Smart Bets: Adi the Monk

Asheville-based guitarist/producer Adi the Monk forged a friendship with Bobby Sax in 2016 when the saxophonist found him playing on Eagle Street and proposed a collaboration. Three years later, Adi’s third solo album, Soul of the City Streets, makes good on that pitch and features the two artists working together on each of its eight jazz/blues tracks. A martial arts instructor and former Vaishnava monk who lived in temples in India and Nepal, Adi celebrates the release of the album and the premiere of a music video for the title track on Saturday, June 15, 6-8 p.m., at The BLOCK off Biltmore. “Bobby will be playing several songs from the new album with me — and hopefully sharing one of his originals, too,” Adi says. “I’m greatly honored to have him on the album.” Free to attend. theblockoffbiltmore.com. Photo by Mark Low of LowLight Media

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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