on May 25.
“Asheville loves the weird stuff” says festival founder Madam Onca O’Leary. This ABSFest showcases nearly three dozen performers; headliners include magician and storyteller David London and sideshow performer Alex Doll and Oregon Burlesque Fest “Keepin’ it Weird” award winner Natasha Riot.
The showcase of works by visual artist Joseph Pearson and young writers of color takes place May 25 at the YMI Cultural Center.
At its heart, Guys and Dolls is a story about the redemptive power of love. The clash of religious morality and the amoral streets of New York never overshadows the lightheartedness of the story.
The “comedic love letter to all levels of pop-culture fandom” debuts May 24 at The Magnetic Theatre.
The monthly summer concert benefit series kicks off May 27 with performances by Rock Academy NC’s bands.
This edition spotlights one of the strongest musical schedules in recent memory: two shows of historical and sociological importance, a preview of what is sure to be a highlight of this year’s Barnaroo, and the man responsible for some of the best (and least-heard) pure pop of the decade.
Once the frontman for quintet The Band of Rivals, Sean Cox stepped out on his own a few years ago and released his debut EP, Letters to the Light, last summer.
There’s typically a time limit for each presenter, and some open mics have a theme or a host to usher the evening along, but what happens in front of the microphone is, truly, wide open to possibility.
Betts, who completed his MFA in 2010, will return to Warren Wilson on Saturday, May 19, to give the commencement address to the school’s undergraduate class.
The Atlanta-based standup and “Tonight Show” alum performs at The Southern on May 19.
Friday, May 18, the 30th annual Downtown After 5 concert series launches with an especially localcentric show: Asheville All-Stars, a super-group comprised of a rotating cast of Asheville’s favorite singers and musicians.
The Asheville vocalist and multi-instrumentalist plays a record release show May 17 at The Mothlight.
Pan Harmonia ends its 18th season with a pair of free local shows, May 18 and 20.
The night of adult-themed storytelling and music takes place May 18 at The Grey Eagle.