What: The Freedom Ball and fundraiser for N.C. death row exoneree Edward Chapman
Where: The Grey Eagle Music Hall, 185 Clingman Ave.
When: Thursday, March 31 (doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. ($10 student/$15 adults/$25 patrons. Info: www.thegreyeagle.com or 232-5800).
Why: The third annual Freedom Ball and fundraiser for N.C. death row exoneree Edward Chapman features an impressive lineup of local performers including David LaMotte (songwriter and acoustic guitarist), Skinny Legs & All (a soul, blues and funk ensemble fronted by talented teens, pictured), The Krektones (surf rock) and Kinjah (reggae).
After more than thirteen years on North Carolina’s death row for crimes he did not commit, Chapman is ready to celebrate his third year of freedom. As described in a press release, “Chapman continues working at the Renaissance Hotel, [while] donating his time to speak to youth and other groups of people who find meaning and inspiration in his story. Chapman plans to release his book this spring titled, Life After Death Row: The True Story of Glen Edward Chapman. Though the world had changed dramatically in the intervening years, Chapman’s warm personality and sense of humor along with his philosophical outlook have enabled him to adapt to life in his new hometown of Asheville.” Come dance and celebrate freedom at this fundraiser, where all proceeds benefit Chapman and his life here in Asheville.