Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Pervasive party act (because wherever they are, it's a party) the Booty Band takes a break from its tireless regional tour schedule to play on home turf: At the Orange Peel (which points out, "When the Booty Band hits the stage, everybody dances!") on Saturday, Nov. 20. 9 p.m., $10 advance/$12 doors. All ages. bootyband.com/wordpress.
Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Asheville Symphony's Master Works 3 concert is a multi-discipline extravaganza. The concert includes Overture and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn with performances from the Shakespeare play by the North Carolina Stage Company. Asheville Symphony Chorus performs on "For St. Cecilia" (the patron saint of music) by Gerald Finzi. Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. $19-$53. Free preliminary presentations take place Friday, Nov. 19, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Reuter Center and Saturday, Nov. 20, 7–7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center banquet hall. ashevillesymphony.org
A Ghost Like Me
"A Ghost Like Me is a recent side project consisting of Brad Rogers (who also plays guitar for Andrew Larson), Eric Earnst (also of Dark Shave and Atria) and Key Andrew (from Blue Stone and Stankface)," says the group's manager. "They jam but they are not a 'jam band'; there is a lot of orchestration." The band plays with ambient group Space Medicine on the LAB's back stage on Friday, Nov. 19. 10 p.m. lexavebrew.com.
Lamar Sorrento at AnTHM Gallery
According to his bio, "Lamar Sorrento is a painter and guitar player from Memphis who paints the many musicians whom he admires. …Recent dabbles include painting the cover art for Huey Lewis & The News’ new album Soulsville." Elvis (Costello and the King) are other subjects. Check out Sorrento's rocker folk-art at a special one-night-only art reception at AnTHM Gallery in Black Mountain, Thursday, Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m. anthmgallery.com. Sorrento plays a free (music) show at White Horse Black Mountain, also on Thursday, 8 p.m. Bill West opens. whitehorseblackmountain.com.
Asheville Lyric Opera
Consider it an Asheville Holiday Parade pre-party: On Friday, Nov. 19, The Asheville Lyric Opera presents its Asheville Christmas Show featuring "the most beloved Christmas songs and choral arrangements, such as 'O Holy Night,' 'Sleigh Ride' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'” Local ensembles and soloists (including the Mars Hill College Choir, Voices of the Laurel, Dominic Aquilino, Heather Ferguson and Clara Ray Burrus) perform. 7:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theater. $20, $28, $38. ashevillelyric.org.
Literary series Juniper Bends celebrates its one-year anniversary with (fittingly) a reading. Local writers Jaye Bartell (also Mountain Xpress’ editorial assistant), Ingrid Carson, M. Owens, Jeff Davis, Mesha Maren, Katherine Min, Lori Horvitz, John Crutchfield, Antonio Del Toro and Julian Vorus recite original prose and poetry. The Sugarfoot Serenaders perform at intermission and DJ Lorruh wraps up the evening. BoBo Gallery, Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. No cover. bobogallery.com.