Arena rock, engaging and tuneful pop, heartfelt blues and deep funk are just some of the sounds explored by live acts playing in Asheville over the next 30 days.
Unlike some EPs, Space and Time doesn’t feel like a quick compilation of leftovers designed to buy time while the next full-length is developed. Each of its four cuts is the equal in quality and nuance to the best of what has come before.
A frequent visitor to Asheville since his days with Drive-By Truckers, the guitarist always looks forward to meeting up with old friends here. “Asheville is like the brunch capital of the South,” he says.
Pillar features a number of high-profile guest players including bassists Wooten, MonoNeon and Oteil Burbridge, Béla Fleck on banjo, saxophonist Jeff Coffin and percussionist Weedie Braimah.
A blues legend, an unpredictable force of nature, and two local acts — one long established, the other part of the current hard rock resurgence — are spotlighted in this roundup.
Stylish, sophisticated and subtle, Jazzville’s Blue Skies shows that in the right hands, musical standards can feel new.
Throughout the first decade of this century, Jamie McLean played guitar in beloved New Orleans institution Dirty Dozen Brass Band. For the last several years, he has served as guitarist for another Crescent City legend, Aaron Neville. But alongside those duties, McLean has long since established himself as a singer and songwriter in his own right.
Featuring 10 bands, the metal festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Mothlight and Sunday, Sept. 2, at The Orange Peel.
Flawlessly recorded at East Asheville’s Seclusion Hill Music, Turned Into Lemonade is a sweet and gentle jazz collection, featuring crystalline performances by all involved.
A power pop legend, a rocking modern-day troubadour, clever re-inventors of pop and a collective of local rockers who don’t dig the Dead are just some of the local music offerings in the next 30 days.
Since getting together a year ago (some of the members had played together in other groups before their 10th birthdays), Uncle Kurtis has been booked at Soulshine, LEAF Downtown AVL, Sly Grog, Isis Music Hall, Salvage Station and The Mothlight.
After taking listeners on the whirlwind musical trip that is Kindness, A Rebel, the group closes its set of 10 songs with “Mama, Take Your Time,” a return to the sound of River Whyless’ earlier work.
Two local acts (one electronica, one progressive/fusion), one regional artist and a nationally touring act whose front man is more associated with the big screen than music: Those are just some of what’s on offer locally in the next 30 days.
LEAF Performing Arts Director Ehren Cruz emphasizes the nonprofit’s 24-year legacy of “youth educational outreach, equity and diversity programming.” He says that the festival “features cross-over world-, family- and urban-accessible programming while celebrating local culture.”
Spinning vinyl, top-quality Americana, uptempo jump blues and a tribute to the greatest pop group of all time: those are just some of your local music choices in the coming 30 days.
Poet Radio has a show at Fleetwoods in West Asheville on Friday, July 20 — its last local appearance before a run of live dates up north and in the Midwest.
Even though he has his hand in many different pursuits, live performance remains among LaMotte’s most treasured experiences. “It really is a cooperative effort,” he says. “The power of songs happens in the space between the artist and the listener.”
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.