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Asheville Reality TV Stars

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With American Idol's 13th season coming to a close, the name reverberating throughout Asheville is Caleb Johnson. Caleb, a 22 year old Asheville local has wowed the judges and America and is standing in the top 2. Wednesday May 21st will be the final performance for both Caleb and his competition, Jena Irene. Both young individuals have amazing talent, and it's going to be a tough elimination. The results of who walks away with the record deal will be announced Thursday, May 22nd. 

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Asheville Sessions: Megan Jean and the KFB

Asheville Sessions Kicks off with Megan Jean and the KFB

AshevilleBlog staff is thrilled to introduce to you a new regular part of the blog called Asheville Sessions. We've been working with some local (and not so local) bands here in the city and doing unplugged performances with each. It's our way of giving back to the local music scene - providing free, professional promotion to each band that plays with us. Check in weekly for the latest session posting.

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SERFA Holds 7th Annual Conference May 14 – 18 Black Mountain, NC

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SERFA, The Southeast Regional Folk Alliance, is set to hold their seventh annual conference, with this being their fourth to be held at The Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina May 14-18, 2014.

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Caleb Johnson in Asheville

Caleb Johnson in Asheville for American Idol Top 3 Countdown

Caleb Johnson, an Asheville area native, has made it to American Idol top 3 finalists. This past weekend the show sent Caleb back to his hometown for a parade down Biltmore Avenue downtown, and a concert at The Emerald Lounge. Caleb was received with warm welcomes and a crowd full of excited supporters and locals - Asheville is excitedly rooting for his continued success on Season 13 of this long standing talent seeking show. 

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Asheville City Market Guides

Asheville City Market Guides

Everyone loves a good market, be it a tailgate, farmers, or city market. With the weather turning and market season ramping up, we decided to give you a local market guide. Exact products and vendors may vary from market to market, but expect great local produce and products to be available at all locations. Most markets open in April, but please check out each markets website for exact opening dates.

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Photograph Walkthrough: Spidey Con & Free Comic Book Day 2014

A photographic review of Free Comic Book Day & Spidey-Con

It was a busy week here in Asheville. Among the many events happening were two back to back days full of geek awesome. Friday May 2nd was Spidey Con at Carolina Cinemas on Hendersonville Road. To commemorate the second installment of The Amazing Spiderman movies, the people at Comic Envy, Multiverse Asheville, and Carolina Cinemas put together a Spiderman celebration. Attendees could partake in themed food and beer, enter the costume contest, and watch the movie on the big screen. 

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Free Comic Book Day May 3rd 2014

Free Comic Book Day is almost here!

Free comic book day is soon upon us! Tomorrow, all Asheville comic book shops - including Pastimes in Weaverville, Hero Hunters in Candler, and Comic Envy on Tunnel Road will open their doors to adori

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Wakey! Wakey! Coming to Asheville May 1 2014

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Indie Pop act Wakey!Wakey! will be departing on the second leg of his North American tour, starting on April 25th  in Vienna, VA at Jammin’ Java. Supporting him will be singer-songwriter Andy Suzuki and the Method.

Fresh off a successful first leg of his US tour with Jillette Johnson, Michael Grubbs, the frontman of Wakey!Wakey!, will head out back out down the Southeast of the United States to support his new releases, the “Irresistible EP” and the forthcoming full length “Salvation”. Fans across the country will have the opportunity to experience new material before “Salvation” is released, as well as hear their favorite songs from past albums.

One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn loved a Wakey!Wakey! set so much he tapped their sun-stroked “War Sweater” track for season 6’s finale and recruited Grubbs for a recurring role. That’d be the tale of a bartender/musician named, err, Grubbs—a strangely familiar life story hinted at in such standout Wakey!Wakey! songs as “Almost Everything,” “Twenty-Two,” and “Got It All Wrong.”

Since 2010’s full length debut, “Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said the Last Time I Saw You...”, Michael has been busy writing and creating new material. The fruits of his creative labors have been realized in two parts, the self released “Irresistible EP”, a five song EP released on January 28th, 2014, and his upcoming full-length album “Salvation”, which is to be released worldwide on ThirtyTigers Records.

Since September 18th, 2013, Michael has been collecting pledges to help fund the production of “Salvation” through crowdfunding site Pledgemusic.com, offering exclusive packages to donors, and reaching more than 141% of his original goal. In addition to helping fund his album, 10% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to the American Diabetes Association. Though donations are now closed, preorders of the album are still available through the campaign. The pledge campaign can be found at the link below:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/wakeywakey


TICKETS:  http://wakeywakeymusic.com/tour/  

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Cosplay Contest

Win 1 of 3 gift cards to a local comic book store by entering AshevilleBlog's Cosplay Contest!

One gift card for each establishment will be given away. Contest runs from April 1st, 2014 to May 1st, 2014. All you have to do is email us a photo of you in your cosplay getup using the form below. Winners will be drawn at random and featured on the blog.

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Eat Farm To Table in Ashevillle for Earth Day

Eat Farm to Table in Asheville to Celebrate Earth Day 2014

Earth Day has quickly come upon us, springing  up silently behind Easter. Depending on how you generally celebrate Earth Day - perhaps you plant a tree, start your family garden, or take an extra trip to the recycling center - there are a number of ways you can 'go green' at least one day a year to recognize the Earth Day Movement. One really easy thing to do is eat out. Yup, you heard me right - eat out. Support a local business and celebrate Earth Day all at the same time! Going to a local Farm To Table restaurant will support a local business and the money will be poured back into the local economy - you are not only supporting the restaurant, but the farmers who work to sell the local ingredients each restaurant uses to serve up each delicious masterpiece.

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