The Asheville-based neo-soul hip-hop band’s lead singer and songwriter Mike Martinez discusses the group’s second EP.
Country, blues, bluegrass and … prog-hop? The variety of live music available in Asheville never ceases to impress.
Known in Asheville as the front man of indie-hip-hop-soul collective Natural Born Leaders, Mike Martinez — aka “Mad” Mike — has also been quietly making solo songs, as well.
There are countless ways to see out the old year and welcome the new one. Read on for parties, concerts, dances and more.
The band’s next local performance is Saturday, Sept. 29, at Asheville Barnaroo and is likely to feature some songs we haven’t heard before.
Soulful prog-hop group Natural Born Leaders mark the release of their debut EP About Time with a Saturday, May 5, show at Asheville Music Hall. Folk singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky debuts his 10th album, Them and Us, at The Grey Eagle on Sunday, May 6. And singer-songwriter Brie Capone commemorates the release of her second EP, If I Let You In, with a May 5 performance at Isis Music Hall.
Natural Born Leaders perform at The Orange Peel on Friday, Feb. 23, with Window Cat and Evil Note Lab.
Harmonia brings sanctuary spaces to festivals of various sizes, and on Sunday, April 9, the nonprofit will host its own event — a donation-based fundraiser at Salvage Station.
Local hip-hop/indie-soul collective Natural Born Leaders has been not-so-quietly making a name for itself on Asheville stages. The band shared two songs from an Isis Music Hall Show in December.
The show, featuring more than 20 acts and benefiting local nonprofit Bounty & Soul, takes place at UpCountry Brewing Co. on Friday, Feb. 17.
The Altamont Theatre will be transformed into a musical utopia on Friday, Jan. 20.
Special guests who joined Philo onstage throughout the night included members of Empire Strikes Brass, local Grammy-nominated vocalist Debrissa McKinney, MC Smidi and more.
The band recently released two videos that showcase energy and funk, and a creative mashing of styles into something that feels fresh.