The past year has brought forth a bumper crop of superb albums in every genre from artists local (or with strong connections) to Asheville and the surrounding region.
There are countless ways to see out the old year and welcome the new one. Read on for parties, concerts, dances and more.
After taking listeners on the whirlwind musical trip that is Kindness, A Rebel, the group closes its set of 10 songs with “Mama, Take Your Time,” a return to the sound of River Whyless’ earlier work.
At a sold-out event in downtown Asheville, NPR journalist Michel Martin and local panelists reflect on what happens when your hometown gets hot.
It was history in the making. It was an arrival. And it was probably also a departure because, as much as River Whyless is cut from and contributes to the fabric of Asheville’s music scene, this is a band that is no longer just local, just ours. The group has made its leap to the next level and it was a joy to watch them take flight.
Though their current tour includes a show at Las Vegas’ House of Blues and the revered Mountain Stage in West Virginia, the four musicians of River Whyless are most excited about their Orange Peel date.
“I feel like we’re ambassadors out there,” says singer and guitarist Ryan O’Keefe. “I love to say it on the microphone. The reaction is always like, ‘You’re from Asheville? I love Asheville!’”
If you enjoy three-part harmonies, talented violinists, drum kits with kitchen pots, a bass player who occasionally plays the harmonium and the kind of lead guitarist who weaves a feather between between his frets, I sincerely hope you were at the River Whyless show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday. (If not, the next best […]
This weekend, learn survival skills, catch an author reading or enjoy a variety of live music. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend events.
This weekend offers holiday craft fairs, fashion, film and lots of local music. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-budget entertainment.
This weekend offers film, hikes, live painting, local music and more. As always, Xpress highlights the best in entertainment on a budget.
Ben Sollee is not your typical pop singer. Aside from his genre-blurring songwriting — a folk-centric blend of Appalachian roots, soulful vocals and pop-friendly melodies — it’s not often you see a classically-trained cellist tapping and scraping his instrument to mimic hip-hop beats, plucking its strings like a guitar or covering Tom Waits tunes. Not to mention hauling the enormous instrument from show to show on a bicycle.
This year Xpress will be covering SXSW’s music week (and, specifically, Asheville bands, like River Whyless, pictured here) in Austin, Tex. Want to follow along? Click the MX SXSW link in the top left corner of our website. We’ll be there Wednesday-Saturday, March 14-17.
The local indie folk outfit celebrated the release of its latest effort, A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door on March 2 at The Grey Eagle. Xpress was there to bring you this footage of the performance.
This weekend offers the chance to discover local music, indulge in local sweets, browse local artists and more. As always, we highlight a host of low-cost events to keep you entertained on a budget.
Check out local music, classic foreign film, traditional farming demonstrations and more this weekend, all for less than the price of parking downtown. While you’re here, share your own budget-friendly events in the comments section below.
The 4th annual Music on the Mountaintop took up residence at Grandfather Campground in Banner Elk this weekend, weathering extreme winds and overcast skies for two days of family-friendly music, games and community. Xpress was there Saturday to bring you this look.
Nationally touring acts like Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Acoustic Syndicate, Greensky Bluegrass and Frontier Ruckus are expected to draw more than 5,000 fans to the high country this weekend, with a host of local performers including Naked Gods, Uncle Mountain, River Whyless, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Secret B-Sides and Town Mountain rounding out the bill.
A host of local players converged on Echo Mountain this week to record music for the upcoming Sci-Fi thriller The Proxy. Multi-instrumentalist/producer/bandleader Ben Lovett organized and headed the session, which spanned two days in the converted church that now houses Echo Mountain’s primary studios. Xpress was in the control room to bring you this inside look.
This year’s Sunday schedule was far from a relaxed and breezy end to festivities. Check out this epic performance from The Protomen and some other music highlights from Bele Chere’s closing afternoon.
This weekend brings the spoken and written word, vaudeville and hip-hop for kids, free rock ‘n’ roll and plenty to do outdoors. So enjoy the comfort of cooling temperatures while your wallet rests safely at home. Know of other budget-friendly events this weekend? Share them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.