Entertainment – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:28:02 +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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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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Donna the Buffalo Performs at Loaded Up & Truckin at Oskar Blues Sat 4/14 http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/ http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:39:25 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11498 Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world's largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

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Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world’s largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

Fraboni is well known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt, and as Vice President at Island Records where he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. He produced the soundtrack on Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz, which included an all-star cast of famous rock and roll performers. He built and designed the legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu to the specification of Bob Dylan and the Band. Referred to as a “genius” by Keith Richards in his bestselling autobiography Life.

Donna the Buffalo’s fanbase, The Herd, will be excited to hear this news since their most recent album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, came out nearly five years ago in the spring of 2013. All Music Guide says of it, “This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.”

Known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, The Erie Times says, They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-present fiddle and accordion. Puryear’s songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like way with lyrics.”

New Haven Register expands upon this to say, “Donna the Buffalo knows a thing or two about rhythm. Cajun, zydeco and old-time rhythms. A bit of reggae rhythm. Various guitar and fiddle rhythms. The rhythm of traveling by bus year after year for more than a quarter-century now, criss-crossing America… over and over again.”

Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, fiddle, guitar, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (B3 Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It’s been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you’re playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it’s like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.”

Donna the Buffalo drew it’s original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. Not only was it playing music at these events, it was the vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended.

“Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that’s the feeling we were shooting for in our music.” Puryear says, “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we’ve found.”

It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says. “All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.”

Donna the Buffalo has released ten albums and are affiliated with several others including  two solo albums from Nevins including 2011’s Wood and Stone (produced by Larry Campbell in Levon Helm Studios) and Mule to Ride in 1999,  Puryear’s 2007 solo album Hopes and Dreams, and a 2003 release, Wait Til Spring, with Jim Lauderdale. The band’s 2008 release, Silverlined, as well as the 2013 release, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, (both on Sugar Hill Records) did well on the Americana Music Chart, each placing well into the top ten.

“Though it will always be hard to pinpoint the key to an act’s staying power, distinctiveness and consistency surely can’t hurt.” Pittsburgh City Paper says, “Donna the Buffalo has carved out a niche; it has weathered trends, and even made some of its own by being unapologetically itself.”

Take a look at their official music videos:

“Across The Way” → https://youtu.be/JqbVb2302Xs

“Working On That” → http://bit.ly/1eXPofS

“I Love My Tribe” → http://bit.ly/1i9fy9Q

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.donnathebuffalo.com

facebook.com/donnathebuffalo and twitter.com/donnathebuffalo

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Friday Valentine’s Comedy Special in Asheville Features Comedian Andy Woodhull http://ashevilleblog.com/friday-valentines-comedy-special-asheville-features-comedian-andy-woodhull/ http://ashevilleblog.com/friday-valentines-comedy-special-asheville-features-comedian-andy-woodhull/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:24:22 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11473 Andy Woodhull, who’s appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CONAN, and featured in his own Half Hour Comedy Central Special, is set perform two shows in Asheville on Friday, February 16th. Opening for Andy will be Maddie Wiener.

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Woodhull to Perform at The Grey Eagle Friday, February 16th @ 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM

Andy Woodhull, who’s appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CONAN, and featured in his own Half Hour Comedy Central Special, is set perform two shows in Asheville on Friday, February 16th. Opening for Andy will be Maddie Wiener.

Andy Woodhull

Andy Recently appeared on Conan on TBS the same year his half hour special premiered on Comedy Central. In 2014, he was the first comedian to make his network television debut on the Tonight Show: Staring Jimmy Fallon. He has also recently appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and Gotham Comedy Live on AXS. In 2009, he appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham.

Andy has appeared at many comedy festivals and contests including, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Maui Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and The Great American Comedy Festival. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, and was a semi-finalist in CMT’s “Next Big Comic”. He won the Best of the Midwest Competition at Gilda’s Laugh Fest in 2010. His 2012 album release “Lucy” was named top 10 comedy albums of the year by comedyreviews.com. His newest release “Step Parenting” spent time in the top 20 comedy albums on iTunes.

Andy is a former resident of Chicago, where he was named one of four comedians to watch by the Chicago Tribune.

