Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:36:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Men’s Shopping Made Trendier and Easier http://ashevilleblog.com/mens-shopping-made-trendier-easier/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mens-shopping-made-trendier-easier/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:36:54 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11728 Shopping is often considered to be a woman's forte. Women tend to love shopping, and they are much more impulsive with it. They often shop not as a necessity but because they find it entertaining and therapeutic. It is for this reason, why you will often find unwanted items lying around in a woman's closet. Men are generally known as being aversive to spending hours in a shopping mall. It is just not a man's thing. However, not wanting to waste time in shopping does not mean that men do not like to look trendy and fashionable.

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Shopping is often considered to be a woman’s forte. Women tend to love shopping, and they are much more impulsive with it. They often shop not as a necessity but because they find it entertaining and therapeutic. It is for this reason, why you will often find unwanted items lying around in a woman’s closet. Men are generally known as being aversive to spending hours in a shopping mall. It is just not a man’s thing. However, not wanting to waste time in shopping does not mean that men do not like to look trendy and fashionable.

It is just that impulsively collecting a plethora of clothing items, hoarding a closet and taking out time and effort to make long shopping trips do not work for them. However this is changing. In fact men’s streetwear and urban clothing for men is on the rise. For menswear houses and online clothing stores, there’s a new ultimatum as they look to win over a younger set of customers. Today’s men tend to look for convenience as well as looking trendy and stylish more than before.

If you are someone who is always caught up between work pressures and errands and do not have much time to invest in long shopping sprees, here are some tips that will help you make sure that not only your wardrobe is trendy, but your shopping spree remains as convenient as it gets.

Plan Your Wardrobe

The best way to reduce your shopping time and keep your wardrobe on point is to plan it. Before anything else, make sure that you have an idea about what you need in your closet for the upcoming season. Go through your closet and declutter it. If you find anything that has been lying around and has not been in use for more than a year, give it away. If you are not acutely aware of the latest fashion trends, then it would be a good idea to go through some fashion magazines or online fashion blogs. Get an idea about what is in and what is out. If you already have something fashionable in the closet, use that. If you have something obsolete, give it away.

Once you have a general idea, make a specific list of clothing essentials missing in your wardrobe. List the items that you need to buy and specify the budget that you wish to allocate on your shopping spree.

Know Your Fit

Knowing what you need to buy it does not mean to buy things blindly. Make sure you have your measurements correct. Never buy anything without trying it on and see if the trim complements your body. Anything too tight will look awkward, and anything too baggy will be unflattering. If you stumble upon something that has the perfect fit, buy more than one pieces in different colors. This is because you might not be able to get a similar fit elsewhere. If there are good discounts are sales going buy extra items.

Embrace Online Shopping

When you are lazy or short on time, online shopping becomes a blessing. People are reluctant to use this option because they do not know what they will get, but if you do your homework right, you will have a convenient way for quick and easy shopping. Look for reliable and trendy fashion brands such as Differio that focus on selling trendy men’s clothing online. Study their size charts and exchange and return policies. For the first time, it is a good idea to try two different sizes to check the right fit and be prepared to replace the one that is of the wrong size. Once you have the idea about how their sizes and returns work, things get very simple for future shopping sprees.

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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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Enjoy paint and sip nights http://ashevilleblog.com/enjoy-paint-sip-nights/ http://ashevilleblog.com/enjoy-paint-sip-nights/#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:32:40 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11720 Every painting is an act of creation, however original and personal will pass through a series of steps. Here are the steps needed to guide you to the wonderful world of painting. Once you've learned basic techniques, canvas and paper will become your world. What can be more recreative than an experience of paint and wine in San Jose? It is a great way to ease the pressure of the working day.

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Every painting is an act of creation, however original and personal will pass through a series of steps. Here are the steps needed to guide you to the wonderful world of painting. Once you’ve learned basic techniques, canvas and paper will become your world. What can be more recreative than an experience of paint and wine in San Jose? It is a great way to ease the pressure of the working day.

Choose the colors

Before you start painting, you have to choose your colors. Even if there are many brands of paints on the market, avoid buying something inexpensive. They are of poor quality, which will make the process of painting difficult and frustrating. With a few extra pounds, you can get colors that can give the same shine and blending capability from cheaper ones that require a multi-layer application.

Get the rest of the material

Beginners avoid buying specific elements to save. Even though this is a good practice in some cases, there are some necessary things that you will still need for painting to be a relaxing hobby. Mainly, here you need to pay close attention to brushes, which should be of high quality and suitable for the environment you are painting: watercolor, acrylic, oil. You can find here more details.

