Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Some of what’s going around this Friday morning:

-Tickets go on sale Friday for Bob Dylan in concert on Nov. 12 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, according to a U.S. Cellular Center tweet. Here’s Dylan’s fall tour schedule via JamBase.

-There was a hearing this morning in U.S. District Court in the lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Senate Bill 2, which allows magistrates who do not believe in marriage equality to renounce their judicial oath. The hearing before Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. focused on two procedural matters in Ansley v. Warren.

-The Bob Moog Foundation has announced a raffle for a vintage Memorymoog synthesizer. This historic instrument, originally produced from 1982-1985, has been highly sought after by musicians and collectors worldwide, according to a press release. More:

The raffle, which is open internationally, closes at midnight on September 6, 2016 or when all 4,000 tickets are sold, whichever comes first. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Foundation’s educational and historic preservation initiatives. Tickets to enter the raffle are $25 each, or 5 for $100 and can be purchased through the Foundation’s website.
The Memorymoog being offered, serial number 2626, was built at Moog Music’s Cheektowaga, NY factory and is valued in excess of $6,500. It is in excellent technical condition and has been meticulously serviced by respected vintage synth specialists Tone Tweakers, Inc.

Chiron Publications, a publisher that is headquartered in Asheville, just published a book titled A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump, and there’s a reading scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Firestorm Cafe & Books on Haywood Road.  Some of the chapters address the effect of a nation falling into relationship someone with narcissistic traits, according to a press release.

-Asheville Outlets has three new store announcements. Francesca’s boutique opened in June. Offering a mix of carefully-curated clothing, accessories and gift items for all occasions, the brand prides itself on fashion-forward apparel and accessories at affordable prices, according to a press release. Also, As Seen on TV, which features products and inventions straight from the latest television commercials, has opened, as has Bath Fitter, which offers homeowners and commercial customers a product line that includes everything from acrylic bathtubs and shower liners to free standing bathtub and shower bases.

-A couple of interesting tidbits from the Venture Asheville newsletter:

First, Gaia Herbs has raised more than $20 million in a venture capital deal, reports ExitEvent.

And New Belgium Brewing is moving beyond beer brewing and into hard cider, an industry that’s seen high growth, reports the Beer Street Journal.

-The Minority Enterprise Development Committee of Western North Carolina has announced the schedule of activities for MEDWeek 2016, from Monday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 30. More:

This annual week of events, begun in 1982 under President Reagan as a national initiative, recognizes “the achievements of minority businesses” and honors “those corporations and financial institutions that support minority business development.” The week of events in Western North Carolina, started in 1983, always consists of workshops/panels for local small businesses and culminates in a dinner and ceremony, where there are awards announced in such categories as Best Emerging and Best Existing Minority Business of the Year. This year’s offerings include some special events aimed at helping some individual minority-owned businesses to gain targeted help.
Nominate a minority-owned business for an award! Candidates are nominated by the wider community of entrepreneurs, service providers, and citizens, or business owners can nominate themselves! To nominate a minority-owned business, fill out the application form (available in English and Spanish) for an Emerging or Existing Business on the MEDWeek website ( and submit it to: MEDWeek Committee of WNC, Inc. c/o Business Award Selection Committee P. O. Box 1744, Asheville, NC 28802 or email it to: [email protected]. The deadline for application submissions is August 12th!


Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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