Asheville arts

Balsam Range musician’s surgery, done to bluegrass tunes, a success

Buddy Melton of the popular Western North Carolina bluegrass band Balsam Range was injured last week after he was kicked in the face by a cow. The Balsam Range website reports Melton’s weekend surgery was a success (via Bluegrass Today): Buddy’s surgery today (about 10 hours) was completed with great success complete. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! We[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 1 comment Asheville Music

Jack White to play the Orange Peel in May; Alabama Shakes to open; tix on sale Friday

Will be an awesome show, for sure. Here’s the announcement from the Orange Peel. We are proud to announce that Jack White will be bringing his solo tour to Ashevilleon Saturday May 19th. The tour is in support of his first solo album, Blunderbuss, which is scheduled for release April 23rd & 24th across the US. The tour kicked off in March[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Asheville Earth Day Festival announces line-up: Mark Farina Mushroom Jazz, New Orleans Suspects, The Fritz, Floodwood, Underhill Rose

Press release here: The 5th annual Asheville Earth Day Festival is proud to announce the live music lineup for their Saturday, April 21st event. Mark Farina Mushroom Jazz and the New Orleans Suspects headline the one-day Lexington Avenue celebration. National and regional performers including Floodwood (members of moe.), The Fritz, Underhill Rose and a performance from the LEAF In Schools and Streets performers round out the day. The FREE family friendly Asheville Earth Day Festival will not only offer[Read More…]

by March 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Cow kicks Balsam Range vocalist/fiddler in the head; Buddy Melton recovering at Asheville hospital

I first heard this news about the injury to Buddy Melton of the popular bluegrass band Balsam Range this morning on WNCW, then found this update at Bluegrass Today. Hoping for the best for Buddy: Buddy Melton, fiddler and tenor vocalist with Balsam Range, was injured earlier today when he was kicked in the face while loading cattle. At this point,[Read More…]

by March 13, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Dehlia Low, one of Asheville’s best bluegrass bands, announces touring break

From Dehlia Low’s page on fb: We’re writing to let you know that as 2011 was our busiest touring season so far, we’ve decided to slow down a bit. With that in mind, we’re going to take a touring hiatus at least through most of 2012. A few of us- excitedly- will be welcoming new editions into our families this[Read More…]

by February 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

First ever Asheville Improvisational Music Festival set to kick off Thursday

Press release here: On February 16th – 18th, 2012, the Magnetic Field on Depot Street will host the first annual Asheville Improvisational Music Festival (AIM) featuring some of Western North Carolina’s finest experimental musicians. The series will take place over three evenings and is a celebration of the exciting and experimental improvisational music being created in Asheville. Festival organizer and[Read More…]

by February 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Taj Mahal to headline spring 2012 LEAF

Playing catch-up. Here’s the info: The Lake Eden Arts Festival will hold its spring edition May 10-13 in Black Mountain. Blues music legend Taj Mahal headlines, with Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Preservation Hall Jazz Band (pictured above). Other artists include Corey Harris & the Rasta Blues Experience, David Bromberg, the Red City Ramblers, and King Britt presents Sister[Read More…]

by February 13, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Hooping to help LEAF

Press release here from the Lake Eden Arts Festival: Twisting & grooving to shake OFF those winter blues! Join LEAFers and support the 1st ANNUAL HOOPERS BALL produced by Asheville Hoops! Kids Hooping events from 6-7pm, Raffle, Costume Contest, Hoopdance Performances, Hoop Demos, & LED Showcase. Tickets are $15 at the door (includes 5 raffle tix). $5 for Youth under[Read More…]

by February 13, 2012 0 comments Asheville benefits, Asheville Music
Andrew J. Fletcher offers up piano accompaniment to Chaplin film

Andrew J. Fletcher offers up piano accompaniment to Chaplin film

Sounds awesome. From loyal reader Andrew: Hey Jason, I’m doing another silent film night. The first one was a huge success and people have – dare I say – been clamoring for another one. Here’s the facebook event. I’m attaching the poster I designed, and for a blurb you can take the event info from the Facebook event. Cheers, Andrew

by February 3, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Music line-up for spring 2012 edition of Lake Eden Arts Festival to be announced Friday

Here’s the note from loyal reader Billy Jack: Hey, Jason! To quickly introduce myself, my name is Billy Jack Sinkovic, and I’m the Performing Arts Director for LEAF | Lake Eden Arts Festival. So, a quick heads-up. This Friday, We are announcing the SPRING LEAF 2012 PERFORMING ARTISTS LINEUP [which is so exciting, it gets Caps, Bold, Italics, AND Underline.][Read More…]

69 Love Songs back at Grey Eagle on Feb. 11

69 Love Songs back at Grey Eagle on Feb. 11

Press release here from loyal reader Chall: In 2009 the Grey Eagle was the definite destination of choice for Valentine’s weekend. Icy roads and sub-freezing temperatures did nothing to quell the excited couples and music lovers who crowded into the sold-out Grey Eagle for an epic night of love songs–69 of them in fact. The Magnetic Fields’ landmark release 69[Read More…]

by January 30, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Mountain Xpress: Feist to play Asheville in May

