“Performing for friends, fans and family in my hometown is the only way I could ever imagine spending my birthday,” says Andrew Scotchie, local musician and founder of Leicester’s Barnaroo festival. “My dad, Tom Scotchie, died hours before my 15th birthday, so the 16th of January is always a hard day for my family and me. Music and good people have always been the best medicine for us.” In addition to honoring his father at the show, Scotchie says he’ll treat fans to new songs from his lively rock group Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, ample special guest collaborations (David Earl Tomlinson, Jack Mascari, Noah Larssen) and, of course, cake — while it lasts. For his 23rd birthday concert, Scotchie has planned a musical sampling of the South, including opening sets by Charleston, S.C.-based “firecracker and very unique writer” Danielle Howle plus Cullowhee funk outfit Porch 40. The show takes place at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall Saturday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. $10/$12. isisasheville.com. Photo by Bob Forte
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