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Recap in Pictures: All Go West 2014

All Go West 2014 has come and gone, and all that remains are the remnants of beer bottles scattered throughout West Asheville and the throbbing headaches of hungover enthusiasts the next day. All Go West never fails to please and this year was no exception - with an outstanding lineup including some stellar bands such as Soldiers Heart, Nest Egg, and Elephant Wrecking Ball, there was something for everyone. Die hard music lovers could start early and catch the music starting at 11 am, and stay until 1 am that morning - and we salute you if you stuck it out that long. 

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Busy Weekend in Asheville: All Go West Fest & Geek Out

Happening June 7th, 2014 the second All Go West Fest is happening in West Asheville. There will be three stages set up with bands playing starting at 11 am until 1 am. Three stages will be used, so pick and choose your bands wisely. Find bands at Isis, The Mothlight, and an outdoor stage (location of the outdoor stage is to be announced.) All Go West is an entirely free event, so be sure to show your local love and buy a beer (or two, or three...) from the venues that offer a fine variety of wares. Unlike last year, Taste of the West - the VIP portion of All Go West is not happening, but we hope to see it back next year. In the meantime, check out the list of amazing artists that are performing June 7th.

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Caleb Johnson Wins American Idol

It has been a long road, but tonight crowned Asheville's very own Caleb Johnson the winner for the 13th season of the hit reality television show American Idol! Since the season premiered January 15th

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Caleb Johnson in Asheville

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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Wakey! Wakey! Coming to Asheville May 1 2014

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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Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots

Our latest featured local artist is the talented "Hank West & the Smokin' Hots." This group would make the likes of Louis Jordan & Cab Calloway proud. With a modern twist on the classic jazz that helped build the foundation for rock and roll, Hank West & the Smokin Hots have an infectious energy and style all their own.

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Town Mountain & Foghorn Stringband Perform at Isis 3/28/14

Town Mountain & Foghorn Stringband Perform at Isis on Fri 3/28 $12 Adv / $14 doors;  5PM Door / 9pm show; General Admission with Some Balcony Seating 828-575-2737 743 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806  www.isisasheville.com The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers of the last century. With the success of their latest album, Leave the Bottle, the word is out with some of their best reviews yet. “Thank god that Town Mountain are around to blow a hole in all the genre-juggling games of which music writers like myself are so fond,” said Devon Leger, of Ed Helms’ The Bluegrass Situation. “They play bluegrass. Period. They play it hard, they play it fast, and they play it like their fingers are bleeding and their picks are breaking.” “Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record a treat for any bluegrass fan,” …

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Interview with Dave Desmelik

1270857_10151908800466528_1536470755_oOur effort to help promote local music continues as Dave Desmelik plays some tunes and chats with Chris about Asheville, his life in music, and how to make the best scrambled eggs. Dave is an accomplished performer who has played in bands all over the nation. Currently Dave is based in Brevard and plays locally all over WNC.

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Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why Playing March 11 2014

Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why are an independent rock/soul band based in Asbury Park NJ. Described as a mix between Alan Stone, Bob Schneider, G-Love and Paul Simon, Quincy has played over 500 shows and released four albums since 2008. QM&TRW released their fifth album Its Only Change, produced Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and mixed in Philadelphia by Phil Nicolo (Dylan, Police, Urge Overkill) in July 2013.

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Purling Hiss at The Mothlight March 2 2014

The Purling Hiss sound is revered by discerning listeners for its devastational waves of guitar rock crashing atop sweet melodies and pile-driving rhythm tunes alike. These contrasts in the hands of Mike Polizze impact upon buzzing pleasure centers for each listener, more of them with every lick - people who like rock songs and like to sing along and don't mind a little dirt for their trouble, live or on record. In a best of both worlds scenario, you've got a hot "new" Hiss LP in one hand and a Hiss concert ticket in the other... and so it shall be! Purling Hiss announce a country-wide tour of the U.S.A. in March and the release of Dizzy Polizzy on April 22nd!

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