Emily – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:32:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Inaugural Smokies Stomp Raises Over $60,000 to Support National Park http://ashevilleblog.com/inaugural-smokies-stomp-raises-60000-support-national-park/ http://ashevilleblog.com/inaugural-smokies-stomp-raises-60000-support-national-park/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:45:13 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11741 Community members from across Western North Carolina gathered for the inaugural Smokies Stomp Barn Party in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) Saturday, July 21st. The event raised more than $60,000 to fund park projects and featured a ‘fund-a-cause’ for Parks As Classrooms, which provides hands-on curriculum-based environmental education programming for thousands of WNC schoolchildren. 

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Community members from across Western North Carolina gathered for the inaugural Smokies Stomp Barn Party in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) Saturday, July 21st. The event raised more than $60,000 to fund park projects and featured a ‘fund-a-cause’ for Parks As Classrooms, which provides hands-on curriculum-based environmental education programming for thousands of WNC schoolchildren. 

“At Friends of the Smokies, we want every child to have the opportunity to experience the wonder and joy found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said board director Laura Webb. “The Smokies Stomp was an astounding testament to our community’s commitment to that goal and we are grateful for the generosity of all who attended.”

Representative John Ager (NC-115) and his wife Annie, owners of Hickory Nut Gap Farm, called the square dance with live music provided by both NewTown and the Bonafide Band during the evening. GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash, Representative Chuck McGrady (NC-117) and former Congressman and Friends of the Smokies board director Heath Shuler also attended the event. 

The Smokies Stomp Barn Party is held in Fairview, NC at Hickory Nut Gap Farm and is presented by Wandering Rose Travels and Webb Investment Services with support from Blue Ghost Brewing, Merrill Lynch, Beverly-Hanks, Biltmore Wines, Blue Ridge Printing, Wilcox Travel & Tours, Insurance Service of Asheville, Navitat Canopy Adventures, Roberts & Stevens Attorneys at Law, White Labs, Wildland Trekking, Dan & Deener Matthews, Chase & Clary Pickering, Rob & Meridith Powell, and Jim & Jan Hart. 

Photos from Saturday’s event and more information can be found at SmokiesStomp.org

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Why Koh Samui is a Perfect Honeymoon Destination http://ashevilleblog.com/koh-samui-perfect-honeymoon-destination/ http://ashevilleblog.com/koh-samui-perfect-honeymoon-destination/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:16:18 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11718 Getting married is one of the most overwhelming, yet exciting journey. As you enter the new phase of life and prep up for a major paradigm shift with your partner, the honeymoon remains one of the key journeys of your life. This is the period where you can spend some lone time together, understand each …

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Getting married is one of the most overwhelming, yet exciting journey. As you enter the new phase of life and prep up for a major paradigm shift with your partner, the honeymoon remains one of the key journeys of your life. This is the period where you can spend some lone time together, understand each other better and grow together as partners. Choosing the right honeymoon destination could be tricky, most people fall for seclusion and nature when planning a honeymoon. However, most nature-centric destinations have little to offer in terms of activities so couples tend to become bored after a few days if they plan to have an extended honeymoon. This makes Koh Samui a perfect solution to your problem.

Koh Samui is one of the newer tourist trends in Thailand and is usually opted by the wealthier travelers or those looking for less touristy and a more exotic destination. This makes it an amazing honeymoon destination since you will be majorly away from the noisy backpackers and will be able to enjoy the seclusion and nature. Here are some of the more reasons why Koh Samui is your place to be for your honeymoon.

The Airport

Do you love Airports and fancy travelling largely because you love airports? If yes, you will have your mind blown by this interesting little discovery as you will land in Koh Samui. The airport is very small, nothing fancy, yet easily one of the best airports in the world. What makes it stand out is its cozy and rustic design that is dominated by generous use of local wood and the overall theme is very naturesque. It would be suffice to say that this airport is going to give you a decent impression about what lies ahead as you will enter the island.

