Eclectic Ensemble Option 22 plays Timo’s House on Dec. 7
The eclectic music group Option 22 will re-visit Asheville for the first time since the festival Three Days of Light on Saturday, Dec. 7th with a show at Timo’s House. The band recently released an album, The Change, and has been touring regionally promoting it. They will team up with Ashlantis for the night.
Their original sound spans genres from new grass to funk, rock, new age, Americana and points in between. The four piece combination of musicians are gifted with the ability to flow in improvisational creation of music, and each song on the album was written through that process. Dubbed by one listener a “new age jam band” and another “hippie hop,” the group brings a flavor all its own.
“The Change” was recorded at Audible Art Studios in The Room Upstairs, part of The RiffRaff Arts Collective in downtown Princeton, WV. The studio, Option 22 and other elements of the cooperative like Stages Music School are part of an ongoing creative revitalization effort on Mercer Street, a once depressed area that has been plagued by abandoned store fronts. The group has been hosting open stage nights, performing, recording, hosting arts parades and special events in the neighborhood since 2006, and momentum has begun to build for the Princeton Renaissance Project. The group is also responsible for Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival, now in its 10th year, a weekend long, multicultural immersion in the creative arts held in September in Pipestem, WV. The music festival is the pinnacle of the creative year for Option 22.
The group consists of Lori McKinney (vocals/drums), Robert Blankenship (didgeridoo, guitar, keys), Brandon Dunn (bass, guitar, keys) and Jordan Furrow (drums, guitar). The show will open with a special performance by Asheville’s Ashlantis. For more information, visit www.option22.net or call the venue: (828) 575-2886.
SHORT INFO BLOCK:
WHAT: Option 22 Live -w- special guest Ashlantis
WHERE: Timo’s House 5 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7th at 9pm
TICKETS: $3 at the door
INFO: www.option22.net / 828-575-2886