Local funk band Supatight opens for Hustle Souls at The Altamont Theatre on Thursday, March 17.
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Asheville singer-songwriter Ben Phan releases his debut album
Ben Phan and his band, the Soul Symphony, are preparing for a release party for their first original album, Dreams in Modern Folk.
Altamont Brewing Co. spawns a restaurant
Altamont’s business model, owner Gordon Kear explains, has evolved based on observations of customer needs. The latest iteration, a full-service restaurant directly beside the brewery, should prevent customers from leaving early for food.
Smart bets: Matthew Frantz
Singer/songwriter Matthew Frantz stops in Asheville for a matinee performance at Altamont Brewing Co. on Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m.
Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding inititatives
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a milestone for a 15 year old guitarist and a youth guidance organization providing free opportunities for children.
Luna Ray brings mantra-based music to The Altamont Theatre
Local musician and kirtan leader Luna Ray calls mantras — sacred syllables or groups of words — ancient science that allows people to open up. “It’s technology with which to wake up, to touch our hearts, to remind us of who we are,” she says. “The mantras are so powerful that even if you don’t […]
Smart bets: Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan
We’ve all heard of “Dueling Banjos,” but Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan are two string virtuosos who work together. Collectively, the musicians have collaborated with a brimming Rolodex of A-list artists, including Fiona Apple, Wilco, Béla Fleck, Dolly Parton and even the Jonas Brothers. Pikelny, Grammy nominee and banjoist for Punch Brothers, says he’s long […]
Smart bets: Shimshai
“I gotta get my Asheville fix!” writes Shimshai on his own concert’s Facebook page, where several giddy fans have already responded with victorious tales of acquiring admission tickets. The California-based mantra musician, a self-described “seeker of truth,” sends lyrics into the crowd on gentle waves of finger-picked guitar, leaving plenty of inspired devotees in the […]
Smart bets: The Tall Pines and Casey Driessen
“The Tall Pines are equal parts soul and twang, molasses and moonshine, sass and skill,” says NPR. Christmas Davis writes gritty swamp rock tunes, which his wife, vocalist Connie Lynn Petruk, keeps soulfully smooth around the edges. The duo’s country rock is extremely accessible — even for those wary of a little twang — but […]
Smart Bets web extra: Balsam Range
The local bluegrass quintet announces the Jan. 22 release of a collaboration with John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) and two upcoming show (Jan. 18 and 19 at the Altamont Theatre) to record their own live album.
Hip harp? No, really
Grammy-nominated electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant plays the Altamont Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Review of Prime Ribbing
At least for the 90 minutes of its life, this show owns the whole treasure of Broadway. The lyrics are smart and funny. One expects that. But they are also allusive, intelligent, challenging, and while one is laughing one’s head off, one is taking thought as well.
Food news to go: News of the Asheville food (and beer) scene in small bites
Jack of Hearts comes to Weaverville in April and more.