Smart bets: Asheville Percussion Festival

Hosted by favorite local rhythm master River Guerguerian, the fourth annual Asheville Percussion Festival provides a creative venue where “percussionists and dancers of all traditions from around the globe gather to explore, create and innovate.” The weeklong festival hinges on about two dozen interactive playing workshops led by local “teaching artists” like Jeff Sipe, Billy Jonas, Brandi Mizilca, Matthew Richmond, Free Planet Radio, the Opal String Quartet and Guerguerian himself, with an additional master performance by New York City-based drum guru Bashiri “the Bash-man” Johnson. From Monday, June 15, to Sunday, June 21, the bulk of the activity will be housed at the Odyssey Community School. Times and prices vary. ashevillepercussionfestival.com. Photo of Guerguerian by Sandlin Gaither

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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