After midnight: LEAF’s late-night lineup is worth staying up for

The LEAF, now in its 39th season, is a well-honed mix of eclectic arts, the great outdoors, family-friendly activities and fun in the sun (and occasionally the rain). But with three days packed full of entertainment, it might be easy to overlook LEAF’s nighttime offerings. Don’t: Fall LEAF’s after-midnight lineup includes Bhangra-Celtic fusion, jazz-tronic dance […]

Asheville and WNC folks helping grow ‘Techno contra’ dancing phenomenon

The folk process is a living tradition, changing with the times, and three WNC residents are clearly stirring the pot. Crossover contras are new and unique, with their blend of pop, celtic fusion and electronica, but their connection to traditional contras is “strong and close,” writes Alex Krogh-Grabbe in a post on Country Dance and Song Society’s website tracing the movement’s history. Techno contra’s “growth over the past several years has been meteoric,” he says.