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Homeward bound

The return of DIG (Downtown Independent Groove) Festival is not so much a reoccurrence as a comeback. The local music fest was first produced in 2009. The two-day extravaganza takes place the week college students return. It returns Thursday and Friday night. Thirty-six acts (plus one jam session) will fill five stages (The Orange Peel, Emerald Lounge, The LAB, Asheville Music Hall and One Stop). Folk-roots outfit Old North State is one of the bands who will perform.

Two local music organizations announce a strategic partnership

Independent music organization NewSong, which relocated to Asheville from Brooklyn, N.Y. last year, has announced a partnership with local entrepreneurial advocate Venture Asheville (a division of the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition). “By teaming up, what NewSong and Venture Asheville aim to do is connect the dots between musicians, songwriters, producers, instrument manufacturers and others […]

The director-free director’s cut: Wait Wait host Peter Sagal says the live show allows for tangents, risks and jokes than could never go out over the radio waves. Photo by Ryan Muir for NPR

Smarting off

“As opposed to somebody who knows a lot about one thing, I know a little about a lot of things,” says National Public Radio personality Peter Sagal. That doesn’t qualify him to do anything he says, “except for hosting shows in which I talk about a lot of things.” Luckily, after being tapped as a […]

Up in the air: Arts2People’s board decided to put LAAFF on hold this year because of outstanding debts and other issues. The festival will return next year, they say. Photo by Zen Sutherland


The news came on Wednesday evening: Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival will not happen in 2013. The statement from festival director Arieh Samson and the Arts2People board of directors said that they “will use the time between now and Labor Day weekend 2014 to put on LAAFF’s revival and resume celebrating the fascinating culture […]