The Beaches

The beaches in Samui cannot be matched with those in Phuket, Krabi or Pattaya, They are less touristy, more secluded and are lined by the emerald waters of the Andaman that gently brush the pristine coral and white sands of the island. If you are willing to splurge on your accommodation, you can book yourself into one of the fancier resorts by the beach that provides you a private beach access. Alternatively, if you cannot afford that kind of an accommodation, you can choose mid range options and you can still access the beaches open for public.

The Forests

Nature in Thailand is not everything beachy. Koh Samui has lush green forests in abundance. Whether you want to go on a trail, or just want to explore the raw natural greenery, you will find amazing options in Samui. If you are an animal lover, you will love the Elephant sanctuary for the way it lets you interact and take care of these jungle giants.

Adventure and Activity

If you are the kind of couple who look for some adventure, you will be able to find one of the ziplining options in Thailand in Koh Samui. Other than that, there are ample activities such as Jet Ski, parasailing and Wake boarding among other thing. You can look through a wide range of Samui tours online that suit your budget and taste.

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GreenWork Makes the Dream Work http://ashevilleblog.com/greenwork-makes-dream-work/ http://ashevilleblog.com/greenwork-makes-dream-work/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:09:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11708 To help keep Asheville’s natural lands and waterways free from trash, Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville GreenWorks as its Charity of the Month for June 2018.

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Asheville Yoga Center Fundraises to Support local nonprofit Asheville Greenworks

To help keep Asheville’s natural lands and waterways free from trash, Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville GreenWorks as its Charity of the Month for June 2018.

All month long, AYC will have donation boxes stationed at the AYC Studio and Boutique for guests to directly contribute funds, and on Thursday, June 28, 10% of all drop-in and community class sales will be donated to the local nonprofit. Along with class donations, AYC will contribute $250 to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs

“Asheville’s natural resources are beloved by the community, and it is incredibly important that we keep our lands healthy and thriving for future generations,” says Melissa Pennscott, General Manager of AYC. “We are grateful for the diligent efforts of Asheville GreenWorks and the hands-on opportunities they provide to our community, and we are happy to support them in any way we can.”

For nearly 50 years, Asheville GreenWorks has worked to provide educational and volunteer-based programs to preserve and protect Asheville’s beautiful landscape. From cleanups along rivers, roads, and forests, to educational programs for effective recycling and waste reduction, Asheville GreenWorks has made a tremendous impact on the quality and health of Asheville’s natural resources.

“Through hands-on service work in our local environment, GreenWorks volunteers form deep connections to the natural world and to other members of the community,” says Dawn Chavez, executive director of Asheville GreenWorks. “A cleaner, healthier environment benefits us all. We are proud to have this opportunity to partner with the Asheville Yoga Center, whose sustainability goals and community-building efforts mirror our organization’s mission and programs.”

On June 16th, GreenWorks will hold its 17th Garden Tour. This year’s tour takes place in the Historic Montford Neighborhood and has a focus on gardens that support native pollinators. The self-guided tour begins at 9:30 am at the Isaac Dickson Elementary School. Tickets and details are available on the GreenWorks website: www.ashevillegreenworks.org/garden-tour.

For more information on Asheville Greenworks, go to ashevillegreenworks.org.

About Asheville Yoga Center

Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) is a leader in providing world-class instruction and support for personal growth through yoga. Founded in 1997, AYC offers classes, teacher trainings, and a retail boutique for yoga practitioners of all levels. Learn more at youryoga.com. 

About Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. Since 1973, GreenWorks has worked to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs. With thousands of volunteers, GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects such as tree plantings, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation and maintenance of green spaces, and care and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

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How to Find Trusted and Licensed Electricians Nearby http://ashevilleblog.com/find-trusted-licensed-electricians-nearby/ http://ashevilleblog.com/find-trusted-licensed-electricians-nearby/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:28:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11553 You may not ever think about electricians. Though we all like to turn the lights on and plug our appliances into the outlets in the walls, it is easy for the facts to fall through and we don’t think about who set all of this up until something goes wrong. Or, you need to wire …

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You may not ever think about electricians. Though we all like to turn the lights on and plug our appliances into the outlets in the walls, it is easy for the facts to fall through and we don’t think about who set all of this up until something goes wrong. Or, you need to wire a new house and you need to find out what the best electrician would be for your area and your needs. Either way, you are looking for a qualified electrician with the knowledge and experience to help meet your goals in a short period of time.

