Smart bets: Darren Nicholson and Mark Bumgarner

It takes two, as the saying goes. Local musician Darren Nicholson is a member of bluegrass group Balsam Range and the leader of his namesake band. Singer-songwriter Mark Bumgarner is a solo artist, as well as half of the duo Calico Moon and a contributor to multiple Balsam Range projects. Together, Nicholson and Bumgarner will perform “a night of Americana, bluegrass and real country music,” according to a press release. “The evening will feature each [musician] performing solo before coming together for a final set.” The show takes place at the Altamont Brewing Co. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9 p.m. Free. altamontbrewing.com. Photo of Nicholson courtesy of the musician

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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