Staff Writer – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:36:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Revival of Entire Amy Winehouse’s BACK TO BLACK album with 15-Piece Orchestra http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/ http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:49:48 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11695 National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

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National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

 

Featuring 17 songs including the hit singles “Rehab”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Love is a Losing Game”, and the title track, “Back to Black”, Remember Jones and company recreate the critically-acclaimed album with a horn section, strings, a backing choir, and other guests. This is a ONE OF A KIND EVENT celebrating the music that will not be heard live and lush anywhere else. It has sold out all previous engagements in Asbury Park, NJ, where the group has a stronghold on their thriving music community, and has packed venues in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. Their sold-out Chicago show at Lincoln Hall in July 2016 was streamed live via Audiotree, including several official video releases that followed.

Remember Jones, listed as one of Paste Magazine/Daytrotter’s Top Soul of 2017, is a notorious and bombastic soul vocalist and persona, performing for enormous crowds throughout the country, and called “fiercely passionate frontman… one for the ages…” by Live for Live Music, “…remarkable vocalist… uncanny magic… Remember Jones is heading for big things…” by Popdose, “New Jersey’s most ambitious song interpreter” by NJ Arts, and “truly captivates audiences every time he performs” by BroadwayWorld. KEF Audio says, “Remember Jones is at the vanguard of the rebirth of soul music as an immersive experience that begs to be felt as well as heard.” Collaboratively supported by a double-digit band, their debut album,Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! (recorded with a 25-piece soul orchestra in front of a live studio audience that raised $19,000 in it’s funding), and subsequent EP, Tranquilizer!, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, are available on all digital outlets. The band will play an encore set of their original music following back to BACK TO BLACK. For more information on Remember Jones, http://www.rememberjones.com/.

Tickets are $15/$18, 7:00PM doors, 8:00PM show, all ages, Wednesday, June 27th. 

 

Wednesday, June 27th

The Grey Eagle

185 Clingman Ave Extention, Asheville, NC

Ticket Link: https://ticketf.ly/2Mha98I

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Wayfinding banners help support River Arts District vitality during RADTIP construction http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/ http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:05:16 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11705 With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

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With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

One way to support the vitality of this business district is a $25,000 City-designated fund to help keep businesses open during RADTIP construction. The RAD Vitality Partnership is between the City of Asheville, the River Arts District Business Association and the River Arts District Artists Association. Explore Asheville is also hosting a website at www.explorerad.com as part of this partnership.

This work is being done as a collaboration. Members of the River Arts District Artists Association (RADA), the River Arts District Business Association (RADBA) and the City of Asheville meet monthly to review the needs of the district during construction.

The first priority for the district is installation of RAD wayfinding pole banner signs. Some 114 pole banner signs are being installed throughout the district as part of the collaboration. Area businesses raised more than $24,000 to support this initiative. The banners are designed to last through the construction project.

“The banners are helping with not only wayfinding but also beautification,” said Studio A artist Andrea Kulish, who designed the pole banners. “The banners show the breadth of artists in the district.”

The partnership will also fund a trolley for Second Saturdays and staff 14 Riverside Drive Arts and Culture Center every Saturday during the community-wide Summer of Glass extravaganza happening from now until mid-October.

“The traffic these efforts are generating has been really positive,” said 310 Art studio owner Nadine Charlsen. “We’ve had a lot more local people in the RAD.”

The collaboration between partners for this project is making an impact.

“This collaboration during RADTIP sends the message that we are open for business during construction,” said RADBA President Dave Campbell. “The community engagement has been fabulous for this project and everyone from artists, business owners, the City and other partners have all worked together.”

Designed as a business district development exercise, both RADBA and RADA are working together for the benefit of the district.

“In the past, the district hasn’t always come together. But this has been a great opportunity to use this partnership to bring everyone together for the greater good for the River Arts District,” said River Arts District Artist Association (RADA) President Chalkley Matlack.

The pole banner initiative has the potential to evolve as a method to support businesses past RADTIP construction.