Why Do You Need an Electrician?

Any time at all that you have to deal with electrical components in a home you will need the help of an electrical expert. This is the person you call an “electrician” and you will want them to make repairs or even to make new installations in your newer home.

Electricians need to be employed because they are licensed to do this kind of work. Electrical work is risky. It is something that requires an expert touch no matter what. If everything is not connected properly, there could be a risk of fire. The same is true if you make repairs on your own.

What an Electrician Will Do

When you call an electrician for a new job, make sure they are fully licensed. You will probably find this for sure if you contact a local service which has the more experienced electricians on board.

They will come in, look at the specs, and decide the best way to approach the issue. They will then make plans and get started with what they can. This is what companies like Mr Sparky will do.

On newer jobs, there are going to be tasks your new electrician can perform and some tasks they cannot do yet. It all depends on what stage the construction is at. It is usually part of the finish work, just before Sheetrock or other walls are set in.

Expect to have your power shut down if you have a professional working on an existing home. When you have your home checked for faulty wiring, it takes the electricians to decide how to go about making repairs. They have to do this without electrical current flowing.

Trusting the Electrician

As with any repair person coming into your home, you will want to make sure that the electrician is certified and has a good reputation to be trusted. Many of the better electrician companies will only have the best working for them, so you can rest assured.

Find the best companies online with the greatest of ease and look nearby for fast service. What you will find are the most qualified and licensed electrical technicians in your area.

Local companies make sure that you have care around the clock and it will be the best you can get. Look into the local services you have, no matter what you need from a good electrician

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Sean Perry Co. to Perform Volunteer Restoration on Palmer Barn in Cataloochee http://ashevilleblog.com/sean-perry-co-perform-volunteer-restoration-palmer-barn-cataloochee/ http://ashevilleblog.com/sean-perry-co-perform-volunteer-restoration-palmer-barn-cataloochee/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:35:37 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11538 In the first week of May, Asheville building contractor Sean Perry and his crew will partner for the second time with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Friends of the Smokies on a renovation project in Cataloochee in the North Carolina section of the park.

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The Hands of Sean Perry Co. Heads to Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Second Volunteer Building Restoration Project 

Asheville Team to Address Key Repairs on Cataloochee’s Historic Palmer Barn

In the first week of May, Asheville building contractor Sean Perry and his crew will partner for the second time with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Friends of the Smokies on a renovation project in Cataloochee in the North Carolina section of the park. The focus of this year’s project is restoring some key elements of the historic Palmer Barn for structural integrity, visitor safety, and long-term preservation.

“I enjoy tapping into the storied histories of those that came before me. This is a way for me to get to dig deeper into the history and to be a part of that story,” notes Sean Perry. “I feel there is a responsibility to maintain the unique structures that remain inside the park. Our restoration work is a gift to the Smokies, our community, and to those who had to leave their homes behind due to the creation of the park. I find a great deal of inspiration, passion and purpose in performing these projects.” 

The circa 1902 three-story Palmer Barn sits near the beloved Palmer House, and together they are one of the park’s most important preserved homesteads. Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees over 11 million visitors a year, and the Palmer property is one of the most frequently visited locations in the Big Cataloochee area of the park. In 2017, Perry and his crew spent a week camping in a more remote area of the park, in Little Cataloochee, on their first such donated project: shoring up and performing significant restoration work on the 19th century Cook Cabin.

The Palmer home place is treasured by park visitors, many of whom who enjoy exploring the massive barn, walking back in time as they enter the barn’s second level by way of a unique, 30-foot long, locust timber bridge. The house includes an exhibition that provides interpretation to the history of the Palmer family site, complete with black and white photos of its past residents. The park funded repairs to the Palmer House in the past year including a new shake roof, rot repairs, and new paint.