Mountain Xpress tweets that Feist will play a concert date in Asheville in May. May 2, I believe, is the date the alt weekly reports, though I can’t find any independent confirmation of that. If so, the Feist appearance would certainly rank as the concert of the year so far. Feist’s latest record, Metals, was released in October to excellent[Read More…]

by January 30, 2012 1 comment Asheville Music

Celebrate Valentine’s Day w/ Underhill Rose

A lovely event. Press release: Underhill Rose, Asheville’s harmonious trio with a knack for melding Americana, R&B, bluegrass, soul and roots music into their charming “Heartfelt Country Soul” sound, invite you to MoDaddy’s for Valentine’s Day. The unique dining experience is slated for Tuesday, February 14th at 7:00pm, with the ladies of Underhill Rose taking the stage at 8:30pm. “We[Read More…]

Johnny Sexx @ the LAB

Check out Johnny Sexx at the LAB:

by January 27, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

‘Macabre. Strange. Beautiful’: Asheville’s premiere drawing club, the Newsworthy Drawing Club, debuts fourth annual hardbound illustrated book

Here’s the press release from the lovely and loyal reader Brooke. This is one of the coolest creative ongoing endeavors in Ashvegas. The show is coming down at Harvest, but you can find the Newsworthy work on etsy here: The Newsworthy Drawing Club has debuted their fourth annual hand-bound and illustrated book, Newsworthy. These limited edition books are composed of[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 1 comment Asheville arts, Asheville News

The Click! Project shows off amazing photography of area shutterbugs

The Click! Project is the work of 14 area photographers who want to really show off the work of professional photographers. Here’s the lovely note from loyal reader Sarah: Hi Jason, I’m a big fan of the Ashvegas blog, such a great resource for Asheville lovers! I wanted to let you know about The CLICK! Project.  It is comprised of 14[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 1 comment Asheville arts, Asheville News

Asheville’s Urban Arts Institute looking to raise $$$ to match $10,000 donation for new space

The Urban Arts Institute of Asheville is an awesome community resource. The group is asking for the community’s help after it lost its rehearsal space. The UAI is trying to raise $10,000 through an indiegogo campaign here. More: Asheville community leader Michael Hayes is the founder and creative director of the Urban Arts Institute, a free youth program offering dance,[Read More…]

by January 19, 2012 1 comment Asheville arts, Asheville News

Pecha Kucha, art and design event, coming to River Arts District

Here’s the press release: Please join us for our 5th installment of PKN – Asheville. As you may already know, PKN is a great event which focuses on Art and Design, featuring local designers and artist who are bold enough to share what inspires them through a short slide show. It is a global design forum with a local event[Read More…]

by January 18, 2012 0 comments Asheville arts

Word on the street: Asheville Dance-A-Thon postponed

I heard yesterday that the Asheville Dance-A-Ton, scheduled for Feb. 4, has been postponed. The inaugural event was to be a fundraiser for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Can anyone confirm?

Warren Wilson College faculty musicians to perform in Kyrgyzstan as members of the Red State Ramblers

From loyal reader Ben: Two Warren Wilson College professors, Dr. Kevin Kehrberg (Department of Music) and Dr. Jeffrey A. Keith (Department of Global Studies), are preparing for a two-week State Department tour of Kyrgyzstan as members of the Red State Ramblers, an Appalachian string band. Formerly a part of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan is celebrating[Read More…]

by January 18, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Rolling Stone: Avett Brothers prepare to release new album, with tunes recorded in Asheville

Rolling Stone reports that the Avett Brothers “get aggressive” on the new Rick Rubin-produced record. More: The folk-rock crew recorded more than 20 tunes in Asheville, North Carolina, last year for the follow-up to 2009’s breakthrough album, I and Love and You, once again working with producer Rick Rubin. “Before the last album, the demos were the album,” says Avett.[Read More…]

by January 10, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

AHA AVL: Kovacs and the Polar Bear

AHA AVL is Asheville’s coolest concert series, held in the sound lab of Moog Music near downtown Asheville. It’s Moog’s way of highlighting Asheville’s wonderfully vibrant music scene. The event is invitation only, but exploreasheville.com is giving away tix. Here’s the video from the last show, featuring Kovacs and the Polar Bear. Next up is The Critters.

by January 10, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Diana Ross to play Harrah’s

Legend Diana Ross is coming to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Check it out: WHO: In a remarkable career spanning over 40 years, Diana Ross has proven herself the consummate music artist as well as one of the most iconic female singers of all time. Beginning in the 60s as lead singer of the world renowned singing group, The Supremes, and as[Read More…]

by January 9, 2012 1 comment Asheville Music

The Foreign Orange seeks funding for debut album, film project just outside Asheville

Here are the details about The Foreign Orange project, an Asheville art collective that wants to record an album and shoot a film of the process. More about The Foreign Orange on Kickstarter: The Foreign Orange is independently recording it’s debut album at a studio set up in a cabin outside of Asheville, NC. While this process is happening, a[Read More…]

by January 9, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music