Maddie Wiener

One of the youngest comics in North Carolina, Maddie Wiener has opened for Rich Vos, Josh Blue, and John Evans, and is a regular at Goodnights Comedy Club. Her dark and witty comedy has been the subject of multiple articles published by The Piedmont Sundial, Raleigh&Company, and The Daily Tarheel.

Veteran comics have described her as “a natural writer with a quirky performance style that is abrasive and likeable at the same time.” Since she was 16 she has been traveling around North Carolina performing at clubs such as Goodnights, the Charlotte Comedy Zone, and Dead Crow Comedy Room.

VALENTINE’S FRIDAY COMEDY SPECIAL W/ ANDY WOODHULL – FUNNY BUSINESS @ THE GREY EAGLE

Friday, February 16th @ 7:00pm & 9:30pm

$15 advance / $18 at the door

Tickets @ http://www.ashevillefunnybusiness.com/

Buying tickets in advance is highly-recommended. Parking is available at the Grey Eagle’s parking lot and on Clingman Ave. and Haywood Road. The Grey Eagle offers full bar service, and food is available inside the club at The Grey Eagle Taqueria. http://www.thegreyeagle.com/

About Funny Business at The Grey Eagle: Funny Business at the Grey Eagle brings live, nationally-recognized stand-up comedians to Asheville on a regular basis. The Grey Eagle offers full bar service, food and a selection of Asheville’s locally-made craft beers.

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ROCK HARD FUNK FROM LANCASTER PA http://ashevilleblog.com/rock-hard-funk-lancaster-pa/ http://ashevilleblog.com/rock-hard-funk-lancaster-pa/#respond Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:23:04 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11350 Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam from Lancaster PA returns to Asheville to perform at The One Stop @ Asheville Music Hall (55 College St) on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The show is at 10pm, 21+ and cash donation cover.

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Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam returns to Asheville at The One Stop

Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam from Lancaster PA returns to Asheville to perform at The One Stop @ Asheville Music Hall (55 College St) on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The show is at 10pm, 21+ and cash donation cover.

“Consistently stellar” (Price, PA Musician Mag), Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam is a funk-driven powerhouse from Pennsylvania, led by guitarist Andy Mowatt, “an absolute musical genius” (Devoy, Tellus 360) and “jazz-rock flamethrower on guitar” (Campbell, Gigspots). A fusion of New Orleans and Central PA, Mowatt’s “bright arrangements keep things sounding fresh” (PA Musician) and “inspire you to expand your mind and think outside the confines of traditional jazz, soul and funk!” (Robert, Positive Music Reviews). “Confident, to-the-point, and elegant” (Rocha, The Flinging Times), Andy and his group entertain and impress crowds with unique originals and modern twists on classic hits, “and yet, through many influences, each tune retains a sound that is distinctly Mowatt’s” (O’Brien, Fly Magazine).

From VT to NC, the band has toured and performed with Rusted Root, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Big Mean Sound Machine, Dynamo, The Soul Rebels, The Southern Belles, Flux Capacitor, Consider The Source, Hambone Relay, Cousin Earth, Appalachian Gypsy Tribe, Chestnut Grove, Dr. Slothclaw, and many more…

02-15 Asheville NC

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Ari Shaffir Late Show Sells out, Tickets Remain for Early Show http://ashevilleblog.com/ari-shaffir-late-show-sells-tickets-remain-early-show/ http://ashevilleblog.com/ari-shaffir-late-show-sells-tickets-remain-early-show/#respond Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:27:14 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11320 Ari Shaffir, host and co-creator of Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening is set to perform two shows in Asheville, NC on Friday, January 5th

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Comedian Ari Shaffir to Perform at The Grey Eagle Friday, January 5th @ 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM

Ari Shaffir, host and co-creator of Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening is set to perform two shows in Asheville, NC on Friday, January 5th.

The Late Show at 9:30 PM sold out. There are still tickets available for the 7:00 PM Early Show. 

Ari Shaffir

Stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor ARI SHAFFIR describes his comedy as a puppet show–but way filthier and without the puppets. The New York native grew up Orthodox Jewish, spent 2 years in a yeshiva in Israel, and came back to America to lose his religion and become a comic. LA Weekly has called Shaffir “a gifted unyielding comic…a real force to be reckoned with.”