For the barn, the scope of work by Perry’s team includes renovating the large timber bridge leading into the barn, replacing a 26-foot long section of a 6×6 sill beam on the back of the barn, replacing support posts and select siding, and other structural improvements as time allows.

Perry’s love for Cataloochee runs deep. He’s spent many outings and overnight trips exploring its trails and sites, developing a deep appreciation for its cultural and natural assets. Last year’s initial project at Cook Cabin was the beginning of what Perry sees as an ongoing effort to use his team’s skills and labor to make a material difference in the preservation of more historic structures in Cataloochee.

In 2017, after Matt Bush of Blue Ridge Public Radio News ventured out to the remote Cook Cabin site and subsequently aired a story about the Hands of Sean Perry Co.’s work there, Friends of the Smokies supporters Rich and Leigh Pettus stepped forward with a significant financial donation, earmarked for renovation materials for the Palmer Barn, a place the Pettuses treasure as well.

 The couple regularly camp at Cataloochee, and enjoy gathering there with friends to play old-time fiddle and banjo music. “We gather to honor the traditions of the area and enjoy the incredible natural beauty of this special valley,” says Rich Pettus. “During each trip, a few of us head up to the Palmer Barn to play some tunes in it—the type the original settlers would have heard and played.” They had noticed over the years that the entry ramp had deteriorated to the point of being dangerous, and the inside flooring had some broken and missing boards. He and his wife Leigh decided to do something about it through their generous gift to the Friends of the Smokies, specifically for the barn.

Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised more than $60 million to support critical park programs and maintain the Smokies as a crown jewel of the National Park Service. According to Friends of the Smokies North Carolina Director Anna Zanetti, “The Hands of Sean Perry Co.’s donation of a week’s worth of highly skilled crew labor, combined with the Pettuses’ financial gift for materials is reminder of how lucky we are to have such a unique partnership and we at Friends of the Smokies and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are thankful for their generosity.”

In 2017, several generous Asheville restaurants and other food vendors stepped up to help the work crew out by providing camp-ready meals. Restaurants who are interested in donating a meal for the crew to enjoy during the project week can contact The Hands of Sean Perry Co. for details and to sign-up for a slot.

About The Hands of Sean Perry Co.: Founded in 1996, The Hands of Sean Perry combines expertise and skill in fine carpentry with a reverence for the time-tested craftsmanship in historic homes. As the company has grown, owner Sean Perry remains committed to a thorough, no-surprises estimating process, solid communication about budget and timeline from beginning through completion, and award-winning quality and integrity of construction. For more information, visit www.seanperryinc.com.

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ASHEVILLE BUSINESS COACH EXPANDS REACH, TARGETS SMALL BUSINESS http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-business-coach-expands-reach-targets-small-business/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-business-coach-expands-reach-targets-small-business/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:41:49 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11541 After five years of offering specialized workshops for the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, executive coach Steve Rudolph is launching a workshop series designed to serve the needs of the expanding business community of Asheville. Three workshops are planned for the coming months with topics including providing negative feedback to a valued employee and B2B sales.

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Management Trainer Steve Rudolph Aims to Serve Community with Workshop Series

After five years of offering specialized workshops for the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, executive coach Steve Rudolph is launching a workshop series designed to serve the needs of the expanding business community of Asheville. Three workshops are planned for the coming months with topics including providing negative feedback to a valued employee and B2B sales.

“Business owners strive to retain great talent,” Rudolph says. “But the side effect of promoting from within is the occasional elevation of an otherwise stellar employee outside of their comfort zone. What makes a great individual producer does not make a great manager.  That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to supporting businesses that support their employees.”

The first workshop is Tuesday, March 22 and focuses on core workplace challenges like communicating culture, dealing with negative employees, and inspiring performance.

Workshop two takes place Thursday, April 19th and teaches core business-to-business sales skills including prospecting, planning, and how to develop a sales process.

The final workshop in this series occurs Thursday, May 24 and is all about flexibility. In this workshop, Steve will teach the difference between a workplace manager, and a workplace coach and when to don each role. He will also teach how to shift leadership styles to meet the needs of his employees.