“The opportunity to build the wayfinding component for the RAD at a time that will influence the permanent wayfinding is really exciting,” said Curve Studio owner Pattiy Torno.

About RADTIP

The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) is a City of Asheville multi-modal transportation project that includes the installation of sidewalks, street trees, public art, bike lanes and greenways in the River Arts District, adjacent to the French Broad River.

For more information about the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project visit the RADTIP project webpage on the City of Asheville website.

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Uber & Lyft Resume Service At Asheville Airport http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/ http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:48:18 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11688 Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

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Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to return rideshare services to the airport.  The airport is in the process of amending its ground transportation operating procedures to allow rideshare companies to pick up in a designated pick up area.  Uber and Lyft have agreed to this operating requirement and have resumed operations in the interim until the final changes have been made.

“We have been working diligently with rideshare organizations to establish a mutually agreeable solution at the airport that would be equitable for all,” said Lew Bleiweis, GARAA Executive Director.  “Travelers prefer ground transportation choices, and the Authority is pleased that a solution has been established that is returning more choice of ground transportation providers at the airport.”

“We are pleased to announce with the Asheville Regional Airport that we have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement and are thrilled to be resuming operations. We are looking forward to building off this partnership to provide great service to all of those looking for affordable, reliable transportation options to or from the airport,” said Michael Black, Uber Technologies, Inc. General Manager. 

“As our airport continues to grow, it is our obligation to manage ground transportation in a responsible manner,” said Bleiweis.  “Our goal is to remove vehicular traffic from the front curb to improve safety for all travelers; and we are required to administer equitable procedures with all ground transportation providers – whether they are taxis, shuttles, limos or rideshare.  The new changes to our procedures will help us accomplish this safety measure, and also provide a suitable pick-up area for rideshare drivers.”

The rideshare pick-up area is located past the north end of the airport terminal. The pick-up area for all other ground transportation (taxis, for-hire and shuttles) is located at the south end of the airport terminal, near baggage claim.  All ground transportation providers pay operating fees.

Further info: https://flyavl.com/article/uber-lyft-have-resumed-service-avl

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Your Guide to (Responsibly) Renting Your First Apartment http://ashevilleblog.com/guide-responsibly-renting-first-apartment/ http://ashevilleblog.com/guide-responsibly-renting-first-apartment/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 21:35:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11679 Hunting for your first apartment is a big task; equal parts exciting, equal parts scary. While the prospect of living without parents, siblings, or dorm-moms may sound like a dream come true, the reality is that there’s a lot of responsibility involved. Enter: your guide to responsibly renting your first apartment. Read on for everything you need in order to be a responsible, respectable renter.  

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Hunting for your first apartment is a big task; equal parts exciting, equal parts scary. While the prospect of living without parents, siblings, or dorm-moms may sound like a dream come true, the reality is that there’s a lot of responsibility involved. Enter: your guide to responsibly renting your first apartment. Read on for everything you need in order to be a responsible, respectable renter.  

Monthly “Budget” isn’t just about the rental price

While the majority of your monthly budget will surely go to paying the monthly rental cost, there are a lot of other factors involved. In most cases, you’ll need to pay your own utilities, including water, gas, and electric. Will you want internet? Cable? It’s going to cost you.

Start determining your budget range by using a rent calculator like this one. Get a better idea of additional monthly expenses by asking property managers what residents often pay on utilities. Find out which internet providers service your area and what they charge. Even seemingly small things like laundry will add up over the course of a year, and the last thing you want is to get stuck with a monthly total you can’t afford.

Need to have or nice to have?

While granite countertops and hardwood floors are many a renter’s dream, their price tag isn’t always doable for your first apartment. Think about the features you really need in your first apartment, and set aside the ones you don’t. Consider your lifestyle: do you cook a lot? Suitable counter space may be a need to have; stainless steel appliances are nice to have. Do you work from home? An office sure would be nice, but room for a desk and chair is definitely necessary. While it may be tough to turn down a community pool or an on-site gym, that just may be the choice you need to make.

