Mountain Oasis announces charitable contributions, volunteer opportunities

From a press release: As previously mentioned, this year will be the inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, but that doesn’t mean festival organizers AC Entertainment’s local roots don’t run very deep. Aside from bringing music to Asheville for 20+ years, AC has always seen its community outreach and involvement in the Asheville community as […]

Hendersonv­ille and Flat Rock

Growing up in Hendersonville, my friends and I would unkindly refer to our town as “God’s waiting room,” an allusion to its popularity among retirees. After high school, I went away to college, the big city and even Africa! In my absence, and to my great surprise, the town developed a spread of great restaurant […]


Modern-day Brevard is like a smaller, more laid-back Asheville. You’ve got your independent record store, a few ethnic food restaurants, craft breweries and enough outdoor attractions to keep you occupied all year. Did you know? There are at least 105 named waterfalls in Transylvania County. George Vanderbilt founded the Biltmore Forest School (aka The Cradle […]

A festival to tie-dye for

Longtime local Grateful Dead cover band Phuncle Sam celebrates 10 years together in March of next year. What better way to mark this approaching milestone than to headline a new jam-band festival bearing its name? Phuncle Fest will feature more than 20 musical performances by area bands, 15 of which are from Asheville.  The festival […]

Ribbon cutting for Hendersonville’s Main Street rehabilitation efforts Oct. 11

City to Celebrate Completion of Main Street Rehabilitation Project Phase III of the Main Street rehabilitation project, the final phase of an over 4 million dollar investment in infrastructure in downtown Hendersonville, was completed September of 2013. The rehabilitation project began with the re-design and rehabilitation of Main Street between Allen Street and 1st Ave. […]

Jazz legend Gary Bradley to play with Asheville Music School’s new faculty

Press Release: Rare Appearance of Local Jazz Legend Gary Bradley with Asheville Music School’s Newest Faculty Asheville Music School faculty will be collaborating and performing a two set jazz concert at the school’s own performance space, the AMS Performance Loft, on Friday October 11 at 7:00pm and 8:00pm. The concert will highlight veteran Asheville saxophonist […]

Filmmaker partners with Free Planet Radio, Odyssey Community School

Press release: Writer/Director Partners with Free Planet Radio and Odyssey Community School to Develop Feature Film, “Harmony”, a Compelling Look at Compassion between Cultures Filmmaker Pana Columbus is partnering with Asheville’s World Music Trio, Free Planet Radio, and the Odyssey Community School on her movie “Harmony” which she plans to shoot, in part, in Asheville. […]

Storytelling Festival at Folk Art Center Nov. 24

Press Release: What: Tellabration Storytelling Festival Where: Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 3-6PM Cost: $7 General Admission For More Information or Artists’ Photos contact: Donna Marie Todd, 828.664.1657 Or The Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be filled with stories on Sunday, November 24 from […]

Trophies lure high school bands from six states to tournament at WCU

Press release: CULLOWHEE – Twenty-five top high school marching bands from six states will compete at Western Carolina University’s 13th annual Tournament of Champions invitational at E.J. Whitmire Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12. Hosted by WCU’s award-winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, the young musicians will be competing for the prestigious Chancellor’s Award, a […]

Taking flight

A few months ago, bird handler Julia Gaunt received a phone call from a woman whose friend’s son had died. The son, 37 years old, had committed suicide, and the funeral had not provided the closure her friend needed. She asked if Gaunt would be willing to come and release a few of her doves […]

NC unemployment rate drops to 8.7 percent in August

From the N.C. Department of Commerce: The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate of 8.9 percent. The national rate declined to 7.3 percent from July’s 7.4 percent. North Carolina’s August 2013 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a […]