All workshops occur from 9-2 at the Goodwill Job Training center on Patton and will include lunch.

Steve Rudolph is an International Coaching Federation certified coach and veteran of the restaurant industry. He coaches many businesses in Asheville including a partnership with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. He also works nationally with Fortune 500 companies including  Novo Nordisk and regional non-profits like MAHEC.

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Flobots Play The Grey Eagle Jan 26 2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/flobots-play-grey-eagle-jan-26-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/flobots-play-grey-eagle-jan-26-2018/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:32:42 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11323 Recently, alternative hip-hop rock band Flobots announced the second leg of dates for their RISE + SHINE Tour, in support of their recently released fourth album, NOENEMIES. Flobots will play Asheville at The Grey Eagle January 26, 2018.

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Friday, January 26 @ 9:00PM (Doors @ 8:00PM)
Grey Eagle Tavern
w/ McLovins
185 Clingman Ave Asheville, NC
Tickets $17.00 ADV / $20.00 DOS / All Ages
For more information, please contact 8282325800 or visit https://www.thegreyeagle.com/https://www.thegreyeagle.com/

Recently, alternative hip-hop rock band Flobots announced the second leg of dates for their RISE + SHINE Tour, in support of their recently released fourth album, NOENEMIES. Adding 18 new dates that take the band throughout mid-west and along the East Coast in early 2018, Flobots’ second leg of the RISE + SHINE Tour kicks off on January 9th, 2018 in Omaha, NE and bring the band’s politically charged live show to major cities such as Chicago, New York and Philadelphia before wrapping up on January 28th in Kansas City, MO. The complete list of shows is included below, with tickets on sale at www.flobots.com

The RISE + SHINE Tour is Flobots’ call to action, set to remind us that the division and negativity that currently dominate the national conversation is not in the spirit of human nature – that our true potential is much more positive and welcoming. Flobots’ RISE + SHINE Tour offers the opportunity to elevate above the rhetoric and come together for a night of music and connection. Flobots state, “The music on our album NOENEMIES is about our power to see each other more fully. We find that there’s nothing better for the soul than meeting people face to face. We cannot wait to hit the road.”

In tandem with the tour announcement, Denver Comic Con exclusively premiered the video for Flobots’ new single “Quarantine.” Flobots’ Emcee Brer Rabbit created the video using footage from the 1988 classic Anime film Akira. Brer Rabbit, a fan of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, discovered the movie as a teen from a bootleg VHS, which in his own words, changed his life forever. “The colors, the characters, the MUSIC, the message,” states Brer Rabbit, “Otomo painted a vision of the future in dark strokes, the constant clash for power, the eradication of information to control the narrative, how our monsters and heroes are homemade, and ultimately that children will be the ones who will have to pay the price.” Seeing the parallel themes in Flobots’ song “Quarantine,” Brer Rabbit was inspired to “dust off my old Otaku chops and make an Anime music video.” He continues, “In times of division, vision is essential. We do not need to separate ourselves from one another. We need to set a perimeter around the parts of ourselves that deny other people’s pain- to quarantine the part within that feeds on the ritual of ‘us versus them,’ of enemies. In the war against fear we are all on the same side.”

NOENEMIES (released May 2017) is, without question, Flobots’ most ambitious and sophisticated statement to date – both lyrically and musically. Funded entirely by a Kickstarter campaign that garnered $31,000 over its goal, the music on NOENEMIES is undeniably Flobots music, but it’s also assuredly music made by artists who have matured and expanded their horizons. The release was highly-anticipated by fans and critics alike — NOENEMIES shot up the Billboard Independent Album chart, where it debuted at #12.

Influenced by stories shared by the late Dr. Vincent Harding, a Southern Freedom Movement historian and professor and longtime band friend and mentor, and inspired by the band’s recent grassroots community work hosting workshops, classes and keynote speeches about using collective song to build social movements, NOENEMIES is a body of songs that speak to the urgency of the current moment.

Each of the tracks on NOENEMIES serves as a powerful, poignant new anthem, many packed with surprises both subtle and grand. Taken as a whole, the album is enormous in breadth, enveloping and electrically charged, befitting of the finely crafted, carefully chosen words. NOENEMIES virtually begs the listener to delve and to contemplate, to share and revel.

