Here’s more of what’s poppin’:

-Janet Moore returns: Janet Moore, a former longtime marketing executive at Mission Health, got caught up some bitter back-and-forth between Mission and Park Ridge Hospital, which led to Moore’s departure from Mission. Now she’s back. From Moore:

I now have my own little free lance writing company (Words & Moore). I’m working with a couple of local clients and just wanted to let you know that I’ll be sending you information about their doings. One is the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association or AIR. The second is a group of five galleries in downtown Asheville — Bender Gallery, Artetude, Blue Spiral 1, Mountain Made and Gallery Asheville.

-Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, anyone? Lots of folks are anxiously awaiting word of this year’s line-up for the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with two full days of jamming. The line-up is always a closely held secret. It will be officially announced on Oct. 7. Stay tuned. More about this year’s Christmas Jam here.

-Solar alert: Here’s an interesting email I received regarding the Solarize Asheville project. Email is from Solarize Asheville Project Director Katie Bray:

It has come to our attention that a company out of Raleigh called Baker Renewables has put up a website using the name “Solarize-NC.” They have also canvassed at least one of the Solarize Asheville pilot neighborhoods with flyers soliciting business through a tiered pricing structure that closely resembles ours and may confuse people. Their for-profit venture is not associated with our local non-profit project.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Baker Renewables is not associated with the non-profit Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute’s project, Solarize Asheville. While they did submit a proposal to the Solarize Asheville team during our competitive bidding process, they were not chosen as our contractor.

Please alert all your neighborhood contacts, newsgroups, Facebook friends, etc., that Solarize Asheville is the only authentic, local, non-profit solar cooperative project endorsed by the City of Asheville and the Department of Energy. Our contractor is Sundance Power Systems, a local company with a sterling reputation and unsurpassed level of ethics.

-Genius: Steve Cohen of Asheville manages several musicians, including recent MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner Vijay Iyer. Cohen has been saying Iyer is incredible for a long time. More about Vijay from the foundation:

Vijay Iyer is a pianist, composer, bandleader, electronic musician, and writer forging a new conception of jazz and American creative music through an eclectic oeuvre that includes compositions for his own and other ensembles, collaborations across multiple genres and disciplines, and scholarly research on the act of listening. An ardent investigator of musical communities, practices, histories, and theories, he mines core rhythmic, melodic, and structural elements from a wide range of sources to construct richly varied, improvisation-driven solo and ensemble music.

Iyer’s compositions for jazz quartet on his album Reimagining (2005) feature elaborate melodic constructions and intricate rhythmic techniques influenced by South Indian classical music, West African drumming, contemporary European composers, and twentieth-century African American piano masters. On Historicity (2009) and Accelerando (2012), he imaginatively rearranges works by Stevie Wonder, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Michael Jackson, M.I.A., and others, developing new rhythms, textures, and strategies for the piano trio.



  1. I thought what led to Janet Moore’s departure was her many disparaging remarks about the people of WNC? Why would you want that person crafting the messaging for your business?

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