“Culture is the closest to my heart,” says Fleming, who plays steel guitar, of activities at the second biennial Get Off the Grid Fest . “The best way to build the culture of a community is through music and dance, and we have an incredibly strong line-up. It’s an empowering and joyful event.”
The musician and activist plays an intimate solo set at Isis on April 25.
Two celebrated local artists (one who’s bidding farewell to Asheville, the other a globetrotting artist who’s only occasionally home) and two psychedelic bands (one a relic from the ’70s, the other a new and soul-infused exponent of the style) are spotlighted in this roundup.
White recently made his Asheville debut at The Grey Eagle and gave an exclusive performance of two songs before the concert.
This year, 82 videos were reportedly turned in this year, and the anonymous selection committee has been working hard to decide which ones will make the cut.
The second iteration is slated for Monday, April 22, at The Mothlight with Chris Rodrigues and Abby the Spoon Lady, Laura Blackley and Tina & Her Pony; Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth; Hilliary Begley; Tom Peters; Josh McClure of Jus Twerk; Kathleen Hahn of Danceclub Asheville; Kevin Evans and Lauren Napoli of Aerial Space.
The Chicago horror-comedy ensemble brings its brand of horror-comedy to The Mothlight on April 23.
Headlined by Perpetual Groove, the Franklin music festival runs April 19-21 to Altered Frequencies.
“We were activists before we were musicians,” says Chloe Smith. “So there’s always been a natural instinct for us to be aware of what’s going on in our surroundings and take part in movements and missions to make the world a better place.”
Carsie Blanton makes what she describes on her Facebook page as, “music for smart, ferocious, muffin-hearted libertines.” It’s as fun as it is revolutionary.
The local instrumentalist/producer/DJ opens for Little People on April 18 at Asheville Music Hall.
Emily Easterly’s skills have shone brightly since her first release, Assembling Emily, in 2001.
‘Sorry’ is a consistently engaging collection of songs that work on their own.
Friends and band mates encouraged Ryan RnB Barber. “They told me, ‘People really need to hear your type of r&b and hip-hop funk right now,’” he says.
The improvisational jazz ensemble stops by The Mothlight on April 17.
The group playes The Crow & Quill on April 12 and will swing back through Asheville, for a stop at ZaPow Gallery, on Friday, April 26.
The acclaimed soul singer performs at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on April 15.
The prolific Asheville hip-hop duo celebrates its latest collaboration with an April 12 show at The Mothlight.
The Asheville rockers debut new tunes and team with Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats for a Fleetwood Mac tribute on April 12 at Salvage Station.
You can enjoy an all-(local)-star tribute to a country legend, an excellent local singer-songwriter, a touring female-led indie band and a fiery British songwriter whose best work ranks up there with Springsteen and Dylan.
Recently, Foehl played his first show in Asheville, at The Orange Peel.