For the recording of NOENEMIES, Flobots’ core trio – emcee’s Brer Rabbit (Stephen Brackett) and Jonny 5 (Jamie Laurie) and drummer Kenny Ortiz – enlisted the help of trusted musical friends to bring their vision of the album into reality. Musician/Producer Gabriel Otto worked intimately with the band to craft a distinct sonic landscape, recruiting a string section, horn players, and a gospel quintet to layer recurring motifs over the band’s signature grooves. They teamed up with founding Flobot Mackenzie Gault (viola) and longtime musical collaborator Serafin Sanchez (saxophone, keys) to co-write a number of songs. The band incorporated voices, melodies, and words from throughout their collaborations – both on and off stage – into the songs on NOENEMIES.

From the beginning, Flobots’ sound defied categorization. Weaving conscious hip-hop lyrics and classical viola solos over live instrumentation, their anthems captured attention from all directions. When Flobots first catapulted onto the global scene in 2008 with their platinum single ‘Handlebars’ from their first album release Fight With Tools, it was the fastest charting song debut by a new artist in 10 years. Released during the frenzy of that year’s election, the band’s call to envision “another America” resonated with a generation experiencing a sense of profound political and social awakening. In a span of months, Flobots went from playing at local clubs to selling out tours internationally, performing on late-night television, signing a major label record deal, and receiving constant rotation on alternative radio.

Now, a decade later and with three critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Flobots are still dedicated to creating and performing anthems for a better world. And in 2017, amidst a nation taking to the streets, for Flobots that means delivering a unique brand of protest songs. Enter NOENEMIES – bringing the songs back to the people.

Flobots on Tour

WEST COAST
12-Dec Humboldt Brews w/ Bang Data Arcata, CA
13-Dec Volcanic Theatre Pub w/ Bang Data Bend, OR
14-Dec Doug Fir Lounge w/ Bang Data Portland, OR
15-Dec El Corazon w/ Bang Data Seattle, WA
16-Dec HiFi Music Hall w/ Bang Data Eugene, OR
31-Dec Marquis Theatre w/ Pink Hawks Denver, CO

EAST COAST
09-Jan Waiting Room w/ Tropidelic Omaha, NE
10-Jan Turf Club w/ Tropidelic St. Paul, MN
11-Jan City Winery Chicago, IL
12-Jan Bell’s Eccentric Café w/ Tropidelic Kalamazoo, MI
13-Jan HiFi w/ Tropidelic Indianapolis, IN
14-Jan Magic Bag Theatre w/ Tropidelic Ferndale, MI
16-Jan Beachland Ballroom w/ Uptowne Buddha Cleveland, OH
17-Jan Horseshoe Tavern w/ Tropidelic Toronto, ON
18-Jan The Haunt w/ Tropidelic Ithaca, NY
19-Jan Debonair Music Hall w/ Tropidelic Teaneck, NJ
20-Jan Coda w/ Tropidelic Philadelphia, PA
21-Jan Rough Trade w/ Tropidelic New York, NY
23-Jan Rex Theater w/ McLovins Pittsburgh, PA
24-Jan Skully’s Music Diner w/ McLovins Columbus, OH
25-Jan Headliners Music Hall w/ McLovins Louisville, KY
26-Jan Grey Eagle Tavern w/ McLovins Asheville, NC
27-Jan Southgate House Revival w/ McLovins Newport, KY
28-Jan Riot Room w/ McLovins Kansas City, MO

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Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, home to more than a dozen rescued animals, officially named 501-3 non-profit http://ashevilleblog.com/sweet-bear-rescue-farm-home-dozen-rescued-animals-officially-named-501-3-non-profit/ http://ashevilleblog.com/sweet-bear-rescue-farm-home-dozen-rescued-animals-officially-named-501-3-non-profit/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:47:21 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11307 Hendersonville, NC, is now home to its very own animal sanctuary: Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. The non-profit is the culmination of a dream by Lisa McDonald and Joe Dinan, passionate animal activists and owners of nearby Sanctuary Brewing Company.  

