30 Days Out, March 2021 #1: Chelsea Lovitt, Aditi and Jay, TV Girl, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

Live music is coming back! Who knew? To be sure, it’s not everywhere, and when it’s indoors it’s subject to social distancing protocols – we’re not out of the woods just yet – so if you’ve had your shots, mask up and go go go support the return of live music. Three of these four shows are happening in the real world in the Asheville area in the coming 30 days. Woohoo!

Artist: Chelsea Lovitt
Venue: Jack of the Wood
Date: Saturday, March 6, 6 p.m.
Door: check with the venue
A singer-songwriter based in Mississippi, Lovitt claims an eclectic roster of influences including Iggy Pop, the Velvets and Big Star, but her music is steeped in the honky tonk idiom. Go check her out to find out how any of that makes sense.

Artist: Aditi and Jay
Venue: White Horse Black Mountain
Date: Saturday, March 20, 8 p.m.
Door: $12 (live stream show)
This wife-and-husband duo one half of the folk quartet the Appaluicians. They have also been performing together as Shantavaani, a project that combines American folk with the musical textures of Africa and India. These days they’re known as Aditi and Jay, and they describe their sound as “contemplative music with roots.”

Artist: TV Girl
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 8 p.m.
Door: $15
Imagine 1960s ye-ye pop (Francoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan) crossed with Phil Spector-type arrangements and a hip-hop sensibility. Now stop imagining it and go check out the real thing: TV Girl, an indie-pop band from Los Angeles.

Artist: The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers
Venue: Isis Music Hall
Date: Friday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Door: $15
Fun, uptempo roots music is the domain of this group from central Appalachia (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland). Back when there were such things as festivals, this lively five-piece played a lot of ‘em.