Articles by: Lurphy DePalma

New Rising Appalachia song and video: I’ll Fly Away

New Rising Appalachia song and video: I’ll Fly Away

Asheville favorites and former Ashevilleans Rising Appalachia have released a video of their gorgeous, live-in-the-studio rendition of “I’ll Fly Away.” Recorded here in Asheville at Echo Mountain Recording Studios. “Part Appalachia, part New Orleans, part us.” Enjoy.

by June 12, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music
Asheville Father’s Fest is Saturday

Asheville Father’s Fest is Saturday

Asheville Father’s Fest Saturday June 16, 12 – p.m. $20 per family in advance, $25 at the door Highland Brewery, 12 Old Charlotte Highway Asheville Father’s Day Festival is an interactive experience that honors the relationship between Dad and the Kids. The Days events include two stages of music and performances, food demonstrations, games, man cave, make up area, baloon artist,[Read More…]

by June 12, 2012 0 comments Asheville events
Jam in the Van mobile recording studio at the Bywater today, Tuesday with Aaron Wood, The Honeycutters and more

Jam in the Van mobile recording studio at the Bywater today, Tuesday with Aaron Wood, The Honeycutters and more

Recording sessions are open to the public and Jam in the Van encourages fans “to check out these great musicians” recording live in the Jam Van. Scheduled to record are E. Normus Trio, Kellin Watson, The Honeycutters, Velvet Truckstop and Aaron “Woody” Wood. From Erin at Dreamspider Publicity: Welcoming the folks with Jam In the Van to Asheville!! They’ve turned a Winnebago into[Read More…]

Asheville musician Ben Lovett takes home Madrid International Film Festival prize

Asheville musician Ben Lovett takes home Madrid International Film Festival prize

The Asheville singwer-songriter behind music, several impressively produced videos and a new experimental short film takes home a prize in Madrid: Best Soundtrack, for his short film Ghosts of Old Highways. This is just the most recent award for Ben Lovett and his movie, which have both also won 2012 awards at film festivals in Denver, Memphis, Charleston and Atlanta.[Read More…]

Memorial to young woman who died in motorcyle wreck Friday on Haywood Road

Memorial to young woman who died in motorcyle wreck Friday on Haywood Road

Roadside memorial for Mariah Lance, 18.

by June 11, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Project Real Asheville: What secret nooks, crannies and stories do you want to share that makes Asheville, Asheville?

Project Real Asheville: What secret nooks, crannies and stories do you want to share that makes Asheville, Asheville?

On Reddit, someone is sharing his or her favorite best-kept secrets and hidden fun in Asheville, and asking others to do the same: I made a flippant suggestion that the real Asheville was a guy noodle dancing at a Belle Chere jam band show. I apologize and to make up for this narrow vision of Asheville, here are three secrets:[Read More…]

by June 11, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville gets a comics convention this October

Asheville gets a comics convention this October

First Fanaticon (R.I.P.), then Geekout. Now it seems Asheville is getting another chance for a comics convention: Asheville Comics Expo (ACE), with East Asheville comics shop Comic Envy as a sponsor. Facebook page Website Dates and more details as they become available.

by June 11, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville Distilling Company and Troy & Sons moonshine on CBS This Morning

Asheville Distilling Company and Troy & Sons moonshine on CBS This Morning

From a segment that aired Thursday at 6:40 a.m.: Mom gives moonshine a classy makeover, the story behind Troy Ball and her small-batch, craft moonshine made in Asheville. Troy and Sons is the brand for white whiskey produced by Asheville Distilling Company–a small-batch distillery making legal moonshine from an heirloom variety of North Carolina corn that dates back to the[Read More…]

Pictures of Asheville: Didgeridoo outside Asheville Art Museum

Pictures of Asheville: Didgeridoo outside Asheville Art Museum

Photo by Gordon Smith.

by June 9, 2012 0 comments Pictures of Asheville
Great bear photo from Haw Creek neighborhood

Great bear photo from Haw Creek neighborhood

“Bears tend to be timid but it did pull me up short when I came upon this guy as I walked down my driveway…” Photo by Rick Fornoff.

by June 8, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
One dead in this morning’s minivan-motorcycle accident on Haywood Rd.

