This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, Jan. 28
Dove award winning/Grammy-nominated Aussie-by-way-of-Nashville indie-Christian singer/songwriter Grant Norsworthy puts on a free “word & song” performance at Gaither Chapel (Montreal College, 310 Gaither Cr., Montreat, 669-8012). 11 a.m.

• Outlaw/Americana artist Gregg Aranda, from Toledo, Ohio, makes a stop at The Beacon Pub (204 Whitson Ave, Swannanoa, 686-0006). 7:30 p.m.

• Local indie rockers The Real Local Singles (pictured) share a bill with The Luxury Spirit and The Critters at The Rocket Club (401 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 505-2494). 9 p.m., $5.

• Prog-rockers The Dark Shave play The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612) at 9 p.m. with Pavane and Galliard. $5.

Friday, Jan. 29
• Americana/bluegrass/folk rock outfit The Big Daddy Love Band will be at Highland Brewing (12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville, 299-3370) for “Friday evening show accompanied by some of the finest brews around!” 6 p.m., tips.

• Make the drive to Marshall: The Madison County Arts Council (649-1301) hosts the openings of two shows. Two Views: From Eye to Canvas. The Paintings of Julyan Davis and Dan Helgemo features figurative and still life painting from two master painters. Helgemo will give a talk on opening night; 6-9 p.m. The Art of Coffins: Paintings and Films by Luca Dipierro also opens. Dipierro (work pictured below) is an Italian-born writer, filmmaker and visual artist. Says press for the event, “Luca Dipierro’s art draws inspiration from a wild range of sources: Northern European Renaissance paintings, 19th Century Mexican chapbooks, the cartoons of Fletcher Hanks, Francois Rabelais, Max Ernst, funhouses, graveyards, marionettes. Dipierro’s figures are paper cut-outs living—or rather dying—on the surface of discarded book covers and other found materials … His latest films are the documentaries ‘I Will Smash You’ and ‘60 Writers/60 Places.’” Watch a film at 7:30 p.m. (Both exhibits run through Sunday, Feb. 28.)

• Singer/songwriter duo Amissville (vocalist Meredith Laney and guitarist/percussionist/vocalist David Holtzclaw) perform at Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe (26 N. Main St., Weaverville, 645-9300). 7 p.m., tips.

• One Tough Cookie is a one-woman “baby accordian, harmonica horn, ukulele, piano, banjo, baby xylophone, etc.” band. Catch the show at Firestorm Cafe (48 Commerce St., Asheville, 255-8115). 8 p.m., tips.

• Also at 8 p.m., acoustic musician Steve Smith brings his unique sound to Craggie Brewing Company (197 Hilliard Ave., Asheville, 254-0360). The show, says Smith, features “Voodoo Wedding, a little project I’m putting together with Andrea Lee, local vocal goddess.” Free.

• Knoxville’s metal group After Elvis (pictured) joins local metal/experiemntal group 105 Howitzer and U.P.A.S.S. take the stage at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 9 p.m., $5.

• Blues/r&b quintet Bluestopia Highway will be at the Sports Zone (2310 Hendersonville Rd., Arden, 684-2646). 9:30 p.m., $5.

Saturday, Jan. 30
• Something a little different: Black Mountain residents Donna and Don Farrow announce the grand opening of Black Mountain Yarn Shop (203-A West State St., 669-7570) The store specializes in yarn, knitting supplies and needle art classes in a relaxed setting; the grand opening celebrations include prizes and giveaways throughout the day. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Brushfire Stankgrass puts in a happy hour appearance at French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 5:30 p.m., tips.

• Organic/digital/eclectica band Agobi Project holds a CD release and dinner party at Chameleon Soul Food (333 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 255-2303). Peripheral performs; live art By Stephen Wells, Andy Reed and Austin Guarasco. 9 p.m. Free; CDs $5.

• ED Boudreaux’s (48 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 296-0100) hosts a benefit for Hall Fletcher Elementary’s fourth grade trip to the Outer Banks. Raffle and live music by The Jr.s at 9 p.m. and The Cropdusters at 11 p.m. No cover, but donations appreciated. Info: 989-6783.

• Saddle up, space cowboys, The Captain Midnight Band brings “waterbed rock n’ roll” to the Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 255-9782). 10 p.m.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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