30 Days Out, May 2024 #2: George Trouble and the Zealots, DJ Lil Meow Meow, Rising Appalachia, Mdou Moctar

So much great music in Asheville. This time around, our look at music for the coming 30 days includes two locally-based acts, an award-winning DJ who’s also from Asheville, and – to balance things out – an acclaimed guitarist from another continent.

Artist: George Trouble and the Zealots
Venue: Grey Eagle
Date: Sunday, May 26, 8 p.m.
Door: $15
George Trouble – born George Terry McDonald – is an Asheville treasure. He’s a renowned visual artist, and Americana musician, and a rock ‘n’ roller. And it’s in that last guise that he leads The Zealots, a group whose 2018 album I reviewed here. For this special show, he’s (presumably) setting aside his original material in favor of an evening of music in celebration of the 83rd birthday of one Robert Zimmerman. That’s Bob Dylan to you and me.

Artist: DJ Lil Meow Meow
Venue: Eulogy
Date: Friday, May 31, 9 p.m.
Door: $free
For a few years running, Asheville based DJ (the in-person, live event music spinning kind, not the radio variety) DJ Lil Meow Meow placed second in the annual Best of WNC poll. Then she took the top spot, a position she has held for a few years now. She’s an in-demand DJ whose stylistic range encompasses many genres. She’ll be spinning uptempo tunes for a free-admission dance party at Burial’s new Eulogy in the South Slope. (Full disclosure: she’s also my daughter.)

Artist: Rising Appalachia
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Door: $40 advance / $45 day of show
This duo led by sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith combine Americana, the jam band aesthetic and a social conscience that they back up with action: they walk the talk. They relocated here to Asheville some years ago but remain closely associated with Atlanta and New Orleans. I’ve interviewed them on a number of occasions: 2015, 2016 and 2019. Meschiya Lake opens.

Artist: Mdou Moctar
Venue: Orange Peel
Date: Sunday, June 9, 8 p.m.
Door: $20 advance / $25 day of show
Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar makes socially- and politically-charged music. But unless you speak his language (and you probably don’t) you won’t pick up on the subtleties. Still, the music gets much of his message across, providing – if it were needed – that music truly is a universal language. The music is great, and his back story is an inspiring and fascination one. Some of the outlines of it are covered in my 2021 feature/interview with him. Bat Fangs opens.

See you at the show!