One dead in this morning’s minivan-motorcycle accident on Haywood Rd.

Reports are still coming in. Haywood Rd. was closed for investigation from Battlecat east according to the most recent report. From Mountain Xpress this morning: According to people on the scene, there was a young male and female riding a motorcycle involved in an accident on Haywood Road. The male was taken by ambulance immediately; the female was worked on[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 3 comments Asheville News
Hotel protest planned for Saturday at St. Lawrence

Hotel protest planned for Saturday at St. Lawrence

PARC, a politically liberal downtown Asheville PAC, plans a protest of the sale of public land to the McKibbon Hotel Group to build a hotel across from the basilica. The protest is this Saturday at 11 a.m. From a PARC email: Let’s get it together! Let’s stage a picket at St. Lawrence Basilica to protest the possible sale of the[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
BID opinion roundup: Who opposes, who endorses

BID opinion roundup: Who opposes, who endorses

According to the Downtown Asheville Business Improvement District Formation Report produced by the City of Asheville, the BID is: …a self-imposed way for downtown business and property owners to fund enhanced services or improvement projects within the district, using revenues generated by an assessment on real and personal property valuations in the district. A district will build on the city’s long tradition[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas weekend: Events and happenings June 8-10

Ashvegas weekend: Events and happenings June 8-10

Your guide to weekend fun in Asheville. All weekend Asheville Percussion Festival  “Tradition to Innovation”: There will be concerts & workshops with master teachers- Jamey Haddad (Paul Simons percussionist), David Cossin (tours with Sting) and other local and regional teachers. Topics include performing, improvising and composing. Info: ashevillepercussionfestival.com Friday Live Letterpress Party: FR (6/8), 8-midnight – A live letterpress party[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 2 comments Asheville events
UNCA men’s basketball headed to San Juan for Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November

UNCA men’s basketball headed to San Juan for Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is an ESPN pre-season college basketball tournament happening in November  in San Juan. This year,  it’s Nov. 15-18. The 2012 tournament also includes NC State, Massachusetts, Akron, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Tennessee. From the Tip-Off website: The 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, an early-season men’s basketball tournament, has secured all eight teams in the field, including NCAA Championship invitees North Carolina State and UNC[Read More…]

by June 7, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Better Than College: Asheville author crowdfunds book for $9K, gets blurb from millionaire CD Baby founder

Better Than College: Asheville author crowdfunds book for $9K, gets blurb from millionaire CD Baby founder

Asheville’s Blake Boles, an advocate of “unschooling,” or seeking nontraditional means to education and success, has a book out tomorrow. Better Than College has attracted attention from CD Baby founder Derek Sivers, who provides the cover blurb, and NYT bestselling author Dan Pink (Drive), who also provides a blurb. And I don’t think Blake was kidding on Facebook when he[Read More…]

Mojo Co-working opening this fall at 60 N. Market St. in downtown Asheville

Mojo Co-working opening this fall at 60 N. Market St. in downtown Asheville

From the Mojo Coworking newsletter. Mojo is currently on Wall St. near Mayfel’s, but relocates this fall to a much larger, 4500-square-foot space downtown: We are extremely excited to announce that after an exhaustive search throughout downtown Asheville … Drum Roll Please … We finally sealed the deal on the perfect location for the new Mojo Coworking!  We’ll be opening[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Harvest Recordings teams with Jim James’ (My Morning Jacket) record label to co-release new record from Floating Action

Harvest Recordings teams with Jim James’ (My Morning Jacket) record label to co-release new record from Floating Action

On the heels of an Asheville musician joining Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, more big Asheville music news: Asheville band Floating Action, who’d previously attracted attention from major-label act Dr. Dog, scores big again. Harvest Recordings (the record label of Asheville’s indie record store, Harvest Records), together with Removador Recordings and Solutions (Jim James’ label), releases  Floating Action’s upcoming record “Fake[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 6 comments Asheville Music
Pictures of Asheville: Maxfield Parrish sunset

