Rollicking r&b, funky jams, homegrown rock and a book talk from a prominent North Carolina singer-songwriter/rocker: that’s just some of what’s on offer musically in Asheville over the next 30 days.
Based out of Greenville, S.C., the duo released a spiritual folk album last year and are currently working on a new record of original material.
Until recently, the musician performed under the monicker Searra Jade. “Samara” is the botanical name for the seed pods from maple trees, “The ones that fall like little helicopters,” she says. “I’m trying to learn to surrender and flow with the wind and the rivers, and it felt super resonant.”
Dorji and Damon use the contrasts between loud and quiet, harsh and soft, abrasive and soothing. But because their work is untethered from concepts such as meter, the fast/slow dynamic employed by progressive rock artists is not part of the duo’s exploration.
“We believe that building healthy communities requires education, but that to sustain and uplift those healthy communities you need to ensure education is fun, authentic and organic,” says Morgan Markowitz, Xpand Fest’s operations director.
Isis Music Hall celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month with sets from three talented East Coast singer-songwriters on June 13.
The Durham-based antifolk troubadour plays a full band show at the Burger Bar on June 9.
The Las Vegas singer-songwriter plays French Broad River Brewery on June 7.
Singer Andy Stepanian and guitarist Mason Brent also perform as part of Wrinkle Neck Mules.
The event began unofficially over a decade ago, during Marshall’s French Broad Friday, when a few enthusiastic participants dressed up like mermaids for the festivities. They were a hit.
The musical renaissance man discusses the perks of living in Atlanta, working with Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar and his 30-year friendship with Big Boi.
The Brooklyn-based abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ presents a solo turntable performance and workshop June 5 at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.
“Subtle aspects of your personality are brought out by different locations,” David Wilcox says. “For me, there’s something about this land: the friendliness of these mountains. There is something about my psyche that just sort of feels at home in these hills.”
Taylor will celebrate the video release with a performance at Asheville Music Hall on Thursday, May 31.
The Nashville singer-songwriter plays solo acoustic versions of songs from his latest album on June 1 at The Grey Eagle.
The title track brings together sly humor and an understanding of the hard truths of modern life for a memorable number that recalls Kirsty MacColl’s forays into country and western.
The quintet is headed by singer Whitney Moore and includes members from other local groups, such as Sirius B, The Low Down Sires, Drayton and the Dreamboats, and Hot Point Trio.
“We always say, ‘It takes a village to run this place,’” says Amy Marshall, who owns the West Asheville venue with her partner, Tamy Kuper.
According to Tyler Jackson, the album is not only conceptual in a lyrical sense, it explores his idea of “the other side” in a musical sense as well.
The Asheville rockers play a benefit show for Everytown for Gun Safety on May 27 at Salvage Station.
The Philadelphia dark-pop quartet plays Fleetwood’s on May 25.