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Redemption­, baseball and the South

Baseball differs from any other team sport because it puts as much spotlight on the struggle between two players as it does on competing teams. Never mind the outfielders and basemen — the true conflict at the heart of the game lies in the pitcher lobbing a baseball near the batter, who must unite reflexes […]

Onward and upward: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band releases its new album, Onward!, in October, though local fans get a sneak peak this weekend. Photo courtesy of

Booty calls

Five years can be a long time to wait for anything. If the body’s cells regenerate every seven years, after five years you’re more the new self than the old one. After 11 years of recording and performing, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has regenerated more than once, which is partly why five years […]

About singing in other languages, Adama Dembele says, “I always like the way the audience listens to you first and appreciates, before they know what you mean in the song.”

Modern-day griot

Zansa is a group 33 generations in the making. The Asheville-based Afropop band’s lead vocalist and djembe-player Adama Dembele comes from a long heritage of West African musicians. He was already fooling around with his family’s specialty, the djembe, in his native Ivory Coast when he was just 2 or 3 years old. Partially because […]

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Southern Greek tragedy

I could tell you a thing or two about Sam Lewis, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter who will treat the Isis Retaurant and Music Hall to his seamless blend of country, Southern rock, and soul on Thursday, Aug. 29. But he’s done a much better job of it on “Southern Greek Tragedy” off his self-titled debut. “That’s […]

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Fresh faces

If you still have never heard of the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival, Asheville’s premiere celebration of stand-up comedy, the joke’s on you. The festival, now in its seventh year, runs from Aug.13 through Aug. 17 at a variety of locations downtown. The event was conceived by producer Charlie Gerencer and producer/stand-up comedian Greg Brown […]

My Bowie’s back: The glam-rockers in the band offer more Mott the Hopple than Mötley Crüe.

Glam bam

The sales clerk at J.C. Penney assumed the gold skinny jeans were for Jeff Japp’s wife. When the clerk offered to show his wife to the women’s dressing room, she was politely turned down. The clerk never suspected the shoppers were headed upstairs so Japp could try the jeans on in the men’s dressing room. […]