Friday, March 19
• Transylvania Community Arts Council (349 South Caldwell St., Brevard, 884-2787) hosts an artist reception for the WNC Quilters Guild Area 5 exhibit. 4-7 p.m., free.
• East Coast Dirt brings its prog fusion self-coined “sneaker boogaloo” to Highland Brewery (12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville, 299-3370), starting the weekend off happy hour style with music, beer and snacks from 5-8 p.m., tips.
• Americana act The Leigh Glass Band releases its excellent new album, The Drone at French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 6 p.m., tips.
• An opening reception for Familiarity and Function, a mixed-media exhibition by UNCA senior Megan Seifried, will be held in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, first floor of Owen Hall (UNCA Campus, 1 University Heights, Asheville, 251-6559). 6 p.m., free.
• Local thrash band Resounding Silence rocks the Garage at Biltmore (101 Fairview Rd.,
Asheville, 505-2663). Says the band, “Come to the release party for our first EP featuring bands such as Shadoline and Sought out Stranger!” 8 p.m., $5.
• Two great local indie-pop acts: Saint Solitude and Kovacs & the Polar Bear (pictured) share the stage at The Hookah Bar (38-B N. French Broad Ave., Asheville, 252-1522). City in Fiction also performs. 9 p.m., $5.
• Percussion-fueled Kokopelli’s Cousin will be at The Back Room (2702 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, 697-6828). Not sure what to expect? Try this: “Ten Toe Turbo/HogDoggn joint guaranteed to blow your mind! Come out for the delicious cold beers and stay for the tasty jams!” 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 20
• Haen Gallery (52 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 254-8577) holds an opening reception for Inland Empire (Part III), the works of painter Francis Di Fronzo. 5:30-7:30 p.m., free.
• Grand Bohemian Gallery (Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way, Asheville, 505-2949) hosts an artist reception for Stefano Cecchini’s Italian wildlife exhibition. 5:30-7:30 p.m., free.
• Singer/songwriter Katie LaRue plays a free show at Well-Bred Bakery (26 North Main St.,
Weaverville, 645-9300). 7 p.m.
• Hendersonville’s punk/metal band Restrict This plays the Garage at Biltmore (101 Fairview Rd.,
Asheville, 505-2663). 9 p.m., $5.
• Rock outfit The Blue Dragons perform at Mo Daddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550) 9 p.m., $5.
• The Rhythm Brewers from Johnson City bring their Americana sound and their driver’s caps to the Town Pump (135 Cherry St., Black Mountain, 669-4808). 9:30 p.m., $5.
• Local band Coal Dust (a bit of an anomaly: they have a mere four friends on Myspace) plays dark, rootsy, kinda funky, 70s-inspired tunes. Worth making the trip to the Root Bar (1410 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 299-7597). 9:30 p.m., $5.
• Athens/Asheville-by-way-of-Los Angeles-by-way-of-Cullowhee Southern rocker Boo Ray comes to the Watershed (207 West State St., Black Mountain, 669-0777) in advance of his upcoming album, Bad News Travels Fast. (Rumor has it that members of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and Circle Jerks contributed to the CD.) 9:30 p.m., $5.
• Prog rockers The Dark Shave round out the night at the Hookah Bar (38-B N. French Broad Ave., Asheville, 252-1522). 10 p.m., $5.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter