Notes from the Asheville music scene

Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening on Asheville’s hot music scene:

Girl power
Girl power will be on display Friday, Mar. 7, when Local Showcase IV hits the Orange Peel stage, featuring Ashley Chambliss, Nikki Talley, Angi West and Ginny Wilder.

In a separate but similar vein, Talley, Chambliss and Laura Blackley have teamed up and taken their show on the road under the banner “Asheville Songwriter’s Showcase.” The three played Winston-Salem earlier this week, will be in Columbia, S.C., Wednesday and in Raleigh on Friday.

Talley said her indie-rock vibe, Blackley’s blues and the piano power of Chambliss make a nice mix. “This is just a test run to see if everything works out — three girls on a bunch of caffeine, in a car,” Talley said.

Mad Tea Party signs with Nine Mile Records
Ami Worthen of Mad Tea Party dished that her funky bunch has signed with Nine Mile Records for the summer release of a new CD, Found a Reason. The label includes bands such as Stephanie’s Id, Patrick Sweany and the Zydepunks.

“We recorded with Doug Williams who recorded a couple of the Avett’s records,” Worthen said in an e-mail. “We are super-duper excited about it.” Look for a CD release party June 6 at the Grey Eagle.

Earth Day Asheville looking for bands
Earth Day Asheville, a music concert set for Tuesday, Apr. 22, at the Orange Peel, has extended its deadline for interested bands.

Organized by Quality Forward, a non-profit aimed at beautifying Asheville, the concert will feature six bands. Quality Forward wants bands across Western North Carolina to apply to play. Online voters will determine the final six. Each of the six chosen bands, one representing a different genre, will win a $1,000 cash prize.

The band entry deadline is now March 7, according to organizer Lyndajoy Storer.  Voting by the public will begin Sunday, Mar. 9 and run through Tuesday, Apr. 8. Tickets cost $10 and are on sale at The Orange Peel and at Earth Fare locations. (The store will give away re-usable grocery bags to anyone who buys a ticket there.)  Tickets are also available at the Quality Forward, 29 Page Ave., Storer said. 

Earth Fare will be inviting some of the bands to perform at stores during March so the community can check them out, Storer added. Bands should got to www.earthdayasheville.org to sign up.

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