LAAFF bands/schedule

The Ville Boyz Photo by Harold Galebach

Saturday

BoBo Gallery Stage (at College Street)
• BoBo DJs, 11 a.m.-noon
• Natty Queen (poetry), noon-1 p.m.
• Santos (acoustic soul) 1-2 p.m.
• Brett Rock (DJ), 2-3 p.m.
• Fresh Tricks (B-boys) with Brett Rock, 3-4 p.m.
• Future Soul Project, 4-5:30 p.m.
• Anthony Brown, 5:30-7 p.m.
• DJ Silky & Z, 7-8 p.m.
• Earthtone Soundsystem (DJ collective), 8-9 p.m.
• In Plain Sight (DJ collective), 9-10 p.m.

Mountain Xpress Stage (at Walnut Street)
• 48 Madison (rock) — Sean Lallouz, Scotty Pfarner, Greg Ferguson and Joe Robas all played in other bands, separately, before coming together in 2007 to form 48 Madison. 11-11:40 a.m.
• BlackJack (rock) — Tween and teen rockers BlackJack beat out the competition for the opening slot at Bele Chere. There, they played their hearts out with a combination of originals and covers that included "Sweet Child O' Mine" and a Wild Cherry/Stevie Wonder/P-Funk medley. noon-12:40 p.m.
• Test Match (indie-rock) — Band members Erik Johansen, Matt Shepard, Shawn Oldham and Jeff Mettee perform what they describe as music inspired by "heroes, modern culture and the strangeness of everyday life." 1-1:40 p.m.
• On the Take (power pop) — One fan described On The Take as "the disowned progeny of Nirvana and They Might Be Giants." Make of that what you will. 2-2:40 p.m.
• Zombie Queen (all-girl punk) — Based on the band's Facebook photos, it looks like the four women who make up Zombie Queen know a thing or two about drinking beer, making mayhem and rocking out. What's not to love? 3-3:40 p.m.
• Albert Adams (dance-punk duo) — While the band's not-so-forthcoming Facebook pages describes Mr. Adams as "a handsome man," the group is, indeed, two men who play a drum kit, some synth and a bass. 4-4:40 p.m.
• Cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Performing songs from the musical/play. 5-5:40 p.m.
• The Black Rabbits (indie-rock) — Recent Orlando, Fla.-to-Asheville transplants, The Black Rabbits and young and high-energy, and working on breaking into the Asheville scene while promoting their hooky new album Hypno Switch. 6-6:40 p.m.
• Hillside Bombers (folk/punk) — Playing acoustic guitar, banjo, washboard and kickdrum, the Hillside Bombers filter folk music through a punk aesthetic. Or vice versa. 7-7:40 p.m.
• Unifire (fire arts) — This locally based performance troupe incorporates choreography and costuming with the spinning, juggling, breathing, tossing and swallowing of fire. 8-8:45 p.m.
• Kings of Prussia (electronic/rock) — Charged with "take the genre of metal to a whole new progressive level" (according to Verge Magazine), Kings of Prussia formed in Miami but have been growing their sound in Asheville for the last several years. 9-10 p.m.

Rankin Vault Electric Stage (at I-240)
• 23 Skidoo & The Family Band (hip-hop) — Also known as GFE's Agent 23 and Cactus, Skidoo makes kid-friendly hip-hop that adults like, too. With daughter MC Saki, he's hit No. 1 on Sirius XM radio and has played Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Smithsonian. 11 a.m.-noon
• Swayback Sisters (country/Americana/roots) — Though the lineup up this group (originally three female singer/songwriter) evolves from time to time, the spirit (great harmonies, rootsy songs) remains the same.  12:15-1 p.m.
• Spork (jazz) — This newly formed five-piece jazz ensemble has already released its debut CD. Members include Justin Ray on trumpet, Steve Alford on clarinets, saxophonist Jacob Rodriguez, bassist Mike Holstein and Ben Bjorlie on drums. 1:15-2 p.m.
• Holiday Childress (experimental art-rock) — As the frontman for Goodies as well as a solo act, Childress has been part of Asheville music since the 1990s. He crafts not just wonderfully eerie songs but an entire carnivalesque ambiance with his live shows. 2:15-3 p.m.
• Paper Tiger (lounge/electronic) — A blend of live instrumentation, lush vocals, samples and electronics, Paper Tiger composes lush soundscapes and moods. 3:15-4 p.m.
• Vertigo Jazz project (jazz fusion) — Blending jazz, funk, rock, jam, world music and even bluegrass influences, VJP describes its sound as "fresh musical ideas, deep emotional content and rock solid grooves." 4:15-5:15 p.m.
• Kung Fu Dynamite (funk) — Of its musical style, Kung Fu Dynamite says it has "crafted an epic sound infused with funky backbeats and vivacious horn lines." The five-piece band formed in Asheville in 2005. 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
• The Cheeksters (Brit-pop) — Always fun, danceable and impeccably dressed, The Cheeksters recently released their new album The Golden Birds, a retro-meets-fresh collection of '60s and '70s-inspired songs. 5:30-6:15 p.m.
• stephaniesid (indie-pop) — The local pop outfit, led by Stephanie Morgan, releases its new album, Starfruit, during LAAFF. 7:30-8:45 p.m.
• The Ville Boyz (hip-hop) — This Asheville-born foursome includes Austin Hayes and Chris Mills with brothers Carnell and Johnny Reynolds. Hayes is the nephew of Warren Haynes; the group sites influences ranging from The Allman Brothers and Outkast to The Fugees and Nas. 9-10 p.m.

