The Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, which has hosted The Montford Park Players acting company for decades, is now home to a new concert series with a show set for Oct. 23.
The Montford Park Players have teamed up with Plugged-In Productions to showcase live music at the amphitheater located in Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood.
There’s just one concert scheduled for this year. It is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, and will feature The Nude Party, as well as Kitty Tsunami and Self-Help. More concerts are set for 2020 starting in the spring. Part of the proceeds from all events will benefit the Montford Park Players mission to make theater available and affordable for all. The money will also support planned renovations and capital upgrades to the venue, according to John Russell, executive director of the Players.
Jackson Whitfield and Kyle Davies, the Plugged-In Productions business partners, attended Montford Park Players productions over the past few years and saw potential in the amphitheater as a great setting for intimate, live music experiences. “There truly is nothing else like it in town,” Whitfield says.
The events bring together two solid organizations. The Montford Park Players are billed as North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare Theatre Company, while the Plugged-In Productions team of music industry professionals and advisers have years of experiencing producing concerts places like Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, N.C., and the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival in Martinsville, Va.
The Nude Party were formed at Appalachian State in 2012. They’ve got a stripped-down rock ‘n roll sound. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance. Tickets will cost $13 at the door. Blankets and chairs are welcome, but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, along with food for sale from the Gypsy Queen food truck.