Pictures of Asheville: Maxfield Parrish sunset

Last night’s sunset during the transit of Venus. Instagram by @fotojennic/Jen Bowen.

by June 6, 2012 2 comments Pictures of Asheville
Harris Teeter on Hendersonville Road closing: 25-50% off frozen food, dairy, select meats

Harris Teeter on Hendersonville Road closing: 25-50% off frozen food, dairy, select meats

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: The Harris Teeter store on Hendersonville Road will close June 17 and reopen around July 1 as a Lowes Food store, part of an agreement between the two companies involving 16 grocery stores in the Carolinas. The South Asheville grocery store confirmed it is now offering discounts on food: case meats (hotdogs, etc.) are 25% off; dairy is[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Beauty Will Come: CD release day for Asheville bluegrass/Americana band, Red June

Beauty Will Come: CD release day for Asheville bluegrass/Americana band, Red June

Beauty Will Come is available on CD Baby and iTunes, as well as locally at Harvest Records, Karmasonics and Acoustic Corner. Listen here. From Facebook: Red June is an acoustic power trio from Asheville, NC, performing beautifully distilled Americana music that literally drips with soul. The Red June sound is as versatile and original as the musicians themselves; they touch[Read More…]

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music
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
Author of Pinterest for Dummies is Ashevillean Kelby Carr

Author of Pinterest for Dummies is Ashevillean Kelby Carr

Asheville writer, blogger and conference organizer Kelby Carr is the author of the how-to guide Pinterest for Dummies, published just last month. She appeared at BookExpo America in New York City today, signing copies of her new book. Carr is the organizer of the Type-A Parent Conference (formerly the Type-A Mom Conference), which recently moved from Asheville to Charlotte. That’s[Read More…]

by June 5, 2012 3 comments Asheville News
Transit of Venus across the Sun: Rare astronomical event, 6 p.m. daytime viewing today at the Asheville Chamber parking lot

Transit of Venus across the Sun: Rare astronomical event, 6 p.m. daytime viewing today at the Asheville Chamber parking lot

From the Astronomy Club of Asheville, a great family event: Come see this last-chance-in-your-lifetime event on Tuesday evening, June 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — the transit of the planet Venus across the disk of our Sun. If you miss this Venus transit, you’ll have to wait until the year 2117 for the next oppoutunity! Our club will have safe solar[Read More…]

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Cycle to Farm benefit ride: 62 miles of rural road and forest, plus local food and farm samples

Cycle to Farm benefit ride: 62 miles of rural road and forest, plus local food and farm samples

Asheville’s bountiful supper club and outdoors scene not enough for you? Check out Cycle to Farm, a metric-century (62-mile) bike ride that combines farm-to-table food with Asheville’s budding bike scene. New Belgium is on board as a sponsor. Cycle to Farm is sixty-two miles through farmland and greenways, with farm stops along the with samples included in the registration fee[Read More…]

“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 food rocks another vegan blogger’s world

Asheville food rocks another vegan blogger’s world

Colorado food blogger That Was Vegan? shares a trip with her mom, and some well-chosen gourmet vegan food from Laughing Seed, Plant, Green Light Cafe and Mellow Mushroom. Warning: reading this post will make you hungry. I chose the Tempeh Reuben with Daiya (and a side of kimchee salad) (and OMG that bread!): It was amazing. I never ate a Reuben[Read More…]

RAD street party Tuesday: Clingman Circle Celebration & River Arts District One Neighborhood Benefit

RAD street party Tuesday: Clingman Circle Celebration & River Arts District One Neighborhood Benefit

The Clingman Circle Celebration & RAD One Neighborhood Benefit is a traveling street party, benefit concert and silent auction.  West End/Clingman Ave. neighbors and project supporters are invited to celebrate the recent completion of the $1.2 million Clingman Avenue streetscape enhancement project. From a Facebook event: On Tuesday June 5th at 5:30 PM, the public is invited to join Mayor Terry[Read More…]

by June 4, 2012 0 comments Asheville events
Circus arts rehearsal and performance space opening in Asheville: Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