Arrange a place to paint

Because painting requires many materials, you will need a reasonably wide area. Place your easel or work table in the distance away from the direct sunlight and the traffic routes of the apartment. If possible, cover the floor in this area with a worn sheet to protect it from any drops of paint.

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Sketch the painting

Use a pencil to create a slight outline of the subject. You can do this directly on canvas or on a transparent paper from which you can transfer the design on the paper by using indigo paper. When drawing the subject of your painting, take into account the composition and the use of available space.

Determine the light source

To create a realistic painting, you must have dark areas and shaded areas. Look at the subject and determine the angle from which you want the light to come, and where the shadows and the bright areas will be.

Choose the colors to use

For beginners, it’s hard to use the same colors as in reality (for example, you can see that for the blue sky you used too much of the blue color and too little white). The secret is to change your way of thinking – eliminating the use of fresh colors and putting strong colors just slightly in white or different shades of gray.

Look at the subject’s movement

If your theme is of the nature category, you can skip this step. However, if, for example, your subject is a three-hill and cloudy sky, on a strong windy day, then you’re on a moving painting. This movement is essential in planning the direction of the brush stroke. Realistic paintings have brush lines that either create motion effect or static effect.

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Mix the colors

This step is useful only for painting in oil colors. Oil paints need a few days to dry. However, it is almost impossible to get the same mixture of balls twice, so prepare your blends in more significant quantities and keep them in containers for next-day painting sessions in case you need the same color used before.

Start painting

You can choose which technique you like, whether you start painting across the canvas in multiple layers, or paint first portions (at first). When painting in oil, first use the thin layer application method before applying a thicker layer. Tip: Do not try more techniques in the same painting. Be patient and leave another technique and style for another picture.

Correct the mistakes

If you painted in oil, you have about three days at your disposal (as long as the colors are still wet on the canvas), where you can make changes or remove the paint with a cloth. Before deciding that your painting is ready, take a few steps back, and look at your painting altogether to conclude if you still want to make changes.

Take care of the materials

If you still have oil paint on the palette, you can save it for later use in other paintings, putting it in a container. Then be careful that the oil paints can destroy brushes if they are left to dry with color, so they should be washed immediately.

 

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Why Koh Samui is a Perfect Honeymoon Destination http://ashevilleblog.com/koh-samui-perfect-honeymoon-destination/ http://ashevilleblog.com/koh-samui-perfect-honeymoon-destination/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:16:18 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11718 Getting married is one of the most overwhelming, yet exciting journey. As you enter the new phase of life and prep up for a major paradigm shift with your partner, the honeymoon remains one of the key journeys of your life. This is the period where you can spend some lone time together, understand each …

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Getting married is one of the most overwhelming, yet exciting journey. As you enter the new phase of life and prep up for a major paradigm shift with your partner, the honeymoon remains one of the key journeys of your life. This is the period where you can spend some lone time together, understand each other better and grow together as partners. Choosing the right honeymoon destination could be tricky, most people fall for seclusion and nature when planning a honeymoon. However, most nature-centric destinations have little to offer in terms of activities so couples tend to become bored after a few days if they plan to have an extended honeymoon. This makes Koh Samui a perfect solution to your problem.

Koh Samui is one of the newer tourist trends in Thailand and is usually opted by the wealthier travelers or those looking for less touristy and a more exotic destination. This makes it an amazing honeymoon destination since you will be majorly away from the noisy backpackers and will be able to enjoy the seclusion and nature. Here are some of the more reasons why Koh Samui is your place to be for your honeymoon.

The Airport

Do you love Airports and fancy travelling largely because you love airports? If yes, you will have your mind blown by this interesting little discovery as you will land in Koh Samui. The airport is very small, nothing fancy, yet easily one of the best airports in the world. What makes it stand out is its cozy and rustic design that is dominated by generous use of local wood and the overall theme is very naturesque. It would be suffice to say that this airport is going to give you a decent impression about what lies ahead as you will enter the island.

The Beaches

The beaches in Samui cannot be matched with those in Phuket, Krabi or Pattaya, They are less touristy, more secluded and are lined by the emerald waters of the Andaman that gently brush the pristine coral and white sands of the island. If you are willing to splurge on your accommodation, you can book yourself into one of the fancier resorts by the beach that provides you a private beach access. Alternatively, if you cannot afford that kind of an accommodation, you can choose mid range options and you can still access the beaches open for public.