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Get down to the nitty-gritty

Lease-wise, that is. Legalese is boring, yes, but it’s incredibly important. Your lease is a binding contract and contains vital information that you, as a renter, need to understand. Make sure to take your time when reading the lease and understand every element. You may want to ask a family member to look over it with you, and call your landlord if there’s anything you don’t understand. While we are all guilty of clicking “I accept the terms and conditions” without reading a single sentence, your lease is the wrong contract to pass up.

Check yourself before you rent yourself

Perhaps the most intimidating element of renting an apartment is the often-dreaded rental credit check. Your landlord needs to verify that you’re trustworthy with your money, and they’ll likely do so with a comprehensive screening of your background. It sounds scary, but don’t stress. Be honest about anything in your past that may come up on the background report, and you’ll be fine.

Sit down, relax, and stay a while

Wherever you choose, you’re going to be spending a lot of time there. While a midday viewing of an apartment may portray a tranquil haven, once rush-hour hits, you may find yourself gridlocked in a loud, busy nightmare. Stop by the apartment multiple times, during the week and on the weekends, and at different times of day. Get an idea of what it’s like on a Saturday morning or a Wednesday night. Spend some time hanging around to discern whether your upstairs neighbor hosts a lot of guests or the dog two doors down has a barking problem. You’ll thank yourself later.

Finding your first apartment can be a daunting task. By following this guide, you can turn “daunting” into “doable” and rent responsibly.

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The Diverse Expressions of Asheville Art http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/ http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 15:15:19 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11649 There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

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There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

One of the most perfect places in the world for artistic inspiration is Asheville, North Carolina.  The Asheville arts scene is an explosion of performing arts locations, hundreds of artists, and countless art galleries.  Art festivals and events abound in this city and are woven into every aspect of Asheville life.  Art is not hidden away in Asheville; it is shouted from every vantage point.  Walls, buildings, and even underpasses, are canvases for Asheville’s creatives.

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Photo by Denise Carbonell

It is an exercise in futility trying to list all of the best places to visit, so let’s look at some of the must-see attractions and a few of the unusual. Worth visiting is the Black Mountain College Art Museum and Art Center in the heart of downtown Asheville.  Artists Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning received their tutelage at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, a progressive art school opened in the 1930s.  The art center now pays homage to this legacy in the form of art exhibitions, performance arts, film and more.

Another essential visit is to the River Arts District (RAD), a former industrial zone with 22 buildings along the French Broad River that are simply teeming with artists.  The once-polluted area is now celebrated by both businesses and the local artists who work year-round.

For those who like the feeling of self-expression, there are many workshops you can take to fully-immerse yourself in the art experience.  You should pay a visit to The Village Potters, which is also in The RAD.  It is a community, with talented potters in-house, that also nurtures creative self-expression. The fully-outfitted Education Center provides ongoing classes in wheel and hand building, among other classes for beginners and intermediates, plus advanced programs for the serious potter-to-be.  You can even book your own personalized Get Your Hands Dirty workshop for yourself or a group of enthusiasts.

Photo by Takeaway
Photo by Takeaway

Asheville is famous for its beer, but a cafe latte is almost as popular. And a set of perfect microbubbles can be turned into an art experience called “latte art”, which can be found at any of the coffeehouses nestled in the middle of the RAD. There’s even a Chemistry and Latte Art workshop where baristas learn exercises on how to pour latte art. 

You can also unleash another unusual art treat when you take one of the daily glass-blowing workshops at the North Carolina Glass Center.  Using century-old techniques, visitors can make beads, cups, or even paperweights from hand-blown glass.

Asheville is an art lover’s utopia.  From the countless galleries to the milky taste of unusual latte art at a pastry shop, the experience can be a surfeit of visual experiences that will satiate even the fussiest of art lovers.  It can also be a highly-personal journey where, as a visitor, you can look for a workshop on pottery, the performing arts or anything else creative that meets your whims and fancies. Diverse choices in a diverse city make Asheville a personally therapeutic and inspired experience.