This July, Shaffir released two Netflix specials called Double Negative which is presented in two 45 minute episodes called Children and Adulthood. Self-described as his version of a “Smashing Pumpkins Double Album,” this type of double header release hasn’t been seen since George Carlin’s 1972 release of FM & AM. In Children Shaffir discusses the pressure he is getting from his family and friends to have kids, and why he is getting more and more thoughts in his head about why he doesn’t want to do that and in Adulthood, he discusses the freedoms of being child-free. Decider.com called Shaffir’s Netflix debut “positively audacious.”

Shaffir recently finished 3 seasons as the host and co-creator of Comedy Central’s weekly storytelling series This is Not Happening. He was a regular panel guest on the series @midnight, and TBS’s Conan. In 2016, Shaffir co-starred Zach Galifianakis, Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm in Twentieth Century Fox’s comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses.

Shaffir also hosts the wildly popular podcast, Skeptic Tank, a weekly interview show where he chats with everyone from parents to comedians to prostitutes “to help better understand humanity and also to make fart jokes.” The podcast is consistently among the top-rated podcasts on iTunes and averages over 100,000 downloads per week. Shaffir is also an avid sports fan and gets together with Sam Tripoli and Jayson Thibault once a week to record the Punch Drunk Podcast. Dubbed “an Asian massage for the real sports fans,” by The Podcast Tribune, these three stand-up comics share their sports thoughts, arguments, stories, fights, and bets. 

In the past 5 years, Shaffir has released two hour-long standup specials on Comedy Central entitled Paid Regular and Passive Aggressive. Prior to these popular specials, Shaffir’s standup album Revenge for the Holocaust went to #1 on both iTunes charts and Amazon.com the week of its premiere. He continues to perform standup to sold-out crowds nationwide and has been featured at Montreal’s prestigious Just for Laughs Festival, San Francisco SketchFest, SXSW, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.

For more information go to www.AriShaffir.com or follow Shaffir on Twitter – @AriShaffir. 

COMEDIAN ARI SHAFFIR – FUNNY BUSINESS @ THE GREY EAGLE

Friday, January 5th

7:00pm – TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

9:30pm – SOLD OUT

$18 advance / $21 at the door

Tickets @ http://www.ashevillefunnybusiness.com/ari-shaffir-asheville-tickets/

Buying tickets in advance is highly-recommended. Parking is available at the Grey Eagle’s parking lot and on Clingman Ave. and Haywood Road. The Grey Eagle offers full bar service, and food is available inside the club at The Grey Eagle Taqueria. http://www.thegreyeagle.com/

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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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The $650m Expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort http://ashevilleblog.com/650m-expansion-harrahs-cherokee-casino-resort/ http://ashevilleblog.com/650m-expansion-harrahs-cherokee-casino-resort/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:31:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11269 Set on the Qualla Boundary of Cherokee is the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, one of only two casinos in North Carolina. Open since 1997, the Cherokee has become a leading gambling hub for the state since opening with only video poker for their guests to play some 20 years ago.

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Set on the Qualla Boundary of Cherokee is the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, one of only two casinos in North Carolina. Open since 1997, the Cherokee has become a leading gambling hub for the state since opening with only video poker for their guests to play some 20 years ago.

Operated by global casino and entertainment giants Caesars Entertainment, Cherokee is actually owned physically by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who have used many of the revenues from the casino resort to improve the infrastructure in and around the Qualla Boundary. Notable additions to the local area include a new hospital, residential housing and a brand-new high school for local teens.

From video poker to 150,000 sq ft of casino floor space

At the time of the Cherokee Casino Resort’s arrival to North Carolina, the state was the only one in the United States not to have a lottery game. As part of its celebration of 20 years of trading in North Carolina, Harrah’s Cherokee has recently undergone a magnificent expansion of its casino and the resort’s range of entertainment and sports activities. An eye-watering $650m was spent on revamping and regenerating Cherokee in readiness for the next generation of casino gaming. The resort now features 150,000 sq ft of gaming space, with over 100 traditional casino table games now available to play 24/7 on the premises.

