This weekend on a shoestring

Friday, April 23
• Curve Studios (6, 9 & 12 Riverside Dr., Asheville) kicks off a weekend-long spring open house with studio tours from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) followed by a Friday evening Twilight Party with a Mediterranean-themed feast, hand made chocolates, wine, Wedge beer and music. 5 p.m.

• Sultry singer/ssongwriter Lyndsay Wojcik plays to the happy hour/brewery touring crowd at French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-0222). 6 p.m., tips.

• Black Mountain’s Bayou Diesel is a long way from New Orleans, which makes them “the only working cajun/zydeco/Louisiana style dance band in the Asheville/Western North Carolina area.” They’ll bring a little Mardi Gras spirit to Highland Brewing (12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville, 299-3370). 6 p.m., tips.

• The name of The John Douglas Company kind of sounds like a lumber yard, or a heavy machinery manufacturer. And that they’re sharing a bill with the Graveyard Trucking Company, well… But the local band is, indeed, a hard rocking group. They call their sound “mountain grunge,” which pretty much hits the nail on the head. Catch then at The New French Bar (12 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 225-6445), 8 p.m.

• Birmingham, Alabama-based bluesman Taylor Hollingsworth may have a baby face but he plays grungy old-beyond-his years songs with mean rhythms and meaner lyrics. He’ll be at Good Stuff Grocery (133 S. Main St., Marshall, 649-9711) at 8 p.m., free.

• Local world funk fusion band Makia Groove takes the stage at Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 252-1922). 9 p.m.

• Soulful rock act Grant DaSantos & Fatback preforms at Wild Wing Cafe (161 Biltmore Avenue. Asheville, 253-3066). 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 24
• All Go West Festival takes place all day (noon-10 p.m.) in West Asheville behind the Rocket Club. The lineup includes Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (pictured), Stephaniesid, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Brushfire Stankgrass, RBTS WIN, The Archrivals (holding a CD release), Do It To Julia and more. Free.

• Local bluegrass collective County Farm makes the trip to the Feed & Seed (3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, 216-3492) for a 7 p.m. show. Free.

• San Francisco electronica act Ana Sia puts on a free show at the UNC-Asheville quad (1 University Heights, Asheville) with techno artist Eliot Lipp (pictured). 8 p.m.

• Metal band Shadow of the Destroyer puts in an appearance at Static Age (82-A North Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3232) as part of the Asheville FM benefit. Ventricles and Tent City Rollers also perform. 8:30 p.m.

• Singer/songwriter Scott Tyler plays for tips at The Root Bar (1410 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 299-7597). 9 p.m.

• The Sports Zone (2310 Hendersonville Rd., Arden, 684-2646) celebrates the opening of its Tiki Bar, an outdoor area for cookouts and live music. The bar opens at 3 p.m. with a Gypsy band; The Sharkadelics play at 9:30 p.m.

• Singer/songwriter/Americana artist/super-nice guy Dave Desmelik puts on a full-band show at Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). 9:30 p.m., $5.

• Gotta love a band who writes their own Shoestring blurb: “Asheville’s munks of funk The Secret B-Sides bring their message of love, dinosaurs and spaceships to MoDaddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 258-1550) for the first time, with acid-jazz trio Hip Bones opening.” 9:30 p.m., $5.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

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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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2 thoughts on “This weekend on a shoestring

  1. tatuaje

    The guy from The John Douglas Company does the best Eddie Vedder I’ve heard since ‘Vs.’

    Seriously, he should drop his band and do weddings in Vegas.

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