Circus arts rehearsal and performance space opening in Asheville: Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

Congrats to the crew behind the new Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Community Arts Space, coming to Asheville this month and funded by fans on June 2 via Kickstarter. The new space gives Asheville’s circus arts community (jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists, aerialists, stilt walkers, puppeteers and more) a place to gather, rehearse, practice and even perform. Eighty-one backers were[Read More…]

by June 4, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
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
Pictures of Asheville: Spring harvest from Paper Crane Farm at the Asheville City Market

Pictures of Asheville: Spring harvest from Paper Crane Farm at the Asheville City Market

Source: instagr.am via Jennifer on Pinterest Paper Crane Farm is in Marshall. Pic by Tina Glenn of Faerie Made.

by June 2, 2012 0 comments Pictures of Asheville
Your morning timelapse video: Blue Ridge mountains in spring

Your morning timelapse video: Blue Ridge mountains in spring

A lovely new video of our mountains from ExploreAsheville. Music by Shannon Whitworth, “Spring Is Here.” Produced by Amplified Media. YouTube link.

by June 2, 2012 0 comments Pictures of Asheville
New brewery moving in next to Orange Peel is…WICKED WEED BREWING

New brewery moving in next to Orange Peel is…WICKED WEED BREWING

From the AC-T: The developers of a new downtown microbrewery and restaurant announced Thursday that their 15-barrel operation and eatery should be open at 91 Biltmore Ave., next to The Orange Peel music venue, by the end of the year. Wicked Weed Brewing is a project of brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson and Ryan Guthy, as well as Guthy’s parents.[Read More…]

Group of locals buys Wedge building, new restaurant from former Admiral chef to open by The Wedge

Group of locals buys Wedge building, new restaurant from former Admiral chef to open by The Wedge

From an AC-T article today. A group of local investors and business owners has bought the Wedge Building from the estate of John Payne, the Asheville artist and River Arts District pioneer:  A group of eight local investors has bought the Wedge building — home to working artists and their studios — as well as a popular local craft brewery[Read More…]

by June 1, 2012 1 comment Asheville News
Ashvegas weekend: A roundup of Asheville events June 1-3

Ashvegas weekend: A roundup of Asheville events June 1-3

A roundup of things to do this weekend in Asheville, June 1-3. *** Micah Mackenzie, Proving Grounds: Ongoing through Aug. 5 at Pisgah Brewing Mackenzie’s opening reception was May 31, but this top local fashion photographer’s exhibit continues at Pisgah Brewing through August 5. https://www.facebook.com/events/246751215432256/ Friday Mermaids in Marshall  5 p.m. Parade of mermaids, pirates and sea creatures of all[Read More…]

by June 1, 2012 0 comments Asheville events
Kiva Zip: Peer-to-peer loan program beta-testing in Asheville at 0% interest during pilot

Kiva Zip: Peer-to-peer loan program beta-testing in Asheville at 0% interest during pilot

Kiva.org brings a new peer-to-peer loan offering, Kiva Zip (beta) to Asheville in a pilot program that’s the first expansion beyond Kiva’s home base of San Francisco. Kiva Zip Asheville offers peer-to-peer loans of up to $5000 (at 0% interest during the pilot phase), with volunteer community “trustees” who vouch for borrowers. Borrowers who have challenges in qualifying for traditional[Read More…]

“There’s something better out there”: New $100K Kickstarter documentary based out of Asheville explores complacency, chasing our dreams (or not)

“There’s something better out there”: New $100K Kickstarter documentary based out of Asheville explores complacency, chasing our dreams (or not)

Man vs. Debt blogger and Asheville transplant Adam Baker is part of the team behind a documentary film being created via Kickstarter, the funding platform that asks fans to personally fund creative endeavors. Exploring the ideas of complacency, convention and how we do or don’t make our dreams and passions real, I’m Fine, Thanks needs $100,000 for editing and distribution[Read More…]

by May 29, 2012 1 comment Asheville News
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
Asheville Memorial Day Ceremony today, 3 p.m.