Sunday

BoBo Gallery Stage
• Fader Kat (DJ), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Deja Fuze (rock), 12:30-2 p.m.
• Wayfarers All (prog rock), 2-3 p.m.
• Bloodroot Orkaestarr (Gypsy), 3-4 p.m.
• Big Nasty (jazz), 4-5 p.m.
• Sky Lake (indie-rock), 5-6 p.m.
• The Secret B-Sides (funk/soul), 6-7:30 p.m.
• World Music Elevation (worldbeat), 7:30-9 p.m.

Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage
• Jeremy Indelicato (folk/blues) — Jeremy Indelicato actually performs three times at LAAFF: This solo set, singing with The Ville Boyz and drumming with Red Honey. 11-11:30 a.m.
• Pick Your Switch (Americana) — The latest project of singer/songwriter Paul Edelman (aka The Janging Sparrow) features Asheville-by-way-of-New Orleans rhythm section Elzy Lindsey and Dave Baker. 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Infinite Geometry (DJ) — Also known as Andy Reed, a live-painter, visionary artist and healer, Infinited Geomentry is as likely to be found at a spiritual gathering as at a club. 12:45-1:15 p.m.
• A Ghost Like Me (prog-rock/psychedelic) — Local “instrumental space rock band” A Ghost Like Me recently released its debut album, The New Paradigm. The group includes members of Crystal Kind, Stankface, Blue Stone and The Dark Shave. 1:30-2:10 p.m.
• Lotion (aggressive lounge) — If Lotion's description sounds like a contradiction in terms, it certainly isn't hurting them. The jazz trio has been holding down a Monday night residency at MoDaddy's. 2:30-3:10 p.m.
• Red Honey (Americana) — First known as Erika Jane and Remember the Bees, and then as AmErika Jane, the local roots band test-drives a new moniker. Sunday, Walnut Street Stage, 3:30-4:10 p.m.
• You Dirty Rats (rock) — Fronted by Rudy Colombo (NC Rail, Rudy and The Humbuckers), You Dirty Rats is the hardest rocking of Colombo's projects. The band trades country licks for grungy guitars and driving drums, but maintains its stellar songwriting. 4:30-5:10 p.m.
• Albatross Party (rock) — Local four-piece indie band Albatross Party marries prog rock to accordion notes. The group's latest album is Glass. 5:30-6:10 p.m.
• Sonmi Suite (electronic) — This local quartet's sounds are far greater than the sum of its parts, melding samples and synths with ambient soundscapes and driving rhythms. Sunday, Walnut Street Stage, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
• GFE (hip-hop) Not only has GFE been performing its unique and ever-evolving brand of positive hip-hop in Asheville for almost two decades, its individual members are behind nearly every local hip-hop project. 7:45-9 p.m.

Rankin Vault Electric Stage
• Urban Arts Institute (youth program) — Led by creative director Michael Hayes, Asheville’s Urban Arts Institute serves children age 5-18 and young adults age 19-25 and fosters the "hip-hop for peace" movement. 11-11:30 a.m.
• Ten Cent Poetry (singer/songwriter) — Fronted by flamboyant songstress Chelsea Lynn La Bate, Ten Cent Poetry (also, on occasion, a solo act) released Picking Through the Pawn Shop early this year. 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Common Foundation (reggae) — For fans of reggae, rocksteady and ska, here's your band. Common Foundation performs "soulful instrumentals with jazz influenced solos," and they've got a horn section. 12:45-1:30 p.m.
• Jeff Santiago y Los Gatos Negros (acoustic rock) 1:45-2:30 p.m.
• Galen Kipar Project (experimental folk) — Frontman Galen Kipar composes songs rooted in Americana that are richly orchestrated and intricately layered. The band's most recent release is The Scenic Route. 2:45-3:30 p.m.
• Zansa (Afrobeat) — Formed of members of Asheville's Afromotive, Zanza brings infectious rhythms, deep grooves and West African-inspired sounds to the stage. 6:30-7:15 p.m.
• Moses Atwood Band (folk/blues) — Singer/songwriter Moses Atwood crafts the haunting, darkly heart-on-sleeve songs that remain with the listener long after the last notes have faded. 4:45-5:30 p.m.
• Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (steel pan fusion) — What frontman Jonathan Scales plays is nothing like the lilting, sand-dusted sound usually associated with the steel drum. Which is probably why he's collaborated with the likes of jam/rock musicians Jeff Sipe, Jeff Coffin and Roy "Future Man" Wooten. 5:45-6:30 p.m.
• Soulgrass Rebellion (roots/soul) — This combination of singer/songwriter Oso Rey, guitarist Silas Durocher, bassist Jesse Gentry and drummer Chris Pyle brings together various influences and styles. All are members of other local bands. 6:45-7:30 p.m.
• Shake It Like A Caveman (one man band) — Blake Burris is the tour de force who simultaneously plays slide guitar, drums and harmonica. He's taken his one-man show on the road across the U.S., Canada and Europe. 8-9 p.m.

LaZoom Bus
• Chris Tanfield's theremin magic (learn about the Moog theremin) — 4:15 p.m.
• For the Birds (all-female harmonies) — 5:15 p.m.
• Red Hot Sugar Babies (vintage jazz) — 6:15 p.m.
• Carol Rifkin (bluegrass and country) — 7:15 p.m.
— A.M.

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4 thoughts on “LAAFF bands/schedule

  1. Loren

    WHy no descriptions or write ups for the DJ’s on the Bobo stage? Especially In Plain Sight, which are signed performers for Stripped Recordings, Hope Recordings and many others. These are local DJ’s that are lucky enough to be represented by some the best recording labels in the UK. Not to mention the “anonymous” writer received the bio’s/information before publishing this unfinished article.

  2. Foolade86

    You mean “cheap” like your lame attempt to be clever? Gotta love bravehearts behind a keyboard. All I was trying to say is that all of the artists deserved the same amount of respect when it comes to write ups.

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