The Forests

Nature in Thailand is not everything beachy. Koh Samui has lush green forests in abundance. Whether you want to go on a trail, or just want to explore the raw natural greenery, you will find amazing options in Samui. If you are an animal lover, you will love the Elephant sanctuary for the way it lets you interact and take care of these jungle giants.

Adventure and Activity

If you are the kind of couple who look for some adventure, you will be able to find one of the ziplining options in Thailand in Koh Samui. Other than that, there are ample activities such as Jet Ski, parasailing and Wake boarding among other thing. You can look through a wide range of Samui tours online that suit your budget and taste.

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Need Help Starting Your Business? How GovDocFiling Can Help Lead You in The Right Direction http://ashevilleblog.com/need-help-starting-business-govdocfiling-can-help-lead-right-direction/ http://ashevilleblog.com/need-help-starting-business-govdocfiling-can-help-lead-right-direction/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:26:43 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11715 Starting a new business can be stressful but rewarding. At GovDocFiling, we want to lead you in the right direction by providing an online EIN filing service that makes the transition of owning a business easier. We can help with many IRS tasks including applying for an EIN or registering your business entity with your …

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Starting a new business can be stressful but rewarding. At GovDocFiling, we want to lead you in the right direction by providing an online EIN filing service that makes the transition of owning a business easier. We can help with many IRS tasks including applying for an EIN or registering your business entity with your state. Our support team is available 24/7/365 for your convenience, ensuring all your questions are answered from knowledgeable and friendly tax agents.

Payment Processing Solutions

In addition to IRS tax service, GovDocFiling has partnered with North American Bancard to offer payment processing solutions for all industries. This payment solution provides businesses with the ability to accept payments anywhere and at any time, on the go, in-store, and online. The easy online application is approved within 24-28 hours, giving your business the ability to accept all payment types including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, gift cards, and even electronic checks. With terminals shipped directly to you, you can expect your profit to increase.

Easy Three-Step Application Process

If your business is required to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), there is no easier way to apply than by visiting https://www.govdocfiling.com/ and follow the detailed instructions. In only three simple steps, your EIN will be on the way to you via secure email. First, select your entity you will establish. If you are unsure, GovDocFiling offers a survey to help you find out. Next, fill in the needed information on the simplified application. Lastly, submit the application and let us do the rest. Your EIN will be delivered to you within 24 hours.

Allow GovDocFiling to ease the stress of starting a business by providing online services needed to grow in today’s world.

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How Does a Chip on a Credit Card Work? http://ashevilleblog.com/chip-credit-card-work/ http://ashevilleblog.com/chip-credit-card-work/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:51:31 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11712 In recent years, data breaches have made customers hesitant to use their credit cards. Banks have met customer demands for heightened security when using their credit cards. Most of the major banking institutions and credit card companies have adopted this technology:  S. Bank Wells Fargo Bank of America Chase Discover Capital One Most businesses have …

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In recent years, data breaches have made customers hesitant to use their credit cards. Banks have met customer demands for heightened security when using their credit cards. Most of the major banking institutions and credit card companies have adopted this technology: 

  • S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Bank of America
  • Chase
  • Discover
  • Capital One

Most businesses have cooperated by integrating a coordinating chip reader. The Clover POS, for example, is a chip ready system many businesses use. Accepting chip card payments is a cost-effective transition to make, but how do the cards actually work?

Where Is the Chip?

Chips on EMV cards, or chip cards, are located in the top left corner. When a customer pays using this type of card, they insert the chip end into a slot on the reader. Once the transaction is complete, the customer will sign and remove the card. In Europe, most companies use a pin in place of a signature, but the United States generally does not. 

What Does the Chip Do?

The chip acts almost like a computer. When the card is sitting in your wallet, it’s essentially unplugged. Once it’s inserted into a terminal, the card reader begins to communicate with the chip in order to process the transaction. An encryption process protects data from hackers, and a unique transaction ID ensures the information cannot be reused in a future transaction. This makes stealing this information pretty pointless for thieves.

Do Chip Cards Need Magnetic Strips?

Most chip cards have both the chip and a magnetic strip. The chip is able to process payment without the strip, but because many businesses are not chip ready, the magnetic strip is there so customers still have that option. Perhaps someday that magnetic strip will disappear.

Understanding how chip cards work makes it easy to see the benefits of optimizing your business for chip-card payments. Merchant Account Solutions can give you an instant quote through the website or by calling 866-698-9246.