 

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Fundraising Goes Public for Red Panda Exhibit at Nature Center http://ashevilleblog.com/fundraising-goes-public-red-panda-exhibit-nature-center/ http://ashevilleblog.com/fundraising-goes-public-red-panda-exhibit-nature-center/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 00:48:55 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11668 The Friends of the WNC Nature Center will fund 83% of the Asheville City Council’s approved $184,820 project: construction of a red panda habitat. “We’re excited to work with the City to make this project possible. We have agreed to donate $154,200 toward the construction of this habitat,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends. The Friends will rely on individual donors as well as grant funders to raise the $154,200 and they’re already well on their way!

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The Friends of the WNC Nature Center will fund 83% of the Asheville City Council’s approved $184,820 project: construction of a red panda habitat. “We’re excited to work with the City to make this project possible. We have agreed to donate $154,200 toward the construction of this habitat,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends. The Friends will rely on individual donors as well as grant funders to raise the $154,200 and they’re already well on their way!

“We’ve raised about 40% of the funds needed, due in large part to a single donor family who was inspired by the red pandas they visited while on a trip to China,” said Shanafelt. The Friends have also been raising project funds through the sale of red panda themed merchandise at the gift shop they oversee within the Nature Center.

The red pandas are the first species to be introduced to the Center as part of its new Prehistoric Appalachia project, part of the Center’s 2020 Wild Vision. Red pandas are endangered with less than 10,000 individuals living in the wild. The most successful red panda breeding program in the world is at Zoo Knoxville, and skeletal remains of an ancient ancestor of the red panda have been found at the Gray Fossil Site in Gray, TN.

“The central Asian range of the modern day red panda is almost identical climate-wise to the Southern Appalachians so our pandas should feel very much at home in Asheville,” said Chris Gentile, WNC Nature Center Director. “The fact that the fossilized remains of their ancestor the Bristol’s Panda have been discovered in Eastern Tennessee indicates that these pandas were once prevalent in our area.”

The Nature Center hopes to welcome a red panda this fall, and will eventually host a breeding pair. You can donate to support this project at wildwnc.org/red-panda-campaign .

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is a non profit organization that has provided funds for capital projects and other needs at the Center for over 40 years. Recent projects funded by the Friends include the Bear Climbing Structure which was built in 2017 and the Outreach Education Program, which has served over 7,000 people in the past year. The Friends are also donating over $880,000 toward the Center’s new Front Entrance, opening in late May, raised through contributions by the Asheville Tourism Development Authority, Festiva, and many gracious donors.

 

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

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Hop Along Reveals New Music Video; Plays at The Grey Eagle http://ashevilleblog.com/hop-along-reveals-new-music-video-plays-grey-eagle/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hop-along-reveals-new-music-video-plays-grey-eagle/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:02:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11625 Last week, Hop Along‘s new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog was released via Saddle Creek and was met with incredible critical acclaim across the board and the pond. Lead single “How Simple” has found a home on stations including Sirius XM, Sirius The Loft, WFUV, KCRW, KEXP and The Current, as well as rave reviews including Pitchfork, NPR, Esquire, Vulture, VICE’s Noisey and Stereogum.

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Last week, Hop Along‘s new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog was released via Saddle Creek and was met with incredible critical acclaim across the board and the pond. Lead single “How Simple” has found a home on stations including Sirius XM, Sirius The Loft, WFUV, KCRW, KEXP and The Current, as well as rave reviews including Pitchfork, NPR, Esquire, Vulture, VICE’s Noisey and Stereogum.

Today, Hop Along shares the “How Simple” video, marking the first official video for the album and the first time the band has starred in a music video. The song’s joyful, kinetic energy is met with its emotional depth as viewers are immersed into the the fantastical world they create.

Frontwoman Frances Quinlan worked closely with director Derrick Belcham in creating the video. “This is my first time appearing in a music video; in which case I decided to do something that felt risky to me,” says Quinlan. “I told myself that I’ve danced through my own house solo enough times to do an alright job of it in front of a camera. All that being said, I’m still surprised that this piece came to be. I wasn’t sure I had it in me to do it. Derrick did an excellent job directing, he made it a lot easier for me to access that part of myself and made it all look dreamy in a way that I couldn’t have achieved otherwise.” Belcham shares, “Frances came to me with a fully-fleshed out idea for this video, and approached the dancing with so much enthusiasm and vulnerability, it was such a pleasure to work this thing out with her.”

Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by Reinhart and Kyle Pulley, the formidable 9-song collection is the band’s strongest and most cohesive album to date. Crafted by Frances Quinlan (songwriter, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist), Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums), the album considers what it’s like to cast off longheld and misguided perceptions, yet without the assurance of knowing what new ones will replace them.

Hop Along will bring their dynamic, powerhouse live shows to stages across the nation this spring. Full list of tour dates below:

US Tour Dates

* = Saintseneca supporting

# = Bat Fangs supporting

@ = Ratboys supporting

5/1: Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *

5/2: Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts *

5/3: Boston, MA @ Royale *

5/5: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *

5/6: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry *

5/7: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall *

5/8: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall *

5/10: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *

5/11: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *

5/12: Nashville, TN @ Exit / In *

5/14: Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi *

5/15: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups *

5/19: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

5/30: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # *

6/1: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall #

6/2: Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont #

6/3: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #

6/5: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #

6/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit #

6/8: Toronto, ON @The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern #

6/9: Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch #

6/10: Chicago, IL @ Metro #

6/12: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall #

6/13: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #

6/16: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room #

6/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #

6/19: Austin, TX @ Barracuda #

6/20:Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #

6/22: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall

6/23: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar @

 

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise Show Photos http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-show-photos/ http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-show-photos/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:26:16 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11612 Were you at the epic Rainbow Kitten Surprise show that happened at The Orange Peel March 31st? The Boone based band sold out the venue and played to an enthusiastic crowd. If you weren't able to catch the show, relive the glory through our photos and check out the band's new album How To Friend, Love, Freefall available on Spotify April 6 2018. 

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Were you at the epic Rainbow Kitten Surprise show that happened at The Orange Peel March 31st? The Boone based band sold out the venue and played to an enthusiastic crowd. If you weren’t able to catch the show, relive the glory through our photos and check out the band’s new album How To Friend, Love, Freefall available on Spotify April 6 2018. 

 

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The Collection Releases New Song; Plays AVL 4/7/18 http://ashevilleblog.com/collection-releases-new-song-plays-avl-4718/ http://ashevilleblog.com/collection-releases-new-song-plays-avl-4718/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:02:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11615 "Plaintive, intimate and imbued with a weary grace, “Beautiful Life”, the new single from North Carolina’s the Collection, soon rises, lifting expansively to a place of hope. Though we might ultimately be tilting at windmills, we all have that spirit somewhere deep inside, ready to give its small spark, which soon builds to a fire that leads us out of our darkest places and into the sunshine of our shared humanity. 

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Plaintive, intimate and imbued with a weary grace, “Beautiful Life”, the new single from North Carolina’s the Collection, soon rises, lifting expansively to a place of hope. Though we might ultimately be tilting at windmills, we all have that spirit somewhere deep inside, ready to give its small spark, which soon builds to a fire that leads us out of our darkest places and into the sunshine of our shared humanity. 

For the past 7 years, David Wimbish, along with the various iterations his band the Collection, have been charting the ebb and flow of a life seen through the eyes of a poet. Ars Moriendi, their third release – and first full-length LP – grappled with the process of coming to terms of the loss of a dear friend to suicide. Recorded when the band had well over a dozen members, the album enfolds its listeners and brings them into a ground-shaking world where they are forced to ask the same questions the members of the Collection bore through the difficult process.     

A year later, Wimbish found his faith and courage left at the bottom of a spiritual well. Their next release, Listen To The River, is the story of the rope that he used to climb out; one that’s strands were made of great spiritual writers, from Rumi and Kahlil Gibran to Herman Hesse and Lao Tse. 

