He hails from Chicago, though, “as a musician,” he said during his performance, “I always wanted to be big in Asheville. I love it here.”
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Combining two of Asheville’s favorite pastimes — booze and fitness
It is not uncommon for area athletes to chase their workouts with a beer. A look at what health experts say about this combination, and whether drinking after a workout cancels out its benefits.
ICYMI: Xpress feature reads of the week
Ahh, Spring is in the air! The tourists are buzzing around downtown and the lovely smell of Bradford pear trees is wafting on the breeze….which means we’re probably in for a heavy frost or one more freak snow shower in the coming weeks. Anyway, here’s some feature stories from the past week, if you’re looking […]
Zombie Float returns to Asheville this Saturday
Last September, 548 Ashevilleans joined together on the French Broad for the Tube-ocalypse Zombie Float, attempting to break the world record for most people floating in a line. Though last year’s participation fell 87 short of the goal, this year, organizers hope to breathe new life into the undead dream.
Mermaids in Marshall street festival sets sail today
The Downtown Marshall Association and the Tourism Development Authority of Madison County are calling all to sport their best pirate, mermaid or sea creature costumes and attend the eighth annual Mermaids in Marshall festival today, June 5.
Best Of WNC: The voting has begun
Walking down Haywood Road (or Biltmore) (or Lexington), you stop by your usual hangout. Nearly everyone there greets you by name, and the tourists in the corner booth ask about your latest jaunt up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your waitress asks, “The usual?” as she sets your favorite Asheville-brewed IPA down on your table. This […]
Downtown Association announces Downtown After 5 summer lineup at kickoff party at The Orange Peel
At a kickoff party at The Orange Peel, the Asheville Downtown Association announced the summer 2014 lineup for the Downtown After 5 music series, followed by an electrifying performance from Empire Strikes Brass.
Buncombe Cultural Alliance celebrates its one-year anniversary
The concept that is driving the Buncombe Cultural Alliance’s mission is collective impact. The leadership team hosted a three-hour focus group at the 2014 Creative Sector Summit to share their progress and solicit feedback on a strategy draft.
The birth of Asheville Arts Alive: new web portal aims to connect artists and tourists
A free new Web portal, Asheville Arts Alive, launched March 21, aiming to help local artists connect with tourists and their dollars.
Creative Sector Summit aims to help bridge tourism industry and artists
Tourists spend about $1.5 billion in Buncombe County every year and the fourth annual Creative Sector Summit will explore opportunities for local artists to raise that number and better benefit from it. The series of panel discussions, workshops and other events will unfold Thursday-Sunday, March 20-23, at venues throughout downtown Asheville.
Food trucks battle it out downtown at Food Truck Showdown from noon to 8 p.m.
Ten food trucks are lined up at the lot at The Masonic Temple, 80 N. Broadway, for the Food Truck Showdown to compete for the title of Asheville’s best food truck.
Donations of canned goods for MANNA FoodBank and pet supplies for Asheville Humane Society are encouraged.
Moogfest announces schedule details, single day tickets
With only six weeks to go until Moogfest 2014, organizers have announced new performers, daily schedules and single-day ticket sales.
Buncombe Commissioners approve Moogfest funding on party-line vote
Buncombe County Commissioners voted along party lines March 4 to approve $90,000 for Moogfest.
In (more) photos: Asheville Mardi Gras Parade and Queen’s Ball
It may have been a cloudy day, but the streets of Asheville were lined with bright colors for the Asheville Mardi Gras parade on Sunday, March 2. Following the parade, folks in feathered costumes followed one another across downtown to pack into Pack’s Tavern for the Queen’s Ball.
Xpress wins four North Carolina Press awards
At a Feb. 27 ceremony held in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Press Association announced that Xpress won four state awards for outstanding journalism.
Moogfest adds Q-Tip, Zed’s Dead, El-P, Saul Williams and extensive daytime events
Moogfest continues to add impressive performers and events to its schedule. The latest additions include hip-hop innovators Q-Tip, El-P and Saul Williams as well as an extensive list of workshops, film screenings and other daytime activities.
Let the good times roll: Asheville on Bikes throws Bike Love fundraiser party
Asheville on Bikes is on a roll. Since its birth in 2006, the organization has been a key advocate for a more bicycle-friendly city. And it seems poised for growth as it prepares to celebrate Bike Love — a fundraiser and membership drive featuring a range of speakers and musical acts.
Asheville plays in the snow: #avlsnomg
There’s more to the Feb. 13 snowstorm than driving hazards and inconveniences: Many folks in Asheville are getting out and enjoying the winter weather. And they’re sharing photos and dispatches from their outdoor adventures via a variety of social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram.
VIDEO: Nibbles predicts 6 more weeks of winter for Asheville
To the chagrin of those hoping for an early spring, Nibbles, Asheville’s very own clairvoyant groundhog, predicts six more weeks of winter weather. Or at least that was the interpretation of WLOS Chief Meteorologist Jason Boyer, who “translated” the adorable rodent’s Feb. 2 forecast at the WNC Nature Center during a Groundhog Day celebration attended by hundreds of onlookers.
All aboard S.S. Bathtub: Kids’ events headed for Asheville
Get ready to learn a friendly lesson or two when Denton the Dragon and David LaMotte come to The Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6-7 p.m. Then head to the Orange Peel on Sunday, Feb. 2, for a Groundhog’s Day Jamboree with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and The Moodees, a.k.a Mad Tea.
Martin Luther King Jr weekend events announced
The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County has announced several events in celebration Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, including a film screening, prayer breakfast and march.