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What is an ICO – Initial Coin Offering http://ashevilleblog.com/ico-initial-coin-offering/ http://ashevilleblog.com/ico-initial-coin-offering/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:04:10 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11703 What is an ICO? The hype around cryptocurrencies has spread globally, and extremely fast. With it, ICOs came as well. ICO (initial coin offering) is a form of fundraising for a new blockchain project. Companies can list their projects and make an ICO where they sell their coins or tokens to the investors and general …

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What is an ICO?

The hype around cryptocurrencies has spread globally, and extremely fast. With it, ICOs came as well. ICO (initial coin offering) is a form of fundraising for a new blockchain project. Companies can list their projects and make an ICO where they sell their coins or tokens to the investors and general public without actually having a real product. By doing that, they can finance a project based on just an idea, and investors could make money by investing and then selling the coins that they got with a bonus at market price, which can be (if the project is good and successful) much higher than then one during the crowd sale.

ICO stages

ICOs usually have more than one stage. The first stage is mostly private and only available to the big investors and companies that are willing to support the project. They get special deals and bonuses depending on the support they are willing to provide, and the amount of money they are willing to invest. The second stage is generally the Pre-ICO. At this stage, early investors get a chance to earn big bonuses when they invest. After that, the regular ICO can be divided into a few stages, with each one giving different bonuses depending on the time of investment (the earlier, the bigger the bonus), and/or based on the amount invested (which is rarely the case).

ICO caps

ICOs have soft and hard caps to measure the amount of funds required for their project. Soft cap is the minimum amount of investment required to start a project. If the ICO doesn’t manage to get enough starting capital, they shut down the project and return the money to the investors. Hard cap is the polar opposite of the soft cap, and is the maximum amount of money an ICO needs. If reached before the time of ICO, the ICO stops because they do not need more funds to finish the project. The best project ideas tend to sell in a matter of minutes.

What happens after an ICO?

After an ICO finishes, the second stage of a project starts. The acquired funds are used to pay for project development or improvement (if the project had a use before the ICO), marketing, and branding the idea that the ICO was based on in the first place.

The first move is (usually) to list the coin or token that was sold in the ICO on many exchanges. That makes the invested funds grow in market value, turning profits for the investors and making them happy as well as making a profit to the project managers and developers so they can have more funds to work with. Buying into an ICO is much like investing in a company through a stock market.

Most ICOs have a roadmap for the project. The roadmap includes their schedule of improvements, public and official launching of the product, and major exchange listings of their coin or token. If the project wants to be successful, they have to keep up with the set up timeline or the investors will not be satisfied, therefor reducing the market price of the coin or token they bought.

ICO regulation

With 2017 being the year of ICO craze, many countries have decided to look into ICOs and start regulating them, due to their shifty nature. Many of the ICOs are simple money grabs or scams, and many are decent projects with good visions, but without regulation they are not being able to fulfill their task and vision properly. Even though the whole idea of crypto is based on decentralization, regulation can be a good thing especially in the ICO sphere. Some countries, like China and the USA have made strict regulatory actions towards ICOs, with China shutting most of them down and the USA making ICOs have to file the ICO for approval to the SEC.

KYC – know your customer

KYC is the USA way of regulating ICOs, but it was not created for them specifically. It was made in 2001 in the Patriot Act, and its goal was to reduce and deter terrorist behavior. It was passed right after 9/11.

As far as ICOs are concerned, there are many reasons to invest in them. However, there is the illegal part of investing: Money laundering. The lack of regulation before KYC was introduced made it easy to launder money through these projects. Ultimately, KYC saves regular investors who support the project from the disruptors (money launderers).

This is why KYC system is what all of the ICO investors usually have to go through to be able to invest in an ICO. Since almost no ICOs have been registered and approved under SEC laws, KYC means that US citizens are not allowed to invest in the ICOs.

KYC is completed by submitting your information (name, address, country of origin and such) and then providing one document to prove your identity, and another one to prove your address. In the ICO world, it is usually just to prove you are not from the US. This might change though because there have been some interesting filings for ICOs with the SEC in 2018.

Returns on the ICO investment

ICO can be a great option for investing because of the ridiculously high reward potential. If properly invested, some projects can return tens of thousands in percentage of the initial investment. To name a few, if 1 dollar was invested into the NXT ICO, you would have bought it at $0.0000168.

