30 Days Out: a look at upcoming concerts

WATCH THOSE MEN: After an extended hiatus from playing locally, Asheville-based David Bowie tribute group Wham Bam Bowie Band takes the stage at Isis Music Hall on October 21. Photo courtesy of the band

Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get to the show.

All four acts previewed in this edition have an Asheville connection. Three are based in town and the other features a guitarist who lived here in recent years.

Artist: Wham Bam Bowie Band
Venue: Isis Music Hall
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 p.m.
Door: $12 advance / $15 day of show
Tribute groups are all the rage these days, with countless acts touring nationally. Asheville is home to one of the best, the world-class Wham Bam Bowie Band. Mark Casson was uncannily channeling Bowie long before the Thin White Duke passed away in early 2016. But in the wake of Bowie’s death, demand for WBBB increased greatly, and the musicians took to the road. It’s been some time since the band has played locally; this show will be WBBB’s first Asheville date since parting ways with its original bassist late last year.


Artist: Zoe and Cloyd
Venue: White Horse Black Mountain
Date: Sunday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Door: $12 advance / $15 day of show
Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller used to be in Americana trio Red June. As a duo, the music they make is largely consistent with their old group’s style, though Zoe and Cloyd are a bit less pop-oriented. Gentle and soulful Americana with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies are the hallmark of Eyes Brand New, the pair’s second album, released this summer. The Honey Dewdrops open.


Artist: Plankeye Peggy
Venue: The Crow & Quill
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
Door: $5-10 suggested
This carnivalesque quartet released Let’s See What We Have Here in 2016. Befitting a visually-oriented group, the band’s eclectic sound draws from cinematic influences like spaghetti western soundtracks and spy movie themes. The band has a progressive bent but makes a point of not venturing too far beyond the boundaries of highly melodic music. I think they sound a lot like Oingo Boingo; make of that what you will.


Artist: Slowdive
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Friday, Nov. 17, 9 p.m.
Door: $35
Just ahead of the Seattle-focused grunge movement, there was another style taking hold in Great Britain. Shoegaze would be exemplified by groups including My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse and Ride. And one of the biggest bands in the scene was Slowdive. That group broke up after three successful albums; ex-members started the bands Mojave 3 and Monster Movie. Guitarist Christian Savill moved here to Asheville for a time. The band regrouped in 2014 and its 2017 self-titled effort makes no attempt to update or modify the group’s sound. If you loved the old Slowdive, you’ll enjoy the new one.

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About Bill Kopp
Author, music journalist, historian, collector, and musician. His first book, "Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon," published by Rowman & Littlefield, is available now. Follow me @the_musoscribe

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