Best of WNC music/bands and arts/craft polls are live!

Many Xpress readers noticed the Best of WNC poll in April was missing a few important categories — music and art. That was because we decided to shine a spotlight on local music and bands, and well as arts and crafts. Those categories get their own poll this month. Now is the time to vote for your favorites, from hip-hop group and chamber music outfit to woodworker and outdoor installation artisan. Voting is open through Wednesday, June 29.

The ballot’s goal is to help us all celebrate an essential part of a wonderful place — the artists and musicians of Western North Carolina.

We invite you to complete either section or both of them, and to vote with your passion and your knowledge.

Here are the rules for the 2016 Best of WNC Readers’ Polls for Music/Bands and Crafts/Visual Arts:

• The voting period is Wednesday, June 8, through 11:59 p.m. (midnight) Wednesday, June 29.
• You must answer at least 6 categories for your ballot to be counted.
• One ballot per reader, please. We reserve the right to discard any ballot we deem fraudulent.
• Read and follow section and category instructions.

Have a problem voting? Call us Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 251-1333. Or e-mail us at

Ready to vote? Click here.


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She 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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