One next token, at the time of writing, is standing at $0.148981, which would make the investor more than 800,000%. For every 1$, the investor would get more than $8,000 in return. Same $1 invested in IOTA ICO would have net the investor more than $3,000 and Ethereum investors would be proud of making more than $1,500 on their 1$ if they invested into the ICO. Even though this is a high risk area of investment it can be highly lucrative and that’s why so many people are willing to invest and support these projects.

Final word

Investing in ICOs is highly lucrative but only if the investment is well thought out and the project is successful. After an ICO is done, there are many months and years ahead of projects to become big and great in their field of work. This requires a lot of patience. The roadmap is the holy grail of investors, and should be considered as such by the developers too for the sheer positive thinking in the times of waiting for the project to come to life.

Thanks for reading and don’t miss our next article!

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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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Western North Carolina Activists Take Fight For Free Healthcare To Streets In Washington DC http://ashevilleblog.com/fight-for-free-healthcare/ http://ashevilleblog.com/fight-for-free-healthcare/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 17:54:23 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11698 On Saturday, June 23, Western North Carolina advocates for National Improved Medicare for All join other National Improved Medicare for All advocates from across the country to take to the streets to make the case for Single Payer Healthcare for All.

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On Saturday, June 23, Western North Carolina advocates for National Improved Medicare for All join other National Improved Medicare for All advocates from across the country to take to the streets to make the case for Single Payer Healthcare for All.

The group will join forces with Health Over Profit for Everyone, who has worked in conjunction with the Backbone Campaign to  organize the Medicare for All aspect of the march. The Western North Carolina group and the two organizations  listed above  support H.R. 676, which has a record 122 co-sponsors — more than half of all Democrats in the US House of Representatives. The Senate bill, S. 1804, has 17 co-sponsors, including Sen. Bernie Sanders the lead sponsor.

The healthcare component of the march will feature people telling their personal stories explaining why they support National Improved Medicare for All. Visuals will include a massive ball and chain symbolizing the burden of current health care in the United States which includes high premiums as well as co-payments and high deductibles and narrow healthcare networks which are all barriers to care. At the same time Medicaid, which provides healthcare to 74 million people, is being cut, burdening low-income people with healthcare costs.

The Western North Carolina group is bringing six 10-ft vertical banners that say “Health Justice” and four 6-ft horizontal banners that say “Medicare for All, Everybody In” and “Medicare for All, Nobody Out.”  In addition they are bringing a 20-ft tall deer fence banner and bringing dozens of handmade signs that call for Medicare for All. Organizers will distribute health security cards to demonstrate how single payer would provide lifelong healthcare including dental, optical and access to all health providers without premiums or co-pays.

More information available at www.healthoverprofit.org AND PeopleForHealthcare.org

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Better Dads Festival Returns to Asheville with Grammy Award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, plus Lyric and The Willies http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/ http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:59:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11701 This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

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This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

The musical lineup will include Grammy Award-Winning Band Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, acclaimed local artist LYRIC (who performs with her father) and The Willies from Nashville. Storytellers Ray Christian and Passion join the festival this year. More than 20 Community Partners will attend the festival, providing information about resources for parents. Food will be supplied by a wide array of Asheville vendors.

Live music, dance, games, costumes, drumming, storytelling, crafts, poetry, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers and sharing circles will invite festival goers to explore how men show up in their lives, their challenges, and new possibilities.

Better Dads Festival is an outgrowth of the work done by men involved with the ManKind Project (MKP), specifically within the Greater Carolina community. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of peer-facilitated men’s groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity and service.

Better Dads Festival was created by Hendersonville resident Alan Kay. “In today’s world, it’s up to all of us, with all of our diversity, to create the next generation of compassionate and authentic men committed to the common good. It’s our collective responsibility to mentor and create a nurturing environment so that all children can grow up in an equitable community. How men show up in the world begins with what our children learn in their families, from the media, in their schools and from their peers. Women and men share equally in determining how we communicate, maintain relationships, respect one another and welcome diversity. While the festival focuses on nurturing dads, all of us have a role to play. We’re delighted by the support of various women’s organizations that have agreed to participate in this event. We all have much to share. We all have much to learn.”

What Better Dads Festival

Where Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville

Date Saturday, June 16, 2018 (Father’s Day weekend)

Time 12:30 to 9:30 PM

Price Free to the public

Contact Jeffrey Goldwasser, jeffreygoldwasser@gmail.com

Director Tim Chumley, 804-519-2810, thebetterdadsfestival@gmail.com

Website betterdadsfestival.org

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