Smart Bets: Mountain Soul Party

In organizing the Mountain Soul Party for the past four years, Juan Holladay has consistently striven for community building by looping in multiple generations of local musicians, representing a range of genres. The Secret B-Sides frontman again hosts the latest celebration of area talent on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Ambrose West. The all-ages show gets underway at 7 p.m. with Asheville Music School youth ensembles Defective Swing and Failure Is an Option. The rest of the bill is composed of a solo performance by Mike Martinez of Natural Born Leaders, a duo set from Jordan Okrend, as well as showcases by female trio Kismet and the Secret B-Sides, with revered vocalist Sidney Barnes. Special guest musicians will also take part in the evening. $8 advance/$10 day of show. Photo collage by Holladay

About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for 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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