Asheville Memorial Day Ceremony today, 3 p.m.

Because today is more than just the end of a long weekend. From an AC-T editorial today: As Richard Starnes, chair of Western Carolina University’ history department, puts it, Memorial Day should mean more than just a day at the lake, a day haggling at the dealership, or a day off from work. Memorial Day, as its name implies, is[Read More…]

by May 28, 2012 0 comments Asheville events
Asheville Beer Week: Follow the fun on Twitter

Asheville Beer Week: Follow the fun on Twitter

Follow the Asheville Beer Week fun on Twitter as thirsty locals and beer experts from far and near share the experience. And don’t forget to download the Beer Week app for iPhone and Droid.

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville beer
Truck hits building in West Asheville, charges pending

Truck hits building in West Asheville, charges pending

A rogue truck making an illegal turn in a tight spot hit a building in West Asheville on Friday. Charges are pending against the driver. The incident occurred on Haywood Road, across from Tolliver’s. More from WLOS.com. The driver was trying to make a right turn, which is not allowed at that spot, when the trailer became wedged in the[Read More…]

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Video: Toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel in new Blind Pig Porter from Pisgah Brewing, coming soon

Video: Toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel in new Blind Pig Porter from Pisgah Brewing, coming soon

Good looking new local signature beer created for Blind Pig Supper Club. Coming soon on tap at select restaurants, growlers also available. Check the video for details.

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville beer
Pictures of Asheville: A guy with a hog on a hog

Pictures of Asheville: A guy with a hog on a hog

Spotted around Asheville.

by May 26, 2012 2 comments Pictures of Asheville
Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland on the cover of USA Today’s Money section in article on the rise of craft beer

Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland on the cover of USA Today’s Money section in article on the rise of craft beer

Oscar Wong, the founder of  of Highland and arguably both the godfather of Asheville’s thriving craft beer scene and the prime mover behind Asheville’s meteoric rise on the national beer scene, appears in today’s USA Today. The article, currently not available online, is a perfect grace note during Craft Beer Week and Asheville Beer Week. An informative read on the growth of[Read More…]

Memorial Day weekend in Asheville: Pick your fun with BlogAsheville’s event roundup

From mountain sports and a food truck party to burlesque dancers and an art tour, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in Asheville this Memorial Day weeekend. And don’t forget to pay homage to the men and women who gave their lives for our country. [View the story “Fire the summertime starting gun: Festival and event madness begins[Read More…]

by May 25, 2012 0 comments Asheville events
Beer news roundup: Sierra Nevada hires head brewer & announces job opening, downtown brewery announcement coming soon

Beer news roundup: Sierra Nevada hires head brewer & announces job opening, downtown brewery announcement coming soon

Beer news just doesn’t stop in Asheville. Here’s the latest. Sierra Nevada announced today it’s hired a head brewer for its new Asheville/Mills River location: Scott Jennings, formerly the company’s Research and Development Head Brewer, responsible for overseeing its 10-barrel pilot brewhouse. From the Sierra Nevada press realease: “Scott is an incredible asset to Sierra Nevada,” said Brian Grossman, co-manager of the[Read More…]

by May 23, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
12 Bones’ Hogzilla smoked pork & bacon sandwich named one of Garden & Gun magazine’s “top 21 BBQ sandwiches”

12 Bones’ Hogzilla smoked pork & bacon sandwich named one of Garden & Gun magazine’s “top 21 BBQ sandwiches”

From GardenandGun.com: 12 Bones Smoke House (pictured here) Where: Asheville, North Carolina; 12bones.com What to order: Hogzilla. This audacious sandwich is a mountain of pig: pliant sausage, thick strips of sugar-cured bacon, and shreds of exquisite smoked pork on a toasted sub roll. Link Also, 12 Bones’ Sweet Tomato BBQ sauce was recently one of three selected as the official[Read More…]