The monthly summer concert benefit series kicks off May 27 with performances by Rock Academy NC’s bands.
This edition spotlights one of the strongest musical schedules in recent memory: two shows of historical and sociological importance, a preview of what is sure to be a highlight of this year’s Barnaroo, and the man responsible for some of the best (and least-heard) pure pop of the decade.
Once the frontman for quintet The Band of Rivals, Sean Cox stepped out on his own a few years ago and released his debut EP, Letters to the Light, last summer.
There’s typically a time limit for each presenter, and some open mics have a theme or a host to usher the evening along, but what happens in front of the microphone is, truly, wide open to possibility.
Friday, May 18, the 30th annual Downtown After 5 concert series launches with an especially localcentric show: Asheville All-Stars, a super-group comprised of a rotating cast of Asheville’s favorite singers and musicians.
The Asheville vocalist and multi-instrumentalist plays a record release show May 17 at The Mothlight.
Pan Harmonia ends its 18th season with a pair of free local shows, May 18 and 20.
The night of adult-themed storytelling and music takes place May 18 at The Grey Eagle.
The group is the braindchild of Abrianna Brown, who is a classically trained vocalist and recently interned at Echo Mountain Recording.
Upcoming local dates for Ghostdog include a Saturday, May 26, set at The Odditorium and a Monday, June 18, show at Burger Bar.
The New Orleans-based group combines spoken word, hip-hop, gospel and other styles into a unique sound all its own. Tank and the Bangas won the prestigious Tiny Desk Contest in 2017.
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.
Amanda Anne Platt, Aubrey Eisenman, Anya Hinkle and Mary Lucey play a pair of Mother’s Day shows at Isis.
Premiering Friday, May 11 at the Asheville Masonic Temple, When Adonis Calls reveals the intimate exchanges between an older, been-there, done-that-type writer and a young, eager fan.
The pedal steel guitarist brings his band to the Salvage Station on May 12.
A sparse, low-energy crowd didn’t stop the Grammy-winning rockers from delivering a sonically rich show at ExploreAsheville.com Arena.
The education nonprofit’s anniversary party takes place May 11 at the Brevard Lumber Yard.
Funky get-down soul, flamenco gypsy jazz, hometown Americana and theatrical, unholy rock: those are the musical styles showcased in this roundup of Asheville concerts.
Amen Breaks is the band’s most recent record, coming out last summer, and has the musicians shedding past sounds in favor of a more indie-pop flavor. Lyrical themes include mental health and spirituality.
The Austin, Tex. hip-hop band plays Ellington Underground on May 9.
The spring festival — held Thursday, May 10, to Sunday, May 13 — features more then 20 percent women-led acts, including its headliners and the entire Lakeside main stage schedule for Friday.