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Laugh Your Asheville Off

Laugh Your Asheville Off 2014 starts tonight! 

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Bailiff at One Stop in Asheville 8/13/2014

When Josh Siegel confided to one of his Berklee professors that he was dropping out to move home and start a band, that professor had one response: “don’t procrastinate.” A Craigslist ad went up immediately upon Siegel’s return to Chicago:

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Enchantment Under the Sea Beard Prom

Only in Asheville would you find a club dedicated to beer and beards. Beer City Beards & Mustache Club is a society of Ashevillian beer drinkers and beard appreciators.

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Comedian Stewart Huff in Asheville July 11th

On Friday, July 11th, comedian Stewart Huff brings his brilliant comedy to Asheville’s The Millroom for one spectacular show at 8:00pm. Opening for Stewart is Sonya King from South Carolina and hosting the show is Peter Smith McDowell from Asheville.

Stewart Huff was born in Campbellsville, Kentucky and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been performing comedy for over 15 years, beginning when he decided to drop out of college to become a writer. Currently touring theatres, comedy clubs and special events across the country, Huff reaches past the norm for his genuine — and genuinely unexpected — comedy. His knack for embracing the foibles of humanity and his refreshing originality make him as likeable as he is hilarious. A storyteller at heart, Huff continues to amaze with his clever material and personal wit.

Huff has performed in comedy clubs nationally and internationally, including the Improv in Los Angeles and New York, the Punchline in Atlanta and the Funny Bone in Omaha, as well as countless others. A finalist in the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival, Huff was also invited to perform in the HBO Las Vegas Festival, where his act can be viewed on pay-per-view. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his girlfriend. There he drops off the various items he collects while on the road, including an antique barber chair, countless vintage photographs, and an extensive collection of LP’s. She likes this.

Opening for Stewart is Sonya King. Sonya can be found sharing her deadpan style of comedy with audiences all over the country.  Her slow paced delivery mixed with a very quick wit, equals funny!  She’s been featured in Smart Magazine, performed on Good Morning America, The View, and is in a movie coming out this summer called Two Days Back.

Buying tickets in advanced is highly-recommended and can be done so by visitinghttp://www.AshevilleMillroom.com. Free parking is available across the street from The Millroom at 66 Asheland Avenue after 6pm. Food and beer will be available.

 

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Carolina Mountain Ribfest Returns as Carolina West Ribfest

This July 11-13th the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center will once again host a RibFest . However, this year the festival sports a new name, new promoter and a new direction. Long a mainstay on the local summer festival scene, the Carolina Mountain RibFest is now the Carolina West RibFest and is being produced by AKA Entertainment & Media an event production company  based in Greensboro, NC. Local event producer John Patterson, the man who began the RibFest in 2007 has handed over the reins due to health concerns.

According to Allen McDavid, the president of AKA and producer of NC’s Premier Barbecue and Music Festivals series www.premierbbq.com , the new name is an integral part of transitioning the festival so that it will appeal to a broader audience. Says McDavid, “barbecue festivals generally follow the tired old formula of barbecue, cover bands and a children’s carnival.” The Carolina West RibFest will feature an expanded group of national barbecue teams and an eclectic mix of entertainment including 3 days of local, regional and national music acts on the main stage, Lucha Libre wrestling, a sideshow and saloon featuring can-can girls. McDavid adds, “There are few places where seven dollars can buy this amount of entertainment.” McDavid has tagged the RibFest with the slogan, “A different type of BBQ festival.”

The 2014 Carolina West RibFest will have six barbecue teams vying for awards but mainly will focus on satisfying the appetites of thousands of BBQ fans. This year’s line-up includes local purveyor Big Bad Wolf BBQ from Etowah, Big Boned BBQ (Charleston, SC), Camp 31 (Castleberry, Alabama), Porky Chicks (Farmington, Arkansas), Carolina Rib King (Moore, SC) and Florida Skin Bones (Arcadia, Florida). The judges panel will consist of folks from the event’s Facebook family, local chefs and foodies as well as local dignitaries including David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commission.

Joining local musical acts like Underhill Rose and Circus Mutt will be national acts Moon Taxi and Jason McKinney. UIW Wrestling will showcase a diverse group of luchidores and the RibFest’s sideshow will be hosted by The Squidling Brothers from Philadelphia, PA. Rounding out the festival will be a marketplace, kids’ zone and the Shady Lady Saloon. New participants Leinenkugel beer and Cupcake Vineyards will provide product samples.

The Carolina West RibFest kicks off at 11 AM on July 11 and continue through July 13 at 8 PM. Admission for adults is $7 and children get in free. The event website has complete details - www.carolinawestribfest.com. Updates will come via Facebook - www.facebook.com/carolinawestribfest.

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Where’s Waldo? In Reynold’s Village!

FIND WALDO IN The Shops at Reynolds Village in North Asheville!

Things To Do In Asheville: 4th of July Edition

Wanting something to do on the 4th of July, but not sure where to go? We have a rundown of all of things happening in and around Asheville for Independence Day. Grab a cooler and some drinks, your friends, and be ready to have a good time. 

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Things To Do In Asheville June 25th: Geek Edition

As it is Wednesday, all I can think about is an overly excited camel belting out “hump daaaayyeee” across a rather boring office and how many others like myself are eagerly anticipating the weekend.  But who said Wednesday can’t be great.  Here are a few things making my Wednesday much more interesting than yours.

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Seth Walker Record Release Show at Grey Eagle 6/25/14

Announcing Seth Walker’s Record Release Show at the Grey Eagle on Wed 6/25

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Things To Do In Asheville June 19-22 2014

Looking for something to do this weekend? There is a flurry of activity happening and it seems like there is something for everyone - and I don't use that phrase lightly. From fiber arts to film festivals, freebies to paid amusement, I have some suggestions on what to do and where to go that are sure to fit any budget and style. 

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