Music – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:34:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Asheville BARNAROO 2018 at Franny’s Farm September 28-30 http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-barnaroo-2018-frannys-farm-september-28-30/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-barnaroo-2018-frannys-farm-september-28-30/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:16:38 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11777 Asheville BARNAROO is celebrating 6 years at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC September 28th-30th, featuring non-stop music over 38 acres for 3 days. AVL BARNAROO was started by Asheville Native Andrew Scotchie and friends in 2009 in Weaverville NC.

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Asheville BARNAROO is celebrating 6 years at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC September 28th-30th, featuring non-stop music over 38 acres for 3 days. AVL BARNAROO was started by Asheville Native Andrew Scotchie and friends in 2009 in Weaverville NC.  Teenagers then, Scotchie built AVL Barnaroo out of a necessity to perform in front of their peers and support the Asheville music scene.  Since then, the festival has grown into an eclectic staple of the NC festival scene, been ranked into the top 3 camping festivals in WNC by Mountain Xpress Magazine readers and featured nationally touring acts as well as grammy nominated artists.  Barnaroo’s goal is to give back to the youth music community through Asheville Music School. The Festival is an ALL WEEKEND event with optional camping. New to this year will be Sunday “Youth Music Day” featuring Asheville Music School ensembles of all ages and “rise and shine open mic” hosted by Odyssey High School starting at 10 am. 

The music lineup this year features bands from all over the nation.  From blues,  funk and soul to experimental Appalachian roots music, this years lineup proves to be the most musically diverse yet.  Saturday Sept 29th headliner Eric Gales is perhaps one of the most admired rock/fusion guitar players in the industry today.  Modern blues icon Joe Bonamassa has even said “he is one of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world”.  It’s well documented that Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of his latest,  Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations, one of which led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Supersonic Blues Machine).  

Friday Sept 28th 

Gates open at 1pm.  Music begins at 6 pm 

Bands performing on Friday September 28th include: 

Saturday Sept 29th 

Gates open at 10 am.  Music from noon to 11 pm 

Bands performing on Saturday Sept 29th include: 

*Late night DJ set on the ridge line following the River Rats’ set. *  

Sunday Sept 30- 

  • Sunday is “Youth Music Day” featuring ….
  • Rise and Shine Open Mic hosted by Odyssey High School  (starting at 10 am) 
  • After open, the day features a variety of Asheville music School ensembles and special guest performers. From festival founder Andrew Scotchie- 

“Asheville Barnaroo was built out of necessity. A necessity to perform, share the communities burgeoning art scene with one another and to inspire more musicians to step onto the stage with confidence.   Asheville Barnaroo turns 10 this year and I’m proud to say the festival has grown but still supports all things local and the next generation of musicians in WNC”  

“The atmosphere is welcoming to people of all ages and musical tastes.  At the end of the weekend, people leave having more friends and are aware of bands they may have never been exposed to.  Attendees are welcomed in like family.  Franny’s Farm is such a beautiful place in the fall and I feel a lot of the festival goers feel at peace when they come to the farm.  Nobody is on top of each or feels like they are just another face in the crowd; people have enough space and can also genuinely connect with one another” 

  

 *A variety of local vendors, food by Farm to Fender food truck, beer from Hi Wire Brewing, and wine will be available all weekend.   

*individual day passes, weekend day passes, weekend camping passes and VIP passes are available at www.ashevillebarnaroo.com

*discounted weekend camping passes “Barn Burner” weekend passes are on sale now for just $65 !  

Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/2M02OhA

Official Website-   www.ashevillebarnaroo.com

This years stage sponsors are Musicians Workshop and General Equipment Rental .   Sound/Staging graciously provided by Salvage Station AVL 

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What have Been the Biggest Music Events in Asheville in the Last Decade? http://ashevilleblog.com/biggest-music-events-asheville-last-decade/ http://ashevilleblog.com/biggest-music-events-asheville-last-decade/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:43:26 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11725 Asheville is rapidly making a name for itself as one of the best music cities in the United States. There are numerous music festivals focusing on a wide range of genres that occur throughout the year, while well-known international acts are also viewing the North Carolina city as a perfect location to come and perform. Live music has become a significant contributing factor to boosting tourism in Asheville, and the city has a long tradition of hosting popular music events. Here are some of the biggest music events to have occurred in Asheville over the last ten years.

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Asheville is rapidly making a name for itself as one of the best music cities in the United States. There are numerous music festivals focusing on a wide range of genres that occur throughout the year, while well-known international acts are also viewing the North Carolina city as a perfect location to come and perform. Live music has become a significant contributing factor to boosting tourism in Asheville, and the city has a long tradition of hosting popular music events. Here are some of the biggest music events to have occurred in Asheville over the last ten years.

Elton John

Sir Elton John is one of the most famous musicians in the world, and the fact that the Candle in the Wind singer came to Asheville and performed highlights just how well-recognised the city is on the music scene. The English pop legend performed at the Asheville Civic Center in 2010, and it was billed as the “must-see concert of the year.” John appeared in front of a sold-out audience along with his band, which included Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on the keyboard. The tour was called “Greatest Hits Live,” and fans were treated to classics such as and fans were treated to classics such as Rocket Man, I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues, and Your Song.

Elton John is one of the biggest-selling live acts of all time, and has often topped the charts in terms of revenue generated from his concerts. In fact, the 71-year-old is one of the highest earners in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. According to Betway Casino, John has performed in 207 shows at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, and has generated a total revenue of almost $84 million. He is also one of the most influential pop acts of all time, and has been awarded Brit Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music on two separate occasions. When John appeared in Asheville, it said a lot for the state of the music scene in the city and helped put it on the global map.

