Goldie and the Screamers plus Virginia and the Slims play White Horse, Aug. 6


On Saturday, August 6 at 8 p.m. the White Horse Black Mountain will hop to the danceable sounds of two great bands fronted by powerhouse female singers. Goldie and the Screamers are an Asheville Soul/Neo Soul outfit featuring CaroMia Tiller, while Virginia and the Slims’ vibe, with singer Joanna Best, is more jump blues and swing. Both band share a commitment to good music, good times, and keeping the audience dancing.

The “Goldie” of the Screamers is CaroMia Tiller, a free spirit who’s been defining her own rules since childhood, when she taught herself to sing and play piano. As a pre-teen she rejected the music business mainstream to forge her own path, which included adding guitar to her instrumental arsenal and traveling to India to study Carnatic singing. After drifting through India, North Africa and Southeast Asia as a busker, a time she remembers fondly, she moved to Asheville, a place where her eclectic interests find a home. Goldie and the Screamers allows the versatile CaroMia to channel her inner soul diva as she melds her sultry vocals and keyboard lines with the funky bass of Chandler Brewer, vintage R&B beats of drummer Jacob Coats and the stylings of guitarist Jesse Lapinsky. The band performs both originals and timeless covers of classic songs.

Asheville jump blues band Virginia and the Slims are party time favorites with a reputation for keeping the joint jumping and the fun flowing. There’s no Virginia in the band, but there’s no shortage of danceable jump blues, jazz, swing and oldies when the band plays.Virginia and the Slims’ membership includes Sean Anderson (guitar), James Kamp (saxophone, harmonica, vocals), Brian Gant (drums), Sid Heilbraun (bass, vocals) and the vocals of Joanna Best. The band is currently performing in support of their newly released CD.

Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Advance tickets available online at

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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