things to do in asheville – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:32:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Revival of Entire Amy Winehouse’s BACK TO BLACK album with 15-Piece Orchestra http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/ http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:49:48 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11695 National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

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National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

 

Featuring 17 songs including the hit singles “Rehab”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Love is a Losing Game”, and the title track, “Back to Black”, Remember Jones and company recreate the critically-acclaimed album with a horn section, strings, a backing choir, and other guests. This is a ONE OF A KIND EVENT celebrating the music that will not be heard live and lush anywhere else. It has sold out all previous engagements in Asbury Park, NJ, where the group has a stronghold on their thriving music community, and has packed venues in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. Their sold-out Chicago show at Lincoln Hall in July 2016 was streamed live via Audiotree, including several official video releases that followed.

Remember Jones, listed as one of Paste Magazine/Daytrotter’s Top Soul of 2017, is a notorious and bombastic soul vocalist and persona, performing for enormous crowds throughout the country, and called “fiercely passionate frontman… one for the ages…” by Live for Live Music, “…remarkable vocalist… uncanny magic… Remember Jones is heading for big things…” by Popdose, “New Jersey’s most ambitious song interpreter” by NJ Arts, and “truly captivates audiences every time he performs” by BroadwayWorld. KEF Audio says, “Remember Jones is at the vanguard of the rebirth of soul music as an immersive experience that begs to be felt as well as heard.” Collaboratively supported by a double-digit band, their debut album,Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! (recorded with a 25-piece soul orchestra in front of a live studio audience that raised $19,000 in it’s funding), and subsequent EP, Tranquilizer!, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, are available on all digital outlets. The band will play an encore set of their original music following back to BACK TO BLACK. For more information on Remember Jones, http://www.rememberjones.com/.

Tickets are $15/$18, 7:00PM doors, 8:00PM show, all ages, Wednesday, June 27th. 

 

Wednesday, June 27th

The Grey Eagle

185 Clingman Ave Extention, Asheville, NC

Ticket Link: https://ticketf.ly/2Mha98I

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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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The Diverse Expressions of Asheville Art http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/ http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 15:15:19 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11649 There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

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There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

One of the most perfect places in the world for artistic inspiration is Asheville, North Carolina.  The Asheville arts scene is an explosion of performing arts locations, hundreds of artists, and countless art galleries.  Art festivals and events abound in this city and are woven into every aspect of Asheville life.  Art is not hidden away in Asheville; it is shouted from every vantage point.  Walls, buildings, and even underpasses, are canvases for Asheville’s creatives.

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Photo by Denise Carbonell

It is an exercise in futility trying to list all of the best places to visit, so let’s look at some of the must-see attractions and a few of the unusual. Worth visiting is the Black Mountain College Art Museum and Art Center in the heart of downtown Asheville.  Artists Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning received their tutelage at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, a progressive art school opened in the 1930s.  The art center now pays homage to this legacy in the form of art exhibitions, performance arts, film and more.

Another essential visit is to the River Arts District (RAD), a former industrial zone with 22 buildings along the French Broad River that are simply teeming with artists.  The once-polluted area is now celebrated by both businesses and the local artists who work year-round.

For those who like the feeling of self-expression, there are many workshops you can take to fully-immerse yourself in the art experience.  You should pay a visit to The Village Potters, which is also in The RAD.  It is a community, with talented potters in-house, that also nurtures creative self-expression. The fully-outfitted Education Center provides ongoing classes in wheel and hand building, among other classes for beginners and intermediates, plus advanced programs for the serious potter-to-be.  You can even book your own personalized Get Your Hands Dirty workshop for yourself or a group of enthusiasts.

Photo by Takeaway
Photo by Takeaway

Asheville is famous for its beer, but a cafe latte is almost as popular. And a set of perfect microbubbles can be turned into an art experience called “latte art”, which can be found at any of the coffeehouses nestled in the middle of the RAD. There’s even a Chemistry and Latte Art workshop where baristas learn exercises on how to pour latte art. 

You can also unleash another unusual art treat when you take one of the daily glass-blowing workshops at the North Carolina Glass Center.  Using century-old techniques, visitors can make beads, cups, or even paperweights from hand-blown glass.

Asheville is an art lover’s utopia.  From the countless galleries to the milky taste of unusual latte art at a pastry shop, the experience can be a surfeit of visual experiences that will satiate even the fussiest of art lovers.  It can also be a highly-personal journey where, as a visitor, you can look for a workshop on pottery, the performing arts or anything else creative that meets your whims and fancies. Diverse choices in a diverse city make Asheville a personally therapeutic and inspired experience.

 

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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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Brews and Bears May 11 @ WNC Nature Center http://ashevilleblog.com/brews-bears-may-11-wnc-nature-center/ http://ashevilleblog.com/brews-bears-may-11-wnc-nature-center/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:09:00 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11621 On Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00PM the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of their 2018 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be three occurrences this year: May 11, July 13, and September 14.

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It’s Happy Hour at the WNC Nature Center

On Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00PM the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of their 2018 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be three occurrences this year: May 11, July 13, and September 14.

“Brews and Bears has sold out each year we’ve had it, and people enjoy it so much. This year we added two more dates to make sure that everyone who wants to join in can do so,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends of the WNC Nature. The fundraiser gives attendees the rare opportunity to visit the Nature Center past 5PM. “Many of our animals are more active in the evening and guests really enjoy seeing them in this different setting,” said Shanafelt.

The May 11 happy hour celebration will feature beer from Highland Brewing Company and cider from Black Mountain Ciderworks. Food will be available for purchase from Melt Your Heart and The Hop Ice Cream Co. There will be music and yard games, and guests will have the chance to view an exciting enrichment activity for black bears, Uno and Ursa.

