HELPING HORN: Among Justin Ray's many projects, his most high-profile is arguably playing in Michael Bublé's band. Ray played on nearly every track of 2009’s Crazy Love. Due to recording logistics, he was absent on 2013’s To Be Loved. It remains to be seen whether the Asheville trumpeter will be called upon to contribute to Bublé's latest studio release.

Justin Ray shares first DVD and vocal album at The Altamont Theatre

Justin Ray performs a diverse two-set offering Friday, Sept. 18 at The Altamont Theatre. The evening begins with Ray’s half-hour-long ensemble jazz composition, “Casanova and Cleopatra,” which hasn’t been performed live in nearly three years. The show also serves as a release of the album Evil Man Blues, Ray’s first foray into vocals.

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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 […]