New York-based eight-piece funk-pop outfit EMEFE is not exactly new to Asheville. From shows at Asheville Music Hall to kicking off last year’s RiverMusic series, the band has made the round of local stages. EMEFE returns to Pisgah Brewing Co. on Wednesday, May 6, just a day after releasing a new self-titled full-length album. That show, inside the taproom, starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free.
Miles Arntzen (of Antibalas) started EMEFE in 2009 with one purpose, according to the band’s bio: “to create an unparalleled live experience around his original music. Three weeks later, they played their first show to a ravenously packed house in New York City.” The new record is “about breaking through static, the undefinable noise and clutter of everyday life. The album’s concepts were inspired by French author Jacques Lusseyran’s And There Was Light, chronicling a blind man’s realization of light and love in his time during the French resistance movement.”