Moogfest

Moogfest started in New York in 2004, and then migrated to Asheville in 2010 where it was held for four years. The festival is a celebration of electronic music, which also features art and technology. It is named after the founding father of electronic music, Robert Arthur Moog, the man who invented the Moog synthesiser. The reason for the move to Asheville was because this was the city in which the late Moog spent the last thirty years of his life.

Each Moogfest festival in Asheville lasted for three days and featured over 60 acts each time. During its run in the North Carolina city, the famous electronic festival welcomed some of the biggest acts from the genre in the world. One of the most notable groups to perform were Massive Attack, the British trip-hop double act of Robert Del Naja and Daddy G. Two of their albums, Blue Lines and Mezzanine feature in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and they also won the Brit Award for Best British Dance Act in 1996.

Biltmore Concert Series

The Biltmore Concert Series is a unique musical experience in that visitors get to enjoy great views and luxury at the same time as listening to their favourite music. Located at the 8000-acre backyard of Biltmore House, concert-goers are treated to jaw-dropping views of Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore Concert Series doesn’t just focus on one genre, and there is something for everyone. It has seen some world-famous acts in the past, and is preparing to welcome Motown legends the Four Tops and the Temptations this summer.

Nashville has long been known as the music capital of America, but Asheville is making a case to knock it from its perch in the years to come. There is no denying that the North Carolina city is one of the hottest places for music in the whole country right now.

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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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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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Rainbow Kitten Surprise Releases New Track; Plays Orange Peel http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-releases-new-track-plays-orange-peel/ http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-releases-new-track-plays-orange-peel/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:01:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11547  

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“a genre-defying fusion of multi-faceted noise…Multiple harmonies coalesce into something curiously outlandish yet remarkably concise…yet completely accessible.” – CLASH  

Elektra Records North Carolina-based quintet Rainbow Kitten Surprise have released a new song “Holy War,” from their upcoming label debut album “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL,” which arrives everywhere on Friday, April 6th. Listen to “Holy War” HERE and watch the accompanying music video, which premiered yesterday via CLASH, on Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s official YouTube channel HERE.

“The first demo I have for ‘Holy War’ is from December 2015,” says lead vocalist, Sam Melo.  “The lyrics were tongue-in-cheek, even a little humorous at the time.  Over the past few years, those same words have become more ominous – something that has caused me to wrestle with the value of passionate belief.”

Produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Sleeper Agent), “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL” is available for pre-order now HERE. The album launch kicked off last month with the release of its first single, “Fever Pitch.” The track is accompanied by an equally rousing companion visual – watch HERE.

Hailed as one of the most eclectic and exciting live acts in recent memory, Rainbow Kitten Surprise will herald “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL” with their biggest North American headline tour thus far. “The Friend, Love, Freefall Tour” gets underway March 29th and 30th with a very special two night stand at Atlanta, GA’s Terminal West and then travels the continent through mid-May (see attached itinerary). With tickets still on sale now, the tour has already sold out dates in 16 markets, upgraded venues in 5 cities and added second shows in Raleigh, New York, and Denver. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.rksband.com/tour.

With their chilling harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, and introspective lyrics, Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s genre-defying sound takes equal influence from artists like Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon as it does Frank Ocean and Schoolboy Q. The Boone, NC-based band has proven an independent sensation, with over 75 million streams across digital platforms and over 45 sold out shows on their first U.S. headline tour.

2017 saw Rainbow Kitten Surprise lighting up the North American festival circuit with their always engaging live performances, including stand out sets at such events as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Shaky Knees, Hangout, Sasquatch, and Austin City Limits, among others. “Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s on stage presence and performance are second to none,” enthused The Huffington Post. “The band’s performance comes across as flurry of frenzied motion set to the sounds their own melodically guitar driven rock ’n’ roll that one simply can’t look away from.” Likewise, Paste Magazine raved how RKS frontman Sam Melo “…truly excels as a showman, selling every song with his undeniable stage presence and full-throated vocals,” and praised the band for “…earning every bit of their steadily swelling buzz.”

Rainbow Kitten Surprise is: Sam Melo (lead vocals); Darrick “Bozzy” Keller (guitar, vocals); Ethan Goodpaster (lead guitar, vocals); Charlie Holt (bass, vocals); Jess Haney (drums).

For more information, please visit:

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RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE “THE FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL TOUR” NORTH AMERICA 2018

 

MARCH

29 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT

30 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT

31 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel – SOLD OUT

 

APRIL

2 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm– SOLD OUT

3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre– SOLD OUT

4 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore – UPGRADED VENUE

6 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz – SECOND SHOW ADDED

7 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz – SOLD OUT

8 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT

10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – SECOND SHOW ADDED

11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – SOLD OUT

12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – SOLD OUT

14 – Boston, MA – Royale – SOLD OUT

16 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall – UPGRADED VENUE

17 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

18 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

20 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery – SOLD OUT

21 – Chicago, IL – Metro – SOLD OUT

23 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre – SOLD OUT

24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

25 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre

27 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – SECOND SHOW ADDED

28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – SOLD OUT

30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

 

MAY

1 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma – UPGRADED VENUE

3 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo – UPGRADED VENUE

4 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue – UPGRADED VENUE

5 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom – SOLD OUT

7 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

8 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore – SOLD OUT

10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

12 – San Diego, Ca – The Observatory – North Park

14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

15 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

17 – Austin, TX – Stubbs – UPGRADED VENUE

18 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater – SOLD OUT

19 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

 

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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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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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