The Suspect: Perpetual Groove
These Georgia natives have been making music together since 1997, playing their style of improvisational jam-band rock. The group has been reinvigorated by the addition of keyboardist John Hruby, and they’ve recently released two new studio CDs, the full length Heal, and the EP Honey Cuts.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Thursday, Oct. 21.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, moe.
You Should Go If: According to your Facebook photo albums, your life is about 10 times more fun than any of your friends’; Unless it’s at least 44-ounces, you don’t really see the point of a margarita; You plan your life around when the next Jam Cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale; Fall means …t rying to find out where the Dave Matthews cover band is playing after the football game.
The Suspect: Luminescent Orchestrii
This band formed in New York City in 2002, and has played all over the U.S. and the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Blue Note in Germany and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Their website description: “Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats and Appalachian fiddle…” Make sure your feet are ready to keep up.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Thursday, Oct. 21.
RIYD: Devotchka, Balkan Beat Box, Fiddler on the Roof.
You Should Go If: The boot-lacing and scarf-tying portion of your “Getting ready to go out” routine takes more than 20 minutes; You’ve never given up your dream of owning a pet monkey; When the carnival comes to the Asheville Mall parking lot it sends you into a deep introspection about the path not taken; Fall means … taking a six-month hiatus from shaving your legs.
The Suspect: Langhorne Slim
This singer and guitarist got his start almost seven years ago, opening for the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players. Flash forward to the present, where his song “Worries,” was featured in a Traveler’s Insurance commercial, he sang “God Bless America,” at a Phillies’ game, and his performance here in Asheville before the Avett Brothers’ NYE show generated almost as much energy as the headliners; make no mistake, Langhorne Slim has arrived.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Sunday, Oct. 24.
RIYD: The Wood, Avett or Felice Brothers; Josh Ritter.
You Should Go If: You’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint by only consuming food purchased and prepared by other people; You still keep in touch with the dogs of all your ex-girlfriends; You’re committed to turning Candler into the next West Asheville; Fall means … you’ll be a little more comfortable in the hoodie and knit cap you’ve been wearing all summer.
The Suspect: Mayer Hawthorne
When DJ/producer Andrew Cohen began recording the retro-soul and R&B sounds under the pseudonym Mayer Hawthorne, it was a little tongue-in-cheek; he didn’t plan on the songs going any further than friends and family. The sweet soul sounds found the ears of Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf, who thought he was hearing re-edits of songs from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s; he loved Cohen’s falsetto and style, and a new career began.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Monday, Oct. 25.
RIYD: Jamie Lidell, Smokey Robinson, Raphael Saadiq.
You Should Go If: You’ve danced competitively on the Shag circuit; Whenever you drink too much you end up using one of your skinny ties as a headband; You’ve done more for finger-snapping than anyone since the Fonz; Fall means … proudly embracing the pasty non-outdoorsy person who is you.