I’ll spare you the April Fools Day jokes and instead move on to letting you know about foru live-and-in-person music performances happening in the next 30 days in Asheville. Three are locally-based artists (who customarily tour pretty widely), so not only are these opportunities to see live music, they represent a sampling of the best the region has to offer. The other artist is a widely respected blues guitarist who’s scheduled an Asheville date. Get your shots, hold on to that mask, keep your distance, and (if you’re so inclined) go to a show.
Artist: Alexa Rose
Venue: Isis Music Hall
Date: Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m.
The term singer-songwriter is bandied about too freely, Ithink. It should be reserved for those artists who excel in some way at both pursuits. A good example of an artist who richly deserves the label is Asheville’s own Alexa Rose. Read my 2019 interview/feature with Alexa Rose.
Artist: Brie Capone
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Door: $12 advance / $15 day of show
Yep: another singer-songwriter. And one who’s also deserving of the plaudits she’s received. Like Alexa Rose, she isn’t from here originally, but her creative output has been significantly colored by her experiences in Western North Carolina. Read my 2018 interview/feature with Brie Capone.
Artist: David LaMotte
Venue: White Horse Black Mountain
Date: Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Door: $20 in person / $12 online
And another! But – as his website makes plain – LaMotte is also a speaker and author. His command of multiple creative avenues enriches each of them. He’s a “big thoughts” guy who’s also refreshingly down to Earth. His music reflects that. Read my 2016 interview and my 2018 interview with David LaMotte.
Artist: Eric Gales
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Friday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales has significantly sharpened, refined and improved his technique since starting out in the ‘90s. You can be the beneficiary of that if you see him live. He played a Downtown After 5 here in Asheville in 2019, but the sound mix (not his fault) was painfully loud and brittle. I expect better things from this show. My interviews with him have yielded two features: this one from 2019, and another published in 2020.