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Hendersonville, NC, is now home to its very own animal sanctuary: Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. The non-profit is the culmination of a dream by Lisa McDonald and Joe Dinan, passionate animal activists and owners of nearby Sanctuary Brewing Company.  

The two quit the corporate world with the goal of starting a brewery and a sanctuary, all with the overall mission of saving both animals and humans — and extending kindness, compassion, and love at every opportunity.

Sanctuary Brewing Company, located in downtown Hendersonville, NC, just celebrated its two year anniversary. Since its launch, the brewery’s proceeds have been funding the farm — a three-acre haven for rescued animals — which sits just two miles from the brewery. 

The farm is home to 12 animals with a constant revolving door of foster pets, most recently including a dog rescued from Hurricane Irma. Permanent residents include Ollie the pot-bellied pig and Charlotte the chicken (who are best friends); Oskar the cat; dogs Harry and TT; and numerous other chickens and other furry/feathered inhabitants. There are currently fundraising efforts and volunteer days to help ready their barn and property for two goats and two tom turkeys.

“This is something Joe and I have been dreaming about for years,” says McDonald. “We believe in the inherent value of all life, and we want to save every animal we possibly can. This is an essential piece of our life’s mission to be kind to all living beings, and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm is a place where all animals will be safe and loved for their entire lives.”

Dubbed Sweet Bear after McDonald and Dinan’s late dog, Nala, who inspired their work in animal advocacy, the rescue just received its 501-3 status, so all donations are tax-deductible. The farm will also host regular volunteer work days in order to help keep the property in top shape for the residents.

Sanctuary Brewing Company has raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes since its opening, offers free Sunday meals for anyone in need, and has a Kindness Wall outside the main entrance that’s always stocked with essentials bags for the local homeless population. Recently featured in Paste, Thrive and Our State magazines, Sanctuary has even garnered the attention of big names like comedian Ricky Gervais, racecar driver Leilani Münter, and filmmaker Kip Anderson. 

Ongoing events at the brewery include Saturday morning Yoga with Cats, adoptable pet nights, Puppy Bowl festivities on Super Bowl Sunday (to be hosted in 2018 by the world-famous Vegan Bros), Taco and Trivia Tuesdays, karaoke parties, and regular fundraisers for local charities including Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Farm Sanctuary, and Full Circle Farm Sanctuary, among others.

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Mipso Releases New Video; To Play Show in Asheville http://ashevilleblog.com/mipso-releases-new-video-play-show-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mipso-releases-new-video-play-show-asheville/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:53:17 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11235  

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Recently featured by Rolling Stone as an “Artist You Need to Know,” indie-Americana band Mipso releases the official video for the title track from their latest album release, Coming Down The Mountain.

To create the video, Mipso teamed up with acclaimed multi-media artist Ruth Lichtman, who juxtaposes archival footage of the Appalachians with digital rotoscoping work. That intersection illustrates divisions with which the song wrestles—solitude vs. society, old self vs. future self, “natural” vs. human. 

Mipso is currently traveling the East Coast and Southeast as part of the Campfire Caravan Tour – a 30+ date U.S. tour featuring Mipso, The Brothers Comatose, and The Lil Smokies.  The tour’s last shows wrap up over the next week – with upcoming stops in Boston, New York City, Washington DC, a hometown play in Raleigh and others before the tour ends in Asheville, NC on Saturday, November 18.  See the full list of upcoming tour dates included below.

With Mipso, The Brother Comatose and The Lil Smokies each quickly rising the Americana music ranks, “Campfire Caravan” is a nod to the musicians’ early days playing music, when they’d perform for friends and family in basements, living rooms, and around campfires. “Campfire Caravan” celebrates the American tradition of gathering communities around music. In an untraditional format, all three bands rotate in the lineup with no single ensemble acting as the tour headliner. A completely different show will be presented in each city with spontaneous collaborations amongst the groups taking place between sets. More information available at www.campfirecaravan.com.

