Wednesday, Oct. 28
• Make your own entertainment: Homeward Bound’s Community Performance Project offers a free weekly Wednesday night Community Acting Workshop at the Central United Methodist Church (297 Haywood St., Asheville). Led by UNC-A’s Lisa Kloeppel. 7 p.m. Info: 768-2456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Oct. 29
• Roots music quintet Woodford Creek is a bit of a super group what with vocalist Sara Day (pictured), guitarist Chris O’Neill, bassist ustin Powell (VJP), guitarist Will Saylor (Brushfire Stankgrass) and Keith Minguez (Johnson’s Crossroad) on mandolin. Check out their combines sound at The French Broad brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 6 p.m., tips.
• Singer/songwriter Angela Faye Martin (pictured) performs at the Garage at Biltmore (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 505-2663). 9 p.m., $5.
• Pennsylvania-based folk rocker Dustion Burley makes the trip to Beacon Pub (204 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa, 686-5943). 9 p.m., $3.
Friday, Oct. 30
• Drinks + tunes = Flat Rock Wine Shop‘s wine tasting with live music by Ellen Trnka and hors d’ouevres from Chef Ally. 4-7 p.m. (2702 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, 697-6828).
• Get into the Halloween spirit with The Black Cat & other music inspired by works of Edgar Allan Poe, a performance at UNC-A’s Lipinsky Auditorium (1 University Heights, Asheville). The concert is in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe and includes music composed by Nathan Shirley who will perform at the piano along with Jennifer Park (voice), and Dr. David Hopes (narration) amongst others. This will be the world premier performance of the following original compositions: “The Black Cat” (piano solo with reading of story), “The Lake” (voice & piano), “Annabel Lee” (piano & violin solo with string quintet and reading of poem). 7 p.m., free.
• Phuncle Sam brings the trippy jam to the Pisgah Brewing Company (150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain, 669-2491). 7:45 p.m., free.
• Adorn Salon and Boutique (pictured) throws a grand opening party for the record books. Meet at the salon’s old location (82-B N. Lexington Ave., Asheville) at 8 p.m.; join in the Jazz Funeral procession to Adorn’s new location (58 College St.) Food by Gypsy Queen Cuisine and Short Street Cakes, costume contest, door prizes and a raffle for up to a year’s worth of free services or products.
• Candler’s Fifty Year Flood is the creative and hooky rock of Ken and Elise Jones, John Dzubay, Chris Stivers, Art Lubin, and James Kamp. They’ll be at Mo Daddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550). The Humbuckers also perform. 9 p.m., $5.
Saturday, Oct. 31
• Kick off your Halloween early with The Curious Crandalls (pictured) who, with Jeff Markham & the Last Call, are throwing a Halloween party. On the patio at The French Broad Food Co-op (90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville). 5 p.m., free.
• Also early: Brushfire Stankgrass at The French Broad brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 6 p.m., tips.
(Find more Halloween parties this week in Xpress’ Halloween roundup: Many are free or cheap.)
Sunday, Nov. 1
• The UNC Asheville Jazz Ensemble presents a big band concert at UNC-A’s Lipinsky Auditorium (1 University Heights, Asheville). UNC-A students will perform pieces by Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and ensemble director David Wilken. Melodie Galloway, assistant professor of music, will be a guest singer with the band. 4 p.m., free.
• River Listeners are invited to a night with Joshua James (below) at the Emerald Lounge (112 Lexington Ave., Asheville, 232-4372). This is the radio station’s first “Emerging Artist Concert Series.” Aaron LaFalce also performs. The Sunday evening concert is free of charge and open to all River Insiders at www.981theriver.com. A ticket confirmation must be printed at sign up online and presented at the venue door in order to be admitted. The first 98 ticket holders at door will get in. Doors open at 7p.m. James will play at 8 p.m.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter