Ashvegas weekend, Sept. 14-16: Brewgrass, Kathy Mattea, RiverMUSIC, Tangerine Ball and more…

Jason Sandford

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

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Hello fall!




  • September 7, 2012 – October 28, 2012
  • Location: Eliada Home
  • Address: 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Location: Eliada Home
  • Address: 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Times: 4-9 on Fridays, 10-9 on Saturdays, and 11-8 on SundaysAdmission: $9 for adults 12 and over and $6 for children ages 4-11
WNC’s largest corn maze, offering three mazes and over four miles of trails! The location is situated on a beautiful and scenic valley with acres of fields for children to safely run. We have covered picnic areas, indoor restrooms, barbeque concessions, and free parking. In addition to the corn maze, the ticket price includes: Haybale Maze Giant Tube Slides Giant Sandbox Filled with Corn Kernels Cow Train Hayrides in our Pumpkin Wagon Corn Cannons Spider Web Climb Storybook Trail…

Buckminster FullerR. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe
12 Sep 2012 – 7 Oct 2012
at North Carolina Stage Company in downtown Asheville. “Dare to be naïve.” Engineer, poet, environmentalist, philosopher, inventor of the geodesic dome and a hell of a public speaker, Buckminster Fuller was a 20th Century Renaissance man. This utterly compelling and exhilarating play is part autobiography, part TED talk. Tickets are $16 and up, but there is a Pay-What-You-Can Night Wednesday September 12th. Performances Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm. Read more or get tickets at or call (828) 239-0263.

BWAR Mega-Adoption Weekend:
SA (9/15) & SU (9/16), 11am-5pm – Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will present its Fall Mega-Adoption Weekend at PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvd., featuring more than 100 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. Reduced adoption fees and $20 microchipping available. Info:

Southern Green Living Expo – September 14-16, 2012

US Cellular Center (formerly know as the Civic Center)
87 Haywood Street
Downtown Asheville, NC 28801
Friday, 9-14 : 11:00 am – 6:00 p.m
Saturday, 9-15 : 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 9-16 : 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Southern Green Living Expo is an annual event showcasing the Southern region’s opportunities, knowledge and success in sustainable economics and conservative environmental stewardship. The Expo will feature products and services to:

• Enhance our quality of life
• Support local economies
• Improve our infrastructure
• Develop clean regional energy
• Grow local agriculture
• Inspire creative endeavors
• Promote the conservative use of our natural capital including our water, air and land for future generations

Fairy Gardens:
FR (9/14), 10:30am & SA (9/15), 11am – A workshop on fairy gardens (outdoor terrariums without glass walls) will be offered at BB Barns, 3377 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden. Free. Info:


  • September 7, 2012 – September 16, 2012
  • Location: WNC Agricultural Center
  • Address: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
  • Venue:  WNC Agricultural Center
 The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make this region great. Their mission is to create unique experiences at an exceptional value in a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.



 Grammy-winning Kathy Mattea opens the new season with a musical journey exploring our human essence through timeless melodies and uplifting narratives. Be taken along on her brand new project, a collection of songs exploring Appalachia – as a wild and beautiful mountain land, a genre of distinctly American music, and for many, the deep roots of family.


  • September 14, 2012
  • Location: River Arts District Green
  • Address: 144 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28801

September 14th music lineup: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band with The Fritz. RiverLink and New Belgium Brewing present RiverMUSIC, a summer concert series in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina. In our continuing efforts to bring folks to the French Broad River to enjoy its splendor, RiverLink has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing Company and Heira Productions to offer the community great live music from a variety of genres and a blend of local and national artists.

Comedian Stewart Huff at Elaine’s Piano Bar, Fri., Sept 14, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Disclaimer Comedy is proud to present comedian Stewart Huff at Elaine’s Piano Bar inside the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, at 8 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 14, 2012. There is no cover for this weekly comedy event which is followed by a dueling piano show at 9:30 p.m.

“Stewart is one of the best comics working today. [He] may be one of the best comedy writers America has seen since Woody Allen. He is able to pull comedy from subjects that shouldn’t be able to illicit anymore jokes. In his current act, he has a 15 minute joke about a kid taking a penguin from the zoo. Can any of the readers out there make even one joke about that?”    — Darrin Hensley ,the Examiner

Jack of the Wood: Twilight Broadcasters and Brushfire Stankgrass


5pm FREE (Donations Encouraged)

The Twilite Broadcasters are the missing link between vintage country, old time & early bluegrass. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the band creates traditional American music directly inspired by the likes of the Louvin Brothers and Bill Monroe. Close brother harmonies and deft switching between mandolin, fiddle, and guitar draw the listener backwards in time. Originally a duo, Adam Tanner (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Mark Jackson (guitar and vocals) have added the bass stylings of Chuck Shreve to the mix, livening up an already fiery live show.


9pm $5

Mixing analog effects with bluegrass backbeats, the music of Brushfire Stankgrass is instantly unique. The band’s debut album, “One for the Salamanders,” reached #2 on the Relix and airplay charts in 2011, remaining in the top 5 for two months. The album also was voted as one of the top 100 albums of 2010 by WNCW listeners and was a top ten regional release of the year. “One for the Salamanders” is currently available from all major online music stores. A track from their 2011 Studio B performance was recently picked for WNCW’s famed “Crowd Around the Mic” compilation series for 2011/2012. This Stankgrass sound has been called “quintessential modern mountain music,” and “raging bluegrass…seamlessly meshed into some good dancing music.” The band has indeed become a regional and local favorite on the Asheville, North Carolina music scene. The past year included several notable shows, including: Headlining downtown Asheville’s 4th of July Celebration, Bele Chere, Durham World Beer Festival, Shakori Hills, Asheville Winter Warmer Festival, French Broad River Festival, The Getdown Festival, and stops at several other notable venues throughout the southeast. Brushfire looks forward to an exciting year ahead, with more festival stops and their second album underway.



  • September 15, 2012
  • Location: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
  • Address: US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
  • Address: US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Times: 8:00pm
  • Admission: $20 – $58
  • Phone: 828-254-7046
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The new season opens with wild extremes – passion, obsession, and beauty juxtaposed against a kaleidoscopic sonic landscape. We begin with Falla’s colorful Ritual Fire Dance from his ballet El Amor Brujo. With its churning rhythms and authentic Spanish flavor, this music pulsates with abandon. International star violinist Chee Yun will grace our stage performing Glazunov’s Violin Concerto

Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon/5K
15 Sep 2012

One of the Southeast’s most scenic and challenging runs, voted as “one of the top best half marathons in the Southeast” by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. Come for the run and then take some time to enjoy the many pleasures of Asheville and Western North Carolina. Our event offers…
* A challenging half marathon route that navigates through the heart of downtown Asheville; through scenic and friendly neighborhoods with incredible skyline views, and around picturesque Beaver Lake. Run to the beat of music on the course, 12 aid stations, and tremendous support from local residents.
* A walker-friendly 5K course through historic downtown Asheville
* Highland Brewing beer and healthy snacks from EarthFare after the race
* An unparalleled race destination weekend in Asheville. After the race, take some time to enjoy world-class local food and dining, shopping, a nationally recognized music scene, spectacular wine and craft beers, thriving arts and crafts, plus golf and outdoor adventures, the Biltmore House and much more.

Distances: Half Marathon & 5K
Location: Downtown Asheville, NC
Event details and registration information:

The Magnetic Theatre presents…
MILF: The Musical Opening Night Gala 
A Family-Friendly Tale of Inappropriate Love
Book & Lyrics by Luica Del Vecchio, Music by Holiday Childress
Directed by Steven Samuels
Thursdays-Saturdays Sept 13th-Oct 13th @ 7:30pm
Known for her razor-sharp wit and acute sense of middle-class American suburbia, Lucia Del Vecchio (familiar to local audiences as the author of the hits Shangri-La and The Evolution of Woman) has made an exciting foray into new theatrical territory with The Magnetic Theatre’s first musical.

Despite the implications of its title, MILF is a family-friendly musical, that is a gentle send-up of suburbia’s cookie-cutter houses and the folks who live in them. Brilliantly written and handsomely staged, MILF: The Musical promises to be the must see event of WNC’s fall theatre season.
Join us for this special Opening Night Gala, with dessert and champagne following the performance!

For more information visit:

Talk Like a Pirate Day:
SA (9/15), 10:30am – Talk Like a Pirate Day will feature sea chanties, pirate games and more. Hosted by The Crafty Historian at the Smith-McDowell House Museum on the campus of A-B Tech. Ages 7 and up. $3. Info and registration: [email protected] or 253-9231

The Tangerine Ball:
SA (9/15), 9pm-1am – The Tangerine Ball, to benefit Asheville Area Arts Council, will feature four parties to celebrate Asheville’s Art Deco traditions. Venues include 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Hotel Indigo, French Broad Chocolate Factory and Tasting Room and the Orange Peel. $30-$100. Info:



(As usual, Brewgrass is sold out. Try Craigslist or sellers at the gates for 2012 tix.)

 Each year in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, we gather over 40 American breweries to showcase more than 120 different beers. We add a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians that, in the past, has included such notables as Cadillac Sky, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous String Dusters, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Norman Blake, Tony Trischka, Jim Lauderdale, Valerie Smith, Tony Furtado, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Sons Of Ralph. We also feature a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water.  Put all these things together and you have the ingredients for the perfect beer day.

Curated coffee pop-up from Waking Life at Urban Outfitters

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$3.50 brewed Mora Mora by the cup, whole beans for $18.50.

Asheville FM Open House and Three-Year Anniversary Party

From Noon to 6:00pm on Saturday, September 15, AshevilleFM and their neighbor–David Kula–are holding an open house at their location over on 864 Haywood Road with plenty of music, a great BBQ, and giveaways, too!


Unchained Tour featuring author Neil Gaiman
Confirmed storytellers for Asheville include Gaiman, Savannah-born playwright Edgar Oliver, and Peter Aguero, a multi-talented artist currently hosting The Moth and leading NYC’s improvised storytelling rock band, The BTK Band.
7 p.m.
Diana Wortham Theatre

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. VisitWVL September 13, 2012

    Sixth Annual Art in Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival is Saturday in Weaverville. 100+ artists on Main Street from 10a-5p. Admission is free.


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