We are the champions: The Emerald Lounge hosts the Dig Fest Battle of the Bands on Thursday, July 25, pitting winners of a community poll against one another for a spot at the August festival and a chance to record at Solomon Mines Studio. Performers include Burn the Sun, Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans, Pipapelli, Marietta's Palm and Makayan (pictured).
The bigger the better: Local folk songwriter Chelsea Lynn LaBate (Ten Cent Poetry) has spent more than a year working with Asheville-based composer Silas Durocher to transform her gentle, soulful acoustic numbers into a sprawling chamber project dubbed the Ten Cent Orchestra. Catch the project on Saturday, July 27 when LaBate brings the ensemble to Hotel Indigo's OneFiftyOne Boutique Bar and Kitchen.
Behind the Mic
Asheville FM hosts dozens of weekly shows that run the gamut of musical styles and tastes (you name it, they've got it). But don't take our word for it: take theirs. Xpress brings you this weekly feature — direct from the DJs — highlighting a few of the station's stellar offerings. www.ashevillefm.org
Straight, No Chaser is jazz, blues, Latin and music from the African diaspora, pure and unadulterated, just as the name implies. Listeners can also expect to keep both hemispheres of the brain engaged with the occasional social and political musing from host Jesse Junior. Mondays from 1-4 p.m.