Admission to Brews & Bears is $8 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members, and $10 for non-members. The event is intended primarily for adults, although youth are welcome to attend with the purchase of a ticket. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online at www.wildwnc.org/event or in person at the Center. Proceeds from both ticket and beverage sales will go to support the Friends of the WNC Nature Center. The May 11th Brews and Bears event is sponsored by Carolina Alliance Bank, Festiva, and The Biltmore Company.

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

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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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Story Slammers Showcase Asheville June 2nd 2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/story-slammers-showcase-asheville-june-2nd-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/story-slammers-showcase-asheville-june-2nd-2018/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:21:31 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11529 A Story Slammers Showcase, featuring some of the nation's top story slammers, will be presented in downtown Asheville on Saturday June 2nd.

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A Story Slammers Showcase, featuring some of the nation’s top story slammers, will be presented in downtown Asheville on Saturday June 2nd.

Scott Whitehair, from Chicago, is a professional storyteller and story teacher who has appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival, Hong Kong’s Story Worthy Week, The National Storytelling Conference and at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival.  Scott brings a dynamic blend of vulnerability, humor and insight with his stories.

Raymond Christian, from Boone, NC., is a ten time Moth Story Slam champion and winner of the National Story Slam in 2016.  He has been featured on NPR, Reader’s Digest, This American Life, Risk and has recently toured with Snap Judgement.  Raymond is a beloved gentle giant in the storytelling community.

David Joe Miller, originally from the Storytelling Capital of the World, Jonesborough, TN, is the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association.  He created the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild in 1994 and has told stories for Disney, The Smithsonian, Library of Congress and former Vice President, Al Gore and family.

Alison Fields, from Carrboro, NC, is a professional writer and story slammer.  She most recently won The Moth Grand Slam here in Asheville and is a regional favorite at the Asheville Moth Story Slam.  Alison’s heartwarming stories are filled with humor and wit.

Chuck Fink, from Weaverville, NC, is a retired corporate trainer and local storytelling favorite.  Chuck is known for his work at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA and is the founder of  Men’s Wisdom Works here in Asheville.

Pete Koschnick, from Weaverville, NC, is a Moth Story Slam Champion and Synergy Story Slam Champion.  With a background in theatre and decades of storytelling experience, Pete brings his sly humor and thought provoking stories to the stage.

Lee Lindsey, from Johnson City, TN, is also a Moth Story Slam Champion and graduate of the East Tennessee State University Masters Degree Program in Storytelling.  Lee has hosted numerous Spoken Word Open Mic shows and has a wickedly funny sense of humor.

These seven exceptional storytellers will take the stage to tell their best and favorite stories at Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville on Saturday night, June 2nd.  Seating will be limited so purchasing tickets online in advance of the show is highly recommended.  Tickets are only $15.00 online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-slammers-showcase-tickets-44634930278  or $18.00 at the door on the night of the show.  Doors will open at 6pm for this 7pm, general seating show.

It is a rare opportunity to see seven fantastic storytellers in a single show.  It is almost like a mini storytelling festival, the likes of which may only happen once a year.  Don’t miss this incredibly exciting and rare storytelling showcase of story slam favorites!  For more information, contact David Joe at davidjoetells@yahoo.com or visit http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/

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 2018 Festival to Take Place July 26-29

Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule. Taking place July 26th through 29th, the festival will feature over 30 presenters and 90+ offerings, ranging from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.

Now in its second year under the ownership and direction of Asheville residents and veteran yoga practitioners Amanda Hale and Sara Levine LaStella, Asheville Yoga Festival aims to build on last year’s success and continue its growth toward becoming the Southeast’s preeminent yoga festival.

“This year’s festival feels even more thoughtful and impactful than our first year,” said LaStella. “We are bringing together an incredibly qualified group of instructors to teach traditional methods of yoga alongside some current topics that are close to our hearts, such as gender identity, diversity, body positivity and the yoga practice outside of the classroom. Our hope is that everyone feels as though this festival was created for them and that they walk away feeling filled up and more connected, inside and out.”

This year’s lineup again brings together many notable local and nationally recognized instructors to create an immersive experience and expose festival goers to a wide variety of yoga styles and philosophies.

  • 2018 Scheduled Presenters:
  • MC YOGI Sara Clark
  • Stephanie Snyder
  • Chelsey Korus
  • Michael Johnson
  • Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
  • Taylor Harkness
  • Jean Jacques Gabriel
  • Tymi Howard
  • Chelsea Jackson Roberts
  • Lillah Schwartz
  • Rusty Wells
  • Lisa Zahiya
  • Stephanie Keach

The Festival will again utilize indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Asheville, including Pack Square Park, the YMI Cultural Center, Hilton Garden Inn, and the Masonic Temple. New locations this year include the AC Marriott and The Asheville Social Hall. The footprint makes it easy for festival goers to walk from venue to venue, while being exposed to the vibrant culture of downtown.

The Mountain Air Market in Pack Square will be open to the public again this year, giving everyone the opportunity to listen to live music, view and participate in various demonstrations, and explore an exceptional mix of health and wellness businesses, both local and from across the country. There will also be a daily community yoga practice that’s open to the public at no charge.

Stretching beyond yoga practice, festival goers can participate in guided nature hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, educational workshops, evening concerts, and much more. The goal is to take advantage of as many experiences the Asheville area has to offer.

Giving back to the community is also a key component of Asheville Yoga Festival’s guiding philosophy. A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will be donated to local non-profit Light a Path. Light a Path’s mission is to create community and resilience in underserved populations of WNC through offering yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies at no cost. For more information visit lightapath.org.

Full information is available at ashevilleyogafestival.com. Follow @AshevilleYogaFestival on Facebook and Instagram.

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