This past spring, Mipso released their highly anticipated new album, Coming Down The Mountain, to rave reviews. It quickly shot up the Billboard album charts and debuted in the Top 5 of the Bluegrass Album Charts, with the single “Coming Down the Mountain” charting at #49 on the AMA Americana Radio Chart.  The album spent weeks at #1 on The Roots Music Report Top 50 Americana Country Album and Top 50 Country Album Charts.  Of the album, No Depression states, “More songs like this and Mipso will corner the market in a new genre. Something like progressive-Americana or Roots-Progressive. What a way to pump life into a once hallowed music form – progressive rock.” Available now CD, vinyl and on all digital service providers, listen to Coming Down The Mountain on Spotify here.

Coming Down The Mountain is Mipso’s fourth album release, and follows up their critically lauded Old Time Reverie (2015).  After a year and a half of intense touring following their 2015 release, Mipso returned to their home state to write and record. Huddling in a friend’s barn on land usually used for growing garlic and training dogs, they collected their ideas, shared influences, and discussed thoughts on what would eventually become Coming Down The Mountain. The album’s ten songs – all originals – finds Mipso exploring the ideas of our changing relationship to the idea of home, and about being pushed or pulled by forces bigger than us.  Produced by Brad Cook (Megafaun), and adding pedal steel, drums, banjo, and keyboards to the mix, the music on Coming Down The Mountain is full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes that impart intimacy.

Recent Praise for Coming Down The Mountain

“a back-porch hootenanny set not in an Appalachian holler but in a city, where the songs performed draw from Bill Monroe to David Bowie.” – Rolling Stone

“On this year’s Coming Down the Mountain, the quartet’s winsome Americana is as catchy and easygoing as ever, but with drums added at the behest of producer Brad Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Megafaun), it packs a lot of rhythmic pep.” – Rolling Stone

“Mipso’s distinct Southern sound has remained strong over the years, but the band’s evolution and growth is obvious” – Our State

“Though Mipso remains a largely restrained outfit, Coming Down the Mountain’s diverse charms are immediately apparent, and Mipso delivers them with verve.” – Indy Week

“Mipso rise to the top of the vibrant talent pool in the Carolinas with Coming Down The Mountain, honoring the tenderness of their band’s origins as they stay true to acoustics” – The Alternate Root 

“For Coming Down the Mountain, Mipso… continue to stay true to themselves while exploring new territory with their songwriting and stretching into new sounds” – No Depression

MIPSO FALL TOUR DATES:

Thursday, November 9 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair +

Friday, November 10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom +

Saturday, November 11 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall +

Sunday, November 12 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club +

Tuesday, November 14 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre +

Wednesday, November 15 – Nashville, TN – The Mercy Lounge +

Thursday, November 16 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West +

Friday, November 17 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre +

Saturday, November 18 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel +

Thursday, December 14 – Charleston, SC – The Charleston Pour House

Friday, December 15 – Johnson City, TN – The Willow Tree
+ Campfire Caravan Tour Featuring Mipso, The Brothers Comatose, and The Lil Smokies


 

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Melvin Seals & JGB Play New Mountain AVL Saint Patricks Day http://ashevilleblog.com/melvin-seals-jgb-play-new-mountain-avl-saint-patricks-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/melvin-seals-jgb-play-new-mountain-avl-saint-patricks-day/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:47:36 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10945 Melvin Seals & JGB are on tour and will be making a stop in Asheville at New Mountain AVL on St Patrick’s Day.

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Melvin Seals & JGB are on tour and will be making a stop in Asheville at New Mountain AVL on St Patrick’s Day.

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years, most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Zach Nugent’s guitar and vocals, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with backing vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky’s the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours.

In addition to the often played staples, the band has recently been exploring the back catalog and performing a ton of super rare tunes, some of which The Jerry Garcia Band played only a few times over all those years. 
Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him “Master of the Universe”. Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!

Melvin Seals – Organ, Vocals
Shirley Starks – Vocals
Cheryl Rucker – Vocals
Pete Lavezzoli – Drums
Zach Nugent – Guitar, Vocals
John-Paul McLean – Bass

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