Composer William Britelle spent three years visiting Michael Yannette and his students in Cherokee, collecting notes and impressions, exploring the community and its stories.
Scheduled classes and workshops include sessions on writing of all kinds: Screenplays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and various elements of the publishing industry.
“I find that, in Western North Carolina, the vast majority of people and institutions at least aspire to be welcoming,” says Blue Ridge Pride Executive Director Tina White.
Teaser videos show this collaboration as a lush, experimental string band that sits somewhere in a Venn diagram between artists like Birds of Chicago, Kaia Kater, and Punch Brothers.
Working with other artists became a steady through-line in Michelle Malone’s career. Her latest album, 2018’s Slings and Arrows, includes songs she co-wrote with Randall Bramlett and up-and-coming Atlanta artist Eliot Bronson.
“It would be really nice,” Parlamento says, “if somebody fell asleep at the show. I feel like that would be more appropriate to me than somebody talking during the show.”
In his downtime, Blake has been messing around on acoustic guitar, writing new songs that don’t fit neatly into the funk format or the more rock ‘n’ roll format he’s chosen for previous “solo” albums.
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is the location of a new festival celebrating uncategorizable music, running Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28.
When she celebrates the release of a new video for her song “Clapback” on Thursday, March 21, Virtuous will take the stage at The Social on Tunnel Road.
Though Kramer looks forward to performing the album in its entirety, she’s also quick to point out that it is an intensely personal collection inspired in part by one of her life’s deepest heartbreaks.
As an artist, Declan O’Rourke is stirred by the way humans move through tragedy, meeting fear with hope, meeting trauma with resilience. His 2017 album, which he’ll perform in full at Isis Music Hall, seeks to examine the impact the Iris Potato Famine had on families from that country.
For Live in Asheville, the band revisited a handful of crowd favorites from their first three recordings. “Shut Yo Mouth” from Bass Treble Angel Devil is particularly notable.
The 2018 NewSong finalists will showcase and compete at Isis Music Hall on Saturday, Dec. 15, judged by competition founder Gar Ragland, Diana Ezerins from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Elysa Marden from Arts Brookfield in New York, and a surprise local celebrity judge.
For three nights — Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 7 — he will transform the White Horse Black Mountain into a winter wonderland with his holiday soundscapes.
The duo will bring their eclectic brand of cello-punk to Fleetwood’s on Thursday, Nov. 15.
This year’s Southern Women Authors: Writing America Between the Wars series, set to take place on 10 evenings between September and December, starting Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the West Asheville Library. Authors on the docket are Lillian Smith (Strange Fruit), Caroline Miller (Lamb in His Bosom), Mildred Haun (The Hawk’s Done Gone), and Elizabeth Madox Roberts (The Time of Man).
Southern Avenue formed after Ori Naftaly, who had a successful solo career in his native Israel, came to the U.S. to participate in the International Blues Challenge.
“Asheville just pulled me in, I feel like,” says Taylor. “I hear that’s a lot of people’s stories.”
Since moving to Asheville, Miller has been producing storytelling events and open mic nights focused on the spoken word, which he defines as storytelling, poetry, monologues, comedy, and any other verbal artform.
Asheville was a very different place in 1998: There was no Blue Ridge Pride and what LGBTQ community existed was not entirely out and loud, much less well-connected. Despite all that, the North Carolina Pride celebration was scheduled to happen in Asheville that year, so there was buzz in the city about LGBTQ visibility and an opening for a new gay men’s chorus to emerge.
The album’s most impressive feature is the way Corey Parlamento employs his band — something that will be well worth witnessing when they take the stage at Ambrose West on May 12.