Asheville arts

New CD, single and video from Asheville’s Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

New CD, single and video from Asheville’s Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

The “kid-hop” artist (with a lot of grown-up fans) released a new album last month after a successful funding run on Kickstarter. “Make Believers” is the new CD, and here’s the video for “Gotta Be You,” the first single.

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Traveling exhibition of wood engraving celebrates opening at Asheville Bookworks on Wednesday

Press release here: Wood Engravers’ Network Wood Engraving Exhibition 2012 is the first juried relief print exhibition sponsored by the Wood Engravers’ Network. The traveling exhibit features 60 prints and 3 artist books by 33 relief engraving artists from the United States, Canada, Russia and the United Kingdom. This is an opportunity to see works by international and internationally renowned[Read More…]

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Asheville arts
“Watercolor photos” of Asheville by ace photographer zen Sutherland

“Watercolor photos” of Asheville by ace photographer zen Sutherland

Shared with permission. “Seen at The Walk during brunch: just a very pretty human being.” “Dustin Spagnola himself contemplates his work so far of Thich Quang Duc at the RAD warehouses. I can hardly express the fierce tenacity that he and Ishmael have in putting up their art there – On it every day and standing back and adjusting, composing, creating.[Read More…]

Asheville musician Michael Libramento joins Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, appears in video for new single, “Never Go Back”

Asheville musician Michael Libramento joins Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, appears in video for new single, “Never Go Back”

According to Stephanie Morgan of stephaniesid, Asheville musician Michael Libramento, who’s played locally with stephaniesid, Floating Action and Jar-E, has joined Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Check Libramento out above in the video to “Never Go Back,” the first single from the new Grace Potter release due June 12. Michael Libramento bio from the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts[Read More…]

by June 4, 2012 2 comments Asheville Music

Goodbye, Doc. Enjoy those uncloudy days

Here are a few photos I shot of Doc Watson over the years of attending Merlefest. The Saturday morning show Doc did every year at the festival was always the best, in my mind. More intimate. More of a feeling of Doc taking you to church with his music. The beauty of his music on those mornings made me cry.[Read More…]

by May 30, 2012 3 comments Asheville Music
Get on the (LaZoom) bus with Americana performer Baby Gramps June 10

Get on the (LaZoom) bus with Americana performer Baby Gramps June 10

Members of Asheville’s The Mad Tea bring an interesting act to town: Blues/freak folk singer Baby Gramps plays Jack of the Wood on June 12, and makes a special appearance on the big purple bus on June 10. The JotW show is 9 p.m. $5, openers The Mad Tea. LaZoom bus shows are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday[Read More…]

by May 29, 2012 2 comments Asheville Music

Bluegrass Today: Doc Watson hospitalized after fall

Folk music legend Doc Watson, 89, has been hospitalized, according to Bluegrass Today. More: According to two close friends of Watson’s, Doc fell on Monday and was taken to a regional hospital near his home. After taking a turn for the worse, he was airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where he is being treated for what may be a[Read More…]

by May 24, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

Happy Birthday! Google honors Bob Moog with doodle that’s playable, recordable synthesizer

Google is honoring Asheville’s Bob Moog in an amazing way – with a doodle on its website that is a playable, recordable synthesizer. The doodle will go up Wednesday, which would have been Moog’s 78th birthday. From In celebration of Robert Moog’s 78th birthday, Google has created an epic Google Doodle to honor the electronic music pioneer. The Doodle,[Read More…]

RiverMUSIC, new music series in Asheville’s River Arts District announced: The Krektones, Mad Tea Party, Sanctum Sully, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, much more

The 2012 RiverMUSIC lineup.

by May 22, 2012 11 comments Asheville Music

Bele Chere 2012 music line-up announced: Balsam Range, Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Kovacs & The Polar Bear, The Critters, Larry Keel, much more

The music line-up has been announced for the 2012 version of Asheville’s Bele Chere music festival. The Citizen-Times has a story here. It is definitely a step up from the past couple of years, imho. What do you think? • ArtOfficial • Aunt Martha • Balsam Range • Blackberry Smoke • BoomBox • Boys in the Well • Brandi Carlile[Read More…]

by May 22, 2012 4 comments Asheville Music
Decentralized Dance Party arrives in Asheville on Tuesday

Decentralized Dance Party arrives in Asheville on Tuesday

Looks like one great party. Here’s more on the Decentralized Dance Party: The Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) is a portable, battery-powered Party System. It consists of hundreds of Party people, carrying boomboxes, and a DJ who wears a backpack, containing an FM transmitter. All the boomboxes are tuned into the DJ’s master FM broadcast, resulting in a mobile, synchronized sound[Read More…]

by May 18, 2012 1 comment Asheville Music

‘The McEuen Sessions’ to star Nitty Gritty Dirt Band star John McEuen and sons at Asheville Music Hall

Press release here: Asheville Music Hall 31 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28802 21+ // $15adv $17d.o.s. // 7pm A very special Mother’s Day performance by John McEuen, the string Wizard from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and his sons at Asheville Music Hall 7pm on Sunday May 13th. Celebrating the release of their first album together, “The McEuen Sessions” while[Read More…]

by March 26, 2012 1 comment Asheville Music

Review: Justin Townes Earle album recorded in Asheville is ‘brilliant’

From Something Else!, which calls the album brilliant. Here’s a tidbit: Credit Justin Townes Earle for refusing to stick with the tried and true, even after his critically acclaimed 2010 release Harlem River Blues shot to No. 50 on the Billboard charts and earned a song of the year award at last year’s Americana Music Awards. Instead of sticking with[Read More…]

by March 25, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music

A ticket-buying tale of frenzy and frustation for Jack White show in Asheville

Tickets to the Jack White and Alabama Shakes concert at The Orange Peel in May went on sale at Friday at 1 p.m. What ensued was simply a ticket-buying frenzy, with 10,000 people vying for 1,000 tickets. At about 1:30, the Peel announced tickets were officially sold out. The unlucky ones vented their frustration online. Here’s a quick look at[Read More…]

by March 23, 2012 9 comments Asheville Music

Asheville arts council director: Artists are a cultural and economic asset, and community must come in comprehensive way to support them

Kitty Love, the director of the Asheville Area Arts Council, has been preaching this line for years. Now she’s in a real position to make things happen. She’s making a big push for local players to attend this year’s Creative Sector Summit. At that March 29 event, she’ll announce where she’s taking the arts council, and how she plans to[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 5 comments Asheville arts

Oxford American list of ‘new superstars of Southern art’ includes several Asheville artists

Oxford American’s list of “new superstars of Southern art” includes several Asheville artists. Here’s who was included: -Larkin Ford, described as someone who “can draw anything with a beautiful authority that cannot be taught.” -Kreh Mellick, described as an artist who “balances delicately rendered pen-and-ink figures with crisp, bold strokes of red gouache, all set in a landscape void of[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 2 comments 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