The infernal pandemic is still with us, but artists and venues are finding ways to present live music in a setting that’s safe for audiences. In some cases that means live streaming; in others, socially-distanced, limited-seating engagements are increasingly popping up on the calendar. This roundup of live music in Asheville over the next 30 days features one “virtual” show, and three live-in-person dates.
Artist: Jeff Daniels
Venue: Wortham Center for the Performing Arts (virtual)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Maybe you know him from Dumb and Dumber. Maybe you enjoyed his exceptional star turn on The Newsroom. But if you didn’t know he’s also an accomplished musician and songwriter, you’re in for a treat. This date is part of his virtual tour. I interviewed Jeff Daniels about his music in 2015, and I really enjoyed the show as well.
Artist: Craggy Blues
Venue: Asheville Guitar Bar (outside deck)
Date: Saturday, Sep. 19, 7 p.m.
The Asheville area band’s Facebook page and web site seem to make a point of not telling visitors who-all’s in the band, but from what I’ve seen and heard, they’re pretty good. Based on available evidence, I’d characterize them as blues rock more than straight-up blues, but hey, that’s okay. Two guitars, bass and drums.
Artist: Black Sea Beat Society
Venue: Isis Music Hall (outside lawn)
Date: Saturday, Sep. 23, 6:30 p.m.
Although this brass band project is indeed based in Western North Carolina, it’s steeped in Eastern European (Balkan, Turkish etc.) musical traditions. The band is a sort of supergroup of musicians who are well-known and revered locally (and beyond) for their other efforts. The band includes Sparrow Pants (Resonant Rogues), Ben Hovey (Evil Note Lab) and Ryan Oslance (Ahleuchatistas), among others.
Artist: Tin Roof Echo
Venue: The Grey Eagle (outside patio)
Date: Wednesday, Sep. 30, 7 p.m.
As I wrote in a 2018 review of the album Remember Every Moment, “Tin Roof Echo is the one-man ‘bedroom folk’ product of Joe Hooten, though the multi-instrumentalist goes to some length to keep his real name off of his work.” He’s strongly influenced by R.E.M. (in case the album title didn’t tip you off), but live onstage as a solo artist, his work reveals a unique character with influences that aren’t nearly as easily identified.