The process that followed was a re-examination and reorientation of both his spirituality, and his marriage to member Mira Joy after mutually deciding to divorce, ultimately leading to an album created together, hoping to honor the past while accepting the present. Recoded in February 2016 at a little farm in Sophia, NC by producer Stephen Price, the band expanded on their instrument collection, adding in the new textures of Rhodes, Harp, Vibraphone, and Saxophone, among other things. 

Their forthcoming release, Entropy, and its debut single “Beautiful Life”, in many ways marks a rebirth of the Collection. “After ‘Listen To The River’ came out, and my ex-wife and bandmate Mira and I split up, my car got totaled, most of my best friends moved to the west coast, I relocated cities, I was out of work, and a few other members decided their time in the band had come to a close” explains Wimbish. “I kind of thought the band was over.” As the artist is bound to do, Wimbish poured himself into his work. Relying on himself to play most of the instruments, Wimbish was forced to strip things down and focus on melody. 

Intending to release the new work as a solo record, Wimbish called a meeting to discuss the future of the Collection. “I wasn’t sure I’d have a band anymore” says Wimbish. “When we finally got together to talk about the band, I realized that I still had some folks that were all about this, and all about the music.” Wimbish had those players – and new additions husband and wife Sarah McCoy and Joshua Linhart – come in and add to the spirit of the record as well. 

Lead single “Beautiful Life” came late in the process. “When I played roughs of the record to my current partner, she said she loved the songs, but that they felt much sadder than I actually am in person” tells Wimbish. “I went home and read ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver, which I love because it offers a perspective of compassion and a grace offered by the natural turning and growing of the world. Viewing change as the natural order of the world helped bring some kind of beauty to the chaos, that forgiveness or repentance can come from just aligning oneself with the earth, and with being quiet; and the song was born.”

Entropy, by definition, is the tendency of all things to move gradually into disorder. As Wimbish tells us, “I realized, as my life moved to disorder – towards entropy, that I had to re-frame the disorder as a natural way of life. I started to see all the change as the best thing that had ever happened to me. And this record was my way of writing about and through all that change in my life. My hope is that people hear the whole record through the lens of that song, through hope and beauty, and honesty.”

 

-Ever Kipp, Tiny Human

The Collection’s upcoming album Entropy was mixed by Stephen Price (Chad Lawson, Jonathan David Helser), and mastered by Dave Mcnair (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen). Over the last year since The Collection’s previous album, Listen To The River, the band has tightened their sound and members, expanding each person’s musical responsibilities to include instruments from trombone and harmonium to rhodes and lap steel. But while the band still thrives in it’s grand orchestration, the new single and album focus on the core structures and singable melodies that have only been implied in the past.

What’s special about this single is the story behind it. The new album, Entropy, was written to process the divorce of vocalist David from wife and bandmate Mira Joy. The songs reflect the heavy subject matter, and after listening to them, co-producer and partner Morgan Siem challenged David, “Where are the songs that exude the joy you carry?” With that in mind, and a fresh reading of, “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver, “Beautiful Life” was born as a search for beauty, forgiveness, and joy while in the midst of suffering.

The Collection plays at The Grey Eagle in Asheville NC April 7th 2018. Doors are at 7, tickets are still available. 

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Surfer Blood To Play Grey Eagle 4-27-2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/surfer-blood-play-grey-eagle-4-27-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/surfer-blood-play-grey-eagle-4-27-2018/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:10:17 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11521 Fresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert atFresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter. the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter.

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Surfer Blood to play the Grey Eagle in Asheville with LA artist Winter

Fresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter.

American indie rock band Surfer Blood released two albums in 2017. February saw the release of their fourth full-length record, ‘Snowdonia.’ In October, Joyful Noise Records issued a special vinyl-only Surfer Blood album of covers – a limited edition of 1000 copies –  available only through mail order and at shows. This one-time vinyl pressing features Surfer Blood covering some wildly disparate artists including Outkast, Chad & Jeremy, Pavement, Cream, and Mudhoney. 

Fans can expect Surfer Blood hits from across their discography and a surprise or two. Openers Winter will have the crowd floating. The show is all ages. Tickets are $12-$15. 8 p.m. doors.

Purchase tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1650095

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