Blending old and new casino games

Harrah’s Cherokee is also trying hard to fuse the traditional glitz and glamour of a casino floor with the state-of-the-art gaming technology available today. Combining the traditional casino version of baccarat in a six-player digital format, Digital Mini Baccarito puts a refreshing twist on the classic 14th century version of the game. Furthermore, Cherokee has designed and built a dedicated to the resort’s ever-expanding Asian consumer base. “Le Fu Men” features stunning Asia-infused décor and an intimate gaming scene. The space plays host to the most popular derivatives of blackjack and baccarat, with the likes of European blackjack still lending themselves to a basic blackjack playing strategy, including options to double down and surrender, with some slight variations relating to dealer actions and additional payouts. Away from the tables, Le Fu Men also features an adjacent Noodle Bar, open Thursday to Sunday evenings, serving fresh and authentic Asian cuisine.

Such is the depth of entertainment at today’s casino resorts that the revamp of Harrah’s Cherokee has gone way beyond the casino floor. For couples and groups, the hotel’s Mandara Spa is a refreshing addition to the complex, with an 18,000 sq ft relaxation space with treatments and therapies available based upon traditional Balinese techniques, with the spa décor and furnishings replicating the Balinese way of life. Combine this with a trip to both the indoor and outdoor pools of the Cherokee and you can be sure of a morning or afternoon of guaranteed bliss.

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More than just a casino for locals and visitors alike

The multi-million-dollar expansion has also transformed Harrah’s Cherokee into a nightlife hotspot. Essence is a spacious new lounge that’s quickly become a vibrant social space for groups and couples, with live sport broadcast on the lounge’s 33 televisions and hipster music to enjoy over a glass or two of the bar’s premium liquors or American microbrews.

Aside from the entertainment and nightlife on offer, Harrah’s Cherokee is also fast becoming one of the most attractive destinations for corporate gatherings in the Great Smoky Mountains. The town of Cherokee now boasts its own impressive conference center and is ideal for anything from seminars and workshops to board meetings and large-scale conferences, with seating available for up to 3,000 delegates at any time, as well as the ability to put up guests overnight within the resort’s story hotel.

When it comes to entertainment and casino resorts offering a little taste of everything under one roof, there’s no doubt that the latest investment in Harrah’s Cherokee brings the resort in line with many of the best in the United States and beyond. Its unique position overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway is just another reason why visitors are flocking all year round to Cherokee today.


 

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Warren Haynes Presents: The Annual Christmas Jam is One of Our Favorite Happenings in Asheville http://ashevilleblog.com/warren-haynes-presents-annual-christmas-jam-one-favorite-happenings-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/warren-haynes-presents-annual-christmas-jam-one-favorite-happenings-asheville/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:48:02 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11218 Would Santa ever visit Asheville without Christmas Jam popping off? We haven’t had to test the possibility in 28 years, and hopefully, it’s a long time coming before such a tragedy would occur. Organized by Grammy Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, renowned guitarist and Asheville native Warren Haynes, The Annual Christmas Jam concert has a rich story behind it. It all began in 1988 when Haynes decided to give an opportunity for performing artists, fans and donors to come together through music and contribute to the Asheville community at large.

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Would Santa ever visit Asheville without Christmas Jam popping off? We haven’t had to test the possibility in 28 years, and hopefully, it’s a long time coming before such a tragedy would occur. Organized by Grammy Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, renowned guitarist and Asheville native Warren Haynes, The Annual Christmas Jam concert has a rich story behind it. It all began in 1988 when Haynes decided to give an opportunity for performing artists, fans and donors to come together through music and contribute to the Asheville community at large.

The first concert in the annual holiday series was held at the long-defunct club 45 Cherry in downtown Asheville on December 22, 1988. Billed as “The Christmas Jam: Musician’s X-Mas Reunion”, Haynes assembled a close-knit group of musician friends and associates to raise money for local causes.  

The event has grown in stature and reach over the years, drawing impressive arrays of performers and a widening attendance. Once club-sized venues could no longer accommodate the crowd, The Christmas Jam graduated to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and eventually to the Asheville Civic Center, now the U.S. Cellular Center since 2001.

For the past 18 years, proceeds from The Annual Christmas Jam have benefitted Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, charity NGO that’s centered on and devoted towards eradicating issues concerning poor housing worldwide. The organization is focused on building as many simple, decent and affordable houses worldwide as possible.

