Three nationally-touring acts (indie rock, soul and pop-punk) and a local country-rocking favorite are highlighted in this edition.
It’s an impressive feat to craft an entire album’s worth of music while limiting the arrangements to little more than two chords for each piece. With the moody and mysterious Skeleton House, Crooked Ghost succeeds, and does so without edging toward monotony in the process.
Eight years after settling in North Carolina, Cissokho has just released his third album, Routes. Touring in support of the record, he and Kaira Ba play Isis Music Hall on Sunday, July 8.
Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats debut their third album, Family Dynamo, and Doc Aquatic launches Shadowless Man. Both shows are scheduled for Friday, June 29; the River Rats play Highland Brewing Co. while Doc Aquatic takes the stage at The Mothlight.
Jagged rock, classic country, synthy dubstep and soulful pop: the next 30 day in Asheville are full of musical riches to suit most every taste.
Ideal for late-night listening, the three songs that make up the “Plecia” EP are a small window into Sister Ivy’s music. Even though the project runs under 20 minutes, that’s enough time to win over a first-time listener.
The premiere of the performance, based on the tempestuous relationship between the Fitzgeralds — the sometimes-Asheville-based writer and artist couple who, in many ways personified the jazz age — features the Terpsicorps company dancers joined by the Firecracker Jazz Band.
Performers at the Diana Wortham Theatre show on Friday, June 15, include Tyondai Braxton, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Bana Haffar, Meg Mulhearn and Moe Espinosa in his guise as Hypox1a.
Rollicking r&b, funky jams, homegrown rock and a book talk from a prominent North Carolina singer-songwriter/rocker: that’s just some of what’s on offer musically in Asheville over the next 30 days.
Dorji and Damon use the contrasts between loud and quiet, harsh and soft, abrasive and soothing. But because their work is untethered from concepts such as meter, the fast/slow dynamic employed by progressive rock artists is not part of the duo’s exploration.
“Subtle aspects of your personality are brought out by different locations,” David Wilcox says. “For me, there’s something about this land: the friendliness of these mountains. There is something about my psyche that just sort of feels at home in these hills.”
The title track brings together sly humor and an understanding of the hard truths of modern life for a memorable number that recalls Kirsty MacColl’s forays into country and western.
“Asheville loves the weird stuff” says festival founder Madam Onca O’Leary. This ABSFest showcases nearly three dozen performers; headliners include magician and storyteller David London and sideshow performer Alex Doll and Oregon Burlesque Fest “Keepin’ it Weird” award winner Natasha Riot.
This edition spotlights one of the strongest musical schedules in recent memory: two shows of historical and sociological importance, a preview of what is sure to be a highlight of this year’s Barnaroo, and the man responsible for some of the best (and least-heard) pure pop of the decade.
Upcoming local dates for Ghostdog include a Saturday, May 26, set at The Odditorium and a Monday, June 18, show at Burger Bar.
The New Orleans-based group combines spoken word, hip-hop, gospel and other styles into a unique sound all its own. Tank and the Bangas won the prestigious Tiny Desk Contest in 2017.
Funky get-down soul, flamenco gypsy jazz, hometown Americana and theatrical, unholy rock: those are the musical styles showcased in this roundup of Asheville concerts.
Soulful prog-hop group Natural Born Leaders mark the release of their debut EP About Time with a Saturday, May 5, show at Asheville Music Hall. Folk singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky debuts his 10th album, Them and Us, at The Grey Eagle on Sunday, May 6. And singer-songwriter Brie Capone commemorates the release of her second EP, If I Let You In, with a May 5 performance at Isis Music Hall.
In March, Magill assembled the Brazilian musicians for a premiere in Rio de Janeiro. Staged at the city’s culturally important Casa do Choro, the performance was “a celebration of the project, and of the people who have been a part of my story in Brazil, both musical and otherwise,” he says.
As part of a fundraiser for the SoundSpace initiative (a nonprofit started by Coleman and Brett Spivey, designed to help provide low-cost rehearsal space for local musicians), Amandla plays at Isis Music Hall on Friday, April 27.
Americana, Indian music and icons of indie-rock and funk are all showcased in this edition.