The beat goes on: "Each drum rhythm and song have specific dances to match," says bassist Ryan Reardon, left, of Zansa's songs. The local Afropop outfit headlines opening night of Mountain Sports Festival. Photo courtesy of the band

Drums + dance

Zansa kicks off big summer plans at Mountain Sports Festival Asheville Afropop band Zansa’s name comes from a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend.” True to that moniker, Adama Dembele (lead vocals and djembe), Patrick Fitzsimons (guitar), Sean Mason (drum set), Ryan Reardon (bass) and Matt Williams (acoustic and electric violins […]

Fast friends: When Eric Norlander first met Robert Moog in '97, he suggested they collaborate on a synthesizer project. "He gave me an enthusiastic ‘Yeah!,'" Norlander says. "Go for the best, right?” Photo courtesy of the musician

Happy birthday to Moog

Tribute concert raises funds for Dr. Bob’s Sound School Synthesist Erik Norlander first met the late Robert Moog in January 1997 at the annual National Association of Music Merchants trade show in Southern California. At the time, Norlander was the synthesizer product manager for instrument company Alesis and was designing an analog polyphonic synth called […]

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars return to LEAF this spring. Photo by Zach Smith

A festival for one and all

For more festivals, visit Calendar and mountainx.com. LEAF, at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, returns for its spring installment with family-friendly camping, arts (performance, visual, healing, etc.), dance, crafts, kids activities and plenty of music. Headliners include Los Lobos, Beats Antique, Red Baraat, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and many more. Thursday-Sunday, May 8-11. Tickets […]

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Moog: 10th anniversary screening

The 2004 documentary Moog may be available most days through the Buncombe County Library, but not with insightful answers to your very own questions by director Hans Fjellestad. Noting how surreal it was to be back in Asheville after all these years, the filmmaker celebrated the 10th anniversary of his work with a screening late Thursday afternoon, upstairs at the Masonic Temple.

Work hard, play hard: Despite a hectic schedule that includes talent booking and venue management, Jeff Santiago y Los Gato Negros found time to record Rolling Towards the Moon. From left: Jared White, Debrissa McKinney, Clayton Jones, Santiago and Brandon Burney. Photo by Duncan Chaboudy

Thou hast seen nothing yet

Tapping time-management skills and Don Quixote, Los Gatos Negros releases a record

With all that local musician Jeff Santiago has going on in his life, it’s a minor miracle that his new album, Rolling Towards the Moon, exists. On Saturday, April 12, the singer/guitarist and his indie rock band Los Gatos Negros celebrate that achievement with a record-release party at Asheville Music Hall.

Long-term memory: DJ Ra Mak (far left, with Philo, Doug Dew, Diggypop Malone and Rose Royce Rique) bought his first record in 1983 and DJ’ed his first show in ’96. He’s watched the local hip-hop scene evolve for nearly 20 years. Photo by James Mayfield

Hypecast

“When I put together a show, I think of it like a meal,” says Joseph Lepanto of Avlpromo. “You want to have a little bit of everything: a main course and sides that go really well with it.” In the past year, Lepanto (also known as Diggypop Malone, or simply Diggy) has organized roughly 30 […]

State of mind: MNDSGN headlines Asheville Beat Tape Collective’s three-year anniversary show. The L.A.-based producer represents a movement of cross-genre music lovers in line with the local collective’s direction. Photo courtesy of the artist

What’s in a name

When the Asheville Beat Tape Collective celebrates its three-year anniversary at Emerald Lounge on Friday, Feb. 21, it may be the last time the uses that name. Technically, the moniker still refers to the organization started by formerly local DJ and producer Nigel Geiger in 2010 as a unifying force for sonic artists in Asheville. […]

Storming the castle

On nearly every weekend of the year, somewhere in the Kingdom of Atlantia, a passionate group of everyday citizens from South Carolina to Maryland recreates the best aspects of the Middle Ages. These are members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, who are well-versed in aspects of life from the years 600-1600 and make it […]