Through this partnership, more than $2 million has been donated to Habitat for Humanity over the years. Haynes and his wife Stefani, together with musicians from a wide variety of genres, donors, sponsors and the fans who attend The Annual Christmas Jam have built homes for 61 families and counting. Proceeds have also gone toward the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Hudson Hills subdivision where the 2014 and 2015 Christmas Jam houses are located.

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The artists who have made Warren Haynes’ mission a success include his own bands Gov’t Mule and The Allman Brothers Band, The Revivalists, The Avett Brothers, the Steve Miller Band, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Peter Frampton, John Paul Jones, Ray LaMontagne, The Doobie Brothers, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and countless others.

The opportunity for artists from diverse backgrounds of music to entertain fans with surprise collaborations is one of the most special aspects of The Annual Christmas Jam. You never what performers will pop up and sit in on another performer’s set. All the while, Haynes presides over the festivities like a master of the card table, laying the wildcards down for the full spectacle of his audience.

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Plenty of special guests have also shown significant support for this cause, participating both in performances and with generous financial gifts. Every year, The Annual Christmas Jam seems to get bigger and better than the last with more people contributing and more families being given homes. This year marks the 29th installment of the Annual Christmas Jam, which is slated for December 9, 2017, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The full lineup of performers is expected to be released soon.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead at Salvage Station http://ashevilleblog.com/michael-franti-spearhead-salvage-station/ http://ashevilleblog.com/michael-franti-spearhead-salvage-station/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:58:10 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11172 MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD--led by the socially and environmentally conscious singer, songwriter and guitarist--are bringing their “Love Out Loud” world tour to North America this summer including a stop in ASHEVILLE at SALVAGE STATION on THURSDAY, AUGUST 3.

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MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD–led by the socially and environmentally conscious singer, songwriter and guitarist–are bringing their “Love Out Loud” world tour to North America this summer including a stop in ASHEVILLE at SALVAGE STATION on THURSDAY, AUGUST 3.

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, the group released a joyous, positive and uplifting video for “Summertime Is In Our Hands,” which Franti talked about during an interview on the nationally syndicated “Delilah” radio show, which has an estimated eight million listeners (listen to the full podcast episode via iTunes here). Filmed in Bali and directed by Franti, the video brings to life a vibrant story about enjoying every moment with a heartening plot twist towards the end. Click here to watch.

The song–off his most recent and ninth studio album, SOULROCKER (Fantasy Records)–carries very meaningful inspiration for Franti as it was written when his son was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. As a result of the diagnosis, they grew closer, valuing their time. The feeling is “summer is whenever, the memories last,” says Franti. “Live your life to the fullest, even in the darkest hour.” A mini-documentary about the “Summertime Is In Our Hands” video and the “Do It For The Love” organization–the wish-granting non-profit co-founded by Franti and his wife Sara that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts–has also been released. Watch the moving mini-documentary here.

The new “Summertime Is In Our Hands” video follows the band’s recent music video for the song “Crazy For You” (also from SOULROCKER) for which Franti did over 200 takes to complete–avoiding computer-generated graphics or the utilization of green-screens. The video features a new remix of “Crazy For You” which Franti is calling the “San Francisco Funk Remix.” The video originally premiered with Relix on March 27; click here to watch the visually striking and expertly edited video which was shot mostly in Istanbul, but also in London. “A few weeks after we filmed in the Besiktas Soccer Stadium (in Istanbul),” says Franti, “38 people were killed and 166 wounded in a terror attack just outside after a match. We dedicate this video to them, to Besiktas Football Supporters and to all those around the world calling for an end to political violence everywhere.” To read more about Franti’s feelings on the video, click here.

Onstage is where MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD truly take flight; they embrace the power of music knowing how it can inspire, uplift, and make people want to dance or cry. For the aptly titled “Love Out Loud” world tour, which kicked off March 2 in Alaska including international performances already completed in South Africa and Japan, the group will be stopping throughout North America from now through October. Following this past weekend’s performance at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, CA, the “Love Out Loud” tour will also include festival stops at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, CA, Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter, NY, California World Fest in Grass Valley, CA and many more.

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