Smart Bets: Asheville Percussion Festival

The inaugural Asheville Percussion Festival taps, slaps, kicks and rolls its way into the Odyssey School's Creative Technology and Art Center for a weekend of performance and instruction. The festival's theme is "Tradition to Innovation" and the mission, say organizers, "is to provide a creative environment where percussionists of all traditions gather to explore, create and innovate." Local percussionist River Guerguerian hosts; workshops are lead by master teachers including jazz percussionist Jamey Haddad, pictured (Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding) and experimental music composer David Cossin (Sting). Local drummers Jeff Sipe and Adama Dembele are also on the roster. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, June 8-10 with concerts both Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Full festival is $250, individual workshops are $35, individual concerts are $15. Register at


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.